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May 2017

UNAM Becomes Largest Oil and Gas Tomography Center

Last month, our engineers embarked to Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) to finalise the installation of a number of ITS systems. UNAM is one of Latin Americas premier institutions, boasting numerous former Mexican presidents and Nobel laureates among its alumni. After the installations were complete UNAM was able to claim its place amongst the world’s largest oil and gas tomography based research centers.

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The research of oil and gas relies heavily upon examining multiphase flows within pipelines.  A powerful tool in visualising multphase flows, and one that UNAM is now taking advantage of, is process tomography. Process tomography can provide accurate real-time volumetric data of flow regime across the full pipeline diameter, regardless of flow type or the buoyancy of materials. This means users will have an accurate visual portrayal of the water-oil-air interacting within the pipeline, enabling them greater control over their process.

ITS has developed simple spool based sensors which fit seamlessly into both laboratory and industrial flow loops. Pipe diameters ranging from 7.5mm up to 1.2m have been installed at customer facilities. In addition, ATEX rated high pressure / high temperature sensors have been deployed to provide real time information on complex flow regimes under production conditions.

Everyone here at ITS is delighted to be contributing to the academic excellence of this world-leading university. This particular order was secured with the assistance of our Mexican partner MacroLab; to find one of our agents operating in your territory, visit our Global Partners page.

If you’d like to know more about oil and gas tomography research or multiphase flow you can reach us through our website, via email ( or by giving us a call at +44 (0) 161 832 9297.