Energy & Projects Engineer
MEng Chemical Engineering
Matt graduated from Heriot Watt University with a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering and a Diploma in Industrial Training. He is passionate about innovative design and sustainability, and as part of his final year design project he completed a design for a novel activated carbon absorber for industrial effluent treatment.
Following university, Matt worked for five years with the internationally-recognised engineering consultancy Atkins. During this time he completed an IChemE accredited graduate program and gained experience as a Process Safety engineer, developing complex Quantified Risk Assessments for clients in a range of sectors including oil and gas, chemicals and offshore wind. During this time he also secured two placements in the Defence sector, during which he conducted design and material verification for high value components and systems.
At Synergie Environ Matt has worked on a number of preliminary and detailed feasibility studies as part of Scottish Enterprise’s Low Carbon Infrastructure Program (LCIP), which aims to facilitate the Scottish Government’s ambitious carbon reduction targets. He has also provided one-to-one advice and support to companies engaged in low-carbon and energy efficiency projects. Through these projects Matt has established contacts with numerous specialists and suppliers, assessed a broad range of low-carbon generation technologies such as heat pumps, wind energy, solar, and CHP plants powered by gas, biomass or hydrogen.
SKILLS & EXPERTISE
As a former safety engineer, Matt has extensive knowledge of the technical aspects of Quantified Risk Assessment, and is an experienced scribe for HAZID, HAZOP and LOPA studies. His technical experience has given him the skills to solve complex engineering problems, as well as excellent team working and all-round communication abilities.
With Atkins, Matt added significant value to a pioneering LNG project by identifying cryogenic risks and then developing a modelling strategy to deliver a more accurate and holistic risk profile for the site. He has also developed Excel-based tools to model the touchdown distances of dense gases at low wind speeds, for which most standard consequence modelling programs are not optimised.
Matt joined Synergie Environ in 2016 to help deliver innovative design and build projects for clients across Scotland, and has undergone bespoke training from the Campbell Palmer Partnership on district heating design. As a technical consultant he has conducted stakeholder engagement, developed detailed modelling and built business cases for a number of low carbon projects, from renewably-powered district heat networks to biogas generation through the anaerobic treatment of brewery effluents.