SGN’s Matt wins Scottish heat of IGEM’s Young Persons Paper Competition
21 April 2017
SGN Maintenance Operations, Team Manager, Matt Skeoch, Scottish heat winner
A Provan-based team manager from gas distribution company SGN has won the Scottish heat of a prestigious gas industry competition.
Matt Skeoch, 27, came first in the regional heat of the Institution of Gas Engineers & Managers’ (IGEM) Young Persons Paper Competition. The event was held last week at SGN’s office in Edinburgh, with the competition aiming to encourage entries from young professionals and students that demonstrate their potential to make a valuable and meaningful contribution to the gas industry.
Matt, who joined SGN on its graduate trainee team manager programme in 2015, was one of three entrants representing his company in the Scottish section. There was additional competition from three non-SGN entrants.
Matt, from Troon in Ayrshire, secured his place in the national final by delivering a presentation on his paper, a case study into the failure of a Mokveld Volumetric Flow Control Valve. The case study investigated a unique failure that he identified during a standard maintenance check of a Mokveld Valve during a breakdown. The paper explores what further improvements can be developed to enhance maintenance strategies for gas distribution networks moving forward and ultimately how these improvements can be part of ensuring gas customers have a secure supply for years to come.
Matt will now travel to London to represent Scotland in the final later this year. He said he was delighted to win: “This was the first time I had prepared and delivered a professional presentation so it was a huge personal achievement for me and something I’m very proud of. The experience I gained from winning my regional heat has given me a real determination to go out and win the final and I’m very grateful that I’ll have the opportunity to do so while representing SGN.”