Partner Description

Established in Cambridge, UK in 1946 and with several facilities across the globe, TWI Ltd is one of the world-leading not-for-profit research and technology organisations with a turnover in 2014 of £64m (€84.5million), providing expertise in joining and fabrication, material science and structural integrity. Services include generic research; contract R&D; technical information; engineering services and advice; standards development; and training and qualification services.
TWI is internationally renowned for its ability to employ multidisciplinary, impartial teams to implement both established and advanced joining technologies, or to solve problems arising at any stage of the product life cycle – from initial design, materials selection, production and quality assurance, through to in-service performance, repair and life extension. TWI also has representation on over 100 standards committees.

A large proportion of TWI’s activities (65%) are contract research, funded by a combination of TWI Industrial Members or UK and EU public funding bodies, and built around the development of advanced technologies. TWI is a hugely active participant in collaborative research programmes in Europe and the UK.

Specifically, from 2007 onwards, TWI has been involved in over 160 European framework projects (~100 are currently active) and over 100 UK funded projects (~40 are currently active). Projects of this type are normally targeted at the aerospace, automotive, oil & gas and energy related industries. Within approximately 50% of these public funded projects, TWI has gained extensive expertise in being project or technical project leader.

Role in the Project

TWI’s dedicated team of industry specialists add value to almost every conceivable industry sector – from offshore oil and gas, civil engineering and nuclear power, to electronics, advanced aircraft (both civilian and military), medical equipment and solar power. Because it serves such a broad client base TWI understand and appreciate that different industries have different needs. Therefore, TWI’s research programme is market driven.

TWI has a rich and well-publicised history of innovation and invention dating back to the time of the British Welding Research Association in the 1940s. Memorable highlights from the past include the CTOD method for measuring fracture toughness, the Wells wide plate test, types of high powered CO2 laser, and many innovations in the use of laser, friction, arc, adhesive bonding and other technologies related to welding, joining, coating and testing.


Sofia Sampethai is a Senior Project Leader at TWI Ltd in the Condition and Structural Health monitoring section. She has a master’s degree in Process Engineering and Nanotechnology. Sofia is a Chartered Engineer and a member of the Welding Institute. She has been working as a manager in numerous projects ensuring their prompt delivery based on the clients’ requirements. Leading WP6 and more precisely Task 6.1 regarding the comparative assessment of well integrity and monitoring technologies. She has worked at ABB Research Centre in Switzerland, IBM Nanotechnology Centre and at Centre for Research and Technology in Greece managing collaborative projects. She has a Bachelor in Chemical Engineering and a Master at ETH Zurich in Process Engineering with specialization in Nanotechnology.

Fabrice Wandji joined TWI in November 2017 in the role of Project Leader – Conditional Structural Monitoring.

Fabrice recently started working on the S4CE project Task 6.1 (Comparative Assessment of Well Integrity & Monitoring Technologies) and is also leading Work package 6.

Before TWI he worked as an Electronics Design Engineer at Environmental Measurements Limited (EML) for 2 and a half years.

Fabrice obtained a Bachelor degree in Electrical/Electronic Engineering from Teesside University in 2013.

Payam Jamshidi
Principal Project Leader – Asset and Fracture Integrity Management

Payam joined TWI in 2013 as a Chartered Engineer in the Asset Integrity Management section, and since then he has managed a range of projects related to asset integrity management. His main area of work is on Risk Based Inspection (RBI) and reliability assessment of oil and gas assets operating in offshore or onshore environments. Payam is also product leader for TWI’s Risk-Based Inspection (RBI) software RiskWISE®.

Prior to working for TWI, Payam obtained undergraduate and master degrees, and a PhD at University of London, in Materials Science and Engineering. He also held the role of Chief Technical Officer for the National Composites Certification and Evaluation Facility (NCCEF), University of Manchester.

Amina Boughara Salman
Senior Project Leader

Senior Engineer with over 12 years’ experience in research, development and training in the oil industry. Her background includes Reservoir Engineering and Modelling (INTERSECT, ECLIPSE, FrontSim, Petrol), multiphase flow algorithms, and mathematical modelling of real-time dual-porosity reservoirs properties during Hydraulic Fracturing.

Amina will provide her expert experience on reservoir modelling and engineering to support the development of the most appropriate condition monitoring equipment for well integrity assessment.