Beginning in the late 1970's and 1980's, as new digital acoustical piping simulation programs were developed by various engineering service organizations, MLB provided engineering consulting services to verify and apply these digital programs, comparing them to results obtained from the SGA System Analog and field data where possible. The engineering effort provided pre-simulation piping designs with pros and cons for various bottle/piping design approaches to determine viable piping design solutions to control gas pulsation induced vibrations.
Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio, Texas
MLB's founder, Marvin L. Barta, P.E., began his career with Southwest Research Institute in 1959 as a research physicist, where he was principally involved with the Pipeline and Compressor Research Council program; the PCRC dealt with the study of the dynamic characteristics of gas compression equipment as they affect safety, performance and economics. He was senior project engineer of the Southern Gas Association (SGA) analog computation laboratory providing engineering services to oil, gas and process companies. Next, as chief engineer at CB/Southern, the compressor packager for Cooper Industries, he had oversight over engineering designs for compression systems.
In 1996, Scott A. Barta joined the organization full-time as an acoustical/mechanical specialist after working two years in apprenticeship at MLB while attending college. As Manager of Design, in addition to conducting digital pulsation studies utilizing PULS, AutoPIPE, MLB proprietary digital computer programs, CAD applications, he is involved in conducting field evaluation surveys, pipe stress analysis, and providing computer hardware/software technical support for MLB Engineers, Inc.
In 2005, Tim L. Barta joined the organization as Manager of Operations. In addition to his responsibilities involving general operations of the company, Tim has also been cross-trained to assist with digital pulsation studies and field evaluation surveys. Prior to joining MLB Engineers, Tim spent ten years working in the gas processing / gas liquids industries for Union Texas Petroleum and Trident NGL, and then worked the hi-tech sector for another ten years with BMC Software. Tim is a graduate of Baylor University and a CPA (Texas).
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In 1992, MLB conducted an in-house verification of the digital acoustical simulation program (PULS) developed by the Nova Corporation working closely with SSD Engineering Consultants (Rebis/Bentley), the software licensee, for its potential use by MLB Engineers, Inc. as a design tool for acoustical analyses of piping systems.