NML staff partakes MEDEA Training on Pattern Approval & Verification of Water Meters


  The National Metrology Laboratory of the Philippines delegated Loreibelle N Abian, Volume and Flow Standards Section staff to participate in the training course on Pattern Approval and Verification of Water Meters using OIML R49 last September 12-14, 2017 in Sepang, Malaysia which aimed to enhance the ability of the participants to approve and/or verify water meters for use in urban water systems according to OIML recommendations. Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) and Asia-Pacific Legal Metrology Forum (APLMF) organized and funded the endeavor in cooperation with the National Metrology Institute of Malaysia, National Measurement Institute of Australia (NMIA) and Veolia Australia and New Zealand. Eleven (11) countries took part in the said training course with Marian Haire representing PTB and APLMF and Bradley Craft of Veolia as the trainer. The activity was composed of laboratory exercises and lectures covering the basic understanding on the test procedures and how the reference standard is verified. The course provided the delegates with the knowledge and skills to identify the major components of a water metering system, analyze the economies operating environment in determining how it could affect the performance of a water meter and identify sources of any possible operational error. Dr. Abdul Rahman Mohamed, NMIM Deputy Director for Flow Group, welcomed the participants on the first day. Each delegate delivered economy reports on the legal metrology system of water metering. The presentations provided the APLMF with information on the water metering’s Legislation, Maximum Permissible Error (mpe), OIML compliance, Type Approval and Verification procedures in each country that are necessary in realizing the objective of the MEDEA Project which is to harmonize the test methods within the regions. The trainees were given the opportunity to visit the market leader in the supply of water meters in the region - George Kent (Malaysia) Berhad. The group visited the meter laboratory with facilities designed and fabricated by the company’s very own engineers as well as the testing laboratories in the production area where state-of the-art machineries in meter testing are installed. The training ended with the presentation of action plans committed by the participants. Certificates of participation were awarded in the evening during the culmination activity.