Jim Hall, Ph.D.
Areas of Specialization
During his more than 35 years of experience with technology companies, Jim has developed wide ranging expertise. He has been involved in the development and utilization of flow measurement instrumentation, ranging from multiphase and wet gas meters, gas and liquid ultrasonic flowmeters, gas chromatographs and flow computers. His experience with measurement and allocation of commingled production has been applied to resolving problems for many clients.
Jim has more than 35 years experience in the fields of instrumentation and measurement. After earning his Ph.D. in experimental nuclear physics, he spent two years conducting research at the Swiss Federal Technical University (E.T.H.) in Zurich, Switzerland.
Returning to the U. S., he took a position with Schlumberger as a design engineer in the development of downhole nuclear well logging instrumentation. Advancing into management positions, Jim directed the development of various kinds of downhole well logging instrumentation; nuclear, acoustic, mechanical - as well as in surface data acquisition systems.
After ten years at Schlumberger's Houston Engineering Center, he moved to Paris, France to form and manage the Technology Department. This group had the responsibility for development of new technology in the areas of electronics, mechanical design, software, design systems (CAD) and for review of new downhole logging tool designs.
When Schlumberger purchased Statham Transducer, Jim moved to California to become Director of Research and Engineering. Working with a start-up company, NovaSensor, funded by Schlumberger, the emerging technology of micromachined silicon pressure transducers was utilized to develop several sensors for use in the aerospace and petroleum industries. These included a high temperature pressure sensor, a high overload differential pressure and the first combination P/DP transmitter.
After five years at Statham, Jim was recruited by Daniel Industries to the position of General Manager of the Electronics Division. Later he became General Manager of Daniel Measurement and Control, which combined the Electronics and Flow Products divisions and encompassed all manufacturing, marketing, sales, and engineering activities. During the last six months of 2000, Jim served as Managing Director for Daniel's Europe, Middle East, and Africa operations.
While he was at Daniel, several new products were developed by his divisions for the petroleum industry. These included the gas ultrasonic flowmeter, a new gas chromatograph, a multiphase flowmeter and several flow computers.
Jim was active in the Measurement, Control and Automation Association (MCAA), having served on its Board of Directors for four years and as Chairman of the association during 2000-2001.
In January 2001, Jim left Daniel Measurement & Control to co-found the Letton-Hall Group to provide consulting in the areas of flow measurement and allocation with special emphasis on deepwater commingled multiphase production.