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AFT President & Founder | ASME Fellow - Trey founded AFT in 1993. He was the original developer of AFT Fathom (including the GSC and XTS modules), AFT Arrow and AFT Impulse. He was active in software development until 2011 and still works with the development team in addition to managing AFT. He has taught hundreds of training classes on AFT’s ...software products in twelve countries across every populated continent. He worked previously for General Dynamics in cryogenic rocket design and Babcock & Wilcox in steam/water equipment design. He holds a BSME (1985) and MSME (1986), both from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is a registered Professional Engineer.   More
Trey Walters

My 50th Anniversary Visit to the Site of John Glenn’s First American Flight Into Space

Many of you probably saw in the news that today, Monday, February 20th, is the 50 th anniversary of John Glenn’s flight into space. The flight was aboard a Mercury-Atlas rocket dubbed Friendship 7. This historic event was a significant step on the way to the Apollo missions to the moon. By good fortune the NASA contractors at Kennedy Space Center had scheduled an AFT training class last week, and I traveled to Florida to teach the class. I took some time to tour the Space Center and Cape Canaveral one evening and was able to visit Complex 14 where the launch took place....
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Why I Like Bill Gates More Than Steve Jobs

I have an iPod - to which I am very attached. I have had my iPod Nano for a couple years now. All of my kids and my wife have iPods. I hike frequently in the Colorado Mountains near where I live and I can’t do it without my iPod. I can’t work out at the gym without my iPod. I can’t drive my car without my iPod. I have an iPhone – to which I am very attached. I have had my iPhone for about 6 months now. It goes with me everywhere and – along with AT&T – was...
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It’s the Economy, Stupid. Or Is It?

A few months ago I attended a CEO forum in Colorado where a big topic on the minds of the 1000 CEOs in attendance was the state and direction of the US and global economy. The keynote speaker Brian Beaulieu began his presentation with this assessment of the economy from TIME magazine: The U.S. economy remains almost comatose. The current slump already ranks as the longest period of sustained weakness since the Great Depression. Once-in-a-lifetime dislocations will take years to work out.  Among them: the job drought, the debt hangover, the defense-industry contraction, the banking collapse, the real estate depression, the health-care...
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Thankful for the Opportunity to Shape a Changing World

Wherever I go I see change. China is undergoing massive change in a relatively short period of time which has impacted Western nations both positively and negatively – as well as the rest of the world. China’s growth in manufacturing is impacting Australia in a huge way and driving much of the Australian economy through accessing its abundant natural resources. As we look back on the American Thanksgiving holiday I am currently on a lengthy visit to Australia and Asia training customers in the East and meeting new prospects. And seeing the changes first hand. My family is along with me and we celebrated...
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Where Did the Name "Fathom" Come From?

A frequently asked question at our training seminars - usually during a break or over lunch - is how we came up with the name "Fathom". More completely, the product is named AFT Fathom ™ and it is considered by many as the world's leading pipe flow modeling software product. The story behind the Fathom name is intimately tied to the story behind the founding of Applied Flow Technology as a company. So let's go back to 1993. AFT Fathom started as a hobby in 1992 while I was working in the power industry as a research engineer. But it was not...
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Save Money, Reduce Energy and Improve Sustainability with AFT

The growing emphasis on sustainable business practices and environmental responsibility has impacted AFT software in several areas. In recent years we have added built-in capabilities to AFT Fathom and AFT Arrow to calculate energy usage and to estimate the cost to operate rotating equipment. This is available on the Analysis menu in the “Cost Settings” window. Using AFT Fathom, TME Energy Services Division developed a model of the chilled water system at the University of Arkansas . The project realized an annual energy savings of 1.9 million KWHr and $67,000 in pumping power and $1,200,000 in annual chiller electrical and gas...
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35% of the world's energy is reportedly used in conveying fluids. According to the Hydraulic Institute 80% of pumps have been poor... Read More
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Trey Walters

Safety

As President of AFT, I often hear from our customers about how one of AFT's software products has helped them solve a problem or made their lives easier. Sometimes I'll notice something in the news and think how AFT's products COULD have helped avoid a problem. Every month, I'd like to share these insights with you in hopes that we can all work together to make our pipelines safer and more efficient. Last week I met an AFT Impulse user at a conference and was reminded of how profoundly our products affect the safety of industrial systems. I made a presentation...
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