Matt Freeman has worked in the power industry for 30 years, applying his mechanical engineering knowledge in the areas of risk assessment, simulation, and data management. Over his career he has held roles in consulting, project management, product management, and business development. He joined Structural Integrity in 2014 to direct the strategic business development activities and while here his focus has been increasing safety and reliability of power generating equipment including high energy piping, boilers, HRSGs, steam turbines, wind turbines, etc.
Mr. Freeman’s varied career has allowed him to impact the power generation industry in various ways. While contributing to an application that managed the knowledge and data around boiler and piping systems for various power generators, he created a forum for companies to share best practices. The result was that equipment availability was increased due to owners having access to better managed data about their own plant(s) and insights into what was working for other plants as well. He has also contributed to thermal performance improvement of plants through projects building and promoting fossil plant simulators. The purpose of the simulators was to train operators for both improved plant performance and avoiding operator-induced trips. While involved in this work he authored EPRI’s specification on power plant simulators, which has been used by numerous plants as a purchase specification for plant-specific operator training simulators.