About Us

A specialist technology company that supplies pipe measurement products and services to global industries

Optical Metrology Services (OMS) is a UK-based company with satellite offices in the United States, Brazil and Kazakhstan. OMS is passionate about innovation and has been providing measurement and inspection solutions to businesses around globe for more than 10 years. As a business-to-business firm, OMS' capabilities enable organisations to operate efficiently and effectively with peace of mind that their assets are within project specification and fit for purpose.

OMS technology can be used to inspect, measure, visualise and repair assets in hard to reach locations such as ducts, pipelines or remote spaces. Potentially problematic conditions such as shape, ovality, wear, dents, protrusions, wrinkling, oxidation, discolouration, corrosion, contamination or erosion can be determined prior to carrying out activities to address the issue. Comprehensive software reporting allows clients to fully assess the extent of defects in order make decisions towards a solution. 

The companies areas of operational interest are within confined spaces where advanced visual inspection and precision measurement techniques, mapping and corrective solutions such as welding, grinding or repair are required. OMS looks to utilise its core strengths and provide the key to improved safety, process efficiency and asset integrity, whilst helping to reduce costs and non-productive time.

About Us

OMS key personnel include ...

Dr Tim Clarke
Managing Director
  • Tim Clarke serves as the Managing Director of Optical Metrology Services Limited. Dr. Clarke is a renowned expert in the field of photogrammetry, having published more than 60 academic papers and reports for the technical press and other media. In 1999, he appeared on the BBC's Tomorrow's World programmed. Dr. Clarke has won several awards, including the prestigious Photogrammetric Record President Prize. Prior to setting up OMS, Dr. Clarke was sole trader of Optical Metrology Centre (OMC), a spin out business from City University, London, which offered products and consultancy in two main areas: 3D measurement using Photogrammetric techniques and pipe measurement using proprietary profiling tools.

    Dr. Clarke enjoys yachting, running, mountain biking, tennis and playing the piano.

Paul Eagle
Head of Global Business
  • As Head of the Global Business for OMS, Paul has a strong background leading large teams. Since joining the company, he has been instrumental in driving innovation and efficiencies through to existing products and services. Paul and his team work extensively throughout the world with major operators, installation contractors and fabricators on critically important projects. More recently, Paul has been involved on challenging inspection projects utilising capabilities which have seen OMS carry out its first vertical offshore riser inspection, and also inspecting the pull tubes on the world’s largest Spar - Aasta Hansteen - for Statoil. Paul and his team are now focusing on driving innovation for new sectors including renewable and nuclear. Although Paul’s rugby days are over, he remains an avid fan, is an RFU qualified coach and manages his local colts side.

Richard Brown
Engineering Manager
  • Richard is a Chartered Engineer with twenty-three years professional experience in developing complex mechatronic systems. Since joining OMS in 2010, he has lead the development of the innovative inspection and dimensional measurement equipment that is in use daily on projects around the world. Richard leads an experienced, dedicated and highly qualified team of mechanical, electronic and software engineers at our Stansted head office. He has performed many on-site inspection projects, particularly when new product developments are being deployed into the field for the first time.

    Prior to joining OMS, Richard worked in New Zealand for seven years developing safety-critical mobile crane control systems and embedded software. He has an MSc in Mechatronic Systems Engineering from Lancaster University and a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from University of Hertfordshire.

    In his spare time, Richard is restoring a classic Japanese motorbike and enjoys tinkering with all manner of other hi-tech workshop projects.

Mike Backs
Finance Director
  • As Finance Director of OMS since 2008, Mike is responsible for all financial aspects of the business, including expansion, acquisitions, development, regulatory issues, and in providing a strong financial platform for future growth of the business. He has joined the OMS management team on a full time basis in July 2014. Mike has been a part-time finance director for a variety of clients ranging from tech-based start-ups to manufacturing, importing and wholesale companies.

    Mike has over 25 years’ experience as Finance Director of both SMEs and plc’s across the UK and Europe. He has led the floatation of companies on AIM, raised private equity and asset-based financing, as well as planned, executed and managed acquisitions and disposals.

    Mike has a Commerce Degree from the University of Calgary, Canada, and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young in Toronto over 25 years ago. In his spare time, he enjoys football and working on community projects.

Fun stats

At OMS we like to measure things, obviously.


Pipes Measured


Hours worked without incident


Round pipes found

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