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Intermediate Petroleum Measurement (second of three levels)

3.3 CEUs

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This course builds on the fundamentals course along with 1-3 years of field experience in measurement. The course introduces additional troubleshooting and problem solving, performance analysis; fundamentals of dynamic metering systems for volume measurement. It also builds on displacement provers by introducing the fundamentals of small volume and reduced volume provers. The course also covers the fundamentals of Electronic Flow Computers. The course uses the API Manual of Petroleum Measurement Standards and the ASTM Test Methods as the basis for instruction. Participants receive classroom instruction and exercises, field exercises, demonstrations, and handouts.

Intermediate Petroleum Measurement is required as a prerequisite to Advanced Petroleum Measurement.

Length: 4.5 days

Course Content

Participants receive instruction in:

  • Properties of petroleum
    • Chemical composition & physical properties, including viscosity and boiling points
    • Principles of testing for API gravity and S&W (advanced methods)
    • Laboratory and classroom demonstrations and exercises for density and S&W
  • Static measurement
    • Principles of volume measurement by liquid level in various types of tanks
    • Tank Calibration using Optical Reference Line Method
    • Automatic Tank Gauging by float and servo gauge systems
    • Tank Sampling methods and equipment
    • Static measurement calculations for floating roof tanks
    • Field and classroom exercises, including calculation exercises
  • Dynamic measurement
    • Theory, selection and use of PD, Turbine, Coriolis and Ultrasonic meters and auxiliary equipment
    • Practical exercise in teardown and inspection of PD and Turbine meters
    • Theory, selection and use of different types of displacement and volumetric provers
    • Displacement Provers, design criteria and calculations
    • Prover Calibration, overview of Waterdraw method
    • Theory, selection and design of dynamic metering systems
    • Dynamic Sampling Systems, an introduction to design and operations, including performance
    • Meter Performance verification including volume and mass proving, calculations and control charts
    • Field and classroom exercises, including calculation exercises
  • Oil loss analysis
    • Oil Loss analysis in 2-region scenarios

Recommended For

Personnel with 1-3 years of experience in the oil & gas business, especially pipeline, refining and production operations. Measurement opera-tors, technicians, and engineers who actively participate in liquid volume measurement operations and need to expand or enhance their oper-ating knowledge of measurement performance; and those who witness or audit measurement techniques.

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