Did you recently join the measurement group in your oil and gas company? Whether you are a recent college graduate or a seasoned professional who is transitioning to measurement, it’s important to understand the fundamentals of measurement to support your company and advance in your career. This can be achieved through hydrocarbon measurement training.
How Measurement Training Can Support You in Your Role
We understand that many professionals are placed in a measurement role without a clear understanding of how measurement works. Many professionals simply learn how to utilize measurement tools, the vendor provides basic instruction on measurement equipment, or you learn by watching a supervisor or co-worker. That is not enough.
Measurement professionals need to be trained on the measurement fundamentals. Growing your measurement understanding includes being able to follow measurement procedures to consistently perform measurement. And, consistency maximizes measurement accuracy, which results in a positive impact on your company.
Gaining understanding and developing the appropriate skills will position you to excel in your role. Ultimately, this will help you progress on your measurement career path. A good starting point is understanding the basics of hydrocarbon measurement.
Important Elements That Support Hydrocarbon Measurement
Measurement is required at each critical stage in the oil and gas value chain as product moves from the wellhead to its eventual end point.
At each stage, measurement is required to track the amount of product that moves from one custody transfer point to the next point. Measurement professionals need to understand which industry standards to follow when performing the measurement at each stage and how to utilize measurement tools in alignment with these standards to produce an accurate measurement.
Each measurement needs to take into account factors such as:
- How to measure the volume of natural gas in cubic feet (MCF).
- How to measure the volume of crude oil in BBL.
- The need to separate impurities before taking the measurement.
- The effects of pressure and temperature on measurement.
- Calculations and related methods to determine the amount of product.
These factors are important because an accurate measurement will help your company meet the terms of third-party contracts, satisfy industry regulations, avoid legal disputes over royalty payments, produce accurate records for the back office, and ensure that your company is properly compensated.
Measurement can be complicated at each stage, which is why we recommend that measurement professionals receive training on hydrocarbon measurement so that you can perform critical tasks in your role and avoid measurement error.
GCI Provides Fundamental Measurement Training
Since 2000, Gas Certification Institute (GCI) has provided measurement professionals with training on the fundamentals of natural gas, liquid, and crude measurement.
The material in each course is based on AGA, API, and GPA industry standards and best practices. Each instructor-led course covers the most important elements and principles of hydrocarbon measurement to grow your understanding.
The training outcomes for measurement professionals include increased competency in measurement fundamentals, confidence to excel in your role, and the ability to accurately and repeatedly perform measurement.
We recommend that you register for a fundamental measurement course that applies to your specific area of measurement. We look forward to providing you with the appropriate education and training to readily apply in your role.
– Need help registering online? Need help making the case to your supervisor to receive training? Contact us today for assistance receiving training.