In order to safely and effectively operate an oil and gas processing plant, the process operator must have an accurate measurement of all the process variables that are related to making a quality product.
The four essential measuring parameters are flow, temperature, pressure and level. Other types of measuring parameters such as vibration and on-stream analysis are also available. Due to the multitude of process applications no one meter can be used to cover all situations. Therefore many types of measuring instruments must be made available.
In this three day course, participants will learn about the basic elements of process measurement, the operating principles of measurement sensors and how measurement signals are transmitted. They will gain an understanding of the four common measuring parameters (flow, temperature, level and pressure) as well as some of the less common parameters used in industry.
Process Measurement - Overview
- Introductory information
- Process measurement
- Meter calibration
- Measurement sensors
- Signal transmission
On day one, participants will learn about the importance of process measurement and how it fits into the control loop. They will gain knowledge to understand about various types of sensors and how a measuring device is calibrated to accurately reproduce the measured variable. Participants will also be exposed to how signals are transmitted from one device to another.
Process Measurement – Flow and Temperature
- Flow measurement
- Temperature measurement
The primary focus on day two will be the different types of flow and temperature measuring devices. Participants will learn about the properties of fluid flow and temperature change and how these properties are used to operate their respective sensors. They will also learn how different types of flow and temperature meters are built to match the different process dynamics related to flow and temperature changes.
Process Measurement – Pressure
- Pressure measurement
- Level measurement
- Other measuring devices
Participants will learn about the different types of pressure and level measuring devices as the course continues on day three. They will learn about the properties of pressure and level and how these properties are used to operate their respective sensors. They will also learn how different types of pressure and level meters are built to match the different process dynamics related to pressure and level changes. As the day concludes, discussions will also cover the measurement of other parameters that are sometimes used in industry.
This course is mainly targeted to instrumentation technicians working in the field as an introduction or refresher. The course can be applicable to technicians working in other disciplines, equipment purchasers, procurement and storage personnel, job planners and immediate supervisors to the working technicians.
Anyone taking this course should have some exposure to oil and gas facility terminology.