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BOISE ID  2019

Western Gas Measurement

Short Course 2019



Gas Quality/Odorization Papers

Introduction to Gas Quality

May Lew, SoCal Gas

This presentation covers the fundamentals of gas quality parameters, analysis and methods used to determine gas composition.


Advanced Gas Quality

May Lew, SoCal Gas

An advanced level presentation on the fundamentals of gas quality parameters, analysis and methods used to determine gas composition.


Principles of Odorization

Oliver Griperay, Arkema

This presentation covers the principles of odorization, including regulatory requirements, types of odorizers, odorant selection, tank sizing, level detection, and system design.


Gas Odorants: Safe Handling, Health and Environment

Dr Daniel Arrieta, Chevron-Phillips Chemical Company

This presentation covers the occupational hazards and environmental impacts of odorants, the regulatory requirements, and recommendations for safe handling and personal protection equipment (PPE).


Odorant Transfer Systems and Safe Efficient Deliveries

Juraj Strmen, MRR

A detailed discussion of odorant transfer systems (including closed loop, flare, and venting) for product transfers from stationary and portable tanks.  The discussion will focus on operations safety, closed loop designs, and system integrity.


Measuring Hydrocarbon Dew Point Accurately

Andy Benton, Michell Instruments

Methods and Economics of measuring the hydrocarbon dew point (HCDP) of the natural gas fuel.


Gas Chromatograph Maintenance

Jamie Marsden, Emerson

This presentation covers maintenance of gas chromatographs, including the sample handling system, and the gas chromatograph analyzer. In addition, it also covers routine diagnostics and system overhaul.


Odorization Equipment Decommissioning

Wesley Lucas, MRR

This class will discuss in detail various methods and processes used for decommissioning odorization systems from removal, deconstruction and scrap.


Pipeline Pickling

Dan McCormack, Tansley Associates

Discuss pipeline conditioning, pickling, and odor fade in new construction, conversions, and in the maintenance of existing odorized facilities.


Best Practices/General Interest

Hazardous Area Classification

Larry Matora, SoCal Gas

This presentation reviews AGA and API standards, utilized in determining the hazardous location classification for electrical wiring, along with discussion of typical hazardous location classifications encountered in the gas industry.


Commercial Meter Set Design

Eric Kaert, Spartan Controls

This presentation provides and introduction to meter set design, applications, and best practice recommendations.


Temperature, Pressure and Installation Effects on Metering Accuracy

Paul Tang, FortisBC Energy

This presentation covers the effects of operating pressure, temperature, installation, and other factors on the performance of high volume gas flow measurement.


Valve Maintenance: Best Practices

Jason Dellow, Western Gas Technologies

This presentation covers a general overview of plug and ball valves, preventative and reactive maintenance procedures, recommended tools, “tricks” and “tips”.


Solving Complex Process Analyzer Field Problems

Peter Cartnell and Selwyn Pandian, Galvanic Applied Sciences

Do you know what to expect when servicing online process analyzers? Other than routine maintenance, there are infinite surprises that can occur leaving you scratching your head. In this session, we will be sharing some war stories from the field. Led by an experienced field service engineer, they will share insights for how to approach problem solving.


Telemetry and Wireless Communications at Stations

Mike Pugh, Intermountain Gas Co.

This presentation covers the parameters for selection of Telemetry and/or Wireless Communication at stations, and examples of recommended Best Practices.


Atmospheric Corrosion Mitigation for above-ground Piping

Kelly Crystal, Intermountain Gas Co.

This presentation covers the processes for identifying corrosion on exposed pipe at stations and recommendations for mitigation of the corrosion.


System Pressure Monitoring

John Swartz, Eagle Research

This presentation covers System Pressure Monitoring Best Practices in Distribution systems, with recommendations for: recording, documentation, and reporting.



Introduction to Basic Gas Laws

Tim Clark, Itron

For those new to measurement or needing a refresher, an introduction to the basic gas laws including Boyle's Law, Charles' Law, Ideal Gas Law, and super compressibility; and how they are used in gas measurement.


Introduction to Gas Metering

Bob Bennett, Honeywell

A discussion of positive displacement (diaphragm, rotary) and inferential (orifice, coriolis, vortex, turbine, and ultrasonic) meter basics and their application in natural gas measurement.


Introduction to Ultrasonic Meters

John Lansing, Lansing Measurement Services

Discussion of the theory of operation of ultrasonic meters including velocity of sound determination; effects of gas composition, gas velocity, flow conditioning, and flow profiles; accuracy and uncertainty; and flow calibration.


Fundamentals of Gas Turbine Meters

Paul Honchar, Sensus

This class will focus on the basic theory, operating principles, performance characteristics and installation requirements used in turbine meter applications. A discussion of fundamental turbine meter terminology is also included.


Selection and Usage of Coriolis Meters for Gas Measurement

Tonya Wyatt, Emerson

A discussion about properly selecting and sizing the correct Coriolis meters for various applications within the natural gas market. 


Differential Pressure Testing of Rotary Meters

Madeline Corb, Dresser

A discussion on how to conduct differential testing of rotary meters, how to interpret and act on the results, and the various state commission rules pertaining to differential testing.


Ultrasonic Meter Station Design

David Crandall, Cameron Measurement

A discussion of the specific considerations the engineer should consider when designing ultrasonic meter installations such as noise abatement, header design, meter maintenance and gas flow conditioning.


Fundamentals of Flow Computers

John Swartz, Eagle Research Corp.

Presentation on the fundamental parameters to consider when designing an Electronic Flow Measurement (EFM) system.


Regulator and Industrial Meter Station Design

Lamar May, Williams Northwest Pipeline

Presentation on regulator and meter station design from concept to installation. Emphasis on district regulator stations, large industrial meter stations, and custody transfer facilities.


Measurement Standards and Updates

Presentation will focus on recently updated U.S standards, guidelines and recommended practices pertaining to dry natural gas volume/mass measurement and energy/content/heating value determination.


Distribution Gas Meter Proving

Gregory Germ, Honeywell

The lecture-type workshop will discuss the importance of accurate gas meter proving and testing. The discussion will introduce common gas meter testing terminology and definitions, describe the three most common types of distribution gas meter test equipment, explain proper prover calibration and certification techniques, and list common direct and indirect concerns that may lead to errant gas meter test results.


Understanding Gas Ultrasonic Meter Diagnostics

Joel Nava, Sick

This session will introduce attendees to the basic concepts of ultrasonic measurement and introduce the basic diagnostic signals and how they may be interpreted.


Combined Accuracy

Rex Allen, Sempra Utilities

In this workshop we will discuss elements that make up combined accuracy: over/under calculation of EVC accuracy. Technician error/mis-programming, transducer error, RTD error, meter error and meter degradation. How to calculate “as found” and “as left” combined accuracy. Billing and LUAF impact.


Meter Sampling Theory

David Thai, Sempra Utilities

Discuss meter sampling program specifications and results. Sub-topics to include sample criteria, acceptable accuracy for meter retention, regulatory requirements, meter family replacement, considerations and trends; and related economics factors.


AGA 6 – Field Proving Large Diameter Gas Meters

Geoff Hager, M3

This presentation describes a new field verification process that represents a compromise between diagnostic monitoring and a laboratory re-calibration.   The presentation begins with a description of AGA6, the meter package, connecting piping, and instrumentation. The discussion continues with a case study that highlights the verification process and results.


USM Tube Design

A New Approach to Optimal Flow Profiles and Noise Attenuation – Geoff Hager, Big Elk

This presentation describes a new ultrasonic meter tube design which improves the flow profile and reduces noise while maintaining an in-line piping arrangement.  The discussion continues with recent lab data which highlights the flow profile and noise attenuation results of the new design.



Introduction to Gas Regulation

Robbie Swigert, Itron

The fundamentals of pressure regulation covering spring and pilot type regulators, sizing, operation, and troubleshooting.


Introduction to Overpressure Protection

Peter Cathcart, Northwest Natural Gas

Introduction of methods available to prevent over-pressurization of downstream piping per applicable code requirements


Introduction to Regulator and Relief Sizing

Mark Dykoff, Caltrol

Introduction to concepts required to size regulators, relief valves, and monitor stations.


Flexible Element Regulators

Reese Dawes, Spartan Controls

Presentation of the advantages and disadvantages of flexible element regulators including a review of monitor and single cut/relief applications, principles of operation, sizing, installation/ maintenance, and best practices.


Noise Mitigation in Regulator Stations

Lamar May, Williams Northwest Pipeline

Introduction to the causes of regulator station noise and methods used to mitigate.


Regulator Freeze Protection

Austin Sorenson, Williams Northwest Pipeline

Application of technologies to mitigate freezing issues associated with the Joule-Thomson effect in the natural gas industry.


Troubleshooting Regulators

Paul Anderson, Emerson

Presentation will offer a systematic approach to troubleshooting.  Discussion will include common causes of delivery pressure problems at regulation facilities: overpressure, under-pressure, cyclic or unstable control; and solutions for those issues.


Troubleshooting Control Valves

Jim Green, Tri-Pacific

Presentation will offer a systematic approach to troubleshooting and correcting problems with pressure control valves.


Three Mode Control (PID) Tuning

Ed Austin, PCE Pacific

Presentation will offer methods for tuning Three Mode Control (PID) loops, including PID definition and basic theory.


Monitor Strategies and Implementation

Sam Hegje, Tri-Pacific

Presentation will discuss various strategies for Monitor regulator or control valve use and provide example of different methodologies.


Regulator and Relief Valve Field Challenges: Writing and Implementing Field Procedures for Testing Regulator Lockup & Relief Valve Set Points

Ken Goodwin, PCE Pacific

Presentation will discuss variations in maintenance practices in the industry and will cover important considerations.


Regulator Sample Testing

Peter Klock, ESC Engineering Services

Presentation covers implementation of regulator sample testing to monitor incoming product quality and methods to test incoming regulators.


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