50 Years…and Just Getting Started!

The American School of Gas Measurement Technology continues to lead the way.


While current headlines focus on the recent precipitous drop in oil and gas prices, the industry clearly recognizes that such vacillations occur from time to time.  As the ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus has been quoted, the only thing that is constant is change.  However, for the oil and gas industry and its ever-increasing reliance on accurate measurement and testing, the American School of Gas Measurement Technology (ASGMT) has been an unwavering, invaluable resource.


What began in 1963 as the Gulf Coast Gas Measurement Society (GCGMS), founded by a small group of industry veterans with significant involvement in natural gas measurement and testing, has grown into today’s ASGMT.  Early schools were held in a variety of locations, including the Rice Hotel, the Shamrock Hotel, and the Astro Village Hotel, before moving to its current venue, the Marriott Houston Westchase.  The ASGMT, held every September in Houston, Texas, is the largest educational gathering in the United States that is focused on natural gas measurement, pressure regulation, flow control, and other measurement-related topics.


The GCGMS’s first Gulf Coast Measurement Short Course was held in Houston in October 1966, under the joint sponsorship of the GCGMS and the University of Houston, and continued annually thereafter.  The organization’s first Board of Directors was formed in 1968.  Following the 1973 Short Course, the relationship with the University of Houston was discontinued and the Short Course became affiliated with Texas A&I University (now Texas A&M University – Kingsville), with Professor C. Van Mooney spearheading this new alignment.


In 1974, the school’s Executive Committee approved participation in the Short Course by other affiliated organizations to further enhance its growth and ability to serve the industry.  Among those noteworthy affiliations were the Corpus Christi Area Measurement Society in 1975, the Victoria Area Measurement Society in 1976, the Texas Gas Association in 1978, and the Northeast Texas Measurement Society in 1981.  More changes followed in 1989 when the Permian Basin Measurement Society was added as a new Short Course affiliate, the Victoria Area Measurement Society discontinued its affiliation, and the Northeast Texas Measurement Society became known as the North Texas Measurement Association.


In 1980, the Gulf Coast Measurement Short Course was incorporated and reorganized to support expansion of the school while maintaining strong quality standards, led by a Board of Directors comprised of present and past General Chairs of the Short Course, the President and Vice President of the Gulf Coast Gas Measurement Society, and a representative from Texas A&M University — Kingsville (nee Texas A&I University).


In 1991, by vote of the Board of Directors, the name of the school was changed from the Gulf Coast Measurement Short Course to the American School of Gas Measurement Technology.  With a vision for international participation, continued growth, and even broader industry recognition, the Board set a path for future expansion by adopting a more comprehensive educational format while expanding upon the tradition and quality of the “Short Course.”  Reflective of this commitment, beginning in 2013, the ASGMT was expanded to include hydrocarbon liquid measurement classes and papers.  The annual school is now planned and operated by a General Committee with members from a broad range of operating and manufacturing companies that are predominantly focused on the natural gas industry.