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Improving Flow Measurement with Improved Calibration and Data Handling Procedures

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February 16, 2015

The knowledge base from a field measurement technician to the measurement analyst is extremely demanding.

Every field technician is tested in both knowledge and skills on a daily basis regarding:

  • Electronic controls to pneumatic controls x Communication system support
  • Multiple technical disciplines x Support of measurement equipment
  • Procedures that must be followed (SOP) – Standard Operating Procedures
  • Regulatory requirements governing the facilities
  • Ongoing training of field personnel

These factors and many more create a tremendous and constant challenge for every organization. The gas measurement analyst requires a completely different set of skills to interpret and understand the information documented by the field regarding testing and calibration procedures. The task for the measurement analyst is to absorb the wealth of information presented, and utilize their extensive knowledge base in determining when a current month adjustment or even a prior month adjustment is warranted. Each time an analyst reviews data from the field, a question should be asked, “Did the technician follow the correct procedures in performing the calibration?”

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