Crude Oil: Sampling, Testing, and Evaluation


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    Houston, TX

    10/17/2016 - 10/19/2016

    Crowne Plaza Houston Galleria
    7611 Katy Freeway
    Houston, TX 77024

    713-680-2222

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    About the Course

    This extensive 3-day class covers the sampling, analysis and evaluation of crude oil. You'll gain an understanding of crude oil analytical measurement, composition and classification; quality variations and what causes them; sampling (both manual and automatic); inspection, assays and test methods; basic crude oil evaluation; quality case studies; current challenges and future needs in characterization, and much more.


    Learning Outcomes

    By the end of this course you will be able to:

    • Discuss the history of crude oil as it relates to supply and training patterns
    • Define and discuss key terminology
    • Discuss sample protocols
    • Review and discuss case studies.


    Who Should Attend

    • Laboratory technicians and chemists responsible for the analysis of crude oil samples for quantity and quality purposes
    • Laboratory technicians and chemists responsible for the analysis of crude oil samples for quantity and quality purposes
    • Refinery personnel responsible for evaluating crude oil to determine their processing characteristics
    • Operating (field) personnel responsible for collecting samples will also benefit from a better understanding of how test results are directly dependent on proper sample collection and handling
    • Traders and buyers involved in sale, purchase, or exchanges of crude oil.


    Course Description

    Registration 8:00-8:30 AM
    Class 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM each day

    Day 1

    • Crude Oil History; Supply and Trading Patterns
    • Definitions and Terms
    • Quality Variations and Their Causes
    • The Complexities of Crude Oil Composition
    • Sampling Protocols
    • Sampling Containers and Sample Integrity

    Day 2

    • Composition and Classification
    • Inspection Analyses (Cursory Assay)
    • Comprehensive Analyses (Full Assay)
    • Other Important Crude Oils and Fraction Properties
    • Basics of Crude Oil Processing Evaluation
    • Break Out Group Exercises

    Day 3

    • Bituminum and Extra Heavy Crude Oils
    • Crude Oil Quality Case Studies
    • ASTM Crude Oil Proficiency Testing Program
    • Challenges Presented to the Analyst by Heavier, Higher Sulfur Feedstocks and Opportunity Crude Oils
    • Future Needs in Crude Oil Characterization and Analytical Test Method Requirements


    Referenced Documents

    • D97 Pour Point of Petroleum Products
    • D287 API Gravity of Crude Petroleum and Petroleum Products (Hydrometer Method)
    • D323 Vapor Pressure of Petroleum Products (Reid Method)
    • D445 Kinematic Viscosity of Transparent and Opaque Liquids (and the Calculation of Dynamic Viscosity)
    • D473 Sediment in Crude Oils and Fuel Oils by the Extraction Method
    • D664 Acid Number of Petroleum Products by Potentiometric Method
    • D1298 Density, Relative Density (Specific Gravity), or API Gravity of Crude Petroleum and Liquid Petroleum Products by Hydrometer Method
    • D2622 Sulfur in Petroleum Products by X-ray Spectrometry
    • D2892 Standard Test Method for Distillation of Crude Petroleum (15-Theoretical Plate Column)
    • D3230 Salts in Crude Oil (Electrometric Method)
    • D3700 Standard Practice for Obtaining LPG Samples Using a Floating Piston Cylinder
    • D4006 Water in Crude Oil by Distillation
    • D4007 Water and Sediment in Crude Oil by the Centrifuge Method (Laboratory Procedure)
    • D4057 Manual Sampling of Petroleum and Petroleum Products
    • D4177 Automatic Sampling of Petroleum and Petroleum Products
    • D4294 Sulfur in Petroleum Products by Energy-Dispersive X-ray Fluorescence Spectrometry
    • D4377 Water in Crude Oil by Potentiometric Karl Fischer Titration
    • D4530 Determination of Carbon Residue (Micro Method)
    • D4629 Trace Nitrogenin Liquid Petroleum Hydrocarbons by Syringe/Inlet Oxidative Combustion and Chemiluminescence
    • D4807 Sediment in Crude Oil by Membrane Filtration


    Fee Includes

    • Course notes
    • Referenced documents
    • Certificate Of Attendance
    • 2.1 CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
    • Coffee breaks


    About the Instructor

    Harry Giles is retired from the U. S. Department of Energy where he was manager of crude oil quality programs for the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. He was employed by the DoE for over 30 years, prior to which he held several positions with other U.S. government agencies and the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom. He has authored or co-authored a number of articles on crude oil analysis, characterization, storage, and on fuel stability and cleanliness. Giles is a technical advisor to ASTM for their Crude Oil Interlaboratory Crosscheck Program (ILCP). Currently, he is Executive Director of the Crude Oil Quality Association.


    About Sponsoring Committee

    Organized in 1898, ASTM is one of the world's largest voluntary standards development organizations. ASTM standards have grown to be among the world's most widely used and accepted documents. The 82-volume Annual Book of ASTM Standards contain 12,000 standards written by 34,000 members on our 140 technical committees. Committee D02 on Petroleum Products, Liquid Fuels, and Lubricants developed the standards used in this course. For more information, contact Alyson Fick at (610) 832-9710 or go to our D02 technical committee page.


    ASTM Membership

    Attend this course and receive a FREE 1-year membership to ASTM International and Committee D02 on Petroleum Products and Lubricants. (Applies to new members only and may not be used to renew existing memberships.)


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    If your state has a continuing education requirement for license renewal, ASTM training courses and ASTM membership can help you meet that requirement.


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    How Learning Will Be Assessed

    Learning will be assessed through a series of question and answer sessions.


    Attendee Praise

    Praise from recent attendees of the course:

    "Very well balanced to meet the needs of a diverse audience."

    "These courses are promoted by my company as a way to continue education. I always learn something new from them and they definitely add to personal enrichment."

    I really enjoyed the course and was glad that I was taught by Mr. Giles."

    All topics were applicable to what I needed to know."

    "The wide scope of the course was helpful."

    "Very much enjoyed the presentation and the knowledge of Harry Giles. Also appreciated the diversity of the group. Helped me understand more/different facets of our industry."

    "Increased my understanding; answered outstanding questions."


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