Live Training

Crude Oil: Sampling, Testing, and Evaluation

Price: $1599

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Virtual Event, VE

07/15/2024 - 07/19/2024

Virtual Event

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ASTM will be offering this in-person training as a live streamed virtual event.

About the Course

This extensive 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

Virtual Sessions will be 10:00 AM EST to 3:00 PM EST each day- In Person will run from 8:30-4:30

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 2.0 CEUs (Continuing Education Units)

This course also includes access to two free ASTM course:

About the Instructor
Dr. Arden Strycker has over 30 years experience in the petroleum industry including both advanced oil production technologies and downstream analytical testing and analyses. He has worked at the National Institute of Petroleum & Energy Research developing enhancements for production methods in depleted reservoirs in the 1980's and 1990's. Since then, his career shifted to crude oil assays and ASTM analytical testing of crude oil properties. For over 10 years at Northrop Grumman the laboratory provided to the Department of Energy's Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) numerous inspection and comprehensive assays of domestic and foreign crude oil streams and the up to 700 million barrels of crude oil stored underground in salt caverns. Specialized assay software was utilized as part of the program to generate customized assays of cavern blends. These were used successfully by the SPR in sales of the crude oil. More recently Dr. Strycker has led the Crude Assay Department of SGS North America at Deer Park, TX. Crude assays, custom distillations, and custom testing are provided to clients around the world, with strong emphasis on North and South America crude oils. Arden received his B.S. in chemistry from Southern Oregon University, and his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Oregon State University.

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, go to our D02 technical committee page.

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How Learning Will Be Assessed

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

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