Typos: Silently Sabotaging Your Oil Business

Posted by Ian Burgess on Oct 31, 2017 1:05:28 PM

This post will illustrate how to make a rough estimate of the dollar impact data entry errors have on common crude testing measurements. It is part of our series on estimating human errors in crude quality and measurement. It can be easy for an oil company to invest too little in reducing human errors, not because they are not important, but because they are hard to measure. The examples in the series outline rough calculations measurement supervisors can use to decide whether a specific source of human error is worth further investigation.

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Topics: BS&W, Sulphur, Density, Oil Testing

How IoT is Revolutionizing the Oil & Gas Industry

Posted by Sami Zakaria on Oct 24, 2017 11:45:09 AM

More than just a buzzword, the Internet of Things is the future of oil testing.

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Topics: Oil Testing

Rocket science vs. data entry: the neglected problems that matter in oil testing

Posted by Ian Burgess on Sep 27, 2017 1:06:00 PM

This post is the first in our series on estimating human errors in crude quality and measurement. It can be easy for an oil company to invest too little in reducing human errors not because they are not important, but because they are hard to measure. The examples in the series will outline rough calculations measurement supervisors can use to decide whether a specific source of human error is worth further investigation.

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Topics: Oil Testing

Calculator: How much do testing errors cost your business?

Posted by Ian Burgess on Sep 14, 2017 3:50:34 PM

The short answer is: a lot. This explains why oil companies everywhere in the supply chain spend so much on quality and measurement, from sophisticated on-line analyzers and automatic samplers at most custody transfer points, to large annual third-party-lab budgets.

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Topics: BS&W, Sulphur, Density

The Surprising and Significant Errors in Reading a Centrifuge Tube

Posted by Ian Burgess on Aug 8, 2017 6:01:56 PM

The centrifuge test to determine the sediment and water (S&W) content in crude oil is one of the most frequently run tests in the oil and gas industry. S&W measurements are done every time a shipment of oil changes hands so that the buyer only pays for the oil volume. Even small errors can add up to significant amounts of money so accuracy is important. For example, a 0.1% measurement error on S&W can cause a producer (or receiver) to lose about $10,000 per year for a single well1. That is nearly $2,000,000 per year for a larger 100,000 bpd midstream operator!

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Topics: BS&W

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