A record number of attendees were on hand for the 2013 American School of Gas Measurement Technology (ASGMT), the largest gas measurement school in the United States. The 48th annual ASGMT conference hosted more than 1,200 attendees. The three-day measurement school and exhibition was held in Houston, Sept. 16-19.
The school included more than 115 lecture classes, 52 hands-on classes and 115 leading equipment manufacturers displaying the latest measurement equipment and technology.
As companies are shifting their focus to the liquids-rich shale plays, the 2013 school introduced a new educational track dedicated to natural gas liquid (NGL) measurement. The new track consisted of a series of lectures and hands-on classes promoting collaboration on industry best practices and new technologies related to liquid measurement.
“The ASGMT is recognized around the globe as one of the premier hydrocarbon measurement schools,” said Mike Squyres, the 2013 ASGMT general chairman and Flow-Cal’s president and CEO. “The introduction of the NGL measurement track has continued the school’s tradition of showcasing the latest advancements in product development, technologies and techniques.”
As part of this year’s program, a member of the senior management staff for the American Petroleum Institute was selected as the keynote speaker. Dr. John Felmy, chief economist for the American Petroleum Institute (API), spoke on energy policies in America. His presentation discussed the changing landscape of the energy industry and its impacts on the U.S. oil and gas market.
The annual ASGMT affords an opportunity to exchange ideas and information associated with flow measurement. More importantly, the school provides valuable information on new advances in product development and also theory of operation. Not only does the student receive training from an analytical viewpoint but also has the opportunity to obtain hands-on experience with various products.