Workshops & Training Sessions ​

By Hint Consultants

Multi-phase flow measurement in the oil and gas industry

The measurement of well flows can be done more cost-effective using multi-phase flow meters, but at the current stage of development, the application requires insight in the specific problems of multi-phase flow measurement and the physics, which govern this measurement. During the training the participants will be introduced to the basics of multi-phase flows and its measurement and how to select a meter for a specific application.

Depends on the starting level of the participants, but will be at least 1 day. In most cases 2 days will be necessary.

Between 4 and 10 participants.

Hans van Maanen

Multi-Phase Flow Metering

After this workshop all participants should have a good understanding of the benefits that MPFM can bring to the oil and gas production, can discuss/challenge their own MPFM applications and liaise with vendors, partners and government authorities.
Items of this training are: fundamentals of production data measurement and allocation, differences between Multi-Phase Flow Meter or Wet Gas Flow Meter (WGFM) and the conventional test separator, different MPFM technologies, selection process MPFM and WGFM, past experiences, uncertainty, current standards and best practices, testing (FAT, SAT), verification, calibration 

2 days.

Between 4 and 15 participants.

Hans van Maanen

Wet-gas flow measurement in the oil and gas industry

The measurement of gas well flows is hampered by the presence of liquids in the gas. This introduces systematic errors which can amount easily up to 50% of the value of the produced fluids. During the training the participants will be introduced to the basics of the wet-gas measurement techniques and the different options to correct the meter readings.

Depends on the starting level of the participants, but will be at least 1 day. In most cases 2 days will be necessary.

Between 4 and 10 participants.

Hans van Maanen

Determination of the physical properties of hydrocarbon fluids at field conditions

The (mostly) hydrocarbons in oil and gas wells are in thermodynamic equilibrium, which is strongly dependent on pressure and temperature. During production, these will change and thus also their physical properties like density, viscosity and surface tension. As a result, the Gas-Oil Ratio (GOR) and Water-Cut (WC) will be dependent on the actual conditions. This can influence the results for reservoir management, production allocation and commingled flows and the requirements for processing. The financial consequences can be severe and should therefore be accounted for. During the training, the participants will be introduced to the background of these problems, how these are tackled in practice and learn how PVT simulators are used.

Depends on the starting level of the participants, but will be at least 1 day. In most cases 2 days will be necessary, certainly when PVT simulation needs to be included (recommended).

Between 4 and 10 participants. Individual training is also a possibility.

Hans van Maanen

Measurement of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) flows

The measurement of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) is severely hampered by the low temperature of the liquid, the proximity of the boiling point to the operational temperature and the inhomogeneity of the liquid. As its monetary value is directly related to its calorific value, both volumetric flow rate and composition need to be determined continuously and simultaneously. Another major problem is the calibration of flow meters at their operational temperature.
During the training, the participants will be introduced to the different problems and issues, how these can be handled in the best way and what the related uncertainties are.

Depends on the starting level of the participants, but will be at least 1 day. In most cases 2 days will be necessary.

Between 4 and 10 participants. Individual training is also a possibility.

Hans van Maanen

Determination of data quality

In all processes and systems, data from sensors and analysers are used to control the process and to ensure that the products are within specification. However, this assurance can only be given if the quality of the input data is within their specification limits. Too often, no verification of these data is made, it is assumed that these are OK. But this can lead to improper quality of the products and / or lead to disaster when safety is compromised. These aspects will be illustrated with real-life examples and techniques like data-validity, data-integrity and data-consistency will be explained and possible implementations will be described.

Depends on the starting level of the participants, but will be around 1 day.

Between 4 and 10 participants. Individual training is also a possibility.

Hans van Maanen

Practical applications of Monte Carlo simulations

The design of any system includes the measurement and control system of its process, based on the requirements for product quality. It is difficult -to say the least- to predict what the resulting effect on the product quality is, based on the specifications of the individual sensors and analysers due to their complex interactions and non-linear responses. Monte Carlo simulations are a powerful technique to determine the overall effect of the individual pieces of equipment, their interactions and the (often) non-linear responses.
The participants will learn the basic technique of MC simulations, the hurdles and how to solve these by a step-by-step demonstration on a real-life example. 

Depends on the starting level of the participants, but will be at least 1 day. In most cases 2 days will be necessary, certainly when also some basic statistics need to be included.

Between 4 and 10 participants. Individual training is also a possibility.

Hans van Maanen

Uncertainty analysis with a focus on gas flow measurements

This course covers the propagation of measurement uncertainty using the methods outlined in the JCGM Guide to the Expression of Uncertainty in Measurement from a statistical perspective. The short course will provide participants with a working knowledge of the methods needed to compute measurement uncertainties, hands-on experience in the application of these methods, and scientific and statistical insight into the interpretation of the results. The theory of uncertainty analysis will be applied on two practical examples, i.e. the calculation of the uncertainty of calibration of a gas flow meter and the calculation of uncertainty in energy and volume measurement in a fiscal gas metering station.

1 day

Employees working in the Oil&Gas industry and Calibration laboratories, i.e. metering technicians/consultants, process operators/engineers.

Between 4 and 10 participants. Individual training is also a possibility.

Arend Herwijn

Gas and Liquid Flow Metrology

This course gives insights in the various aspects of the metrology of gas/liquid flow and energy measurement. The uncertainty in gas/liquid flow and energy measurement should be as low as possible during the whole lifespan of a metering station. A small introduction into the theory of uncertainty analysis will a part of the training program. The course starts with an introduction into the metrology and fluid dynamics. The various type of flow metering devices and its measuring principle will be dealt with. Attention will also be given on gas composition and energy measurement. Properties of natural gas and oil.


The different calibration techniques for gas and liquid flow meters will be discussed. Uncertainty of calibration. 

5 days

The training was developed for people who are active in the gas/liquid quantity and energy measurements and for people who are responsible for calibration or the initial verification of gas/liquid meters, like metering managers, metering engineers, station operators, service staff, inspectors and employees responsible for and performing calibration activities.

Between 4 and 10 participants. Individual training is also a possibility.

Arend Herwijn

Using an Analyser Management System

After this workshop all participants should have a good understanding of the problems concerning management of analysers and the benefits of an Analyser Management Software Solution.

Before determining the content of the workshop/training the target group has to be set and the actual goal of the workshop/training.

To provide a client-driven workshop, the client is asked to provide an overview of their current situation (plant). How many analysers? What kind of analysers? Current issues/problems? Is there an analyser management philosophy? etc.

The input and the wishes of the client will determine the actual training/workshop.

2 days

  • Introduction to the application of Analysers in Oil & Gas
  • Quality Measurement Improvement (QMI)
  • Traceability of measurement data
  • Exploring and discussing problems with Analysers
  • The importance of reliability, reproducibility, availability and traceability.
  • Analyser Maintenance and Operational Implementation
  • Validation and calibration of Analysers
  • Analyser validation methods
  • Statistical Process Control (SPC)
  • Accuracy and Precision
  • Uncertainty
  • Analytical Performance
  • Performance Indicators
  • Dixon test of outliers
  • Control and warning limits:
    • Determination of limits
    • Common practises of implementation
    • Changing limits
    • Reporting and management
    • Examples and Exercises
  • Integrating Laboratory and Field Analyser Management
  • What is AMADAS (ADAS, AMDS) and what is Analyser Management?
  • Used standards (ASTM etc.)

Analyser technicians, engineers and specialists

Between 4 and 15 participants.

Wilfred Brink

Analyser Management System Justification

After this workshop all participants should have a good understanding of the problems concerning management of analysers and the benefits of an Analyser Management Software Solution. 

To provide a client-driven workshop, the client is asked to provide an overview of their current situation (plant). How many analysers? What kind of analysers? Current issues/problems? Is there an analyser management philosophy? etc.

The input and the wishes of the client will determine the actual training/workshop.

1 day

  • Introduction to the application of Analysers in Oil & Gas
  • Quality Measurement Improvement (QMI)
  • Regulations and Agreements
  • Traceability of measurement data
  • Exploring and discussing problems with Analysers
  • The importance of reliability, reproducibility, availability and traceability.
  • Analyser Maintenance and Operational Strategy
  • Analytical Performance
  • Performance Indicators
  • Integrating Laboratory and Field Analyser Management
  • What is AMADAS (ADAS, AMDS) and what is Analyser Management?
  • Benefits of a Analyser Management Software Solution
  • Provide comparison for the different Analyser Management Software Solutions (different vendors, different concepts) the advantages and disadvantages.
  • Creating an Analyser Management Philosophy
  • Justification of the Analyser Management Software Solution.

Analyser engineers, super intendants and managers

Between 4 and 10 participants. Individual training is also a possibility.

Wilfred Brink

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