ASTM International Training Course Covers Crude Oil Sampling

Noria news wires, Noria Corporation

The increased price of crude oil emphasizes the importance of its accurate and efficient sampling. "Crude Oil: Sampling, Testing, and Evaluation," a technical and professional training course sponsored by ASTM International, focuses on obtaining representative samples using automatic and manual methods; the tests available for obtaining data for determining quantity for custody transfer purposes and conformance to expected quality; and making a rapid evaluation of the commodity to assess handling and processing characteristics.

Laboratory technicians and chemists responsible for crude oil analysis and field personnel responsible for collecting samples will benefit from the course. A minimum of two years of college with an emphasis on chemistry or environmental science or relevant laboratory work experience is recommended.

Course instructors are Harry N. Giles, retired senior petroleum industrial specialist for the U.S. Department of Energy, and Clifford Mills, a laboratory consultant with an emphasis on crude analysis. Giles and Mills also serve as technical advisors to ASTM International for the Crude Oil Interlaboratory Crosscheck Program (ILCP).

The course will be held twice in 2010: February 8-10 in New Orleans, La., and October 25-27 in Houston, Texas.

The class attendance fee is $1,095 and includes course notes, 32 ASTM International standards referenced in the course and refreshment breaks. Students also receive 1.4 continuing education units. For a free brochure that includes registration and hotel information, contact Eileen Finn, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, Pa. (phone: 610-832-9686;; or visit the ASTM Web site at

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