In the oil and gas fields, several electronic instruments are used for process control and monitoring. These can range from level and interface measurement, vibration and corrosion monitoring, leak detection, and flow measurement.

An appropriate selection of the sensing technique and the associated hardware architecture depends on several factors such as the physical chemical properties of the process under measurement, the classification of the zone where the measurement will be performed, and environment conditions. This requires a good knowledge in different areas of electrical engineering which ranges from analog and digital electronics, sensing, control, and properties of acoustic and electromagnetic waves.

The aim of the course is to address the technical details and concept of different electronics instruments used in the aforementioned oil and gas applications. The course will also cover various control algorithms used for flow control, together with the associated hardware which includes the control valves, PLCs and P &ID diagrams.

Learning Objectives

Understand the concept, application, and practical consideration of various electronic instruments used in oil & gas industry.

To be familiar with various electronic instruments used for level and interface measurement, vibration and corrosion monitoring, leak detection, and flow measurement.

Be familiar with various control algorithms and associated hardware in Oil and Gas industry.

Be familiar with the emerging technologies used in instrumentation and control.

Understand what are the features and standards which should be associated to an electronic instrument for a given classified zone (e.g Zone 0, Zone 1, and Zone 2).

Understand various sensing solutions used for downhole measurements.

Who Should Attend

Day 1

Course introduction and pre–course assessment

The need of electronic instruments in oil and gas industry

Static & dynamic characteristics of sensors

Properties of acoustic and electromagnetic waves

Piezoelectric sensors: Physical modelling, dynamic characteristics, and practical considerations in oil and gas industry

Optical fibers: Principal and applications in electronic instrumentation targeting oil & gas industry

International input/output signals standards of the electronic instruments

Sources of noise and the corresponding mitigation techniques in electronic instrumentation

Revision and exercises solving session


Day 2

Eddy current-based sensors and their applications

Level and interface measurement instruments: Concept and applications in the oil & gas industry

Pressure and temperature measurement instruments

Case studies of electronic instruments used for level, interface pressure, and temperature measurements.

Electronic instruments for offline corrosion monitoring: Principle of operation and practical considerations

Revision and exercises solving session


Day 3

Electronic instruments for vibration monitoring

Signal Processing and analysis techniques for vibration monitoring

Electronic instruments for flow metering (single phase flow measurement)

Application and practical limitation of flow measurement systems

Revisions and exercises solving session


Day 4

Electronic instrumentation for downhole measurements

Control Algorithms for flow measurements: PID and ON-OFF control algorithms

Control Valves & PLCs: Principal of operations and practical considerations

Case studies of various electronic instruments in the oil & gas industry


Day 5

Course conclusion

Post-course assessment