Associations & Organizations
- American Gas Association This is the website of an organization composed of approximately 300 North American Natural Gas Companies. They also publish the American Gas Magazine and participate in International Industry programs in over 30 nations around the globe. This site has a members section with an extensive collection of resources available for use, but their non- members section also contains a wealth of information, including an on-line version of the American Gas Magazine.
- American Petroleum Institute This major national trade organization headquartered in Washington D.C. represents the petroleum industry in public forums around the world. It testifies before Congress, and other government bodies, on behalf of the petroleum industry, and offers it website as a resource tool for members of this industry. They have organized a useful collection of materials to help the industry keep aware of salient issues in the national and international arena. This site offers special access to its resources for companies that are members of the API.
- The Gas Processors Association is a non-profit trade organization of about 140 companies. Together their membership accounts for almost 90% of all natural gas liquids produced in the United States. Their site offers members exclusive access to standards and papers. They host several trade publications, and have on line versions available for browsing on the site for free.
- The Gas Research Institute (GRI) is the research, development, and commercialization (RD&C) organization of the natural gas industry, whose mission is to discover, develop, and deploy technologies and information that measurably benefit gas customers and the industry. Their site has a wealth of technical information and resources that cover all aspects of the gas sector of the petroleum industry. you can even order custom reports prepared by the institute directly for their web page. The most extensive resources are available only for members, but your company may already be a member. To check if you may be member, CLICK HERE
- The Independent Petroleum Association of America is a national association that represents the 8,000 independent crude oil and natural gas exporters & producers in the United States, operating in cooperation with 44 non-affiliated national, state, and regional associations. Their Government Relations section is a great source of information on recent developments in federal regulatory actions and national energy policy.
- The International Society for Measurement and Control This international organization is compromised of 22 technical divisions specializing in measurement and control science. It is a clearinghouse for important developments in measurement, and offers its members a diverse collection of publications, internet resources, and industry-specific aides to help you address your company’s measurement science challenges.
- Southern Gas Association based out of Dallas, TX, is a trade association for the natural gas industry. The SGA provides a broad array of industry-specific training. The website is a supplement to their conferences, seminars and courses offered by its gas company members, which provide 80% of all gas used in this country.
Government Agencies & Offices
- The Fluid Flow Group is a sub-division of The National Institute of Standards and Technology which establishes, maintains, and disseminates the standards used by U.S. Industry for fluid flow rate and fluid quantity measurements.
- The Minerals Management Service (MMS) is a bureau of the U.S. Department of the Interior. The mission of the MMS is to manage the mineral resources of the Outer Continental Shelf in an environmentally sound and safe manner and to timely collect, verify, and distribute mineral revenues from Federal and Native American lands.
- The National Institute of Standards and Technology established by Congress “to assist industry in the development of technology … needed to improve product quality, to modernize manufacturing processes, to ensure product reliability … and to facilitate rapid commercialization … of products based on new scientific discoveries.” It is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Technology Administration.
- Office of Conservation of the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources is the website of the state body that handles oil & gas operations and issued Statewide Order No. 29-D-1, referenced In Roland Rollins’ paper State Of Louisiana Measurement Regulations, presented on April 7, 1998 at the AFMS Measurement Short Course. The server seems a bit slow, but it has a great collection of contact info and recent news about developments in the state’s oil and natural gas industry.
- The Process Measurements Division of the The National Institute of Standards and Technology develops and provides measurement standards and services, measurement techniques, recommended practices, sensing devices, instrumentation, and mathematical models required for analysis, control, and optimization of industrial processes.
Journals & Publications
- Control Magazine is the online extension of CONTROL, a monthly magazine serving the needs of automation, control, and instrumentation professionals in the process industries.
- The E&P Connection This site is part of IBM’s on line information network for the petroleum industry. They have a wide range of coverage on all issues relating to Exploration and Production of Petroleum: links to other Internet resources, energy quotes, press releases, and even interactive forums. This site is really great, and the webmasters will even help you locate resources you’re looking for. All you have to do is email them, and help is only a few mouse clicks away.
- Control Platforms Designed as an on-line supplement to Industrial Computing and InTech Magazine this site covers only the most recent and cutting-edge developments impacting control systems, focusing on those being designed for the long-term future.
- The Flow Control Network Welcome to The Flow Control Network, The Global Information Network for the Fluid Handling Industry. This site is maintained by the editors of Flow Control magazine.
- The Gas Connection This site is part of IBM’s on line information network for the petroleum industry. They have a wide range of coverage on all issues relating to Natural Gas: links to other Internet resources, energy quotes, press releases, and even interactive forums. This site is really great, and the webmasters will even help you locate resources you’re looking for. All you have to do is email them, and help is only a few mouse clicks away.
- Gulf Publications is an outstanding source of publications in the field of measurement studies. This site has an extensive collection of several different journals and publications and they have the full text of their articles on line. You can even search their database by keyword.
- Industrial Computing is the on-line journal of the ISA. It covers many diverse issues for computing technology professionals in the manufacturing industry. Offering it’s own library, this site can keep you up to date on important news and upcoming events in the Industrial Computing field.
- InTech Magazine This is the International Journal of Measurement and Control’s website, published by the ISA. It is targeted towards process engineers and offers an outstanding survey of important economic, political, and scientific developments in the process and manufacturing industries.
- Measurement & Control News A controlled-circulation news publication sent free of charge to qualified engineering, scientific and technical personnel using instruments for measurement and control, data acquisition, recording, and the computation associated with them.
- Motion Control Magazine is another excellent publication of the ISA that provides a supplement to their print publication. It is designed for engineers developing motion control systems and subsystems, and features many resources found only on their website.
- Oil World is quite possibly one of the most amazing oil and gas sites on the web. It is updated TWICE daily, and includes information on EVERYTHING in the oil and gas industry. The webmaster has been operating this site since 1996, and they have really done an excellent job providing coverage on almost every new development affecting the oil and gas industry since then. It’s not a technical resource, although they do provide links to other technical resources on the Internet. It is primarily a news service, but you get news on every technical sector in the oil and gas industry. If you don’t currently read this site daily, you are LOSING MONEY! They even offer daily fax services of featured highlights or energy quotes.
- The Petroleum Pages Really, this a extensive collection of links to all things related to Petroleum on the web, maintained by the Center for Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. The links have no explanations or summaries (meaning you’ll have to do a lot more exploring to find what you are looking for), but if you are stumped on a question, or just have a few hours to spend, you should check this place out. If you search hard enough, you’ll probably find what you need.
- The Petrozone This site is an ok resource. It is primarily a collection of links to various other websites on the Internet, and it doesn’t have much that the larger oil and gas sites don’t have. It is really easy to navigate through, however, which makes it more likely that you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for at this site. It isn’t specifically targeted for measurement professionals, but it is a good place to do research on general oil and gas topics.
- The Pipeliner’s Yellow Pages is sponsored by the Drannon Marketing Group, and has a pretty decent collection of links to Pipeline resources. Although they focus on companies and organizations directly connected to servicing and maintaining pipelines, the scope of this sub-sector of the oil and gas industry is rather broad, so you will find a diverse collections of resources here. This site also has a pretty decent collection of resumes and personnel information, so if you’re looking for a job, or for prospective employees, you might want to visit. The site is not that easy to navigate through, and it’s not very visually appealing, but it does offer good informational links, so it’s worth a visit.
- The Refining Connection This site is part of IBM’s on line information network for the petroleum industry. They have a wide range of coverage on all issues relating to Refining: links to other Internet resources, energy quotes, press releases, and even interactive forums. This site is really great, and the webmasters will even help you locate resources you’re looking for. All you have to do is email them, and help is only a few mouse clicks away.