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Purpose

The Appalachian Gas Measurement Short Course is organized to provide a means whereby people in the industry and government may meet, learn and generally add to their knowledge and experience in the field of gas measurement and pressure regulation.
The Appalachian Gas Measurement Short Course will seek to promote the increased accuracy of gas measurement and pressure regulation with the aim to further and improve safety, efficiency and appropriate economies so that the public will be better served.

Who Should Attend

  • Gas industry personnel...from field technicians to department managers...from trainees to the experienced gas engineers...chart processors accountants...all can benefit immensely from the short course.
  • Industrial users of natural gas including plant engineers, fuel engineers, energy management people...anyone connected with the utilization of natural gas for process use or heating.
  • Governmental people from the federal state or local level who are involved in regulatory activities related to gas measurement and / or pressure control.
  • Educators whose interests lie in the measurement or pressure control of Natural Gas.

Get Acquainted Reception

An informal reception will be held for all registrants during the exhibit hours starting at 3:45 PM on Wednesday, August 12th in Sewall Center. The reception will include beverages and appetizers and is free of charge.

History of the Appalachian Gas Measurement Short Course

The first Short Course was held in August 1938 at West Virginia University in Morgantown. Mr. H. J. Wagner, Gas Engineer for the West Virginia Public Service Commission, who originally proposed establishing the Course, also served as Chairman of the General Committee for 1938 and 1939. The West Virginia University School of Mines, with Professor G. R. Spindler representing the University on the General Committee, sponsored the Short Course. Many other people from industry contributed significantly to the establishment and continuance of the Short Course in its early days.

The purpose of establishing the Course was to provide individuals in the natural gas industry with an opportunity to obtain additional training and education in the gas measurement and pressure regulation. This was done in a effort to upgrade the repair, testing and operation of gas measurement equipment as well as the quality of service being provided by the gas industry. The Course also enabled people to keep abreast of the latest developments in gas measurement and pressure regulation equipment and techniques.d techniques.

The first Short Course attracted more than three hundred attendees. It included lectures, discussions and demonstrations. Eight manufacturers displayed equipment. Since that time the Course has gained continued acceptance and support from the natural gas companies, equipment manufacturers, Public Service Commissions, and users of natural gas.

When the twenty-fifth anniversary was celebrated in 1963, the registration had reached in excess of seven hundred students and fifty exhibiting manufacturers. The Course was not held during the war years of 1942-1944. In the early years, classes were held on the main campus of West Virginia University. In 1966 the newly developed Evansdale Campus of WVU offered improved
facilities for the Short Course. Exhibits and hands-on training sessions were conducted in the Twin Towers while classes were held in the Forestry Building. Enrollment continued to increase.

After thirty-five years at West Virginia University, in 1976 the Appalachian Gas Measurement Short Course moved to the campus of Robert Morris College in Coraopolis, Pennsylvania. Classes were conducted mainly in Hale Hall and John Jay Center and exhibits were located in John Jay as well. The attendance and exhibitor participation continued to grow. In 2002, Robert Morris was granted University status. In 2003, Moon Township elected to honor Robert Morris University by renaming Beers School and Narrows Run Roads as University Blvd.

Registrants generally come from the eastern half of the United States and Canada but also from as far away as California, Australia and Germany. The student body is composed of the various segments of the natural gas industry: production, transmission and storage, and distribution. Also enrollees from public service commissions, gas brokers and marketers, natural gas users and consultants attend. Manufacturers and suppliers to the industry make up another significant group of students.

Through the years the Short Course has contributed substantially to advancing the art and science of gas measurement and pressure regulation in the gas industry. The curriculum continues to be upgraded and updated as gas measurement and regulation advance.

Papers presented at the Short Course are published in manuals and provide a valuable reference source. In 1999, the Short Course also began distributing the Proceedings to students on CD-ROM.
Students can tailor a custom educational experience, choosing from over 175 individual classes in 8 periods. This year, the Classroom program has been updated with 12 sections. Hands-on classes on the maintenance of equipment are also a vital part of the Short Course to provide field and shop technicians with the latest methods and techniques in factory methods. There are now a total of 19 hands-on program sections.

The Appalachian Gas Measurement Short Course remains one of the most highly regarded educational forums of any kind in the Natural Gas industry.

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