Meters are installed for many different operational purposes including the identification of malfunctioning wells, to control flows within a plant, and as check meters that are not used in the accounting process. Where measurements are not used in the accounting process, their operation is not required to meet any regulatory measurement standards. Metering equipment does not need to be calibrated or updated periodically to reflect new analysis. Such meters should be marked “Non-‐Accounting” on the measurement schematic. Too often calibrations and sampling are conducted on all meters at the regulated frequency, because companies fail to clarify which meters are non-‐accounting, and how they are to be maintained.
How FacilityStudio provides value
FacilityStudio displays the following accounting uses for a meter device: Accounting, Non-‐Accounting, Primary-‐Accounting, and Secondary-‐ Accounting. FacilityStudio’s Missing Mandatory Data report provides a list of meters that have not been marked with an accounting use.
Verify the following is completed for each of your meters:
- Ensure that correct accounting data is filled in for all your meters.
- Review all “Non-‐Accounting” meters on your measurement schematics to ensure they are not being calibrated or sampled for an updated analysis at the same frequency as “Accounting” meters. This type of routine maintenance on Non-‐Accounting meters is not required by regulations; it is by choice of the operator.
The image below represents how Non-‐Accounting and Accounting meters in FacilityStudio are displayed in a measurement schematic.