The Importance of Field Operator Notes

When a chart is received, the chart analyst will first check notes on the chart. Typical notes are:

  •  Orifice change

  •  Clock stopped - Flow or No Flow

  •  Well service

  •  Water in meter

  •  High zero

  •  Low zero

  •  Calibration - Flow

  •  Well shut in

  •  On bypass - Flow or No Flow

All these notes are certainly important and help the measurement group develop estimates, if necessary, for determining chart volume.

Unfortunately, notes like these are not provided on a consistent basis. When the analyst sees a flow pattern that raises questions, it may be necessary for the analyst to follow-up with the field location and possibly scan and send an image for field review. If "closing time" is near, it may be necessary for the analyst and field unit to make an assumption on the problem and then correct the volume in the following month when more review is completed.

Would should the field do? Assume the person reviewing the chart hasn't a clue. Write notes, on front or back, to explain even the smallest glitch. What the field does or does not put on the chart is reflected in the volume calculated for sale or purchase.

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