Section F - Development of Corporate Standards and Guidelines
Section G - Typical Job Titles and Descriptions
Section H - Sample Audit Protocol
Section I - Sample Audit Report
This guide is dedicated to the pioneers of measurement and control. This
technology took its first steps along the Nile Valley about 2600 B.C., when
Egyptian engineers began using precise yet simple measuring devices to level
the foundation for building the Great Pyramid and employing weirs to measure
and distribute irrigation water across the fertile delta. Much more recently,
hundreds of dedicated people tinkering in their home and labs, working late
at night, and overcoming failures and frustrations, created the powerful
computer technology we now rely on.
Without these pioneers, whose first tentative steps thousands of years ago
have accelerated into today's full-speed sprint toward on-going advances,
the world of measurement and control would not exist and this guide would
never have been written. And instead of being an I&C engineer, I would
have devoted the past three decades to a profession far less interesting
This is the third edition of this guide (first was online in 1997!!). We
sincerely hope that its success will continue--an indication that it’s
well accepted by the public at large.
The guide is directed toward all practitioners in process measurement and
control as well as other technical personnel such as project managers,
process engineers, and mechanical engineers. I wrote it for specialists
in process measurement and control and also to help people with little
knowledge of process measurement and control to understand that specialty.
Learners can find additional detailed information beyond the level of
this guide in specialized publications, and major vendors
(whose valuable experience and knowledge is readily available to users).
We developed this guide because we wanted to concentrate the knowledge we
learned over the years in a guide format and because we felt there is
a need for a condensed source that presents information on measurement
and control in a clear and concise form. Its condensed format is ideal
for everyday use. To the best of our knowledge, there is no other guide
quite like this one. One of the main difficulties we faced in creating
this guide was deciding how much detail is required -- a task we hope
we accomplished successfully. Several web sites or books provide a great
deal more detail but don’t actually provide any more substantial information
than this text. Because this is a condensed guide, learners seeking more
information should refer to vendor publications and detailed textbooks.
It may be helpful to describe how the learner can use this guide. First,
it can be studied by anyone seeking to understand the field of process
measurement and control, or it can be used as a reference guide to be
consulted whenever information is required on a certain topic. We have
used the content of this guide as the basis for teaching courses in these
subject areas at a few universities across North America.
We hope that this latest revision will guide you in
selecting and implementing process measurement and control devices as
well as contribute to improving this field of technology. The revision
updates most of the sections of the first and second editions while adding
sections on maintenance, calibration, project implementation and management,
consulting, and tools for decision making. We have made every effort to
ensure that this guide is accurate and clear.