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Doug Arrick Wins 2018 Laurance S. Reid Award

Feb 28 2018 Read 330 Times

Every year ISHM honours an individual with the Laurance S. Reid Award at the School. This year, the award went to Douglas Lee Arrick, who has worked in the petroleum pipeline industry for 40 years. Thirty three years as a leader in petroleum measurement.

Doug was born in Portsmouth, Ohio. He graduated from Valley Local High School in Lucasville, Ohio. He then attended Ohio Northern University and graduated with a BS in Electrical Engineering.

Doug began his career in the oil and gas industry in 1972 when he joined the pipeline operations of the Standard Oil Company (Ohio) as Sr. Operations Engineer for Sohio Products Pipelines. In 1973 Doug was transferred to Sohio Transportation as Safety Engineer. He was promoted to Project Engineer for Sohio Crude Oil Pipelines in 1974 in Longview, Texas. While in this position he was responsible for the design and operations of several crude oil gathering and mainline pipeline facilities. During his tenure with Sohio Crude Lines he presented his first paper at the International School of Hydrocarbon Measurement. The paper was on pipeline leak detection and was the result of work he did with Clyde Owen who was then Oil Movements Manager for Sohio Pipeline.

In 1979 Doug began his career in oil and gas measurement. He joined Clyde Owen who was then Oil Measurements Manager, Sohio Pipe Line in Cleveland, Ohio. Doug as Measurement Associate was responsible for writing the measurement practices and procedures for Sohio Pipe Line. Sohio was the major owner of the Trans Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS). The operator of TAPS, Alyeska Pipeline Services Company was developing measurement procedures and policies and in 1981 Doug was loaned from Sohio to be Alyeska’s first Oil Measurements Manager and he moved to Anchorage, Alaska. He headed the task of developing the TAPS Measurement Policy and Procedures Manual.

Clyde Owen retired in 1984 and Doug moved back to Cleveland to replace Clyde as Sohio’s Oil Measurements Manager. In 1986 BP purchased Sohio and Doug began working for BP Oil Pipelines as Measurement Specialist for Joint Ventures. He left BP and began work for ARCO Pipeline in 1992 as Measurement Specialist/Supervisor. Then in 2000 BP purchased ARCO and Doug was again working for a brief period for BP. At that time certain ARCO Pipeline Company assets were purchased by TEPPCO and Doug began work as Manager Crude Oil and NGL Measurement for TEPPCO Crude Oil. 2005 TEPPCO was purchased by EPCO and Doug became a Measurement Engineer for EPCO. Doug left EPCO in 2009 and began work for Shell Pipeline as Senior Measurement Specialist until he retired in 2012.

Although Doug worked for several companies during his career he did have a couple of constants. He was a member of the American Petroleum Institute Committee on Petroleum Measurement (COPM) and its subcommittees for 30 years. He was a member of the Committee on Petroleum Measurement for 25 years representing SOHIO, BP, ARCO, TEPPCO, and EPCO. He chaired COPM in 1991 and 1992. He chaired the API Ad Hoc Committee on Crude Oil Quality in 1992. Doug was also active in development of international standards. He was a member of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Technical Advisory Group. He headed the US delegation to ISO TC28 SC2 and SC 6 three times from 1986 to 1990.

helped or led work to develop of revise industry standards for liquid petroleum measurement for both national and international standards. These standards include tank calibration, tank gauging, prover calibration, temperature, sampling, sediment and water, density, and crude oil quality. There are few petroleum liquid measurement standards that Doug did not participate in the development.

Doug was an active member of the International School of Hydrocarbon Measurement for 20 years. He served as Chair of the General Committee in 2008 and chair of the Executive Committee in 2016.

Doug has been honored with many awards for his work in the area of petroleum measurement standards. These include; the API Certificate of Appreciation, Certificate of Service (2), the COPM Chester W Ochsner Award for Excellence in Service, ASTM Award of Appreciation, Award of Excellence and ARCO Transportation Company Presidents Award

Doug has been married to his wonderful and supportive wife, Sherry for 42years. Doug and Sherry have four children. They are both active members of the First Presbyterian Church Kingwood, Texas

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