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Organisation in Petroleum Research

Nature volume 139, pages 361362 (27 February 1937) | Download Citation



RESEARCH is necessary in practically every phase of the petroleum industry to-day and, in view of its importance, should be prosecuted in the most efficient and economic manner possible. In a paper read before the Institution of Petroleum Technologists on December 8, J. H. Vermuelen discussed the organization of research. The main point to which he directed attention was that although decentralization is inevitable in every petroleum company owing to its very nature, yet its technical and administrative activities should be controlled and guided by a central laboratory. The laboratory should be so designed and equipped that routine and ordinary research can be carried out at the same time as applied and pure research and, while there should be no interference between the two types of research, yet there should be ample facilities for exchange of ideas. The routine function of the central laboratory should be to collect technical and commercial data from all branches of the company, systematize it and render it available in a convenient form for reference.

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