RFID in Energy 2011
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Using RFID to Improve Refinery Maintenance

In November 2010, BP implemented 125,000 high-frequency (HF) RFID tags and mobile readers at its facility in Gelsingkerchin, Germany. The deployment's objective was to increase efficiencies during a turnaround (or TAR—a planned, periodic shutdown of a refinery process unit or plant to perform maintenance, overhaul and repair operations, and to inspect, test and replace process materials and equipment), and to replace the existing manual, paper-based system. Learn how the firm successfully used the process throughout the TAR, fitting RFID tags to every isolation point. And hear how the system is providing a common refinery data format, as well as real-time reporting capability and a complete blind history usage.

Speaker:
Mike Haley, Technology Consultant, Chief Technology Office, BP

How Auto ID Is Being Used to Track Remote Workers Across 4,000 Miles of Gulf Coast Pipeline

Dow Chemical, the world's second-largest petrochemical company, will discuss how it tracks remote maintenance workers along 4,000 miles of its Gulf Coast Pipeline, using intrinsically safe wireless technologies.

Speaker:
Gary Smith, Senior Supply Chain Specialist, RFID, GPS,
    Auto ID Expertise Center, Dow Chemical

RFID for Natural Gas Service Providers

In this session, Southern California Gas, a division of Sempra Energy, will discuss how it is using RFID technology to track natural gas consumption and business assets.

Speaker:
• Jim Pilant, SAP Business Process Designer, Sempra Utilities

National Oilwell Varco Tracks Asset with RFID

In this session, National Oilwell Varco, one of the world's largest producers of oil-field equipment, shares how it is employing radio frequency identification to track mooring, surface and sub-sea assets. Learn how the company is utilizing RFID to track and service assets across its supply chain.

Speaker:
• Ashe Menon, Product Line Manager for RigMS - RFID based Asset Management, National Oilwell Varco

Applying RFID to Hazardous Materials Management

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is using an innovative application of RFID to manage nuclear materials that have accumulated over more than 60 years. Hear how the system is improving safety, security, accountability, worker and public health, and environmental protection during storage, transportation and disposal, and learn how RFID will support the DOE in modernizing its management of the lifecycle of nuclear materials.

Speakers:
Dr. Yung Y. Liu, Manager, DOE/PCP Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)
    Technology Program, Argonne National Laboratory
• Dr. James M. Shuler, Manager, Packaging Certification Program,
    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

Improving Safety in the Natural Gas Industry With RFID

Viridis Technologies, a manufacturer of alternative fuel dispensers based in Toronto, is using RFID to facilitate safe fueling for green transportation technologies, including natural gas and hydrogen. Compressed natural gas (CNG) is utilized as a vehicle fuel in more than 75 countries around the world. With the significant growth of CNG vehicles worldwide, the number of fatal accidents due to faulty equipment is increasing. Viridis Technologies developed its RFID system to reduce risks associated with refueling uncertified natural gas vehicle equipment. In this session, learn how the firm is employing RFID to improve the reputation of CNG as a vehicle fuel, and to promote traceability within the natural gas industry.

Speaker:
• Ian Patterson, President, Viridis Technologies

Nuclear Power Plants Find Safety in RFID

Whether you produce electronics or energy, ensuring employee safety is a top priority. Southern Company, an energy company that runs nuclear power plants, has dramatically enhanced the realism of worker training by providing a system for employee monitoring and intervention. Learn how the company is using a real-time location system to automatically correlate a worker’s actual location with a simulated instantaneous radiation dose, and how it can be used to minimize exposure, reduce health risks and lower utility costs.

Speaker:
• Wm. Keith Hodnett, Plant Vogtle Training Dept., Mechanical Instructor, Southern Company

RFID Lowers Costs—and Risks—in Port Operations

Edison Chouest Offshore, C Logistics Division, a provider of integrated supply-management solutions for drilling, production and construction projects , is using RFID at its facility in Port Fourchon, La., to improve customer service delivery and processing times, as well as inventory accuracy for vendor staging areas. Learn how RFID is helping to reduce expenses and solve the critical issues of staging, manpower, space, loading, scheduling and logistics for oil drilling and production operations in the Gulf of Mexico.

Speaker:
• Dane Vizier, General Manager, Edison Chouest Offshore, C-Logistics Division

Oil and Gas—Preventing Disaster Using RFID

The Oil & Gas RFID Solution Group will discuss the importance of asset integrity and asset lifecycle management in the petroleum industry. The presenters will discuss how RFID technology plays an important role in preventing equipment failure, reducing downtime and saving lives. Topics will cover relevant case studies and specific RFID technologies that have successfully worked in delivering improved integrity and better lifecycle management for some of the world's largest oil and gas companies.

Speakers:
• Sam Falsafi, Co-Founder, Oil & Gas RFID Solution Group Consortium
• Konrad Konarski, Co-Founder, Oil & Gas RFID Solution Group Consortium


RFID Deployments in Oil and Gas Worldwide

The Oil & Gas RFID Solution Group will outline the current state of RFID deployments in the oil and gas sector, and explain how companies are employing radio frequency identification across the entire value chain.

Speakers:
• Sam Falsafi, Co-Founder, Oil & Gas RFID Solution Group Consortium
• Konrad Konarski, Co-Founder, Oil & Gas RFID Solution Group Consortium


RFID Tags for Harsh Environments

Finding the right passive UHF RFID tag to work in your specific environment can be a challenge. A tag's ability to transmit to a reader can be affected by the hum of nearby machines, metal shelving, liquids or other distractions. Additionally, the tag itself may need to survive abrasions, high temperatures, hot water or solvents. In this Solution Showcase presentation, learn about some of the tags that William Frick & Co. provides for use in challenging environments, and hear how they can be customized to meet your company's particular needs.

Speaker:
• Brent Howell, Business Development Manager, William Frick & Co.

The Benefits of Real-Time Asset Management and Tracking Solutions in Extreme Environments

Companies in the process manufacturing industry, such as oil and gas, chemical, mining, construction and energy are facing increasing pressure to improve operational safety and efficiency, as well as financial results. In these harsh and complex environments, proper asset management, personnel safety and equipment maintenance are not just regulatory issues; they are paramount to the success and health of the business. By using RFID and RTLS technologies to automate critical business processes, Zebra Enterprise Solutions delivers scalable, robust and reliable real-time asset management solutions that protect profitability and provide end-to-end visibility to streamline everyday tracking of materials, equipment and personnel in process. This enables companies to improve personnel safety, increase operational efficiency and profitability. Hear how Zebra Enterprise Solutions deployed a real-world evacuation management tracking solution for BP and learn how your company can deploy such solutions in harsh environments.

Speakers:
• Phill Bartlett, Sales Engineer and System Architect, Zebra Enterprise Solutions
• Samuel Levy, VP, Sales Engineering, Zebra Enterprise Solutions


Using RFID in the World's Harshest Conditions

Energy companies operate in some of Earth's harshest conditions, from the frigid waters of the North Sea to the searing heat of the Middle Eastern deserts. These businesses also need to track a wide variety of assets composed of metal, which has been a challenge with RFID. In this session, a leading expert on specialty RFID tags will discuss the various options available today, explaining when and where each can be used under the most challenging operating conditions.

Speaker:
• Dr. Pat King, Founder, Technologies ROI, LLC

Raising Performance in Field Servicing

Maintenance and repairs represent a major portion of a company's operations, whether during the manufacturing process or the scheduled maintenance of currently owned assets. Since 2001, IDBLUE has been helping companies adopt RFID technology in scenarios requiring human workflow, such as asset inspection and auditing, event management and particular field maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO). Learn industry standards-based RFID solutions, such as those built using Microsoft BizTalk RFID, can increase productivity, improve regulatory compliance and reduce employee workload, both off- and on-site.

Speakers:
• Pierre Deschamps, executive VP of sales and marketing, IDBLUE
• Arsalan Ahmed, Solutions Architect, IDBLUE,
• Sudhir Hasbe, senior product manager, Microsoft


Using RFID to Improve Operations in the Utilities Industry

Many utility companies commonly employ labor-intensive, paper-based manual systems to inventory, monitor, inspect and/or repair their key high-value assets, both in the yard and in the field. This can result in the inefficient use of working capital, ineffective workflow systems, and user errors and gaps in critical information. Additionally, companies have the need to accurately track and recoup joint-use revenue from third-party cable and telephone providers that attach their communication hardware to a utility's pole network. Learn how RFID is being used to create a closed-loop asset-management system that successfully manages high-value assets from the point of manufacture through their entire useful lifecycle, while streamlining many steps that have traditionally been part of the field-inspection and maintenance processes. Hear how one utility company saw a 72 percent improvement in the average time its workers spent inspecting and repairing assets.

Speaker:
• Barry Breede, President, Sustainable Management Systems

Leveraging Passive RFID to Re-Engineer Project Execution Processes

Passive RFID technology has been historically limited in terms of storage capacity and communication ranges. However, the fast-paced technical improvements of passive RFID in recent years, as well as the technology's minimum unit costs, offer an exceptional opportunity to impact the capital-projects industry with more intelligent and automated construction processes. This presentation will discuss a new FIATECH project that leverages the company's successful past experience with sensing and RFID technologies for an automated and intelligent construction job site.

Speaker:
• Todd Sutton, Business Unit Manager, Zachry Construction Corp.

Tool Management Using RFID

The use of a tool-management system and automated data-collection technology, such as RFID and bar codes, to track tools, equipment and consumables from warehouse to job site to worker provides a compelling return on investment. This session will discuss how such technologies are used, what the challenges are and where the ROI is derived.

Speaker:
• Dean Perry, President, ToolHound

RFID for Access Control on Construction Sites

Consolidated Contractors Co. (CCC) is a construction contractor based in Athens, Greece. The firm has recently seen an increase in the size of the projects it undertakes, and the number of laborers and operatives per site has increased accordingly. Monitoring and controlling access at the project construction site and camp gates is becoming more and more time-consuming. This requires significant monitoring and control efforts—particularly in the morning and at the end of the day, when hundreds of workers must cross the gates in as short time as possible. In this session, learn how CCC is using RFID to monitor the entry and exit of its employees and vehicles. Hear how the company is testing RFID on two projects in the United Arab Emirates that will allow it to accurately track and count personnel and vehicles arriving at and leaving the sites.

Speaker:
• Firas Hijazi, Manager of Business System Unit, Consolidated Contractors Co.

Looking Ahead—Exploring RFID and Related Emerging Technologies for Construction

As the construction and facility-management (FM) industry begins to deploy RFID solutions, new issues beyond the selection of RFID reader and tag technologies begin to emerge. This session will explore some of these emerging issues, including communications infrastructure on-site; automatic-identification technologies for Near Field Communication (NFC) and bar codes; real-time locating systems (RTLS); intelligent infrastructure for roads, bridges and buildings; the role of new mobile and tablet operating-system (OS) devices; the SmartGrid; and the role of sensors. Learn how these technologies will dramatically change the future of the construction industry and the owner-operator environment.

Speaker:
• Francis Rabuck, Director, Intelligent Infrastructure Lab, Bentley Systems

Automating Load Counting With RFID to Improve Accuracy

Counting and tracking vehicle loads into and out of a construction yard or work site has typically been a manual, error-prone and time-consuming process. Manual processes inhibit productivity and increase costs. Learn how new applications, coupled with battery-assisted passive (BAP) RFID technology with superior range and portability, automate the process in order to improve efficiency, accuracy and profitability.

Speaker:
• Jeff Kimmel, Director of Product Management, Heavy Construction Systems Specialists
• Peter Mehring, CEO, Intelleflex
• Jim West, Product Manager, Heavy Construction Systems Specialists.


Driving Down Costs With RFID

Radio frequency identification can play a key role in helping companies manage the inventory of equipment arriving on a construction site, as well as reduce the incidence of theft and improve the tracking of assets. In this session, learn how Magnor Plant (part of the Morgan Est Group) utilizes RFID to help provide modern lifting equipment, safety devices, vehicles and accommodation units to all Morgan Est construction sites. Hear how tagged assets are being instantly scanned using handheld computers, enabling the firm to manage inspection and delivery schedules for each asset. And find out how these systems are helping Magnor effectively manage its inventory and logistics systems.

Speaker:
• Neill Pawsey, Program Manager, COMIT

Using RFID for Laydown Yard Management

Learn how Zachry, one of the world's largest construction companies focused on the energy sector, employs RFID technology to support the management of equipment in its laydown yards. In this session, the company will discuss the value of RFID technology to manage the location and identification of a variety of products used throughout the construction of various energy plants. With more than 15,000 employees, and an international and ever-changing footprint of construction locations, RFID supports Zachry's capability to plann, build and maintain major facilities in the energy sector.

Speaker:
• John Corzo, Manager of Procurement, Zachry Industrial

RFID for Construction Load Tracking

The Alaska Department of Transportation (DOT), with assistance from researchers at the University of Alaska, recently completed a pilot that tracked asphalt-filled dump trucks from a weigh station in Anchorage to the Glenn Highway construction site, located about an hour's drive away. This involved utilizing an RFID solution that includes 900 MHz active tags attached to trucks, as well as readers installed at the weigh station and attached to a paver—a vehicle that applies hot-mix asphalt to a new road surface—on the construction site. Asphalt, which costs approximately $115 per ton, must be laid while still warm in order for it to set properly, or else a road could experience cracks or other problems down the line. In this session, hear how the pilot used radio frequency identification to track a total of 50,000 tons of asphalt, laid along a 10-mile-long section of a six-lane roadway under construction. Learn how the project provided accurate and reliable data, including an exact record of when each truck was at a particular location, as well as how long it remained there.

Speaker:
• Jim Sweeney, P.E., Research Engineer, Statewide Research Section, Alaska Department of Transportation

Smart Chips, Smart Solutions

At the prompting of its members, FIATECH investigated commercial-ready and near-ready RFID technologies that can be easily adapted for field construction and operations, as well as maintenance applications. The project, known as Smart Chips, planned, resourced and completed eight in-field pilot tests of commercial-ready technologies in high-interest construction-industry applications, including the use of sensors to accelerate concrete maturity readings, locating and tracking fabricated pipe, tracking materials and assets, site tool management and structural strain monitoring. Last year, FIATECH completed a study on leveraging technology to improve construction productivity. Results and findings from this research will be presented and discussed.

Speaker:
• Nicole Testa Boston, Deputy Director, FIATECH

Near-Real-Time Monitoring of Project Components

A field test of materials identification and localization technologies was conducted to measure the impact of such technologies on construction productivity at a standard construction project site. Data collected with RFID tags and a GPS device was combined to track materials in large lay-down yard areas. The field test showed that improvements in materials tracking not only enhanced craft labor productivity and expedited materials retrieval to the staging areas, but also improved the predictability and reliability that materials were available when required.

Speaker:
• David Grau, Assistant Professor, University of Alabama

A Few Key Points Often Overlooked

In this session at RFID Journal LIVE! 2011, the presenter discusses the importance of using tags that can withstand harsh environments. Tags are actually smashed on site to see which ones can withstand banging that often occurs in the energy and construction environments.

Speaker:
• Dr. Pat King, Founder, Technologies ROI, LLC

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