RFID in Energy 2011
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September 20, 2011

8:45 AMOpening Remarks
Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
9:00 AMRFID Strategies and Best Practices for End Users in the Energy Industry

Despite its potential for driving business value, RFID creates significant demands on an organization. Learn how to minimize risks while increasing the likelihood of a well-executed project. From early-stage analysis through implementation, there are tools and methods that every corporate IT or project manager can use to ensure success.

Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
• Best-practice methods for all types of RFID projects
• Practical lessons from real case studies
9:45 AMImproving Oil-Field Operations With RFID

In this session, FMC Technologies, one of the world's largest oil-field product manufacturers and service companies, will discuss how it is using state-of-the art radio frequency identification tracking technology to identify parts as they move to and from a well site and into service centers and laydown yards. The firm will share the technical aspects of its deployments, discuss best practices for deploying the technology and provide insights into RFID's business benefits.

Adam Berg, Engineering Services Manager, FMC Technologies Inc.
• How FMC assures RFID tag survivability in extremely harsh environments
• The quantitative and qualitative benefits of RFID for large oil-field companies
10:30 AMNetworking Break
11:00 AMWeb-based System for Monitoring the Location, Security and Status of Hazardous Material Movements

Dow Chemical is using a combination of the latest automatic-identification technologies, sensors and Web-based software to monitor the real-time location, security status and environmental conditions of in-transit shipments of highly hazardous materials. The system employs transponders that combine sensors, a two-way satellite communications modem and GPS positioning. Information transmitted by the device is forwarded to the asset-management platform, enabling the firm to receive regular location alerts and notifications in the event that something goes wrong or violates a defined business rule. This approach allows Dow to monitor thousands of shipments on an exception basis, and to share that information with any necessary agencies. Hear how the solution satisfies multiple requirements, such as location, security and real-time data collection, while enabling Dow to have a common "version of the truth" that can be shared and acted on by numerous parties, including suppliers.

Craig Casto, Auto-ID Technology Leader, Dow Chemical
11:45 AMOil and Gas¬óGlobal RFID Deployments in 2011

The Oil & Gas RFID Solution Group will outline the current state of the world's wireless and RFID deployments for 2010 to 2011. The presenters will provide an overview of the latest advancements for the petroleum and petrochemical market space. The group will discuss some of the industry's largest field deployments, including applications of RFID in the upstream, midstream and downstream. Topics will include production facilities, pipelines, refineries, oil-production platforms and rigs, lay-down yards, sub-sea assets and more.

Sam Falsafi, Co-founder, Oil & Gas RFID Solution Group Consortium
Konrad Konarski, Co-founder, Oil & Gas RFID Solution Group Consortium
12:30 PMLunch Break
2:00 PMRFID in Energy Panel

RFID has been successfully tested and deployed in the energy sector, as many strive to improve supply chain processes, security, the monitoring of personnel and tracking assets. Hear the benefits being achieved, and how suppliers are meeting the demands of the market.

Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
Ian Binmore, Director of Drilling Products, Merrick Systems
Chris Gelowitz, President and CEO, InfoChip
Pete Poorman, RFID Market Analyst & Product Strategist, RFID Global Solution
2:45 PMRFID Technology for Nuclear Applications

The U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory has developed an active RFID technology for nuclear applications by government, as well as by civilian nuclear industries and for tracking radioactive sources used in oil and gas explorations. The RFID technology, called ARG-US, is currently being used in field testing and applications at selected DOE sites to manage nuclear materials that have accumulated over 60 years. Hear how Argonne's ARG-US software manages dataflow among tags, readers, secured databases and Web servers for nuclear material containers during transportation and storage, including off-site source recovery for global threat reduction. Learn how the system is improving safety, security, accountability, worker and public health, and environmental protection during storage, transportation and disposal, and how RFID will support the DOE and nuclear industries in modernizing the management of the lifecycle of nuclear materials, and in greatly improving situation awareness during transport and accidents.

Dr. Yung Y. Liu, Manager, DOE/PCP Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Technology Program, Argonne National Laboratory
• How the agency achieved an estimated direct-cost savings of $2.5 million over a span of five years by implementing an RFID-based tracking and temperature-monitoring system at a DOE storage facility
• How to track and recover radioactive sources used in oil and gas exploration
• How to employ RFID to reduce radiation exposure to workers, as well as enhance safety, safeguards and security (the "3 S's")
• How the technology can help nuclear industries address accidents such as that which occurred at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant
3:30 PMNetworking Break
4:00 PMUsing RFID to Save Money for Natural Gas Service Providers

Sempra Energy, a $12 billion Fortune 500 energy services firm that consists of Southern California Gas and San Diego Gas and Electric, is saving money by improving its ability to track gas meters using UHF RFID. Before implementing the RFID system, gas meters installed on an estimated 3,300 Southern California Gas customers had not been officially recorded by technicians, a process required to initiate billing. Hear how the RFID solution ensures that customers are billed, thereby reducing the paperwork and time spent tracking down unrecorded meters. And learn how the technology saves the company more than a million dollars annually, providing an almost immediate return on investment.

Jim Pilant, SAP Business Process Designer, Sempra Utilities
• How Southern California Gas is employing radio frequency identification to track natural gas consumption and business assets
• Future uses of RFID technology to track transformers and switches
4:45 PMA Passive Solution

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.

Hubert Bass, Systems Manager, Edison Chouest Offshore, C-Logistics Division
• How RFID deployment has improved precision, visibility and accountability to C-Logistics services
• The advantages of a passive real-time locating system (RTLS) for port operations
5:30 PMClosing Remarks
Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
5:35 PMConference Concludes

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