The RFID in Energy preconference seminar is co-hosted by the Oil & Gas RFID Solution Group. The group, comprising petroleum, petrochemical and services companies, as well as RFID vendors and universities, is driving industry adoption, education and standards development regarding RFID-based systems within the petroleum and petrochemical market space.This preconference seminar will examine the use of radio frequency identification in the energy sector. Topics will cover various types of RFID technologies, including passive ultrahigh-frequency (UHF), passive high-frequency (HF), RuBee LWID, 802.11x, ZigBee, active UHF and many others. Sessions will also review a variety of application areas, such as laydown yards, production facilities, service centers, oil rigs, refineries, pipelines and more. Speakers will focus on end-user case studies and the benefits that RFID could provide to chemical, gas and oil firms, as well as the challenges that must be overcome to achieve such benefits.
RFID Journal LIVE! preconference seminars provide in-depth information regarding specific aspects of EPC and RFID technologies. Attendees can choose to participate in one of these sessions prior to the opening of the main conference program. Preconference seminars are available through an All-Access, Conference + Preconference or Preconference + Exhibit-Only Pass.
Hear from Mark Roberti, the founder and editor of RFID Journal, how RFID is benefiting the energy sector, and how you can learn more from the leading end-users at the tenth annual RFID Journal LIVE!, being held Apr. 3-5, 2012 in Orlando, Fla.
RFID Basics New to RFID? This optional session for all preconference attendees provides an introduction to the fundamentals of the technology. The differences between the various classes of tags will be explained, including active and passive systems, and the need for additional IT systems to build upon RFID in real-world applications will be highlighted. The session will also include a brief overview of the EPCglobal network, the future of ISO standards, ETSI reader regulations and the latest standardization efforts worldwide. Finally, the relationship between different standards in the area of EPC RFID, including the latest EPC Gen 2 standard, will be presented.
• A general understanding of the various types of RFID systems and their applications
• An understanding of the different components of an RFID system and how they fit together
Oil and Gas—Global RFID Deployments in 2012 The Oil & Gas RFID Solution Group will outline the current state of the world's wireless and RFID deployments. 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, laydown 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
Reducing Diesel Fuel Fraud With RFID Given the high cost of diesel fuel these days, theft at fuel islands can potentially be a $1.8 billion dollar loss to the trucking industry. QuikQ, a software-development firm specializing in improving the industry's control of diesel fuel, is using Gen 2 RFID technology to combat fraud and decrease the amount of time that a driver waits in a fuel lane. In order to better meet the needs of its customers, QuikQ developed a solution that has been installed at the islands of Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores (at more than 250 locations), and of TravelCenters of America (at more than 260 locations). Learn how the company is using RFID to save the trucking industry both time and money.
• How QuikQ assures a carrier that fuel purchased is intended for the truck identified with its RFID tag
• How to reduce the amount of time that a truck driver waits in a fuel lane by 10 to 15 percent
Working Lunch: Advanced Rig Technology and Rig Condition Monitoring Intelligent decisions regarding rig maintenance are most efficiently made when effective systems of condition-based rig monitoring and predictive maintenance are put into place. During this working lunch session, hear case studies from National Oilwell Varco (NOV), and learn about the current state of condition-based maintenance in the upstream oil and gas sector.
Offshore Engineering and Construction Company Uses RFID to Improve Productivity and Materials Control McDermott International, Inc., a leading engineering, procurement, construction and installation company, recently completed a pilot project at one of its key fabrication facilities on Batam Island, Indonesia, utilizing RFID technology to help improve planning, work execution, progress reporting and materials management. The initiative focused on the entire work process for fabricating carbon steel spools from warehouse issue, fabrication, external laydown and final installation. The system enables personnel to generate customized RFID labels in-house that are not only weather-resistant but are also metal-friendly. The tagging process allows labels to be attached to metal, while still maintaining readability. Learn how the integrated system resolved labor-intensive problems of tracking materials, progress reports, report updates, status inquiries, and communication delays. What's more, hear how the system supports scalability into other work processes and disciplines.
Michael Smith, Global Manager of Industrial Engineering, McDermott International
• How personnel generate customized RFID labels that are weatherproof and metal-friendly while using GPS-enabled, handheld interrogators to report progress, status and location
• Future uses for the system and expansion, including maintenance, consumables, equipment tracking, Wi-Fi and RTLS
RFID Technology for the Oil and Gas Industry Unlike many other industries, the oil and gas sector typically operates in harsh and hazardous environments, and all technology and equipment operating under these conditions must be properly certified. However, the financial drivers and goals are to achieve high production with as low capital and operating expenditure as possible, while at the same time maintaining the safety and security of the plant, personnel and the environment. This presentation will illustrate RFID technologies that can benefit the oil and gas industry, as well as which requirements and challenges must be addressed in order to ensure a successful deployment at a process plant. Examples and experience reports from use cases and pilots installations will be utilized to demonstrate some of the business cases for RFID in oil and gas.
• How to address and overcome the oil and gas industry's specific requirements for operation in harsh and hazardous environments
• How to plan and deploy RFID and other wireless technologies to ensure proper application performance
RFID 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 Dr. James M. Shuler, Manager, Packaging Certification Program (PCP), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
•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
RFID Journal LIVE! 2012 is produced by RFID Journal, the World's RFID Authority.
All conference sessions are subject to change, and RFID Journal reserves the right to alter dates, programs and speakers at any time, as circumstances dictate. Sessions without assigned speakers indicate a target topic; every effort will be made to ensure that a program of equivalent standard and value is available.
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