RFID Journal LIVE! 2016Preconference SeminarsRFID in Energy, Mining and Construction

RFID in Energy, Mining and Construction

Whether you seek a solution to locate your assets, track inventory, improve worker safety or deal with another issue, you will find the right option at the RFID in Energy, Mining and Construction preconference seminar. Hear from companies like yours about how they are using RFID today, as well as the benefits they are achieving. Learn from what they did right, and avoid the mistakes they made. 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.

May 3 10:30 AM

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.
Speaker: Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
May 3 11:30 AM

RFID Automates Tool and Equipment Rental Trailers

Speedy Services, a provider of rental tools and equipment to the construction and industrial services industry within the United Kingdom, has created a self-service equipment storage and rental solution. The RFID-enabled onsite mobile equipment pod offers flexible hours to accommodate customers, and enables workers to rent the equipment they need, while unused tools remain in the trailer. Tools leaving or returning to the pod are automatically tracked, and rental fees are assessed by means of embedded RFID tags and a fixed UHF RFID reader integrated into the pod. Learn how the ePod offers customers full visibility regarding its current usage and incurred charges, and how Speedy is pushing the technology through the rest of its network to transform its business and make full use of the Internet of Things.
Speaker: Glyn Matthews, Head of Transformation, Speedy Services
May 3 12:15 PM


May 3 1:00 PM

PKN Orlen Uses RFID-Powered Fuel Tanks to Improve Rail Yard Logistics

PKN Orlen, a major Polish oil refiner and petrol retailer, is using RFID to track fuel tanks in rail yards. The firm has tagged more than 5,000 tanks, utilizing 100 fixed readers and 70 mobile readers, using GS1 standards. The project also includes equipping 100 gates with RFID, enabling direction recognition. Learn how PKN Orlen is successfully using the solution to provide transparency into logistics and improve its planning processes.
Speaker: Piotr Dura, Director of Logistics Systems and Settlements, PKN Orlen
May 3 1:45 PM

Tracking Radioactive Sources In-Transit

Radioactive sources are used in the oil and gas industry to characterize wells providing critical data to exploit geological formations in pursuit of oil caches. These mobile radioactive sources are of sufficient curie quantities to be categorized as attractive sources for terrorist organizations. The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has developed a system that monitors, records and reports the status of mobile radioactive sources using sensor-based, active RFID technology to track the source shields, calibration sources and verifiers. Learn how real-time status is communicated from the Master Control Unit through a telematics device (long-range communications) to the cloud, providing situational awareness to the base of operations center. In the event of an upset condition (lost or stolen source), an alarm is sent to the base of operation center for immediate notification of key personnel to the field condition.
Speakers: Brion Burghard, Senior Research Scientist, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory; Kurt Silvers, Program Manager, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
May 3 2:30 PM


May 3 2:45 PM

Smart Marking Utility Infrastructure with RFID

Accidental damage hits to underground utility lines cause delays, resulting in exposure to dangerous and possibly life-threatening situations, in addition to increased costs. Berntsen International, a manufacturer and supplier of survey markers, survey monuments, utility markers and related accessories, is using RFID technology to provide a more reliable method of marking and locating these underground utilities. Berntsen developed the InfraMarker System, which integrates UHF RFID and precision GPS magnetic and locating technologies with smartphone-based asset-management software, enabling users to locate and identify underground utility points. Learn how the firm is employing RFID technology in a system that benefits users by saving time workers otherwise spend locating utilities, and by providing better data, while increasing safety.
Speakers: Mike Klonsinski, Business Development Director, Berntsen International; Steve Hungate, RFID Applications Engineer, Berntsen International
May 3 3:30 PM

Improving Access Mat Visibility and Reducing Costs With RFID

Asset tracking in construction, oil and gas, and other energy-related industries is time-consuming, inaccurate and very costly. The digital world is just beginning to break into the tough industry. Access mats, the portable platforms used to support equipment and provide temporary roadways, are among those assets that are costing energy and construction companies millions of dollars per year. Learn how matting services firm GEM Services is using RFID and GPS tracking in its SmartMat to digitize industrial assets. Automated data capture, coupled with analytical information platforms, will pinpoint each asset's exact location. Hear how the technology is increasing asset utilization and reducing costs, and how it is improving decision-making and project information.
Speakers: Steve Fisher, VP, Office Operations, Golden Environmental Mat Services; Steve Reid, Technical Development, Golden Environmental Mat Services
May 3 4:15 PM

Preconference Ends