RFID Journal LIVE! 2017Preconference 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. You will learn from what they did right, and thereby avoid the mistakes they made.

Attendees with an All-Access or a Preconference + Exhibit-Only Pass can choose to participate in any preconference seminar. Download a PDF of the full conference agenda.

May 9 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 9 11:30 AM

RFID for Tough Environments: Tag Selection and Use Cases

Many RFID technologies are currently available, with different pros and cons for potentially thousands of use cases. The energy, mining and construction industries, with their harsh, metallic and potentially explosive environments, set special demands on the RFID technology that is supposed to optimize inventory, prevent human error and optimize equipment handling. New active technologies like Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) open up new use cases, such as fast and accurate asset location and predictive condition monitoring. This session will explore the many characteristics of available technologies, as well as pitfalls to avoid and parameters to consider when selecting an RFID system for rough environments.
Speaker: Richard Aufreiter, Director, Product Marketing, Identification Technologies, HID Global
May 9 12:15 PM


May 9 1:00 PM

Automating Asset Information in Construction Using RFID and the Internet of Things

Speedy Services, a leading provider of tools and equipment in the U.K. construction and industrial services industry, is using the latest innovations in RFID to track assets onsite with its ePod. The automated rental solution provides tools and equipment 24-7-365, improving asset efficiency while reducing cost and environmental impact to its customers. Learn how, with the rapid expansion of the IoT and new sensor technologies, construction will change thanks to the ability to know not only where assets are, but how well they are working onsite. Hear how RFID will work with building information modelling to help manage a building's lifecycle.
Speaker: Glyn Matthews, Head of Transformation (Operate), Speedy Services
May 9 1:45 PM

Weatherford Enhances Downhole Drilling Operations Via RFID

Oil and gas drilling requires RFID systems that operate in the harshest environments and can overcome such issues as frequent extreme vibration, high pressure and temperature, harsh downhole fluids, and extended use and run times. Weatherford pioneered the use of RFID as a means to communicate and control downhole drilling, completion and production equipment in oil and gas wells. Deepwater oil and gas companies continually face technical and environmental challenges to drilling and completing wells safely and efficiently. Learn how Weatherford integrated RFID technology into drilling and completions tools to improve performance and reduce risk for offshore operations. Hear about the benefits of selecting RFID-enabled tools rather than traditional tools, the integration of RFID tools with operations and value-added features enabled by RFID. Gain an understanding of contingency, safety and risk-assessment factors, and hear case studies that validate the performance and suitability of selected RFID tools.
Speaker: Eddie Valverde, Global Product Line Manager, Weatherford
May 9 2:30 PM


May 9 2:45 PM

RFID Solutions for Asset Management in Four Seasons

The Center for Innovative Information Technology Solutions (CIITS) lab at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT), in Calgary, is working on a variety of RFID projects related to the tracking of assets in the oil and gas exploration and exploitation industry in Alberta. The province's environment can be harsh, even in the best of seasons, and some may think it uninhabitable during certain times of the year. Tags and other technologies that can provide asset visibility and management in extreme temperatures across all four seasons have significant benefits. Learn how the SAIT research team is seeking solutions to these problems.
Speaker: Glen Kathler, Applied Research Chair—RFID Application Development, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT)
May 9 3:30 PM

Logistics, Supply Chain and IoT in Energy and Mining

A profound technological shift is taking place above the ground (giant trucks have lost their human drivers and become automatic drones run by joysticks from remote-control centers) and under the ground (autonomous drill rigs and trains reduce the need for a human workforce and perform at high efficiency in the toughest conditions) in the energy and mining industries. The digital era, even with its obstacles, is forcing industrialization, automation and systems integration; all three carry the promise of significantly reducing costs of operations. This session's speaker will define terms (logistics, supply chain and Internet of Things), explore the interactions among them (big data), and analyze different IoT types, investments in IoT solutions per industry, the infrastructure needed to support the IoT and the enabling technologies to do so. Gain an understanding of where standards are going and learn about the benefits (pros) and major problems (cons) that can impact case studies in energy and mining.
Speaker: Prof. Ind. Eng. Ernesto A. Castagnet,MSc. IMSE, Associate Professor, AutoID Evangelist, UNS
May 9 4:15 PM

Preconference Ends