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An Event for the Energy, Mining and Construction Sectors

A conference hosted by RFID Journal will educate companies in these industries about how RFID can deliver benefits today, and a standards workshop following the event will help them shape how the technologies are used.
By Mark Roberti
May 05, 2014

Last week, we announced that RFID Journal will host its first RFID in Energy, Mining and Construction conference and exhibition in Perth, Australia, on Aug. 12-13 (see RFID Journal to Hold Inaugural RFID Event in Australia Focused on Energy, Mining and Construction). The event will be co-located with the 4th LCI Australia Lean Construction Conference. The goal is to educate companies in these sectors about the benefits that radio frequency identification can deliver—and the benefits are substantial.

The sheer size and magnitude of many energy, mining and construction projects brings with them enormous complexity. BP is constructing a giant oil platform in South Korea, which will be used in the North Sea (see RFID, GPS Bring Visibility to Construction of BP Oil Platform). Parts are being manufactured worldwide and shipped to Korea for final assembly. The parts are being RFID-tagged so BP has visibility into their location, and so that timing can be coordinated to ensure maximum efficiency during the construction project.

This year's RFID Journal Award co-winner for Best RFID Implementation was Bechtel, which is using 60,000 active RFID tags to manage the construction of three large liquid natural gas facilities on an island off the coast of Western Australia (see RFID Journal Announces Winners of Its Eighth Annual Awards). Managing this megaproject without RFID would be extraordinarily difficult, due to the volume of materials that must be tracked to ensure they reach the correct site at the proper time.

The event will present case studies of upstream, midstream and downstream applications in construction, energy and mining. Many companies are currently benefiting from RFID, so attendees will gain insights into how and where the technology can deliver value to their operations today.

I am a firm believer that RFID can transform these complex operations and deliver incredible value. But it won't happen unless the businesses in these sectors agree on how to use RFID across the industry. If tags are placed on parts when an oilrig is constructed and the rig's operator cannot use the same tags, then the full value of the investment in RFID is not being realized.

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