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Collaboration With Universities Could Yield Big Benefits for Woodside
I had a chance to visit the research facility housing Project Echo and came away impressed.
Recently, I had the opportunity to visit the Challenger Institute of Technology, home of Project Echo, following the conclusion of our RFID in Energy, Mining & Construction event, co-located with the 4th LCI Australian Lean Construction Conference, in Perth, Australia. Project Echo is a lean construction research program initiated by Woodside Energy, a leading Australian oil and gas company. Researchers from Australia's Curtin University collaborate on the project, which has government support.
The research facility has a small, working oil-production operation, which is used to train employees of local energy companies. Students involved with Project Echo are developing technological solutions to make liquefied natural gas (LNG) construction projects leaner and more efficient, by employing RFID and other technologies.
The antenna creates a circular reader field with a 200-meter (656-foot) diameter. The idea is to place the isotainer at a remote location within a laydown yard, and to then use it to locate tagged materials around it. Users can move the device to another site and pinpoint tagged objects within the new area, according to the changing needs of LNG plant shutdown requirements.
There were also videos showing 3-D images of the oil and gas training site. The concept of Project Echo is to link RFID tags to parts within a facility via 3D, and to then use tag reads to call up images of a particular object at the facility (or any other associated data, since the 3D model is already extensively employed to manage associated metadata).
I look forward to seeing which ideas developed by Project Echo turn into actual industry solutions.
Mark Roberti is the founder and editor of RFID Journal. If you would like to comment on this article, click on the link below. To read more of Mark's opinions, visit the RFID Journal Blog, the Editor's Note archive or RFID Connect.
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