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RFID in Energy, Mining and Construction 2014 Report

This month, RFID Journal held its first conference and exhibition for the energy sector. View the presentations from the event.
By RFID Journal
Sep 07, 2014

RFID Journal recently held its inaugural RFID in Energy, Mining & Construction conference and exhibition, co-located with the fourth LCI Australian Lean Construction Conference. The event, which took place on Aug. 12-13, at Australia's Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, focused on educating end users about how radio frequency identification technology is delivering real business benefits to companies in the energy, mining and construction industries.

RFID in Energy, Mining & Construction, cornerstone-sponsored by Woodside Energy, provided an opportunity for companies in these sectors to learn how RFID can help improve efficiencies, reduce costs and enhance safety. In addition, attendees networked with solution providers offering RFID transponders, readers and software solutions specifically created to meet their needs. Guests learned how leading oil and gas producers, refineries and distributors, as well as mining companies and utilities, are employing RFID to track tools and equipment, manage inventory, streamline business processes, comply with regulations and more. End-user case studies explained the benefits that RFID delivers, and the challenges that must be overcome. The speakers explored the use of all types of RFID, including active and passive systems, and revealed how RFID can be combined with GPS and other technologies to create real-time visibility.

Recordings of the event's speaker presentations are now available in RFID Journal's online video library. Links to videos of the presentations are provided below, along with PDFs of the slides used in those presentations (not all speakers have granted permission to have their presentations and/or slides archived).


Reducing Project Cost Through Smarter Construction
Speaker: Robert Edwardes, Executive VP of Development, Woodside Petroleum
The cost of construction in Australia has continued to spiral upward in recent years, for a number of reasons. There are significant consequences of below-par construction productivity, particularly when overseas competition is growing. Investors seek opportunities with predictable outcomes, and will be drawn to other countries to conduct their business if they see a better playing field. The Australian manufacturing industry has suffered several recent setbacks, with factory closures and consequent unemployment. All economic signs point to the need for solutions that improve productivity. This presentation explained why collaboration, best practices and innovative technologies, such as RFID, have enormous potential to boost productivity and improve the national competitive edge.
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Bechtel Deploys RFID to Bring Visibility and Cost Savings to Island Construction Projects
Speaker: Matthew Saunders, Procurement Operations Manager, Bechtel
Using RFID technology to track materials as they move through a complex localized supply chain is helping Bechtel shorten cycle times, reduce costs and achieve transactional benefits during material-handling activities for the construction of three mega-sized industrial projects. The engineering, procurement and construction of three liquified natural gas (LNG) plants on Curtis Island, in Queensland, Australia—accessible only by water—represents the greatest concentration of Bechtel projects anywhere in the world. The three LNG projects sit side by side, with three separate owners, and all construction materials for these projects must be loaded onto transport ferries and moved across a harbor before reaching their intended final installation location. In this session, the speaker discussed how the use of an RFID solution was a key component of meeting the construction schedule, and how employing RFID technology for material management increased labor productivity, reduced indirect labor costs and improved work planning, resulting in efficient execution of the required construction work processes.
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(See also: RFID Helps Bechtel Manage a Megaproject)

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