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Mojix platform solutions support global supply chain management and the safety of workers in the oil and gas industry

Use Cases | By MOJIX | 22 July 2015
BP Implemented the Star System as Part of a Global Track-and-Trace Solution. BP Implemented the Star System as Part of a Global Track-and-Trace Solution. Photo: BP p.l.c.

Traceability through Real-Time Positioning

Falling oil prices have resulted in the need to make savings, with oil companies needing to make the availability of critical assets more efficient and to automate supply chains, explains Roelof Koopmans, Mojix. Real-time positioning solutions based on passive RFID technology create end-toend traceability for a variety of applications: from positioning people on oil rigs, via Asset Tracking in offshore operations, through to the worldwide tracking of materials in global supply chains.

Roelof Koopmans, Managing Director Europe, Mojix, in interview with ‘RFID im Blick’

Tracking People in Real Time with RTLS and Passive RFID

On oil rigs, employee safety is a top priority. Knowing where workers are at all times to enable a quick rescue in an emergency is one of the major advantages of the many deployed RTLS applications. “With the Mojix Star system, people can be located on different levels and be identified in a specific zone, in real time. In metallic environments or winding areas, the system achieves a very wide area coverage.

To achieve this, up to several hundred Exiter antennas can be installed on a rig”, says Roelof Koopmans and explains: “The complete coverage of all areas is not always required, or sometimes the system does not screen single smaller areas. For very accurate positioning, it is crucial to limit any areas that are not covered as much as possible. For this purpose, we combine the Mojix system with conventional RFID readers to identify people within all critical places. “A recent application, called ‘mustering’, uses this combination to register all individuals at evacuation meeting points in the event of an alarm.”

Roelof KoopmansRoelof Koopmans “Falling oil prices have resulted in the need to make savings. Real-time visibility helps to achieve greater efficiency and make savings in the supply chain.”

Asset Tracking and Yard Operations for Delivering Materials to Oil Platforms

Identifying people’s positions is just one application: “Tracking critical assets and having an overview of their exact whereabouts at any time significantly helps supply chain efficiency and reduces costs”, says Koopmans. For example, the supply of materials to an oil rig can be automatically accepted and recorded once the helicopter has arrived. Another business case is asset management within refinery yards. There, all offshore logistics activities, such as stocking and replenishment, are controlled for goods such as pipes or pumps.

“The RTLS system provides visibility over the entire operation by ensuring that the right part is available at the right time. If quality assets are not available locally, they can be flown in within an hour. It is also possible to track the exact work stage that the necessary components have reached, for example whether they are in storage or maintenance.”

Visibility of Port Operations from Edison Chouest Offshore

Edison Chouest Offshore, a provider of integrated supply management for the oil and gas industry, uses the Mojix Star system for real-time locating and automated inventory management of its offshore logistics in the port of Louisiana. The system – with a total of eight Mojix Star receivers and 165 eNodes – is installed at C-Port and C-Port 2 of Port Fourchon’s, the land base of the Louisiana Offshore Oil Port (LOOP). The majority of offshore logistics is operated there for activities in the Gulf of Mexico. Deliveries range from fuel, machinery, pipes, special tools right through to food.

Real-time locating in combination with passive tags enable the automatic registration of all tagged assets throughout the port operations, such as outgoing goods and loading. It also helps efficiency in the supply and asset management. The oil companies, which mostly receive these assets on loan, get a monthly bill of cost for any assets that have been used.

Mojix RTLS for the Global Supply Chain Management of BP

Passive RFID, complemented with GPS, also ensures visibility in the supply chain in offshore plant construction. BP employs a track-and-trace system, supported by Mojix RFID and GPS technology, to control the global transport of building materials for a multi-billion-dollar double platform in the North Sea. It is an enormous project involving 150 suppliers from all over Europe. The actual construction is carried out in South Korea. The system provides complete supply chain visibility in real time, and BP provides information on the whereabouts of materials from the moment they leave the supplier facility, via various transport and storage places to their arrival at their final destination on Hyundai’s construction site.

Thanks to the system, BP has more control over the supply chain, over the costs and the timeline of the project. Everyone involved in the project can monitor the data via an Internet portal and so the project team can find out at any time where the individual equipment parts are located or stored. BP was awarded first place in the energy sector of the PWC European Supply Chain Excellence Awards-2013 for this innovative tracking system.

Last modified on Friday, 30 October 2015 13:28
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