Digital Energy: RFID Technology

Speaker Ian Binmore and Kemal Farid
Chief Inventor & Advisor, RFID Technology Merrick Systems Ian Binmore is the Chief Inventor and Advisor of RFID Technology at Merrick Systems, a leading global provider of industrial information technologies and professional services to the oil and gas industry. A seasoned veteran of the drilling industry with over 25 years ...

Chief Inventor & Advisor, RFID Technology
Merrick Systems



Ian Binmore is the Chief Inventor and Advisor of RFID Technology at Merrick Systems, a leading global provider of industrial information technologies and professional services to the oil and gas industry.



A seasoned veteran of the drilling industry with over 25 years of experience, Ian has substantial experience in field work, as well as ten years of successful design, development and management of software and hardware applications specifically for drilling and production operations at both large and small companies. In his role, Ian holds responsibility for developing Merrick’s innovative, award winning RFID tags and is part of the RFID business team.



Earlier in his career, Ian has held positions in product design, planning and testing with Schlumberger, Merak and Varco. He also spent several years as a drilling engineer with the Southern California Gas Company. He later founded his company, Automation Innovation LLC, where he invented a revolutionary RFIDbased technology for asset tracking in drilling operations. Upon the acquisition of Automation Innovation by Merrick Systems in 2005, Ian joined Merrick and has been serving as one of the company’s senior executives.



Ian earned a degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Southern California.



Full Description
Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology is gaining traction in the oilfield as companies develop hardware and software able to meet the industry’s demands and harsh environment.
 
RFID technology provides a non-optical, non-contact method to get in-depth information about virtually any asset, from drill pipe through surface equipment up to and including personnel. RFID uses attached to or embedded electronic modules which respond to a radio transceiver with an identifier number. The electronic modules are packaged in different ways (most commonly as tags), to mount or embed into various assets and to survive a variety of environmental conditions. The identifier number of each tag can be associated with any type of collected and electronically stored data, like location, use history, maintenance, inspection records, etc.
 
Traditional asset tracking methods (bar code, stenciling, and RFID tags originally developed for retail or transportation industries) work for tracking assets not subject to harsh conditions, but fail when deployed to track assets in drilling and subsea operations where tracking does not survive the extreme temperatures, pressures, vibrations, and abrasives.
 
A new generation of rugged RFID technology, specifically developed in recent years to meet the unique needs of the oil and gas industry, is designed to survive extreme conditions. Driven by high-temperature/high-pressure (HT/HP) demands in deepwater operations, certain tags have rated sustained temperature and pressure survivability to 400° F (204° C) and 30,000 psi (2070 Bar).
 
The largest potential return on investment (ROI) for RFID technology in oil and gas is in component-level identification of surface, subsea, and downhole assets used in drilling and production operations. Industry estimates that positive ROI for this technology ranges from three months to two years from deployment.
Organizer Roger Hite

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Wed, Sep. 15, 2010
11:30 a.m. - noon US/Central

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Courtyard on St. James Place
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Houston, Texas 77056
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