RFID Solutions Help Futureproof Oil And Gas Operations

Transcript Summary

We’ll just wait a couple more minutes or seconds for some people to come in. Okay, so I guess we’ll start now. So, Layne Tucker is a tauten (01:07) indigenous, global RFID board certified subject matter expert and initiator of 14 technology patents in the U.S. and Canada, including the IP behind the Echo RFID. Layne has extensive experience in pipelines having worked in the U.S, Canada and in the Arabian Gulf and he successfully built and exited two pipeline infacility construction companies in the Northern British Columbia and Northern Alberta Canada. This talk today will be centered around pipe talker, a system that will revolutionize how materials are tracked and traced, how construction documentation is retained and how integrity management will be conducted in the future all to provide significant value to pipeline owners and operators in the pipeline industry. I will now pass it on to Layne who will start his presentation. Thank you.

Layne: Thank you very much. I appreciate you organizing this conference to give us the time to educate people and share what we have invented, I guess, for the industry with the introduction of RFID and data collection software. My name is Layne Tucker and I’m the CEO and the initiator of this technology and I guess a lot of times people say “I” when it comes to technology. I pretty well have to say “we” because something that encompasses something as large as this, took a lot of people to put together, a lot of communication to basically solve this problem in the industry. My background, 25 years pipeline construction as Michelle mentioned, I exited a couple of companies that did pipeline construction, built plants and facilities. And when I exited those companies, I always had something just kind of bothering me about the oil and gas industry and the lack of documentation that we were faced with all the time. And also, there was a real void (03:19) for mapping and knowing where the underground utilities were.

So, a real quick story here, I guess, as an introduction, it always amazed me with GPS technology that I could find a Starbucks or I can find someone’s residence and directions to get to that residence, six or seven hour drive away but nobody could accurately tell me where the underground utilities were located with any type of assurance. So, what we did is I started putting together industry experts and our software is a little bit different than most technologies. We didn’t just build it in a box and expect everybody to use it just because we thought we had all this experience in the industry. What we did is we went out and we gathered information for years from the people in the field that actually experienced the different problems with collecting data, retaining the data and having the traceability and verification of that data and basically doing it in real time. The way the folks are doing it now and they’ve been doing that since the early 70’s is basically paper-based. There’s binders and binders of documentation in office trailers and it’s starting to become fairly cumbersome when people want to find documentation. If one oil company sells an asset to another company, they basically just get binders and binders, and pages of information. You can imagine if you need to find one piece of paper and it’s in amongst about 15,000 pieces of paper, it’s going to take you quite a long time to find that information.

So basically, we put a company together with experts starting at material managers, construction managers, chief inspectors, project engineers, metallurgists, just people that touch on these construction projects all the way through. And we started interviewing them and basically knocking down the silos that the companies have with the information and the way it’s moved around. So, with that said, we took it to the next level, and we started incorporating the government regulations for the information that has to be retained under law basically in North America and these same standards get adopted around the world. There’s new words out there. They’re called traceable, verifiable and complete records and that is very, very hard to do and hard to retain with paper systems. So, what we did was we included RFID, we went into the digital world and we started to georeference and bring in the ability to track assets and materials that are being moved around these construction sites and keep track of it at a digital form and incorporate RFID as the license plate for the database to keep track of each asset. So, you’re going to hear words today: manufacturing dates, heat numbers and georeference. Keep that in the back of your mind as my co-heart (07:17) and one of the fellas that really help me initiate this. His name is Steve Slusarenko and he is an SAP expert and a construction management expert also out of Canada. So, I’m going to introduce Steve and he will go through our presentation and will give you a quick look at our system at the end and then we’ll answer any questions. So that’s about where I’m going to leave off and I’m going to turn it over to Steve, so we don’t just keep repeating ourselves here. But thank you very much for joining in. I hope you find it very enlightening. We actually had a lot of fun and a lot of challenges in putting this system together. Steve, I’ll let you introduce yourself and take it away.

Steve: Thank you Layne. I really appreciate that. My name is Steve Slusarenko. I have been involved in the pipeline industry for 45 years. [inaudible] (08:40) A lot of it on the software side, a lot on the project management side. So, we’re talking today about the solution that we put together to help manage information and retain all the critical information required by regulations such as Thimsa (09:00) in the U.S. and National Energy Regulators in Canada. We know that there have been instances in the past where material information couldn’t be found after a negative event such as [inaudible] (09:13) incident in the Pacific Gas hack. [inaudible] (09:21) billions of dollars because they couldn’t find their records. That’s what Layne alluded to earlier while trying to find the needle in the hay sack. So, what we’ve done is we built a system that allows us to capture the information electronically and keep records of it in a database or multiple databases because you can back it up. If you need to find those records, you can find them within seconds. So that’s the intent of our solution is to capture the information and make it available for the entire life cycle of all of these assets and that’s what we call pipetalker. Pipetalker is the system that we built. There’s another some set of that codetalker which is more just the inventory management side of it. So, pipetalker covers the whole process and codetalker covers the inventory portion of that as well. So, there are two kinds of modules that work together in our solution.

  So, as I mentioned, the industry that’s highly regulated and just issues in the past trying to maintain the data to satisfy your regulations. So, what we’ve done is we built our system to support field base life-cycle management. And this is the way to track and manage all of the information and make sure that every stake or every project has their needs satisfied, including the regulators. So, what we’ve done here is we’ve built up the system to support asset intelligence. Now, you’ve all had times in the past, I’m sure, where you look for a piece of information and couldn’t find it. You spent an inordinate amount of time looking for it. So, what we do is we just make the information available electronically. And it’s of course, in real time. So, you can run or send reports, caption the data just using RFID. To give an example of some of the benefits of RFID. Ford motor company doesn’t have an accounts payable department. So, you’d think a company the size of Ford would have hundreds of people in accounts payable but because they utilize RFID, the instance, the instant material items come to their warehouse from their supplier. The supplier gets paid. And this is all because of the power and use of the RFID technology.

So, we tied together RFID and GPS to just basically register every activity on a project. So, for 150 years, everything has been paper paste. It’s always been a real issue to manage, track, and find that information. So now, we’ve built an electronic system to support, as I mentioned, field base life-cycle management. So, it covers off the entire lifecycle of the project but also all the material requirements and data requirements from the project so that all the records are traceable, verifiable and complete as outlined in the PipeSak. And PipeSak are recent regulation to ensure that everybody captures the data on every pressure containing asset in their systems. So, as mentioned here, the traditionally [inaudible] (13:28) construction of the asset and will, in fact, give and see parts of construction records. Now, of course, the focus is not only on the construction itself but ensuring that the records are complete, that they’re accurate and that they’re available. So, as we mentioned, our software that’s the data, reports the data, stores the data in the secured back end. So, we use military great (14:04) protocols to make sure that the data is secured. And we use workflow that reforms to support all of the capture of the data, make sure that the information is 100% accurate and that it is available all the time. We also capture photos, videos and audio recordings so we can make those available through [inaudible] (14:33) project records. And we also integrate with all legacy systems. So, if you’re using GIS systems or computerating (14:46) drafting and design systems and can integrate and ensure information with those in real time. The outshot of this is that we increase safety, it reduces costs and improve management of workflows. At the end of day, the intent then is to add to the bottom line of the company while improving safety. So why are we using RFID and GPS? It’s because we can capture this critical information, validate the installed location and track the materials from [inaudible] (15:23) essentially right from the manufacturing site, right out to the job site, the installation location and now the final disposition of that asset which might be either installed and operate up to 20 years and then retire or might be surplus the job and made available to subsequent work, subsequent project [inaudible] (15:49) and inventory as spares.

So, the nice thing about what we do is that no matter where that material is, we can always associate the material information that’s required to ensure that it’s usable because the material test required documentation has to follow that material for its entire life. So, we use these RFID tags. Some of them, as you can see here, some are barcode and RFID on the same tag which we call a temporary material tag. And we also have permanent tags essentially that stays with that asset right from the beginning to the end. So, we’ll talk about, you know, how the process looks like here in a minute. But essentially, we’re using RFID to track that material and associate the information for that material through the RFID tag number which is, of course, unique in the entire world. So, we can track a loaded pipe using GPS and this is what we’re seeing down here. We’ve got GPS transponder. We also have the RFID tags so we can track not only the load but each individual asset that’s in that motor pipe, let’s say, or that shipment. So it can track where the shipment is and we know exactly what’s continually shipping using the RFID tags.

So, we’ve talked recently to pipe suppliers, the coding companies. They are interested in RFID to track the inventory within their plants, so they know what’s been manufactured, what process it is in manufacturing, what’s been completed, what’s been sent out to the yard. So even their own inventory, their yard sometimes they have issues trying to track what they have and understand what they have on site. And they also have then the ability to know what’s been shipped out to the customers so at each step in the process, the RFID tags disassociate or attach to the pipe or that material item as it goes through each gate. It would be tracked in the system and understand then where that asset is and what state it’s in. So, here’s some, an idea, this is some of the equipment that’s used on the field or in the plant. So, we’ve got a handheld RFID reader and writer. We’ve got tablets that can read and this one’s also RFID capable. We’ve got an RFID [inaudible] (18:47) on here. This is [inaudible] (18:49) and we got handheld so we can use to record and capture data on as well.

So why use RFID and GPS? We lower costs and enhance the productivity because we automate the collection of accurate and reliable information and track the movement and location of all your assets. The data quality is much improved because we’re tracking that stuff without human involvement so as an asset goes past the gate, the gate reader can read that load, integrate each of the RFID tags of that load and then record the information into a report and make it available to users automatically. So, we have things [inaudible] (19:46) that such as capital cost reductions, you’ve got better control of your assets, reducing duplication of purchasing. And at the end of project, we’ve got excess assets you have the capability of understanding to right [inaudible] (20:02) you can dispose of it or send it off to your inventory as spares.

If you have need of an asset on a project or particular item, you can track where it is and pick it very easily. So that really helps you with your, with the management of your schedule and project inventory. We include the compliance required for [inaudible] (20:40) to make sure that everything is auditable and that your records are complete, which is really what your TBC (20:52) compliance is. So, this is the traceable, verifiable, complete records. How does pipetalker fit in your business workflow? They support the material tracking, regulatory compliance, hazard integrity and lifecycle management for everyone. It’s open, integrates with your enterprising environment and could share a limitless amount of data on various platforms, including [inaudible] (21:22) sort of systems. So, one of the things we do here is we got workflow as identified down below in which we’ll walk through in just a second to show where the assets are identified with RFID hazard track and what step in the process we would follow. 

Layne: Hey Steve, I’d like to interrupt just for a second. I just saw a comment where the slides aren’t moving and I’m experiencing the same thing. I’m still on Echo RFID, the first page.

Steve: Oh no.

Layne: I’m not sure if that’s everyone. I thought it might have been just me, but somebody just made a comment where the slides aren’t moving.

Steve: Ah, no. We’re frozen, I guess. I’m not sure. Michelle, are you still on?

Michelle: Yes. Is your computer frozen?

Steve: Mine is not.

Michelle: Oh, okay. Because I’m seeing the same thing. I thought you just wanted to stay on this page for a while. But I wasn’t quite sure.

Steve: No, please stop sharing and I’ll start up again.

Michelle: Okay, you can try again and see if that works. Because I know it was working fine when we were doing it before.

Steve: Right okay. Alright. How about now?

Layne: There you go, Steve.

Steve: Is it moving?

Layne: Yeah, it is.

Steve: Okay, excellent. Alright. So, what we’ve done is we have laid out in a process chain, so we’ll walk through this here. So, what we’re talking about is the use of RFID to track the material right from the manufacturer right out to the job site. And then in the job site, of course, we track the historical location and informational value out the activities for that asset of the field. So, here we can start with the manufacturing plant. The plant itself can use RFID to track the materials and the value at the activities for those materials. From the time they’re received, the initial steel, so they might receive a batch of steel in plates or in rolls so they can track the batch essentially that the pipe is made from. It can do that using RFID. As that pipe gets manufactured as at each joint is created, they can attach RFID to the joint because it goes off through the various sections of the plant for inspection or for coding or for storage. Each time it goes through a gate reader, it gets recorded as being inspected or gets recorded, just being sent off to particular part of the yard for a customer. And then once it leaves that yard and it gets shipped out to the customer, the RFID can generate the [inaudible] (25:06) for that truck and the customer can [inaudible] (25:09) that the truck has just left our plant with 40 joints of heavy or your project and your customer then has to build the disability of the pipe that’s on the weight of them. But the plant also has the disability of knowing what’s been shipped out and when it left and what truck was on, that sort of thing. So, here we’ve got the plant itself so they can track inventory in the plant. If it goes off to a coating plant, which might be either the same company at a different location or can be an entirely different company. That coating plant can tell what they’ve received because there’s that truck load of pipe to be coated comes through the gate. The gate readers can interrogate that load, record the fact that this is what was received, as it goes through the coating plant. They can track it out to the area as well, same process. They can track what’s been received, what’s been shipped to the customer. The customer can also then be notified as the shipment of coated pipeline [inaudible] (26:17). So, they know what’s being shipped and when. So, they can then set up to receive that pipe on their end and know that, you know, a truck load of pipe coming in one morning and they can arrange to have somebody there to receive it and know exactly what’s on that load.

Here we talk about the supply chain management. So, this is the support the processes above. So, we can track the load itself using a Globalstar transponder so we can track the train or the truck or the ship or whatever that pipe is on and see where it’s at in the world essentially. The RFID tags that we use are universal ones that we can use anywhere in the world. There are two types. Actually, three types of RFID tags. One is, kind of the European format, if you will, or the European frequencies. There’s North American frequencies and there’s global frequencies. And we use global ones. The RFID tags themselves, they’re passive tags and there’s active tags. The active tags have a [inaudible] (27:40) supply, if you will, or a car supply (27:42) which gets them a limited life. We use the passive tags which are excited by an RFID reader and that RFID reader, when it excites the tag. The tag transmits the information back to the reader to say, it gives the reader the unique ID that’s been assigned to that tag. And if there’s information as well, memory on that tag, which we call user memory, it sends that information as well to the reader. And the nice thing is we can read and write to what they call a generation 2 tag. They have up to 64 characters which is pretty much all we need to record the material requirements in terms of who the manufacturer was, the specification, the heat number, the wall thickness, some basic information about the pipe to make sure that it’s still certified because we’ve got a minimum material requirement capturing. There are other tags where you can write much more than that. They’re much more expensive, mind you. But if you need to, you can write more information for that pipe than 64 characters.

So, the gate readers, as I mentioned, can track stuff at fixed locations in a plant or in a receiving yard. We also have the portable readers, as we saw earlier, the handheld ones where you can walk down the, walk down the asserted storage facility and record all the materials that are there, and just take an inventory. You can actually attach RFID readers to drones and a lot of companies now are using drones and flying down the yard and capturing all the inventory items in the yard using drone technology. The upshot of that is that matters can monitor and control the movement of assets in real time from anywhere in the world and we make sure that the information required to manage your assets is always available to you. One of the questions we had was what’s the cost of a tag and why would I employ it? We have tags that, the most expensive tags from the employer is probably $7 or $8 per tag. The average cost is about $3 and $16,000 jointed pipe. If you can save and ensure that the jointed pipe is still certifiable, if the material information is kept for that pipe, that pipe is always going to be usable. There’s many times when at the end of the project, they gloss (30:42) the documentation for the pipe or the pipe has had extensive numbers scraped off or painted over that it’s no longer readable, that pipe can no longer be used for pressure services so that’s $16,000 jointed pipe that is not usable or piled afterwards.

So, I mentioned that our system is totally compliable or compatible with the ERP systems, GIS and CADD systems so we can integrate them. And we have these e-forms that we can share with those back-end systems as well so we can pull in things like work order from an ERP system, bringing it into pipetalker, complete the form and send it back. The nice thing is we can also use [inaudible] (31:41) where that form was filled in, so we know when and where and who completed that form in our system. In terms of pipeline construction and this is where Layne had started paying attention, if you will, or designing stuff supporting pipelines. So, pipelines construction has always been paper based, it’s always been labor intensive, it’s always had issues with capturing the data, making sure the data was filled in correctly, sending in data reports in paper-based forms to an office where a clerk would take the paper, paper forms and key them into a system somewhere such as your ERP system for reporting purposes. And it just took a lot of time and effort. What we’ve done now is we built a system where your inspectors, instead of hand-writing forms, a lot of the information is captured and calculated automatically so the inspection goes much quicker, the data is much more accurate, if you will, and keep the integrity of the data. So, keeping the inspectors in the field is essential for accurately tracking work and making sure everybody has the data or the information that they need when they need it. So, we have the ability to auto populate forms if we have the information that’s being pulled into the database which we do with RFID tags. The forms themselves because they’re electronic, they can always be filled in accurately, completely. So, if a field is missed, the person doing the data entry would get a warning to say, “Hey, forgot to fill this field in” and to fill in that field, we can use a pull-down list to make sure the data is accurate and complete. So that’s one of the things that we do.

Using RFID and GPS, we can also capture that information very accurately in terms of the location that it’s at. So, we have instances where they had projects where they wanted to capture the data electronically and they hired an engineering company, a survey company, come out and capture the data in addition to the data the inspectors were already capturing. So, what we’ve been able to do is to take that survey, if you will, requirement and pass that onto the inspection crew. So, the inspectors themselves gets recording let’s say a weld, they can fill that weld log in and as soon as they save that record, it just basically registers the location of that weld, accurately within, you know, a meter or two. When that weld thing gets lowered in, the lower end process which could capture the precise location of that weld once it’s lowered in, to send accuracy within an inch, let’s say, using that same, that same software. And just use a different GPS receiver or a more accurate GPS receiver and essentially the inspector during the back fill or the inspector inspecting the back fill can capture that data.

So, every activity that would be using pipetalker because we’re capturing data electronically and we’re capturing position, the location of that particular activity, it gets plotted on a map on the dashboard that the project management would see. They could see what activities were being performed and every record that was created from activity. So as pipelines are being constructed, for instance, they can see every weld once that record is created, that weld point would show up on the map so they can see exactly where the welding was. They can see exactly what’s been back filled, what’s been cleaned up, that sort of thing. So, all the major activities of pipeline would show up in the reporting. They would have a display on the map as well. The same thing can be set for facility construction so we can see exactly what activities have occurred on the field, we know what welds have done, what fabrications are completed, what applications have been installed, what cut offs there are so we can actually watch, again, that facility being constructed and understand what activities occurred where. In terms of the workflow, we use these e-forms, as I mentioned, it’s the same process RFID tags would be used and GPS used to capture that data as it’s being created. The nice thing about RFID tags and things like pieces of equipment or valves or whatever, if there is a drawing associated to that particular location, I can pull up a drawing just by RFID tags. Say that I need that drawing for this particular item, the drawing could be pulled up and I can see exactly where that item is supposed to go in that drawing. If there’s a maintenance manual or parts manual associated with that material such as the valve, I can read the RFID tag and ask for the maintenance manual for that or the parts list for that particular item and it’s all available to me on my tablet electronically. So, I don’t have to go and search through bunch of paper records or have a bunch of paper documentation I need to go through to find that.

For operations and maintenance, same sort of thing. I can read the RFID tag, pull up the maintenance history for that, installation documentation, [inaudible] (38:45) when it was installed, I can see, you know again, the price lists, maintenance and procedures that sort of thing. Same with pipeline integrity management work. I can go down to this section of pipeline, reading RFID tag and understand what maintenance has been done in the past, what the current maintenance tasks might be and pull up my maintenance report, complete the report, save it and update that information. As far as assessment and repair workflow, same sort of process, here we can go through that and make sure that the workflow is completed step by step. So, you can make sure that the form is completed, that it’s filled in completely and then submit it for approval review or approval. The workflow wrote that report off to the supervisor, the supervisor can review it and approve it or if there is an issue with it, they can essentially reject it and send the notification back automatically to say here’s some information that’s missing, please complete this. So that you can be aware of the fact that you need to do a little refinement on that report and do it properly and send it back and submit it for reference. Because it’s electronic, we’re not chasing paper around. We’re not worried about data entry errors because it’s being keyed in by another person, something gets paper-based so electronic records just speed things up and make sure things are absolutely accurate.

So, our documentation, we know is completed. It’s verifiable, traceable and complete, as we mentioned and it’s always going to be available for us. So, we have, there’s many applications for pipetalker so it could be as simple as just tracking assets to tracking shipments as we’ve seen. But it could be tracking all of the detailed activities on pipeline and plant construction as well. I’m just going to show you now a bit of the back end. So, I’m going to stop showing this screen here and I’ll just show you a little bit about what our back end looks like. And here we go.

So, this is our old back end. We’re actually just going to a new platform now. But this is our current platform that we’re using here. Just going to zoom out. So this is a back end, here’s a map so we can see activities occurred down here. Texas, and I’m going to switch on some information here. Here we go. So, bear with me. Here we go. So here we got some information that we captured and we have, we’ve got some basic map capabilities here. We’ve got some management capabilities as well. So, go to administration, we’ve got data dictionary that we can manage, we’ve got user permissions so we can manage, look up table values we can manage. So, for instance, here’s Layne as a user. And if I go into user information, this is where I set up users and the activities that they can perform with various permission levels. We’ve got our look up table manager where we can create a list of values that we want to manage and form. We’ve got quick search capabilities so I can search map layers and find information. We’ve got things like inspections here, for instance. We got this weld log so I can see, you know, when information in weld log. So, I got things like the heat number, my joint numbers, pipe OD in the gray. So, this is all things that I can capture in the system and report on. We have, if you need to find the location on that particular item, we can do that quite easily. If I select the information on it, here’s the information we captured so you’ll see here’s the date and time it was created. So we have the location, we have in this case it was the weld. So, we know who did the welding on it. The results of that some visual inspections. We’ve got our weld numbers as well. You know, a weld x-ray number so we can associate that to that particular weld. So, our documentation is completed.

We’ve got things like pipe tally itself. So, here’s pipe tally with RFID tags so I can again, just call information related to that. So, I can see my heat number, joint number, field number. These are all things that we would need to make sure that these records are complete. And field data collection is just, it’s where we have items that are on the field. So, if I do a search here, for instance. And I’m looking for things like spool number. I can see spool number that I need to locate in the field, and I need to go pick it up. Where is it? If I double click on it, it takes me to that exact location on the map. This particular function is quite valuable for people that are building things like gas plants, for instance. Quite often, they lose spools that make you 10 or 12 hours to try and find the spool that’s out in the field somewhere. They might have 20,000 spools for large gas plant projects. They might be in, you know, ten acres of storage somewhere and they’re trying to track down this particular spool because they want to install it next day. What we do is we can actually just basically accurately register the location of that area where that spool was dropped down. So, when we need to send somebody to pick it up, they know within 10 feet of where that spool is located out in that storage location. So, it takes minutes instead of hours to find a particular spool. I just wanted to show you here that there’s our spool number and there’s all that log. It really helps improve, you know, the ability to capture, maintain and display data in your system. So, depending on what your requirement is, of course, the back-end system really supports, if you will, or improves your capabilities. There’s another one. Here’s another spool that was dropped off. The reporting, just so you know, we got reports here we can export to Excel or PDFs as well. We also have the ability to do a geo export as a database or KMZ client or shapefiles to integrate with your back-end GIS system, for instance. Alright, I think that’s pretty much it for that. Should we open for questions now? Perhaps, Layne, you might want to.

Layne: Steve, I was just going to add if you don’t mind maybe just go back to the beginning of the presentation and just quickly show the folks that missed what the transponders look like and RFID tags. I think it’s important.

Steve: Absolutely, absolutely. Let me go back into that again.

Layne: One thing I was going to add while you’re doing that, Steve, was that we also have the ability on your QA and QC of the type of welding rod you use to pre-heat. We can auto populate that with the temperature of the pre-heat. The welder’s qualifications and another thing that Tom Betty brought up to my attention the other day was on these jobs now, you have these task management rules that everybody that has a certain task on the job site has to be qualified in the inspectors. Or the contractors through the inspectors. The inspectors need to know that the certain individuals have the right qualifications for the tasks that they’re about to perform. and with a RFID tag on an actual person, the inspector can actually scan that and get the qualifications in seconds knowing that that gentlemen is qualified to do that. Another thing I would like to add is when Steve is pointing out that we can find these different components, imagine if a supplier gets a hold of you as a client and says, “Look, we just identified we had a bad batch of pipe. And it’s heat number 17946 and it was manufactured on this date”. And let’s say you just put 6,000 joints of pipe in the ground, we can show you exactly within submeter, where each joint that you’re looking for is. And that’s a huge plus for somebody that has to find something underground that they don’t know where it is. We can find it in seconds whether it’s a bad welding rod, a welder that was having difficulties, maybe the pre-heat wasn’t hot enough, which we’ve run into before with plastic pipe where they actually had to go out and dig out the pipe. So, it’s just all QA, QC but again, keep in mind we’re able to locate it above or below ground with some real accuracies. I’ll take it back to you, Steve.

Steve: Good point, Layne. So, here’s the bits we missed earlier if you guys didn’t get to see. Here’s a combination of RFID and barcode tag. For instance, this is the temporary tag that I mentioned. And this could be stuck on the pipe prior to, let’s say, going to the coating mill so they can track this internally in the plant until this goes out to the coating yard. Once it’s coated, they can take this tag and replace this with a permanent tag which is this one here. Just got a [inaudible] (51:23) on the back. They stick it on a pipe and literally this stuff is just incredible. Trying to take these things off you pretty much have to destroy the tag to get it off the pipe. So the [inaudible] (51:36) is just amazing. So that’s the couple of the RFID tags. Here we’ve got a transponder. There’s one of them here. There’s another one that’s got a solar panel on it as well. So, there’s some that are solar powered transponders in this and this is where you stick on the shipment container or on the cab of the truck or on a railcar. So, you can track the shipment itself. There’s a SatFi device here that is being replaced now with GlobalStar with something called squad X which performs the same thing. It allows you to communicate by its satellite in real time. These are the, this is the RFID read writer here. It’s a handheld unit from Zebra. This is the MC3300R. There’s also a tablet that I mentioned earlier that is again a Zebra 10-inch ruggedized tablet. And this particular one has an RFID read write capability built right into it. This is the RFID antenna that’s attached to the tablet. And this just an Android smartphone essentially or tablet that again, you can run a software on. That’s what that looks like. I think that’s pretty much it for the devices themselves. The other thing is as Layne mentioned, you can have RFID tags on personnel and if need be, you can track where your personnel is. So if there is an incident in a plant, for instance, and there’s an emergency and everybody has to go to the muster area. As they go through a gate reader in that muster area, you can instantly know who’s there and who’s not. So, if somebody doesn’t show up, you know me, I got to go up to George because he hasn’t arrived in the muster area. So, you know there’s somebody that you need to track down and make sure they’re safe. Alright, so any questions? I guess there must be some questions. Michelle?

Michelle: Okay so, first of all, I’d just like to thank you, Steve and Layne, for that wonderful presentation. We will now open the floor to any questions you may have for our presenters. As mentioned previously, you can use the Q&A function at the bottom of your screen to ask our presenters any questions that you may have. And Layne and Steve will do their best to answer them. And if there’s any case that you’re unable to see the Q&A function, you can also raise your hand and I can also unmute your speaker and then you’d be able to ask questions as well. So, I think if you guys can see the Q&A on the bottom, I think there’s already two questions there.

Steve: Alright, I’m not seeing any questions.

Michelle: Oh, okay. It’s on the bottom right of your screen there’s a little button that says Q&A.

Steve: Ah yes, thank you. So, I’m not sure. There’s a question around the automated reports. ‘Can this facilitate digitized auto reports regarding condition statuses of critical and passive assets?’ Absolutely. So, one of the things that we can do is track the status of an item and it can be to report on it when you select that item, click on the, select the item by pulling on the RFID tag number. So, the RFID tag number comes up in a report. And as soon as you open that report, the system will go off and interrogate the database and pull up the last information that was available for that item so you can see what the latest status report was. And then you can update that report. Any changes you make to the report, we can track those changes field by field, send off a notification to whoever needs to receive the report and they can see what fields were changed, what the original value was and what the new value is. So, hopefully that answers that question. But certainly, we can automate the reports, auto populate what information needs to be there and then track the updates as well.

Layne: Steve, I see we have another question. It says, ‘Do you have your presence in India and the Middle East region?’. My answer to that question is the system is designed to work globally so we can actually work remotely with our technology and supply the software and the hardware in any place on the globe basically. It’s just a matter or deciding where you want your information. If you have some issues with it being in United States or Canada as far as collecting data through a server, we’re able to do it through as your servers just about anywhere in the world. But we would also be open to possible partnerships if somebody has a good presence already there that might want to include our software, we would be open to discussing that.

Steve: Good point, Layne. We can track anything anywhere in the world. Our map coverage is global. So, our mapping functionality works anywhere on the planet. We can use any datum depending on what country you’re in, various datums that we can use. The RFID that we use works everywhere on the planet as well. So, yeah. We can be used anywhere.

Layne: And our partners, our solution partners that we picked and worked with, they’re basically global companies like GlobalStar with their transponders, there’s SpotX equipment. We’re working with them closely for moving data. The only concern we have there is just the moving of the pictures and voice and video. That would probably be done at a later time when you have a better Wi-Fi connection but as far as moving the little bits of data that are collected on a construction project, we can do that through the GlobalStar system where in some cases, where there’ just no Wi-Fi available through cellular service. So, we’ve basically spent a lot of years picking the right partners, putting the right solutions together. And our solution doesn’t care where you’re at. You can basically be in Alaska or Saudi Arabia, it’s going to work the same.

Steve: Yeah, sure enough. We had a request from a company to track pipe from the pipe mills in India and a pipe mill in China and they were shipping product materials to Africa and they wanted to track the materials right from the plant site itself where it’s being manufactured out to the port in India and the port in China. And they wanted to track the ship to make sure that they understood when that ship was going to arrive in Africa. They wanted to track it once it received it, to receive in a port right out to the coating mill and then from the coating mill right out to the job site. So, I think it was Tanzania if I remember correctly where the job sites were. Anyway, that was one of the requests and we, of course, support that100%.

Layne: If I can just add Steve that just about every company we talked to, all the individuals on the different job sites, everything basically came down to the materials whether it was off-shore, on-shore, in the drilling world for some of the larger producers, everything was based around their material being able to be tracked, delivered to the job site at the proper place at the proper time with the proper specifications. In just about in every case, there was materials went missing on a lot of these global jobs, they get postponed as you folks probably know. And then you start distributing all your materials that you bought, and you start stock piling it, sending it to different warehouses. If a year later, when your job starts, if you’ve changed some employees or you don’t have all your records digital where everything is, in a lot of cases, they’re held up at the job sites trying to find this material. It’s just not at the right place at the right time. In some cases, they ended up buying the material or portions of it again just so they had it again and can get it out to the site. In some cases, we’re talking about millions and millions and millions of dollars. So, I believe our system can take a lot of the frustration out of that and kind of normalize where your material is. Is it in the manufacturing process? Is it in their yard? Is it in our yard? Is it on site? And your material managers and construction managers can manage that right from their desk, on site or Houston or anywhere in the world basically.

Steve: It’s the same. You know, I showed you the back end. You have the same information available on your tablet as well. So, everything you can do pretty much in the back end, we can do on the tablet as well. So, whether it’s searching for a particular item, filling that report where I clicked on it and said map it. It took me to that location on the map. The same thing happens on the tablet. Virtually, the same functionalities available on the tablet and the desktop.

Layne: Another thing I’d like to add too, Steve. I’m sure some people are wondering why we have barcode incorporated with the RFID tags. And the answer to that is fairly simple. The barcode has the same unique identifying number as the RFID tag and as Steve had mentioned, the tags we use there’s no two same duplicate numbers on the RFID tag anywhere in the world. So, there’s no way that the computer or our system is going to get confused about what asset it’s on. So, the barcode basically if you have a smartphone or a smart device, you can actually just scan that barcode. It’ll go up to our system the same way and take you to the same information as the RFID unique identifier would. So, in a lot of cases, if you just have employees in a yard, they don’t have to have this fancy RFID read writers tablets. They can simply download our software onto their smartphone and just scan through our system and they can get the parts they’re looking for or the information that they need.

Steve: Exactly right. So, using this smartphone they can just read that barcode as Layne mentioned. They don’t need that expensive RFID reader. All they need is their existing smartphone and our software on it. They can read that barcode number and pull up that exact same information if they need.

Layne: So, the one thing I guess we do know for sure Steve through all of I guess our due diligence right from the manufacturing level, our discussion with the manufacturers, the shippers, the construction managers, pipeline integrity, the full lifecycle cradled to the grave of your assets, the return on the investment with our technology is very great and we can prove it at every level. It just simplifies everything, and it just start saving money from the day you implement it. So, don’t be scared of the technology. It’s nothing new, we just put it together for the oil and gas industry. It’s used every day, everywhere you go in all walks of life. So, it’s very simple to use.

Steve: There’s another question here from one of the attendees. And the question was, ‘Can you share a copy of the presentation with us?’ And the answer is absolutely. So, we have Michelle, I’m expecting that we will get email addresses of the attendees so we can send this out to them.

Michelle: Yeah, for sure, I can ask one of my other moderators to see if they can get the emails and then we’ll be able to send them out if we can to all the attendees and we’ll make sure they get them as well.

Steve: Absolutely, that’s perfect.

Layne: We’ll post the presentation on our website probably no later than late this afternoon. If you’d like to go onto our website. www.echorfid.com. They can download articles from the World Pipeline Magazine, RFID Journal, and hard brochures of our company information.

Michelle: Okay, so I guess if there are no more questions, then I guess we can wrap up now. I’d like to thank everyone once again for your attention and for listening. And of course, thank you to Steve and Layne for delivering such a wonderful presentation. It was very wonderful and very interesting. I’m sure our attendees liked it as well. Just one more note. Please fill out the survey that will appear when the webinar finishes. We thank you very much for your cooperation and we hope you liked the presentation as well. Thank you.

Layne: Thank you very much for your time and the folks that came out to listen to the presentation. Please feel free to reach out to us so we can answer any more questions or show you the system in more detail.

Michelle: Thank you guys for all coming and we hope you liked it.

Layne: Okay, thanks again. Stay safe everyone.


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