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Title: Wireless Networking Technologies for Automation in Oil and Gas Sector
Authors: Bhatt, Jignesh G.
Keywords: Automation
IT enabled Industrial Solutions
Industrial Process Management
Wireless Networking Technologies
Issue Date: 3-Mar-2010
Publisher: Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University, Gandhinagar
Citation: International Conference on Management of Petroleum Sector (ICOMPS-2010)
Series/Report no.: 10
Abstract: Previously, wireless solutions were not viable and preferred choice for offshore monitoring in Oil and Gas sector for many reasons like – Emerging, Non-robust and Immature technology, Security concerns, Incomplete or conflicting Standards, and clashing wireless frequencies and communications protocols. Today, much has changed. Advances in safety, security, affordability, and maintainability within the constraints of frequency allocation now enable organizations to take full advantage of wireless technology for challenging industrial environments. Novel distributed signal processing algorithms, energy-efficient medium access control and fault-tolerant routing protocols, self-organizing and self-healing sensor network mechanisms, etc. have contributed immensely in growth of these technologies. Recent developments like WirelessHART and ISA SP100.11a have provided exceptional boost to this novel technology. In terms of user’s perspective, now significant paradigm shift can be observed from traditional wired technologies to upcoming wireless technologies and these can be very well endorsed by rise in demand for Wireless technologies in recent time. Interesting case studies of installations in Leading Oil and Gas Plants of Indian and foreign countries with their techno-managerial outcomes are discussed in brief. Recently emerged concepts of Overall Asset Management for Oil and Gas Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) Operators are also briefed. The concepts discussed are now globally used tools for management of Petroleum businesses across the value chain-from exploration to production to distribution. The paper also discusses briefly how wireless technologies can be leveraged in advantages of the Oil and Gas sector in contexts of Process Monitoring, Asset Management, Meeting Regulatory Requirements, Safety & Security, Productivity Enhancement, Plant Management and such other related issues. Yet, optimizing every facet of the solution is vital and imperative. There are some issues and challenges that are identified as topics of future research work in the area by the author.
ISBN: 978-93-80043-90-6
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