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Wireless Opportunities and Challenges. Presenter. Greg LaFramboise Wireless Technology Lead Chevron Energy Technology Company Richmond, California Employed by for Chevron 27 years with 20 years in upstream (oil producing and processing) operating units.

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Presenter

  • Greg LaFramboise

  • Wireless Technology Lead

  • Chevron Energy Technology Company

  • Richmond, California

  • Employed by for Chevron 27 years with 20 years in upstream (oil producing and processing) operating units.

  • Chevron’s voting member to the ISA S100 Wireless Committee since 2005.


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Safety Culture

Safety First . . .

Safety Always




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Always use proper eye and faceprotection while welding



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Chevron’s Wireless Interest

Offshore Oil and Gas Production

Onshore Oil and Gas Production

Refining

Chemicals

Marketing (Gas stations)

Mining – Coal, Metals, Oil Sands


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Opportunities

  • Monitoring of moving (mainly rotating) equipment

  • Extension of the Process Control Network to mobile operators

  • Monitoring of Equipment not originally instrumented both on a temporary and permanent basis

  • Extraction of higher level info from intelligent instruments not easily handled by the control system

  • Other applications that users will “find”


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Challenges

  • Security – Chevron’s business is classified by Homeland Security as critical infrastructure

  • Needs to plug and play

  • Availability, Reliability

  • “Needs to Work”

  • Heavy Steel Environments/High Interference/Hazardous (Explosive) Areas



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Another Heavy Steel Industrial Environment


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Challenges – cont’d

  • Educating internal Chevron customers on the various technologies. “A transmitter is a transmitter is a transmitter” does not apply to wireless devices. Education will help avoid misapplications or unrealistic expectations.

  • Chevron has a long history of wireless sensor devices . . . and a big graveyard. Most did not live up to expectations. Maybe it was too early; Maybe it was because there were no standards.

  • Performance of 2.4 GHz in outdoor, “real-world” environments.


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Presenter

  • Two Wireless Standards Emerging

  • Wireless HART 7 – Approved, currently being implemented

  • ISA S100.11a – ISA Industrial Wireless Standard, complete in 2008

  • Do we standardize on one? Do we have specific applications for both? How do we manage two different networks.



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Projects

  • Early ZigBee mesh test in El Segundo California Refinery

  • Mobile Operator – Gulf of Mexico offshore production; San Joaquin Valley, California, onshore production

  • Coal Mine, Kemmerer, Wyoming – Equipment monitoring, coal truck tracking, large geographic area.

  • El Segundo California Refinery - Relief valve monitoring


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Projects – cont’d

  • Offshore Nigeria Production – remote platform sensor monitoring

  • San Joaquin Valley California – monitoring clusters of instruments over hundreds of feet in the oilfield

  • Richmond California Refinery Firewater System – distributed sensor around entire facility










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