Deepwater operators continually face technical and environmental challenges to drilling and completing wells safely and efficiently. To address these challenges, the industry has used radio-frequency-identification (RFID) technology to reduce risk, rig time, and nonproductive time and to perform operations that traditional tools cannot. This paper describes criteria for selecting RFID-enabled tools rather than traditional tools, integration of RFID tools with operations, and value-added features enabled by RFID. The complete paper also presents contingency, safety, and risk-assessment factors and case studies.
RFID is a method of communication using radio-frequency electromagnetic fields. Information is stored within RFID tags and is transferred to a reader when the two are close to each other. There are two types of tags: active tags, which contain their own energy source, and passive tags, which are energized by the reader as they pass by. A typical passive tag used in the tools described in this paper is shown in Fig. 1. This tag contains a transponder circuit and an antenna that receives signals from the reader. The transponder is programmed with a unique identification number and instructions for the reader....
RFID Technology for Deepwater Drilling and Completions Challenges
01 April 2017