Live Demo of Remote Ops Technology

Monday, January 28, 2013 @ 06:01 PM gHale


Fieldbus Foundation will conduct a series of live field demonstrations of its FOUNDATION for Remote Operations Management (ROM) technology.

The first live demo of FOUNDATION for ROM will kick off April 30 at the Petrobras research and development facility in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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It is the first development of its kind integrating remote input/output (I/O), ISA 100.11a, WirelessHART, wired HART, and H1 fieldbus protocols into a single standard data management environment.

FOUNDATION for ROM extends the capabilities of FOUNDATION fieldbus to wired and wireless devices installed in some of the world’s harshest and most remote locations.

This open, non-proprietary solution provides a unified digital infrastructure for asset management in applications ranging from tank farms and terminals to pipelines, offshore platforms, and even original equipment manufacturer (OEM) skids.

Whether operating on a wired or wireless High Speed Ethernet (HSE) backhaul network, end users can pull device data into the FOUNDATION fieldbus infrastructure, which provides a single source of data management, diagnostics, alarms and alerts, data quality control, control-in-the-field capability, and object-oriented block structure.

Petrobras is looking into specifying FOUNDATION for ROM technology for the projects it is undertaking in the upstream and downstream hydrocarbon industry.

The company has a $224 billion capital spending plan through 2015, with most of the investments targeted at the upstream sector on the Pre-Salt area of the Santos Basin.

The Petrobras Cenpes is the largest oil and gas research center in the Southern Hemisphere.

At the facility, a series of tests will be conducted with a FOUNDATION for ROM system installed on a distillation process pilot plant to evaluate the use of fieldbus-based ROM devices with wireless protocols for remote applications.

Miguel Borges, who works at the Cenpes facility, believes FOUNDATION for ROM can be an enabling technology for remote applications on Petrobras’ offshore platforms.

“The Fieldbus Foundation’s ROM solution is attractive to us, since we want to gain access to diagnostic information from devices installed at our remote sites,” Borges said.

“Petrobras is committed to investing in this type of technology, and is seeking the most effective solutions available in the marketplace.”

Reliance Industries (India) has also agreed to host FOUNDATION for ROM field demonstrations and additional end user demonstrations in Japan, the Middle East and Europe are being planned.

According to Fieldbus Foundation Director of Technology Development Dave Glanzer, the Petrobras field demonstration will offer a look at the full functionality of FOUNDATION for ROM, including wireless device integration, remote I/O integration, and wireless backhaul capabilities.

“This demonstration is the first step to show the capabilities of FOUNDATION for ROM before it is specified for commercial projects,” Glanzer said.

“The ROM solution enables end users to diagnose, either locally or remotely, the condition of their automation assets and then optimize predictive and preventive maintenance strategies.”



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