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RFID: Commissioning & Completions using Mobil PC, RFID & Single Platform (DATA) Integration

RFID in Commissioning

RFID in Commissioning & Completions Management

Note: This is a guest post about RFID in Commissioning by Glenn Boyko from CDi

In today’s environment, companies maintain paper based systems to support commissioning/completions objectives and processes. These systems all use the same approach when creating test forms and are very thorough however create an unmanageable stack of paper both in the field and office.

Lack of system mobility and information accessibility is biggest barrier for companies to improve commissioning efficiencies. It inherently requires multiple persons to update common information in different systems.

When using a Mobil solution systems automatically propagate data between themselves, it eliminates the possibility of erroneous data entry from personnel, but most importantly it provides personnel consistent, accurate and complete information.

Solution Overview

A web-based system, but not dependent on work location, organizations are able to operate from any location in the world with web access. Mobil handhelds to log, or queue, information changes in the field and synchronize with the master database when connectivity resumes.

Provide full functionality without any internet connection. When the user returns to an area with web access, the system automatically “pushes” those changes into the system. Therefore, you can be sure that information generated, entered or extracted from the system is current and accurate.

This provides management a tool-kit to oversee, in real time, any activities being performed in commissioning or remote locations and their completion status. You can track each task, including who, when and if any items were found non-compliant. This dramatically reduces time to perform inspections, identify non-compliance issues and access information, such as equipment datasheet information and documentation.

RFID technology used to provide an indexed location in the database “direct link to the asset” including associated documentation, required tasks and inspections.

Functional Use Case

By scanning the RFID tag a piece of the equipment that needs to be inspected or tested, communicates with the Enterprise Asset Management system and its core modules to extract data that may be relevant to that asset. Search is completed and information provided back to the hand held device such information as:

  • Inspection test steps to be completed
  • Outstanding punch list items
  • Ability to generate non-compliance against asset
  • Associated documentation PID/Loop Sheet/Data Sheet


  • What isolations are required to work on the device safely
  • Previous job safety analysis/safe work procedures,
  • What equipment is required to complete the job (scaffold, crane etc),
  • Isolation list
  • Isolation procedure
  • Resources list (required tooling, access/egress infrastructure, labour requirements)
  • Job safety analysis and/or safe work procedures,
  • Internal planning requirements
  • Permit requirements including all relevant permits (permit to work, hot work, confined space etc)
  • Relevant drawings and datasheets
  • Re-commissioning procedure
  • Applicable MSDS‟s
  • PPE requirements

Therefore, by simply scanning the RFID, task or system boundaries we can extract all of the above information within seconds. Complete the task in real time or generate punch list items immediately removing paper from the commissioning & completions process.

Leave a Comment

  • Darren Sangster August 22, 2012, 10:55 pm


    Good post and I have a question for you.

    Have you seen senarios where the client has requested the mobil device to be intrinsically safe as there may be situations where you are going into a live plant for these activities?

    Do you know of examples of intrinsically safe mobile devices one can use in this situation?


  • Phil_hindmarch August 23, 2012, 3:54 am


    North Sea environment may not like hand helds.

    How do you manage web based in countries that don’t allow internet access?

    Phil Hindmarch

  • Glenn Boyko August 23, 2012, 4:25 am


    Great question, the electrical classification is a typical
    roadblock when integrating any mobil technology into oil and gas brownfield
    I don’t think you will find any manufacturer claim to have an intrinsically safe device as the liability is too high to make such a claim. What the manufacturer will typically do is have it certified Class1 Div2 ULC which is acceptable for use in most live plants. 

    There is a limited amount mobil devices available with the Class1
    Div2 ULC rating. Based on the functional requirements listed in my blog there currently
    isn’t a turnkey solution available that I am aware of mainly due to the
    required use of RFID, camera and a display large enough to view PDF
    documents in one device.

    However I have been told by Panasonic they will have a Class1
    Div2 ULC rating on the CF-H2 available on special order in October of 2012. I currently
    own a unclassified CF-H2, a very impressive machine with a core i5 processor
    and solid state drive not to mention the MIL-STD-810G certification.

    If you are not concerned with RFID I did come across a company that has a
    manufactured case to fit over the iPad that claims to give it the classification,
    sounds interesting just not sure how the classification is met and a little
    skeptical to be honest.

    Hope this answers your question.



  • Glenn Boyko August 23, 2012, 5:51 am


    I don’t
    have on-site experience in the North Sea environment but from what I’ve read it
    sounds like the accelerated corrosive atmosphere caused by the salt water can
    be very damaging to electronics. Ideally you would need something with an IP
    rating of 68 unfortunately most devices at best will have an IP rating of 65.

    Based on
    your experience would a device that has an IP rating of 65 and also has passed
    the MIL-STD-810 G Method 509.5 Salt
    Fog Testing survive the North Sea environment ?

    In regard
    to the question of no internet access the system would have to be deployed on a corporate server instead of in
    a data center. In the event an employee would like to view remotely he or she
    would login via a secure VPN connection and launch the browser from there for remote
    connectivity. Unless when you say they don’t allow internet access that means no connection to the outside world at all.


  • Thomas Stuenkel August 23, 2012, 8:10 am

    Hello Glenn,

    Can you please publish your blog URL where I can find this functional requirments?

    Thank you.


  • Glenn Boyko August 28, 2012, 2:20 pm

    Hi Thomas,

    Sorry I should have been more specific, the functional requirements I was reffering to in the previous post is the “Functional Use Case” in the article above.


  • Tapas Bhattacharyya February 7, 2014, 10:39 am

    I congatulate Glenn for the innovation, and as application, the challenge is to find the suitable HANDHELD,RFID Scanner, search the industry and contact OEM.

    and Data base intregation by XML mapping, may be tedious, but I have done it and make you enabled and master of situation.

    I used ICOS for punch list, mapped to AMS to get Live data from BEMAX calibrator and CMX.and further linked to SAP and MAXIMO.

    It is dificult first and with patient and cautious ontology of Things to be logically link it is woderful and surprisingly fast but be careful for thr logic.

    and I advice As Low As Reasonably Practicible (ALARP) and KISS the sky.

    Go ahead guys! Give it a try, I assure my assistance of direction and ethical help!

    Tapas Bhattacharyya.

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