Gazprom Neft is to use new technology centres to provide training in innovations in logistics for its employees and clients — the first such centre having already opened at the Terminal smart logistics space in the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug-Yugra.*
This new technology centre reflects the key solutions deployed throughout the company’s digital warehousing complexes. Using immersive — augmented, virtual and mixed reality — technologies employees from Gazprom Neft enterprises will be trained in working with robotised equipment, as well as studying industrial safety regulation and standards. Other market players, utilising cutting-edge logistics facilities and solutions designed by Gazprom Neft subsidiary Gazpromneft-Snabzheniye, can also take the course.
Various flagship logistics solutions have been deployed at the Terminal smart warehouse. An augmented-reality navigation system, in particular, is speeding up searches for goods, and a pilot project on using drones in inventory management is currently in hand. Machine vision is being used to monitor safety at facilities, with cameras tracking warehouse employees’ locations, thus restricting their movements in hazardous areas and monitoring their use of protective clothing and PPE.
Going forward, new technology centres, where VR and AR technologies will help specialists study cutting-edge warehouse-logistics solutions, are planned not just at Gazprom Neft assets, but also at partners’ facilities.
“Drawing on Russian and international experience, we will establish new ‘experience points’ and appropriate educational programmes at the Terminal smart-space, as we develop and deploy new technologies. It is precisely here that we are going to be able to build up our knowledge and experience in deploying cutting-edge developments in logistics. We are also willing to make our expertise available to our clients and partners.”Dmitry Potapov Director General, Gazpromneft-Snabzheniye
Implementation of the new technology centres project is being undertaken by Gazpromneft-Snabzheniye. The first centre to be built is located in the Terminal smart-space, located within Gazprom Neft subsidiary Gazpromneft-Khantos’ support facilities.
* The Terminal smart-logistics space is an open- and enclosed-warehousing and warehousing-infrastructure complex. Most facilities are of modular construction — meaning they can be reorganised for storing various kinds (and different volumes) of goods and resources — and redeployed or relocated, where necessary. A ‘warm’ smart warehouse is also in operation at the complex, equipped with an automated storage system, drones and robotics. Loading and unloading operations at the Terminal smart-space are optimised through an electronic queuing system, with entry into the facility managed automatically through machine-vision technology and electronic queuing. Distribution of protective clothing and PPE has also been simplified, with required sizes being identified through a “digital fitting room” involving 3D scanning. Two Terminal smart-spaces are currently in operation within Gazprom Neft — an in-field facility in the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug, and another at the company’s Moscow Refinery.
The Terminal smart-space forms part of the Isource ecosystem, which brings together all procurement, logistics and warehousing services in a single and cohesive digital environment. By integrating actual physical processes into a digital space clients and contractors can monitor project progress and the fulfilment of mutual agreements, online. The solutions inherent in the Isource ecosystem support clients at every stage, from submitting requirements to inventory management. The personalised solutions offered through this platform are being made possible thanks to advanced digital tools and state-of-the-art “smart” services.