The Inspection and Maintenance Robotics Seminar in Amsterdam was a phenomenal success and was a clear demonstration of the rapidly rising interest in this fast-growing field. Attendees have shared their appreciation for the relevant topics addressed during the Seminar, the meaningful discussions and the networking opportunities. Attendees also acknowledged the value of SPRINT Robotics’ philosophy, objectives and activities with several companies showing interest in joining SPRINT Robotics._dsc7031

The SPRINT Robotics Collaborative, in collaboration with Shell, organized its 3rd International Seminar on October 25th & 26th 2016, in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The 2-day seminar took place at the Shell Technology Centre Amsterdam and hosted approximately 160 people on both days. Approximately 111 different companies were represented, ranging from oil and gas companies, robotic technology developers, NDT service providers, knowledge centers, academia, regulators, and more. These companies are mostly based in Europe and North America, but Japan- and China-based companies were also represented.

_dsc8164Having played an important part in the founding of the SPRINT Robotics Collaborative, the successful completion of the PETROBOT Project (www.petrobotproject.eu) was celebrated on Day 1 of the seminar. Day 1 of the seminar saw the newly developed robotic inspection solutions being shown and publicly demonstrated for the first time. Shell CTO and EVP Innovation and R&D, Yuri Sebregts, delivered the keynote address titled “Making a Difference through Collaborations”, and Cécile Huet, Deputy Head of Unit Robotics & Artificial Intelligence of the European Commission gave a presentation on Robotics & Inspection in the European Union Research, Development & Innovation Program. In addition, presentations were given by PETROBOT project consortium members.

Day 2 of the Inspection and Maintenance Robotics Seminar focused on accelerating the adoption of available and emerging technologies. Hermann Rosen, founder, CEO and president of the ROSEN Group delivered the keynote address titled “Market Need versa the Market Want Experience along with visionary Market Expectations”. IRISNDT and MISTRAS Group presented on the implementation of robotic inspection in the NDT service industry and high level inspection challenges from a robotic viewpoint; the Singapore Economic Development Board gave a presentation on the country’s push towards robotics adoption and innovation, and an academic presentation was given from the perspective of euRobotics and SPARC. The first version of the SPRINT Robotics Strategic Roadmap was also presented._dsc8467

Day 2 had an exhibition, with 18 companies showcasing and sharing information concerning relevant technologies and services, and giving plenary company presentations. Ranging from robotics and technology developers to inspection service providers, these companies made use of this opportunity to demonstrate their commitment and support towards growing and enhancing the inspection and maintenance robotics industry. The event concluded with a panel discussion, during which various asset owner representatives shared their perspectives on the status, requirements and needs for the application of inspection and maintenance robotics.

SPRINT Robotics is excited to start preparations for its next international seminar, to be hosted by Chevron in Houston, Texas, USA, in April 2017!