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2017 Houston Seminar

The SPRINT Robotics Collaborative, in collaboration with Chevron, organized its 4th International Seminar on April 11th & 12th 2017, in Houston, Texas, USA. The 2-day Seminar, hosted at Chevron’s Global headquarters, was titled “Inspection & Maintenance Robotics: Driving Efficiency” and saw leaders in the associated industries share their perspectives on the status, requirements and need for the application of inspection and maintenance robotics.

The Seminar was organized on the back of the successful 2016 SPRINT Robotics Seminar in Houston (also hosted by Chevron) and had a turnout of 122 attendees which represented 72 different companies ranging from oil and gas companies, robotic technology developers, NDT service providers, knowledge centers, academia, regulators, and more. While the majority of the companies were based in North America, the seminar had a large European turnout and a number of companies from Japan and Singapore were also represented.

Day 1 of the Houston Seminar saw a number of oil and gas majors sharing their views, interests and experiences related to inspection and maintenance robotics in their industries. Buddy Lang, General Manager of Facilities Engineering at Chevron delivered the keynote address, after which the audience was treated to highly informative and thought-provoking presentations from Chevron, Total and BP. The 2nd half of the day offered perspectives and developments from a service industry perspective via presentations by IRISNDT and EM&I, while NASA, NineSigma and the Singapore Economic Development Board shared interesting opportunities for the development of new technologies.

An important item on the day’s agenda was the official release of the SPRINT Robotics Strategic Roadmap (available here). The day concluded with a panel discussion and a networking dinner.

Professor Satoshi Tadokoro, President of IEEE RAS, delivered the keynote address on Day 2. The day’s agenda was somewhat different to that if Day 1 with the needs and opportunities for robotics in other industries and other areas of the value chain being considered. Presentations by BASF and AkzoNobel offered perspectives from the Chemical industry, Boeing provided an interesting insight into robotics in the aerospace industry, and Rice University provided the audience with an update on robotic research from academia. Chevron Technology Ventures gave insights on the scouting and adoption of new technologies and 2 API inspectors shared the challenges and requirements by the industry in daily practice.

The Seminar hosted an exhibition and, following on the success of our previous events, they were also given the opportunity to briefly introduce their companies to the audience and share a case study. Ranging from robotics and technology developers to inspection service providers, a total of 21 companies made use of this opportunity to demonstrate their capabilities, commitment and support towards growing and enhancing the inspection and maintenance robotics industry. In addition, the morning of April 13th, following the 2-day seminar, was set aside for technology demonstrations at the PRCI Technology Development Centre in Houston. This additional event was very well received, with 7 companies demonstrating their technologies and a turnout of approximately 60 people.

The 2017 SPRINT Robotics Seminar in Houston was a great success and was a clear demonstration of the industry progress and acceptance of inspection and maintenance robotics. Attendees shared their appreciation for the relevant topics addressed during the Seminar, the meaningful discussions and the networking opportunities.

Our next seminar will be hosted by Dietsmann in Monte Carlo, Monaco, on Wednesday,  December 13th, 2017. Keep an eye on our website for announcements.

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Technology Demonstrations at PRCI, April 13th

We are pleased to confirm that, as an extension to the SPRINT Robotics Seminar scheduled for April 11th & 12th, 2017, in Houston, Texas, USA, our seminar exhibitors will also be demonstrating their technologies at the PRCI Technology Development Centre in Houston on the morning following the seminar (April 13th). The demonstrations are scheduled to take place between 09:00-11:00. We invite and encourage all interest parties to attend.

For more information, contact us on info@sprintrobotics.org 

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Workshop: The Minimum Viable Product Approach

A way to bridge the valley of death in Inspection & Maintenance Robotics

Showcases, Discussion, Brainstorming with key stakeholder from the industry

 

View Summary of inspection and maintenance workshop at ERF 2017

 

The euRobotics Maintenance and Inspection Topic Group in cooperation with the SPRINT Robotics Collaborative will host a workshop on “the minimum viable product (MVP) approach” applied within the field of inspection and maintenance robotics. The workshop is part of the European Robotics Forum held in Edinburgh, Scotland, on 22 – 24 March 2017.

The objective of this workshop is to showcase the MVP approach with views from research, robotic technology providers and end users, and to discuss and brainstorm if and how this approach can be further applied to get faster and more efficient from research to working solutions applied in daily industry life.

Inspection & Maintenance is a rather conservative business. Although robotics provides a significant value it is difficult to establish robotics as a common practice, especially in the energy sector (Oil&Gas, Power generation). As a consequence the valley of death for new robotic solutions is bigger and hotter than in other industries. Several actions have been taken to bridge the valley of death (robotic contests, EU-funded projects). All with promising results but it will take further time to open the market for robotics.

A promising approach seems to the “Minimum Viable Product” (MVP) approach. With the MVP approach the value of robotics can be demonstrated and a common understanding of the robotic capabilities is established – all this with a limited invest for all parties involved.

Program for the Workshop:

  • 14:00-14:10: Introduction to the session and the MVP approach.
  • 14:10-15:00: Presentation from different stakeholders: asset owners, service providers, technology providers and research institutes.
  • 15:00-15:25: Brainstorming Session. Golden Question: How can the MVP approach help robotics to bridge the valley of death in a conservative industrial environment?
  • 15:25-15:30: Summary and follow-up

Detailed Program for stakeholder presentations:

Introduction

  • 14:00: Aksel Transeth, SINTEF
  • 14:05: Ekkehard Zwicker, GE Inspection Robotics

The Asset Owner View

  • 14:10: Kris Kydd, Total
  • 14:17: Russell Brown

The Service Provider view

  • 14:24: Barend van den Bos, Dekra Industrial AB

The Robotic Supplier view

  • 14:31: Ekkehard Zwicker, GE Inspection Robotics
  • 14:38: Andrew Graham, OC Robotics

The Research View

  • 14:45: Aksel Transeth, SINTEF
  • 14:52: Marco Hutter, ETH

Questions? Please contact Aksel Transeth, e-mail: Aksel.A.Transeth@sintef.no, phone: +47 412 26 902.

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SPRINT Robotics Seminar, Houston, 11 & 12 April 2017

The SPRINT Robotics Collaborative is pleased to invite you to the upcoming SPRINT Robotics Seminar, which will be hosted by Chevron, in Houston, Texas, USA, on 11 & 12 April 2017.

Address: 1500 Louisiana Street, Houston, TX

The program will cover a range of perspectives and developments in the domain of Inspection & Maintenance Robotics. This will include perspectives of end-users on the use of robotics for inspection and maintenance related activities in industries with capital intensive infrastructure, as well as those of the other members of the value chain, such as robotic technology developers, NDT service providers, knowledge centers, academia, regulators, and more.

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Tickets for the event are $400 per person. SPRINT Robotics participating companies get a limited number of seats for free.

The SPRINT Robotics Collaboration is also organizing a networking dinner for the evening of the Seminar Day 1 – Tuesday,  April 11th, 2017.  Tickets for the networking dinner are $100 per person.

During the course of the Seminar, companies will have the opportunity to participate as exhibitors. This is free of charge for SPRINT Robotics Participants. For non-participants, the cost is $2000-. All interest in exhibiting, please contact us on info@sprintrobotics.org

We are pleased to shared that on the morning following the seminar (April 13th) our exhibitors will be demonstrating their technologies at the PRCI Technology Development Centre in Houston – we invite all interest parties to attend.

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2016 I&M Robotics Seminar in Amsterdam

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!

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Inspection and Maintenance Robotics Seminar, Amsterdam, 25 & 26 October 2016

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We are pleased to invite you to the upcoming Inspection and Maintenance Robotics Seminar, which will be hosted by Shell, in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, on 25 & 26 October 2016.

Join us as we celebrate the completion of the PETROBOT Project and showcase the newly developed robotic inspection solutions on day 1 of the event. Day 2 of the event will focus on the acceleration of the adoption of available and emerging technologies, as well as the release of the SPRINT Robotics Strategic Roadmap.

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Attendance to this 2-day event is free of charge, but seats are limited. Interested parties are therefore required to submit a registration request; the outcome of the registration request will be communicated shortly afterwards.

The SPRINT Robotics Collaboration is also organizing a networking dinner for the evening of Tuesday, 25 October 2016. Tickets for the networking dinner are €100 per person.

Registrations closed

Companies will have the opportunity to exhibit on Day 2 of the event. Interested in exhibiting? Contact us now on info@sprintrobotics.org

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RAS in Challenging Environments Expo16

UKAEA’s RACE (Remote Applications in Challenging Environments) centre would like to invite you to attend the RAS in Challenging Environments Expo16 on 28th September 2016 at RACE, Culham, Oxfordshire.

The UK government is reviewing how it should commit itself to an investment in RAS (Robotics and Autonomous Systems) which includes consideration of ‘hazardous environments’. In order to ensure that any investment is used to convert innovative ideas to valuable products and services, connections between the inventions and markets needs to be fostered.

RAS in Challenging Environments Expo16 will provide the opportunity to:

  • network within the diverse RAS community
  • explore innovative real-world RAS applications
  • realise the potential of cross sector collaborations

All sectors are welcome.

The event programme will ensure that networking takes priority with floor space available for equipment demonstrations. Entry and exhibition space is free.

Over 20 exhibitions, talks and equipment demonstrations have been confirmed from a broad range of sectors. Opportunities to exhibit and present available. For more information and registration, please visit www.race-ukaea.uk/ras-in-challenging-environments-expo16

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SPRINT Robotics North America – The Beginning

We are very pleased to announce the start of SPRINT Robotics North America – our regional chapter in North America!

Founded in January 2015 by Chevron, Gassco, Shell and Statoil, the SPRINT Robotics Collaborative has since its inception grown rapidly with various other companies joining us on our mission to achieve field use of robotics for inspection and maintenance of capital intensive infrastructure assets on a very large scale within the next ten years. The European market for inspection and maintenance robotics responded very positively to this industry-driven initiative during its first year, and with our participants being globally spread, SPRINT Robotics took the leap over the North Atlantic Ocean as a next big step in advancing the global market.

DSC_0171The North American-based Participants and Associate Participants of SPRINT Robotics met on April 6th at Chevron’s Global Headquarters in Houston, Texas, USA, for the kick-off of the North American Chapter of SPRINT Robotics. The purpose of the meeting was to start paving the way for SPRINT Robotics’ activities in North America. With the air still filled with excitement following the successful SPRINT Robotics Seminar of the previous 2 days, the meeting could not have taken place at a better time. The enthusiasm of the 19 attendees ensured lots of interaction and engagement, which contributed to very fruitful discussions.

If you would like to know more about SPRINT Robotics North America, or would like to actively take part in the initiative, we would be happy to hear from you.

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SPRINT Robotics in Houston

The SPRINT Robotics Collaborative, in collaboration with Chevron, organized its 2nd International Seminar on April 4th & 5th 2016, in Houston, Texas, USA. The 2-day Seminar, hosted at Chevron’s Global headquarters, was titled “The Global Outlook for Inspection and Maintenance Robotics” and saw leaders in the associated industries share their perspectives on the status, requirements and needs for the application of inspection and maintenance robotics.

The Houston Seminar was organized on the back of the successful first SPRINT Robotics Seminar held in September 2015, at the Shell Technology Centre in Amsterdam. The Amsterdam Seminar had a turnout of 104 attendees, representing 59 different companies. The Houston Seminar was a huge step-up, hosting more than 200 attendees over the 2 days. Approximately 90 different companies were represented, ranging from oil and gas companies, robotic technology developers, NDT service providers, knowledge centers, academia, regulators, and more. Although the majority of these companies were based in North America, numerous European- and Japanese-based companies were also represented.

DSC_0162The Houston Seminar also offered a number of companies the opportunity to participate by means of an exhibition space and short company presentation. Ranging from robotics and technology developers to inspection service providers, a total of 21 companies made use of this opportunity to demonstrate their commitment and support towards growing and enhancing the inspection and maintenance robotics industry.

The first day of the Houston Seminar saw a number of oil and gas majors sharing their views, interests and experiences related to inspection and maintenance robotics in their industries. The audience was treated to highly informative and thought-provoking presentations from Chevron, BP, Shell, JOGMEC and Phillips 66. The University of Twente (The Netherlands) and Purdue University (Indiana, USA) added an academic dimension to the day’s agenda and shared some of their latest research and developments in the domain of inspection and maintenance robotics. The day concluded with an engaging panel discussion, an exhibition session and a networking dinner.

20160404_181529 editedDay 2 approached the Seminar title from a different angle – whereas Day 1 was centered around the perspectives of the asset owners and operators, speakers from NASA, JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory) and NREC (the National Robotics Engineering Centre) provided the audience with insights to some of their latest research and developments on Day 2. Other main presentations included the PETROBOT Project and the IIW Commission V. Throughout the day, each of the 21 exhibitors were also given the opportunity to introduce their companies to the audience and share products and/or services that are of interest to the industry.

The 2016 SPRINT Robotics Seminar in Houston was a phenomenal success and was a clear demonstration of the rapidly rising interest in this fast growing field. Attendees shared their appreciation for the relevant topics addressed during the Seminar, the meaningful discussion and the networking opportunities. Feedback received so far include statements like “by far one of the best executed technical events I’ve had the honor to participate in”, and “one of the most engaging events I have ever attended”. Attendees also acknowledged the value of SPRINT Robotics’ philosophy, objectives and activities with many companies committing to becoming actively involved with SPRINT Robotics.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that SPRINT Robotics will be back in Houston for another event in April 2017! Please keep an eye on our website for announcements. And if you are interested in becoming more involved, we would be happy to hear from you.

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