On June 19th, 2018, the SPRINT Robotics Collaborative celebrated the launch of its Asia-Pacific Chapter in Singapore. In cooperation with Vopak, a kick-off seminar titled “Driving Productivity” was organized to elaborate on the status and development of the robotic applications and solutions in the field of inspection and maintenance of capital intensive infrastructure assets.

More than 64 companies and organizations attended the seminar, ranging from oil and gas companies, robotic technology developers, NDT service providers, knowledge centers, academia, regulators, and other asset owners, resulting in a total audience of over 130 global and Asia-Pacific industry leaders. The audience was treated to a select group of thought-provoking presentations delivered from speakers out of Singapore, Japan, Thailand and Australia.

Following an opening by the host, Vopak, presentations were delivered by the Singapore Economic Development Board, HiBot, Vopak, Dow Chemical, BP, Woodside Energy, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), and Tohoku University.

The event also included an exhibition, with a total of 12 companies presenting their robotic solutions and applications in a tabletop exhibition. These companies were also invited to present a company use case to the seminar delegates as part of the program. The seminar and exhibition were followed by a networking dinner in downtown Singapore.

The SPRINT Robotics Asia-Pacific Kick-Off Seminar in Singapore was a great success and a clear demonstration of the industry progress and acceptance of inspection and maintenance robotics globally. Attendees shared their appreciation for the relevant topics addressed during the Seminar, the meaningful discussions and the networking opportunities.

The SPRINT Robotics Asia-Pacific Chapter (SRAP) joins the other existing SPRINT Robotics regional chapters of North America (SRNA) and Europe (SREU). With the support of the SPRINT Robotics Support Team, SRAP will be coordinated by Edwin Ebrahimi (South-East Asia), Michele Guarnieri (Japan) and Diederick Naude (Australia). If you would like to become involved or learn more about our activities in these regions, contact us on info@sprintrobotics.org.

Our next knowledge sharing activity will be the 1st World Conference for Inspection and Maintenance Robotics taking place in Galveston, Texas on 13 and 14 November 2018.: https://www.sprintrobotics.org/conference/

Keep an eye on our website for announcements.