Motivation and objective
The industry pull for new robotic solutions within inspection and maintenance of capital-intensive infrastructure is bigger than ever, and a technology push is aiming at bridging the current gap in the market.
[News 29 Apr 2019: Presentations available from the workshop can be found in the below program. Also, a summary of the discussions at the workshop can be downloaded from this link.]
The objective of the workshop is to give an overview of recent successful commercial deployments (i.e., "robots in action") within robotics for inspection and maintenance in today's industry, as well as future developments relevant for the industry. The workshop participants will share new technical approaches, practical experience, new business models, future solutions as well as technology gaps and need for research. The workshop will include both presentations and an open brainstorming and discussion.
The workshop is organized at the European Robotics Forum (ERF) 2019 in Bucharest, Romania, on 20 March from 14:00 to 15:30 (local time).
- Introduction (E. Zwicker, A. Transeth)
- A series of short presentations given by end users (asset owners and operators), industrial service providers, robotic system suppliers, research institutes and universities.
- Equinor, Anders Røyrøy
- GE Inspection robotics, Ekkehard Zwicker (link to presentation)
- Chevron, Mauricio Calva (link to presentation)
- Vopak, Mathijs Kossen
- SINTEF, Aksel Transeth (link to presentation)
- University of Nottingham, Dragos Axinte (link to presentation)
- FundingBox, Nikolaj Nygaard and Izabela Zrazinska, funding opportunities in EU-projects RIMA (www.rimanetwork.eu, link to presentation) and RobotUnion (www.robotunion.eu, link to presentation).
- Moderated workshop discussion.
- Summary and conclusions: Summarize the workshop results in a joint statement, guiding stakeholders and giving direction for the future.
- Aksel A. Transeth, SINTEF, Norway
- Ekkehard Zwicker, GE Inspection Robotics, Switzerland
- Rudolf Essel and Maarit Sandelin, SPRINT Robotics, The Netherlands
Link to the European Robotics Forum: https://www.eu-robotics.net/robotics_forum/