During the recent Robotics Week event, more than 250 people participated in workshops and technology discussions at the Centre’s Innovation Hub in Aberdeen, with demonstrations of 18 robots and their various functions.
The program included a two-day workshop that identified technology gaps for the application of air-, land- and sea-based robotics in the offshore industry.
Cases under review included:
- Air: Fully autonomous drones that can plan and navigate their own flight path.
- Land: Small, agile robots that can autonomously, climb, navigate and perform inspections, with little or no human intervention.
- Sea: A pipeline intervention gadget (PIG) that is autonomous, adaptable, reliable, multi-functional, and suited to harsh environments.
The Centre’s Asset Integrity Solution Centre plans to identify potential themes for a future ‘Call for Ideas’ and future projects for co-funding and support with industry partners.
Results will also inform a research program for the new Edinburgh Centre for Robotics-led, ORCA Hub, the aims of which is to advance robotics and artificial intelligence technologies for the inspection, repair, maintenance, and certification of offshore platforms and assets.