Theme Inspection & Maintenance

The following speakers are confirmed for the Inspection & Maintenance track:

Chair Stefano Stramigioli (University of Twente)

Kris Kydd

Title: ARGOS Challenge and Beyond.  The future for Robotics in Oil and Gas
Abstract: Robotics is transforming the way operations in the O&G industry are performed today and will become more commonplace in the future with new locomotion types. In 2017 TOTAL completed its international robotics competition called the ARGOS Challenge (Autonomous Robot for Gas and Oil Sites).

The challenge formula where various teams competed facilitated the testing of a range of designs thus permitting the assessment of different approaches to the same application.  Evaluation was performed with respect to different robotic functionalities in terms of hardware and software including mobility, navigation and localization; robustness and reliability; and operational safety.  This approach allows the robotics community to learn the requirements specific to the O&G industry which, in turn, benefits from an increase in robotic knowledge.  Surface robotics present potential major operational impacts including cost reduction and production efficiency with respect to transport resources and equipment availability.

Teams have been evaluated through a competition series (June 2015, April 2016 and March 2017) which becomes increasingly more difficult as the challenge progresses. Testing includes maneuvering between different floors of an installation, representative of a typical onshore/offshore production facility; performing reporting tasks (video, sensor reading, thermal imaging and leak detection) in varying scenarios (routine inspection, emergency) using different supervisory control levels providing operators with greater situational awareness. Robots perform autonomous reporting and executive actions based on the hazards they encounter and commands received.  Communication is via wireless local area network protocol. Due to constraints on production installations such as potentially explosive atmospheres, the technical solutions must comply with industry specific safety requirements e.g. ATEX.

Post challenge an industrialization phase of the winning design prototype will commence including an industrial pilot on an actual production site of a more representative size.  The intention is to prove this robotic locomotion type in a human engineered environment, building operator confidence and gaining acceptance in the shorter term. Then in an incremental manner build on these same technologies and functionalities to drive autonomous robotics forward to reach full field automation.

The ARGOS challenge and the associated lessons learnt will provide a useful platform to create the next generation of robots for the O&G industry with increasing autonomous functionality. Assessing wireless communication performance is also transferable to other new technologies intended for remote monitoring and increased automation in this digital era.

Tjibbe Bouwma (Sprint Robotics)

Title of presentation: Accelerating large scale implementation of Robotics for Inspection & Maintenance of large industrial assets

Abstract:Robotics offers great opportunities to drive efficiencies and improve safety in the petrochemical industry and utilities.  Important lessons have been learned in the past 5 years about key drivers and hurdles for implementation. To harvest the potential of inspection & maintenance robotics innovative business and cooperation models are vital. SPRINT Robotics is a new organization aiming to achieve just that. Its new strategic roadmap for implementation will be presented and lessons learned will be shared.

Berry Mulder (Frontier Automation SHELL)

Title: The value of Robotics in Shell

Abstract: The first wave of robotics is being used in Shell for a variety of applications, ranging from subsea ROVs, to drones for flare-inspection, to painting-bots and surveillance of unmanned facilities. These robotics applications are proving their value by taking the humans away from the dangerous, dull or dirty activities. ‘Being there, without going there’.

Looking forward, the integration of robotics with the evolving IoT and digitalization will allow the industry to move to the next level. We want to move from ‘cool tools’ to ‘mobile automation’. Shell is looking forward to collaborate with the eco-system of academia, suppliers, service-companies and the end-users collaborate to achieve the best cost-effective solutions

Paul van IJselstein (Stratagem Group/ LR Systems)

The introduction will address topics such as:
Why develop a robot system for use in a very conventional sector of industry, i.e. maintenance.
What are the external and internal factors that play a role?
Which problems are solved, and which technical solution have been selected?
How to create a generic solution that is acceptable to a global industry?
What is the roadmap towards a smart hangar?
What are the social aspects related to the introduction of robotics

Edwin Dertien  (University of Twente)

Title: Autonomy in the pipeline; robot design for inspection and maintenance


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