Inspection and Maintenance Robotics Seminar

Date: 25 & 26 October 2016

Venue: Shell Technology Centre Amsterdam, The Netherlands

 We are pleased to invite you to the upcoming two-day seminar on inspection and maintenance robotics, hosted by Shell, in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, in collaboration with SPRINT Robotics.

October 25th, 2016 – The PETROBOT Project

Celebrating the completion of the PETROBOT Project and the showcasing and demonstration of the newly developed robotic inspection solutions. Speakers include:

Yuri Sebregts – EVP Innovation and R&D and CTO, Shell The PETROBOT Project Work Package Leaders

October 26th, 2016 – Inspection and Maintenance Robotics: Unlocking the value

How to accelerate the adoption of available and emerging technologies and the release of the SPRINT Robotics Strategic Roadmap. Speakers include:

Hermann Rosen – Founder, CEO and President of the ROSEN Group Sieger Terpstra – Principal Inspection Engineer, Shell

Eric Sjerve – CTO, IRISNDT

Jonathan Burns – Business Development Manager, MISTRAS Group

Ron van Wolferen – IT Strategy Manager and Technology Opportunity Manager for Robotics, Shell

Stefano Stramigioli – Vice President Research, euRobotics

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This free seminar is offered to you by The PETROBOT Project and The SPRINT Robotics Collaborative.

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The PETROBOT Project

The PETROBOT project developed a series of robots to remotely inspect pressure vessels and aboveground storage tanks widely used in the Oil&Gas and Petrochemical industries.

Currently the inspection of these assets is being performed by people working in confined spaces, requiring the assets to be shut down in order to ensure the safety of the people. Furthermore, these assets have to be decoupled from live sections of the plant, extensively cleaned to remove all products that can emit flammable or toxic gases, and rendered safe for entry. For larger assets, scaffolding is erected so that all necessary areas can be accessed during the inspection. Consequently the main objectives of the PETROBOT project were:

Minimizing the exposure of personnel to potentially hazardous conditions Reducing the downtime

Saving resources by using robotic solutions to change the current procedure, which is long and costly

The PETROBOT Project opened up the Oil&Gas and Petrochemical markets for inspection robotics by developing two new key robotic inspection solutions and validating these in the following applications:

  1. Off-line internal inspection of pressure vessels: avoiding the need for human entry and thereby increasing safety, reducing plant down-time, as well as a reduction in cost.
  2. In-line inspection of aboveground storage tanks: avoiding human entry and thereby increasing safety, as well as a reduction in lost revenue by keeping the tanks in full operation.

The PETROBOT project mobilized the complete value chain, including robotic and inspection technology providers, inspection service companies, and end-users.

Started on September 1st,2013, with a duration of 3 years, the PETROBOT project was supported by the EU and received a grant from the FP7 Robotics program.

Overview: The SPRINT Robotics Collaborative

The SPRINT Robotics Collaborative aims to achieve field use of robotics for inspection and maintenance of capital intensive infrastructure assets on a large scale to address immediate needs and long term industry priorities.

Using robotics in the domain of technical inspections and maintenance of capital intensive infrastructure is of vital importance because of the urgency to minimize the impact on safety and the environment. In addition, robotic inspections and maintenance may increase operational efficiency by reducing shutdown times and reduce capital expenditures by not requiring human entry into difficult to access confined.

Founded in January 2015 and based in The Netherlands, the SPRINT Robotics Collaborative is a global not-for-profit-foundation, driven by asset owners and operators, to promote the development, availability, application and commercialization of robotic techniques in technical inspections and maintenance of capital intensive infrastructure.

About Shell Technology Centre Amsterdam

A state-of-the-art location, Shell Technology Centre Amsterdam (STCA) currently comprises 80,000 m2 of laboratories, test halls, workshops and offices – comparable to 11 UEFA-sized football pitches – with 70,000 metres of pipelines and 900 small and large technical installations. STCA is virtually CO2 neutral because the temperature is controlled by an underground heat/cold storage in combination with heat pumps. The wind farm of Shell and Nuon in the North Sea generates the power for the heat pumps. The solar panels on the roof add another 45,000 kWh of green energy to the buildings network. The Shell staff aims to make current energy sources cleaner and more efficient and they aim to produce and distribute energy in potentially new ways.