Oil and gas technology centre accelerates offshore robotics
Oil and gas and robotics specialists collaborated during the Oil & Gas Technology Centre’s recent Robotics Week to identify 15 potential projects that could accelerate the use of robotics offshore.
More than 250 people took part in a series of workshops and tech talks at the centre’s Innovation Hub in Aberdeen. Participants also had the chance to get ‘hands on’ with 18 robots and explore their wide variety of functions.
Leading international robotics academics joined experts from other industries, including manufacturing and defence, to share insights on the latest advances and applications of robotics technology. A team of experts from the oil and gas and robotics industries took part in a two-day, facilitated workshop to identify uses cases and technology gaps for the application of air, land, and sea-based robotics in the offshore energy industry.
The workshop identified a range of use cases, including:
- Air: Fully autonomous drones that can plan and navigate their own flight path.
- Land: Small, highly agile robots that can autonomously, climb, navigate and perform inspections, with little or no human intervention and support.
- Sea: A pipeline intervention gadget (PIG) that is autonomous, adaptable, reliable, multifunctional and capable of working in harsh environments.
The Centre’s Asset Integrity Solution Centre is reviewing the output of the technology gap analysis to identify potential themes for a future ‘Call for Ideas’ and future projects for co-funding and support with industry partners.
The analysis will also inform research programmes for the recently announced and Edinburgh Centre for Robotics-led, ORCA Hub, which aims to advance robotics and artificial intelligence technologies for the inspection, repair, maintenance and certification of offshore energy platforms and assets.
Rebecca Allison, Asset Integrity Solution Centre Manager at the Oil & Gas Technology Centre, said: “Robotics Week has provided clear development areas and issues to be addressed if we’re to deliver a robotics revolution for the oil and gas industry. We’re reviewing the technology gap and look forward to continuing the collaboration as we try to make the use cases a reality.”
On the cyber horizon: predictions for 2022
As 2021 draws to a close, we see a world still challenged by Covid-19, necessitating new business models, new channels and a shift (perhaps for the long term) to remote…
Jude McCorry: “Focus on cyber strategy alone is not enough”
The number of cyber attacks has been on the rise since the start of the pandemic, with both international and domestic cyber criminals taking advantage of our increased reliance on…
Not a drop wasted: digital cask filling can save the whisky industry millions
Scotland’s food and drink sector is central to the country’s economy. Bringing in around £14 billion every year, it employs more than 115,000 people and accounts for one in five manufacturing…
The value of engineering in the curriculum
If you were to look back at the greatest discoveries in science and technology over the past 30 years, you would soon notice that engineering is a key catalyst for…
Glasgow Council leads the way in digital learning
In 2017, we at Glasgow City Council took the opportunity to overhaul our digital approach to education and redefine learning, keeping in mind the core aim of reducing the impact…
Why data is the new oil
In 2006, British mathematician Clive Humby coined the phrase, “Data is the new oil”. This analogy has been proven correct as data now powers entire industries and holds tremendous value…
Global Entrepreneurship Week offers chance to reset aspirations amid new innovation landscape
With the advent of Global Entrepreneurship Week, it is an opportunity for us to celebrate the innovators, the grassroots risk takers who drive the economy, and those who invest in…
Aberdeenshire leads the way in work-based learning
There has long been debate about the distinction to be drawn between vocational and academic learning. However, in Aberdeenshire Council the focus is on what is best for our learners;…