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taurob GmbH - Mobile robot for autonomous operational inspection

Technology Organisation

Taurob GmbH

taurob is a young and innovative company, which combines new ideas, technical expertise as well as customer orientated development. Together with our main costumers we transfer new ideas and solutions into high-end products. taurob also closely cooperates with various institutes of different universities, in order to apply recent research to cutting edge developments.

http://taurob.com/

taurob GmbH - Mobile robot for autonomous operational inspection

Project summary

Robots could soon be working autonomously alongside humans on a North Sea platform, as part of a world-first project from the OGTC, Total E&P (Total) and Taurob. The 18-month project will develop and trial a mobile robot for autonomous operational inspection of facilities, on Total's onshore Shetland Gas Plant and offshore Alwyn platform. The robot developed by Taurob is ATEX-certified (certified to work in gas environments without risk of ignition), can perform visual inspections, read dials, level gauges and valve positions, navigate through narrow pathways and up and down stairs, measure temperature and gas concentration, and detect and navigate around obstacles and humans.

Challenge

Asset Integrity

Vision

Transform Tomorrow

Entry TRL

5

Field Trial

In-Progress

Technology

Offshore Ground Robots

Type

Develop

Target TRL

7

Potential Industry Value

Due to the novel and emerging nature of this technology the value target or project return, remains difficult to estimate, primarily due to the complex nature of where robotic technologies could support autonomous inspection and remote operations. The value generation expected from a one-time technology deployment is in the region of £275,000 for brownfield intervention task with a further £127million anticipated annually, based on inspection activities alone, and £55million saving on capex for new build normally unmanned installations.