Quartet to develop ‘world-first’ offshore robot for autonomous inspection in North Sea

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first_imgA project by the Oil & Gas Technology Centre (OGTC), Total, and Taurob, in partnership with Technische Universitaet Darmstadt (TU Darmstadt), will develop and trial a mobile robot for autonomous operational inspection of offshore platforms.OGTC said that the 18-month project would develop a mobile robot for autonomous inspection of Total’s offshore Alwyn platform and onshore Shetland Gas Plant.The Centre added that the trial was the first time an autonomous ground robot would be used on an operational oil and gas installation.The OGTC and Total are developing the robot with Austrian manufacturer, Taurob and TU Darmstadt, who collaborated to win Total’s Autonomous Robots for Gas and Oil Sites (ARGOS) challenge in 2017.The challenge involved developing an autonomous robot that could perform routine tasks and respond to challenges in a simulated oil and gas operational environment.According to the OGTC, the robot developed by Taurob and TU Darmstadt, ATEX-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.Matthias Biegl, managing director for Taurob, said: “During the next 18 months our ATEX certified and autonomous robot will be further enhanced to be eventually deployed on an offshore platform in the North Sea.”The project will develop a further two versions of the ARGOS robot that, the OGTC claims would be more robust and reliable with improved functionality and could be operated by workers offshore without the requirement for onsite robotics experts.Rebecca Allison, OGTC’s asset integrity solution center manager, said: “We are delighted to be involved in this world-first project that is at the cutting-edge of robotics for the oil and gas industry. A robot working alongside humans on a North Sea platform isn’t a distant aspiration, it could be a reality in the next 18-months, paving the way for a robotics revolution. Projects like this will help inspire and attract the next generation oil and gas workforce.”Dave Mackinnon, head of technology and innovation for Total E&P UK, added: “We are on the cusp of delivering technology that will improve safety, reduce costs and even prolong the life of North Sea operations. Robots represent an exciting new paradigm for the oil and gas offshore industry and Total is proud to be part of it.”<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>last_img read more


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first_imgAn improvised 12-gauge shotgun and assorted bullets of unknown caliber gun were recovered from 61-year-old Adriano Almarza, a police report showed. ILOILO City – Police raided a house in Barangay Alegre, Oton, Iloilo, leading to the recovery of a loose firearm. The police conducted the raid on the strength of a search warrant around 11:15 a.m. on Tuesday.center_img Almarza was detained in the lockup facility of the Oton municipal police station, facing charges for violation of Republic Act 10591, or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act./PNlast_img


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first_img Gatland caused a massive stir after controversially opting to omit the experienced Ireland centre as one of six changes to last weekend’s 16-15 defeat to the Wallabies. Carling, who toured with the Lions in 1993, told The Sun: “My jaw almost hit the floor when I heard the news. Gatland will be hung out to dry if he gets this one wrong and I firmly believe he has made the wrong call. There is just no logic to his decision. I would never pick a team on sentiment but O’Driscoll would still be in my team on merit.” Former England captain Will Carling believes British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland has made a huge error in dropping Brian O’Driscoll for the Test decider against Australia, claiming the decision has “no logic.” He added: “Okay, he hasn’t set the world alight in this Test series but in make-or-break games like this you need players of proven world class. “O’Driscoll ticks all the boxes. And because of that I’d have given him the captaincy.” Carling is not the only former Lion to have criticised the decision to axe O’Driscoll, but Gatland has received a measure of support from England’s World Cup-winning coach Sir Clive Woodward. Woodward, who represented the Lions as a player in 1980 and 1983 and as coach in 2005, believes Gatland was right to leave O’Driscoll out of his starting line-up, although he believes the Irishman should have been on the bench. “A head coach cannot afford to be sentimental,” said Woodward, who appointed O’Driscoll as his Lions captain in 2005. “Dropping Brian O’Driscoll is the right decision based on his form and the way the Lions need to play to win this series.” He added in his column in the Daily Mail: “I agree with dropping O’Driscoll from the team, but he should not have been left out of the match-day squad. I would much rather have the 125 caps and game-changing intelligence of O’Driscoll to call upon in the final 20 minutes of a must-win Test than the inexperience of Manu Tuilagi.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more


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first_imgThe Wellington Habitat for Humanity is now accepting applications for a Habitat For Humanity established home.  If you know of anyone or if you are an interested applicant, you may pick up applications at the following locations.  They will be available July 1 thru August 3 at these locations:City of WellingtonPublic LibraryChamber of CommerceMethodist Church. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more