Supporting the gas industry since 1863
Date1st May 2019
Time17:00 - 20:00
VenueULC Robotics Office, North Feltham
Price Free (Members) Free (Non-Members)
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London, Southern & Eastern Section AGM: Transformational Technology

The IGEM London, Southern & Eastern Section's AGM will focus on transformational technology in the gas industry, featuring SGN’s real time networks and robotic roadworks innovation projects. The committee and members will also review the year and open up nominations for new committee members.

Real time networks

Alex Webb, Innovation Project Manager of the Network Innovation Competition (NIC) Real Time Networks Project, will provide an overview of the NIC funding mechanism, how SGN have applied it in the past and an overview of the Real Time Networks project.

SGN are approximately half way through the delivery which has included a number of technical partners, extensive customer engagement and network modelling so there will be plenty of material to share and an update for those who are aware of the project. 


At SGN, we manage the network that distributes natural and green gas to customers in 5.9 million homes and businesses across the south of England and Scotland. Our pipes deliver your gas safely, reliably and efficiently, regardless of your supplier.

Our Real-Time Networks project has the potential to make your gas supply more secure and affordable. We want to demonstrate how a flexible gas network could be more efficient for our evolving energy market and meet changing customer demands. To do this, we need to establish Great Britain’s customer gas demand by recording how much gas is needed and when. We will be collecting data from 1,200 gas meters in the south-east and yours could be one of them.


Robotic roadworks

Oliver Machan, Innovation & New Technology Project Manager for SGN’s NIC Robotic Road Works Project, and Gordon McMillan, Innovation Project Officer, will provide an overview of how the NIC funding can be applied for an operationally focused technology development project, which will be one year in to the design cycle. 


In 2018, we [SGN] won our fourth Network Innovation Competition with a bid to develop a Robotic Roadworks & Excavation System (RRES) which will improve existing methods of excavation, repair and maintenance operations performed daily at SGN and the other Gas Distribution Networks (GDN). 

All utilities face an ongoing challenge in safely and efficiently managing excavation activities. This will continue for the life of the assets as they are pushed to return their maximum value for the GB customer. 

RRES aims to reduce the required excavation size, labour costs, and equipment while making the work safer. The project will automate the excavation process in both rural (transmission) and urban (distribution) areas using artificial intelligence (AI) and advanced robots. 

RRES will demonstrate the potential to:

  • challenge the orthodoxy of human visual confirmation of buried infrastructure
  • allow unhindered access to precise buried utility locations
  • eliminate accidental damage during excavation
  • remove the risks associated with uncovering already damaged infrastructure, an emerging challenge for the GDNs and distribution network operators.



At the AGM London, Southern & Eastern Section committee will review the Section's year and open up nominations for new committee members. If you would like to join the committee please email your interest to

Details on each of the committee roles can be downloaded from the links below: 


A light buffet will provided at the event along with a chance to network.

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