Supporting the gas industry since 1863
Date26th April 2018
Time16:00 - 20:30
VenueAPEX Grassmarket Hotel, Edinburgh
Price Free (Members) Free (Non-Members)
All prices exclude VAT

APEX Grassmarket Hotel 31-35 Grassmarket Edinburgh EH1 2HS

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A Scottish Section and IET Scotland South East Network event
About The Event
Robotics: Utilities and Beyond

Robots that can learn, adapt and make decisions will revolutionise our economy and society over the next 20 years. They will work for us, beside us, assist us and interact with us.

Join the IGEM Scottish Section and the IET Scotland South East Network for a look at robotics development, covering academic research through to practical applications in the utilities industry.

Presentations will be from:

ULC Robotics 

Sam Wilson is Head of UK Business Development at ULC Robotics. His presentation will summarise the benefits inspection and remediation systems have delivered since their introduction in to the industry under the RIIO-GD1 regulatory period. With the use of robotics becoming a recognised, cost effective and less disruptive alternate to conventional techniques, some of the key steps that need to be taken to ensure incremental improvements and the benefits continue to be maximised as the industry moves in to RIIO-GD2.

Click here for more information on Sam and ULC Robotics.
Synthotech Limited

Wez Little, Innovations Director, will be presenting on the challenges associated with minimising access holes whilst maximising the value (tasks) of what a robot can achieve once it is inside a buried asset.  

This presentation will look at the ‘Whole’ picture rather than just the ‘hole’ itself. It will focus on how collaboration and openly sharing of challenges (Costs, Technical, Operation, Time) with developers, contractors and asset owners, can ensure that game changing technology can be implemented in the UK utilities sector as BAU.  Key technologies covered will include three cutting edge UK robotics projects – Synthotrax IRV, Tier One Replacement System (TORS), and Gas Robotic Agility Inspection Device (GRAID). Each of these projects have addressed the challenge of no-dig, not just by new developments but by bringing together best of breed.  

Click here for more information on Wez and Synthotech Limited.


Edinburgh Centre For Robotics

The Edinburgh Centre for Robotics is leading in the UK effort to realise its industrial potential in this revolution, by producing a new generation of highly skilled researchers, trained to take a central role through technical skill coupled to industry and market awareness.

Wolfgang Merkt is a roboticist and consultant. He holds first class degrees in Mechanical Engineering with Management and Robotics and Autonomous Systems and currently works on optimisation-based planning and control for human size (6ft) humanoid robots in collaboration with NASA.

In his talk, Wolfgang will present a fully integrated system for reliable grasping and manipulation using dense visual mapping, collision-free motion planning, and shared autonomy.

Click here for more information on Wolfgang and his presentation. 


João Moura is a PhD student at the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics, currently doing research on Learning by Demonstration methods for manipulation tasks involving force interaction with the environment.

In his talk, João will present the Cab Front Cleaning Robot project, a feasibility study lead by Cranfield University, in collaboration with Heriot-Watt University and Shadow Robotics, and in partnership with Chiltern Railways and Bombardier. This project, funded by the Railway Safety and Standards Board via the Rail Research UK Association, aimed at developing a scale model prototype robot for train cab front cleaning – including the mechanical arm and cleaning actuator design, and control of the arm – to demonstrate the feasibility of the approach.

Click here for more information on João and his presentation. 


Registration opens at 17:00 with the event beginning at 17:30. 

Exhibition opportunities are available, for more information please email

Prior to the Robotics event the Scottish Section will host their AGM, starting at 16:00. All IGEM members are invited to attend.

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