Call for Proposals: Robotics I&M applications for Water supply and Sanitation

RIMA will support the development and deployment of robotics I&M applications with grants for two types of eligible actions: Technology Transfer Experiments (TTEs) and Technology Demonstrators (TD).
Application Deadline in a month
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RIMA will support the development and deployment of robotics I&M applications with grants for two types of eligible actions: Technology Transfer Experiments (TTEs) and Technology Demonstrators (TD).
 
Technology Transfer Experiments (TTE) consist of developing, testing and validating the technical and economic viability of a robotic-based representative model or prototype system to be applied in ‘Target Use Domain’ operational environment. 
 
Technology Demonstrators (TD) consist of validating the technical and economic viability of a new or improved Robotic-based technology, product, process, service or solution in an ‘Target Use Domain’ operational environment, whether industrial or otherwise, involving where appropriate a larger scale prototype or demonstrator.
 
Challenges 
 
CHALLENGE 1: REDUCTION OF CLEAN WATER LOSS (LEAKAGES)
  • Multi-sensing inspection robot for pressurized water pipes, able to enter through small access points and to identify defects. 
  • Multi-sensing inspection robot for water reservoirs, to identify defects. 
  • Robot able to perform repair tasks when a defect is detected. 
  • Robot for safe and rapid access and repair of underground pipes (including pavement cutting, detection of underground networks, ...). 
  • Multi-sensing inspection of large areas using aerial robots.
Example of robotics’ application in challenge 1: Inspection of water pipes including maintenance/repair

CHALLENGE 2: INCREASE EFFICIENCY OF WATER QUALITY CONTROL (RELIABLE AND AFFORDABLE)

  • Multi-sensing inspection robot for water and wastewater pipes, able to perform continuous measurements, detect water contamination issues, trigger alerts, and grab samplings if needed.
  • Autonomous surface vehicles able to control and communicate water quality and to operate long-term without human intervention.

Example of robotics’ application in challenge 2: Warning systems which detect water contamination and active sampling

CHALLENGE 3: ENSURE WATER INFRASTRUCTURES ARE OPERATIONAL AND SAFE

3a: SEWERS

Multi-sensing inspection robot for empty, partially full or full water pipes, able to enter through limited access points and to identify defects.

Multi-sensing inspection robot for underground (empty) retention tanks, able to identify defects. Robot or Cobot to perform lifting of manhole covers while preventing musculoskeletal problems for field operators.

3b: TREATMENT PLANT

Multi-sensing inspection robot for treatment plants’ underground facilities, able to identify defects.

Example of robotics’ application in challenge 3: Versatility, range, autonomous operation of robotics’ maintenance and repair.

CHALLENGE 4: ROBOTICS TO ISOLATE WORKERS FROM RISKY INSPECTION IN CONFINED FACILITIES

Aerial robotics for tanks inspection without emptying the tanks. Able to take water samples for analysis. Robotics able to work in confined spaces in order to avoid human risks. Enabling technologies for increasing precision in robotics I&M tasks.

CHALLENGE 5: OPEN

The last challenge refers to any solution, not encompassed in the above listed items but included in the robotics domain, to support data collection and real time analysis to improve I&M performances to minimise the risks of false alarms, underestimation or misinterpretation in detecting and predicting potential failures of the inspected systems.

Application Deadline: 19 December 2019 at 16:00 CET
 
Source: RIMA

Illustration Photo: Severn Trent Water Pipeline. Tollbar End, England, UK (credits: Amanda Slater / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0))

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