- 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.
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
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.
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))