We aim to develop a robot that can enter a gaseous environment, repair joints and provide sensor outputs to report back on the pipe condition. It is important that pipe assessment techniques can feed into the national Replacement Prioritisation Scheme (MRPS), which will enable gas distribution networks to analyse the actual asset life of their large diameter mains better.
We also plan to develop a separate robotic system which can replace small diameter off-takes from the mains pipe into customers’ homes with polyethylene (PE) pipe. The robot will be able to connect gas supply for new customers remotely, after we replace tier 1 mains.
Project reference: NICE0001
The project has four elements, which will be developed as sub-projects.
The project began in 2014 and will continue for four years. Field trials will take place in inner city locations across GB, in November of 2015 and 2017.