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Reaching Milestones: 100km of UK Pipelines Remediated With CISBOT

ULC Pipeline Robotics is celebrating the remediation of 100km worth of the UK’s gas mains using CISBOT. This milestone has been achieved through our progress with gas distribution networks, SGN and Cadent since 2013 with CISBOT proving itself to be a critical technology to support the management and maintenance of gas assets.

Thanks to our operational teams, we have remediated the equivalent of 27,500 joints in gas mains across locations including Brighton, Manchester and Edinburgh. CISBOT has also been deployed underneath iconic streets in London, such as Regent Street, Whitehall and Sloane Square.

Over this 100km journey, we have witnessed the continuous development robotic technology to meet our clients network requirements and overcome some of the challenges they face on a day-to-day basis. We have designed larger configurations for CISBOT to cover 36” mains, 16” systems for Tier 2 assets and currently developing configurations for 15”, 42” and 48” systems.

We’ve continued to challenge conventional methods of remediation using our robotic technology to minimise the delivery time and disruption of our projects. Using our solar-panelled control cabins and 24hr working practices, we’re continuing to support the UK’s movement towards net-zero by reducing emissions on site.

Throughout the last 7 years, we have also witnessed the development of revolutionary innovations for the utility industry, such as the advancements with The Robotic Roadwork and Excavation System (RRES).

For more information on CISBOT and to learn how to ULC Robotics can help strengthen and remediate your natural gas network, please visit: https://ulcrobotics.com/services/cisbot-robotic-cast-iron-joint-sealing/

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events and Webinars

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Join our free webinars and virtual events to learn more about our industry expertise, services, and technologies. 

 

VIRTUAL CONFERENCE – Utility Week Live

Utility Week Live is the UK’s leading utilities industry exhibition. This year, ULC will be showcasing the Robotic Roadworks and Excavation System, a collaborative innovation project with SGN. Attendees will view RRES conducting underground scanning, removal of the road surface, soil excavation and more. Visitors to our virtual exhibit will also learn about ULC’s aerial services program, which is expanding to the UK in 2021. 

24-26 November 2020 | Register to Attend for Free | Book a Meeting at ULC’s Exhibit

 


 

VIRTUAL CONFERENCE – Energy Networks Innovation Conference

The ENIC Conference features an impressive line-up of gas and electricity innovation experts, all coming together to share the learning from over 60 projects. Join us at SGN’s and Cadent’s Virtual Exhibits to learn about the Robotic Roadworks and Excavation System project and our CISBOT work in the UK. 

8-9 December 2020 | Register to Attend for Free 

 


 

WEBINAR – Using Acoustic Sensors to Detect Cross Bores: Technology Update

Cross bores have been identified as one of the top safety risks throughout the gas utility industry. In partnership with two leading US gas distribution utilities, ULC Technologies has developed a means to detect the presence of a cross bore from within PE gas mains and services. Join this webinar to learn about the technology and see some results from pilot programs.

December 9, 2020 at 1:00pm ET

Register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_rTERTksxQHetPuq-0AcykA

 


 

WEBINAR – Eliminate Accidental Damages During Your 2021 Gas Main Replacement Programs

Inaccurate and outdated mapping of features in gas mains can lead to third party damage, specifically when there are unmapped stubs, unknown connections to the main, or if there is no working tracer wire. In this webinar, attendees will learn how live gas main CCTV improves safety and efficiency during construction and main replacement by enabling crews to pinpoint and mark out the exact location of the main and all pipeline features, even those not traceable by traditional locating methods. 

December 16, 2020 at 1:00pm ET

Register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_mFf3qPltRNqeNry0AU1IpQ

Under the Surface of CISBOT: A Look Behind-the-Scenes of Commercial Robotic Operations

Many who are familiar with our CISBOT work will recognize the set up in the field – our crews working at a small site with our ULC truck or eco-cabin parked and the robot deployed in the gas main.

Behind the delivery of these complex robotic operations are additional crews working behind-the-scenes every day, across the U.S. and the UK, to ensure that our CISBOT operation continues to run successfully and well into the future by evolving and improving our systems. This includes mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, electro-mechanical technicians, product managers, field training managers, operations leads, and others.

Here’s a glimpse at the work that goes on behind-the-scenes:

ULC and SGN Sponsor IGEM’s Scottish Section Charity Golf Day

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Following a great day at IGEM’s Scottish Section Charity Golf Day on Friday 4th September, ULC is delighted to announce that over £1,500 has been raised for Prostate Cancer UK!

The fundraised total could not have been achieved without the help of the attendees, the ULC and SGN teams, and the hole sponsors, Flowstop Services Ltd, Honeywell, Gas Assessment and Training Centre Ltd., R2M Site Services Ltd, Teledyne Technologies Incorporated and Print & Digital Sourcing.

We would like to say a special thanks to the Royal Musselburgh Golf Course for hosting the day, along with the support of PGA Professional, Calum Smith.

Check out video highlights from the golf day here.

ULC Robotics Announces Acquisition by SPX Corporation

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ULC will join the company’s Detection and Measurement segment focused on location and inspection technologies

HAUPPAUGE, N.Y., Sept. 2, 2020ULC Robotics, a pioneer in Robotics-as-a-Service (RaaS) solutions and technology development for the energy, utility and industrial markets, today announced that the company has been acquired by SPX Corporation, a supplier of highly engineered products and technologies, holding leadership positions in the HVAC, detection and measurement, and engineered solutions markets. ULC will join the Detection and Measurement segment of SPX which will contribute to ULC’S overall growth as a business and better position the company for product commercialization.

“We are delighted to join the SPX family and look forward to the continued growth of ULC Robotics in this exciting new phase,” said Gregory Penza, CEO and founder of ULC Robotics. “SPX’s extensive resources, expertise at commercializing new products and dedication to growing its Location and Inspection portfolio create attractive opportunities for ULC’s employees and customers alike.”

SPX will support ULC in product commercialization and market development of inspection technologies. The addition of ULC Robotics will round out SPX Corporation’s Detection and Measurement segment, which encompasses businesses focused on underground locators and inspection equipment, fare collection systems, and communication technologies products.

“We are excited to welcome the ULC Robotics team to SPX,” said Gene Lowe, President and CEO of SPX Corporation. “ULC’s Robotics-as-a-Service business is a strong complement to SPX’s world-class suite of solutions for the location, inspection and maintenance of underground infrastructure; and, the addition of ULC’s R&D business further enhances SPX’s capacity to develop advanced technology solutions for customers across our platforms.”

“Becoming a part of the SPX team will support ULC’s ongoing commitment to develop and deploy advanced technology for energy and utility companies around the globe,” said Robert Kodadek, President of ULC Robotics. “The future of ULC has become even stronger through this partnership.”

More information can be found in the SPX Corporation press release: www.spx.com/investor-relations/financial-news-releases.

EC Mergers & Acquisitions acted as the exclusive financial advisor to ULC Robotics.

 

Facebook Connectivity Fiber Optic Cable Robot

ULC Robotics Collaborates with Facebook Connectivity to Develop Aerial Fiber Deployment Robot

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Overhead power line crawling robot to install fiber optic cable on existing electric infrastructure

More than 3.5 billion people globally are still not connected to the internet. Facebook Connectivity, in collaboration with ULC Robotics and several other partners, has been working on developing a robotic solution that can drastically reduce the cost of fiber installation.

Engineering teams at ULC Robotics are developing a robotic platform that can crawl along overhead medium-voltage powerlines and cross obstacles to wrap a specialized fiber optic cable around the power line. More information about the project can be found on the Facebook Engineering Blog and pilot programs are anticipated to begin next year.

Read more about ULC Robotics on our About Us page.

ULC Robotics Named In Builtworlds 2020 Infrastructure Tech 50 List

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BuiltWorlds, a leading technology information network, has recognized ULC Robotics as a key player in the construction and infrastructure sectors.

The Infrastructure Tech 50 List features solutions which address planning, design, construction, operation, and maintenance on a variety of infrastructure assets including roadways, bridges, tunnels, and more.

ULC Robotics was recognized for their development and use of robotics for Asset Management & Maintenance.

For more information please visit BuiltWorlds.

Webinar | Introducing RRES: Robotics and AI for the future of Utilities with ULC and SGN

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ULC Robotics and UK gas network SGN recently held their first joint webinar to introduce the Robotic Roadworks and Excavation System, an advanced system which will replace conventional excavation methods. Hosted by the Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers (IGEM) and The Pipeline Industries Guild (PIG), the webinar was led by ULC’s RRES Project Engineering Lead Dr. Ali Asmari, SGN’s RRES Project Lead Ollie Machan and SGN’s Head of Innovation John Richardson.

The Ofgem-funded project aims to lower the cost and improve the efficiency, safety, and environmental impact of utility excavations on underground infrastructure in both rural and urban environments.

Watch the full webinar below.

ULC Robotics & SGN to Hold Webinar on Robotics and AI to Introduce RRES

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ULC Robotics and UK gas network SGN are holding their first joint virtual event today. Hosted by Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers (IGEM) and The Pipeline Industries Guild (PIG), the webinar will outline how ULC Robotics and SGN are developing the Robotic Roadworks and Excavation System, an advanced robotic system which will revolutionize roadworks by replacing conventional excavation methods.

The webinar will be led by RRES Project Engineering Lead Dr. Ali Asmari, ULC Robotics and RRES Project Lead Ollie Machan, SGN. The pair will present the Ofgem-funded project, which aims to lower the cost and improve the efficiency, safety, and environmental impact of utility excavations on underground infrastructure in both rural and urban environments.

Attendees of the sold-out webinar will be able to submit questions about the project during a Q&A session. The RRES project team will continue to hold virtual and in-person events as advancements continue to be made.

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ULC Robotics Tests Drone Tech at Former Grumman Site

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LI-Based Robotics Firm Builds Unmanned Aerial Systems Locally to Support Future Windfarms

ULC Robotics, a rapidly expanding Long Island-based technology firm serving the utility and offshore wind markets, has been granted a temporary license agreement to use the inactive western runway at the Enterprise Park at Calverton (EPCAL) for testing of their unmanned aerial systems (UAS), or drones.

The request was unanimously approved at a meeting of the Riverhead Town Board on April 7, 2020 and enables ULC Robotics to use a 2,500 square foot area for flight test operations of their custom-developed, US-built blended wing body vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) fixed wing aircraft.

“Having open space away from the general public is key for us to safely perform flight testing of our new blended wing body VTOL aircraft,” said Mike Passaretti, Director of Aerial Services at ULC Robotics. “And there’s a lot of great history at EPCAL. It was the former site of the Grumman Corporation, where they assembled and tested their aircraft, so it feels like we’re reviving a little bit of Long Island’s aviation history.”

The VTOL aircraft is being developed at ULC Robotics’ Hauppauge, NY headquarters in order to support offshore wind farms, which are to be built off the coast of Long Island. By building and operating their purpose-built UAS to support wind farms, the company estimates a significant 6.8% reduction in the levelized cost of energy (LCOE) and expects a considerable reduction in or elimination of safety hazards.

ULC Robotics will deploy their VTOL aircraft to provide services including protected species observation during offshore wind farm construction, inspection of critical assets, the delivery of parts for repairs, and even search and rescue efforts.

ULC Robotics started supporting the offshore wind industry in 2018 by inspecting the wind turbine foundations of the Block Island Windfarm, the first windfarm in the US. The company has since continued work for Orsted, owner of the Block Island Wind Farm, and also currently performs unmanned aerial services for companies such as PSEG Long Island, National Grid, and Con Edison.

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