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ULC Robotics Finalist for Utility Week Partner of the Year

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ULC Robotics was recognized for their work with Cadent and SGN, using CISBOT to remediate critical portions of their cast iron natural gas mains. The work took place in high-profile locations across the UK, including George Street in Edinburgh and Oxford Street in London.

The Utility Week Awards reward and celebrate outstanding performance and innovation across utilities. The winners of the Utility Week Awards will be announced on December 9th during a ceremony held at the Grosvenor House in London. For more information or to view the entire shortlist please visit the awards website.

ULC Robotics & SGN Celebrate Six Years with CISBOT

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Since 2013, ULC Robotics has partnered with UK gas network SGN on a variety of projects designed to drive innovation and solve daily operational challenges through ground-breaking technologies.

Our partnership had led to the commercialization of our CISBOT technology in the UK, where robotic repairs for gas mains remediation is now business as usual. Using CISBOT, SGN has been able to successfully upgrade 44 kilometers of live natural gas mains, sealing more than 12,000 joints beneath some of Britain’s most iconic, highly-trafficked roads including George Street, Edinburgh and critical portions of their southern network.

Using CISBOT technology over the past six years has really revolutionized roadworks. Robotic technology reduces the need for multiple excavations and trenches, reduces disruption on the roads and saves time and money, which is excellent news for motorists, our customers, and the local community.” -John Richardson, Head of Innovation, SGN

Read the full press release here.

ULC Robotics to Develop Leak Detection & Repair Robot to Prevent Methane Emissions

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ULC Robotics has been awarded a contract by the Department of Energy (DOE) to develop a prototype robotic system for inline leak detection and repair of live transmission and distribution natural gas mains. This Phase II award was conferred after ULC successfully completed a 10-month Phase I project to study inline leak detection, develop internal repair methods, and assess the feasibility of the robotic system.

“We are working to create a solution to quickly limit the methane emissions from leaks in natural gas pipelines and make pipelines safer,” says Aalap Shah, R&D Project Manager at ULC Robotics. “The robot will operate in pipelines that are not always readily accessible, such as pipeline below roadways or railways. By instituting temporary repairs pipeline operators will be able to maintain service and avoid loss of supply during critical periods.”

Traditionally, crews must be dispatched to perform bar-holing to pinpoint the location of a leak—a lengthy and labor-intensive process during which excessive methane may be released into the atmosphere. Conventional methods also require extensive excavation, which is costly, disrupts gas service to customers, and can cause traffic or public transit delays.

Using cutting-edge component technologies and the latest robotic design concepts, the robot will detect, locate, and classify leaks. Once identified, the robot will instantly deploy a rapid repair method to seal damaged areas and enable the pipeline to continue operating temporarily for up to two years, until permanent repairs can be made.

Because the robot will be able to perform repairs immediately and does not require traditional excavation, pipeline operators will see a significant reduction in O&M costs, as well as the amount of methane emissions being released into the environment.

After completing the project, ULC will focus on prototype improvements, pilot testing, and deployment within live transmission and distribution mains.

New York Technology Developer Names New President as Company Continues to Grow

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Robert Kodadek Named President of ULC Robotics

ULC Robotics, a rapidly expanding Long Island-based technology firm serving the utility and energy markets, announced today that Robert Kodadek has been promoted to President of the company.

“There is extraordinary momentum underway within ULC Robotics and the industries that we serve,” said Kodadek. “I am incredibly proud of what we have already achieved, and excited to help lead the company to its next phase of innovation and growth.”

Prior to this appointment, Kodadek had served as Chief Technology Officer and was responsible for leading the company’s innovation and research and development efforts. In that role he oversaw a team of 40 employees comprised of mechanical and electrical engineers, sensor scientists, software and firmware developers, and project managers who design and develop robotic technologies to help utility and energy companies operate more efficiently.

Kodadek joined ULC Robotics in 2009 from Verified Identity Pass, where he acted as the Senior Director of Field Services & Engineering, managing the deployment of the company’s biometric enrollment and verification technology. Before Verified Identity Pass, he held several roles at Raytheon, an international defense and cybersecurity contractor.

“Rob has been instrumental to our success and rapid growth over the years,” said Gregory Penza, Founder and CEO of ULC Robotics. “He is uniquely qualified to lead our continued growth, expand into new markets, and further drive innovation to elevate the success of the company.”

ULC Robotics and Cadent Win UKSTT Energy & Communications Renovation Award

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The United Kingdom Society of Trenchless Technology (UKSTT) recognized the achievements of ULC Robotics and Cadent at this year’s UKSTT Awards. The UKSTT Awards is a prestigious event that recognizes those working to advance innovation in trenchless technology.

The two companies received the Energy & Communication Renovation award for their natural gas mains rehabilitation work in the West End of London. ULC Robotics and Cadent had used CISBOT to remediate 1.3km of aging cast iron mains beneath Oxford Street, a high-profile location trafficked by 4 million people weekly. With just 12 excavations made, CISBOT renewed 357 joints under live conditions and extended the life of the critical pipeline which delivers gas to businesses and residents along the busy city street.

To read more about the project, click here.

ULC Robotics Highlights Benefits of AI in Offshore Wind Operations

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Last week the Business Network for Offshore Wind hosted Big Data, AI, and Blockchain Event hosted by Business Network for Offshore Wind to highlight the benefits of digital innovation within the offshore wind industry.

Dr. Ali Asmari, Program Manager at ULC Robotics, was invited to speak on the topic of driving innovative technologies and processes to reduce O&M costs. Dr. Asmari delivered an in-depth explanation of how data influences decision-making and increases efficiencies, as well as the potential for unmanned aerial systems (UAS) to affordably capture, process, and report useful findings. Post-capture via UAS, he explained, the industry can enhance their data through the use of AI and Machine Learning for improved productivity, safer operations, and reduced environmental impact.

ULC Robotics Makes UKSTT Awards Shortlist for Mains Remediation on Oxford Street

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ULC Robotics, leading Robotics-as-a-Service (RaaS) solutions provider and developer for the energy industry, has been shortlisted for the UKSTT Awards in the Renovation – Energy & Communication Sector category. The UKSTT Awards is a prestigious event that recognizes those working to advance innovation in trenchless technology.

ULC Robotics was shortlisted for their work with Cadent, using CISBOT to remediate 1.3km of aging cast iron mains in the West End of London on Oxford Street, a high-profile location trafficked by 4 million people weekly. With just 12 excavations made, CISBOT renewed 357 joints under live conditions and extended the life of the critical pipeline which delivers gas to businesses and residents along the busy city street.

The winners of the UKSTT Awards will be announced on September 17th during a ceremony held at the De Vere Tortworth Court Hotel in Bristol. For more information or to see the entire shortlist visit the awards website.

Cadent: Students Learn With Robots in London

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In partnership with ULC Robotics, Cadent is working to give engineering students hands-on experience maintaining and repairing the network’s critical gas pipeline across London. Through an apprenticeship program with Middlesbrough College, the two companies are appealing to new talent with their use of robotic technology— namely CISBOT, which works within live gas mains to seal aging or leak-prone joints.

At Cadent we’re keen to support initiatives to encourage the next generation of engineers and the importance of this particular work placement scheme should not be underestimated. Together with ULC Robotics, Cadent is giving young engineering students first-hand experience of working robots, a technology that’s likely to play an ever-increasing role in engineering projects. -James Harrison, Director of Cadent’s London Network

Launched in June 2019, the multi-partner program is helping to attract a variety of talent, ultimately keeping the energy industry at the forefront of innovation and ensuring a diverse talent pool. Read the full press release here.

PSEG Long Island Uses UAV Technology for Post-Storm Surveillance

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Severe storms caused considerable damage and outages across Long Island this week, leaving more than 28,000 residents without power. Torrential rain and strong winds caused many trees to fall, some of which landed on powerlines located in the rear properties of residential houses.

Working with ULC Robotics, PSEG Long Island deployed an unmanned aerial system (UAS), or drone, to get a comprehensive look at problem spots in Levittown, NY, a town considerably affected by the storm.

“A rapid response time is critical when there are customers are without power,” said Mike Passaretti, Aerial Services Program Manager at ULC Robotics. “Our team was able to mobilize quickly, and was on site in under two hours, prepared to provide PSEG Long Island with a comprehensive view of all damage caused by the storm.”

With eyes in the sky and data collected from the flight, PSEG Long Island was able to quickly identify issues and better allocate resources to respond to the outages, thereby reducing restoration times.

Visit nbcnewyork.com to watch the full video.

 

 

AGA Highlights ULC Robotics Technology in #NatGasInnovates Campaign

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American Gas Association, the leading voice in natural gas, has featured ULC Robotics as the first in their #NatGasInnovates campaign, a series designed to highlight technological innovation within the industry.

Ryan McGowan, VP of Field Operations, was interviewed during the AGA Operations Conference to discuss how ULC Robotics is helping advance the natural gas industry through the development and deployment of cutting-edge technology, including unmanned aerial systems and inspection and repair robots.

Watch the full video below.

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