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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.

BBC: Made in America, Operating in London

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BBC visited with ULC Robotics on New Cavendish Street, the site of a Cadent CISBOT project in London.

“Made in America, these state-of-the-art robots are deep underground, maintaining London’s gas pipes,” reported Alice Bhandhukravi of BBC. “Thanks to this technology, the work can be done without closing the roads.”

CISBOT rehabilitates large diameter cast iron mains under live conditions to strengthen UK gas networks and prevent future leaks.

“ULC Robotics was set up in New York to meet the growing challenges of the busy city, and it’s now doing the same here in Central London,” said Bhandhukravi. “This is one of thousands of US companies creating jobs in the UK, which includes tech giants expanding their footprint in the Capital.”

Facebook has doubled its workforce in the UK, with large companies like Google and Apple also planning on investing billions of pounds into transatlantic business. In just one year, US companies had been responsible for the creation of 24,000 jobs in London, many of which are in technology.

The segment can be viewed online at BBC.co.uk.

Spire Deploys CISBOT for Safe, Reliable Delivery of Natural Gas

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Spire is constantly looking for ways to improve the safe and reliable delivery of natural gas to their customers. Through a partnership with ULC Robotics, Spire has integrated the use of innovative technology into their daily operations with the deployment of CISBOT, a cast iron joint sealing robot designed to reinforce the integrity of natural gas mains.

CISBOT operates under live conditions—meaning that customers stay connected to their gas service—and requires fewer crews and heavy construction equipment: efficiencies which help avoid costs for Spire customers.

“Using this technology, we’re delivering on our promise to customers to always provide a reliable system while keeping our rates as low as possible,” said Tim Goodson, Vice President of Operations at Spire.

Watch the video below to see how Spire is using ULC Robotics’ CISBOT technology to strengthen their network, prevent gas leaks, and extend the life of their large diameter cast iron mains.

ULC Robotics Announces Promotions to Support Growth of Business

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ULC Robotics is pleased to announce the promotion of Matt Danna to US Controller. Danna had begun his tenure in the ULC Robotics’ accounting department in 2017, bringing valuable experience from his time working for several small businesses, including time as the Controller for a private construction firm.

“Working at ULC has really opened the door for bigger and better opportunities,” said Danna. “I began working Accounts Payable, but have been able to steadily progress through a variety of positions in finance, ultimately leading to acting as the Controller for our US clients. It’s pretty exciting.”

Additionally, Jane Polack has been promoted from Junior Accountant to UK Controller. Polack joined ULC Robotics in 2018 after working in the accounting department at Perfumania, a local fragrance manufacturer.

“I love being able to work in such a supportive environment,” said Polack. “Everyone in my department pushes one another to work hard, and I feel as though I learn something new every day. Herman, our CFO, is great to work for and makes sure that we have what we need to succeed.”

Their individual professional experiences will help enforce strong financial policies, procedures, and controls within ULC Robotics’ transatlantic business.

“Matt and Jane are essential to our daily operations,” said Herman Kullar, Chief Financial Officer. “As ULC continues to expand, they’ll help us ensure that the financial element of the business is functioning at peak performance.”

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