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Inspection and Maintenance (I&M) represents a huge economic activity (450 Bn€ market) spanning across sectors such as energy, transport, civil engineering. EU hosts over 50% of I&M robotics offer but there is a bottleneck connecting it to the market and high potential applications. RIMA is a 4-year project aiming to establish a network of 13 Digital Innovation Hubs (DIH) on robotics sharing best practices and providing services to facilitate uptake of I&M technologies. Our challenge is to reinforce this connection and to provide education and training on robotics I&M and to connect the value chain - research, technology companies, service providers, end users and investors- for accelerating economic growth in the field.

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The Robotics DIH, leadered by GRVC, is working on pushing SMEs to the digitalization and automation of their I&M procedures (mainly, but not only, applying aerial unmanned vehicles). Currently, our transference to marketplace spans across multiple sectors such as energy, water supply, transport, and civil engineering.

 I&M projects and practical cases

DREAM: DRones para incrementar Eficiencia, seguridad y protección del medio ambiente en Mantenimiento de infraestructuras

The DREAM project aims to develop aerial robotic systems for the inspection and maintenance of infrastructures within the civil engineering, the electrical and the petrochemical fields.

Budget: 969k€

Funded under CDTI - FEDER INTERCONECTA 2018 programme

Period of implementation: October 1st, 2018 - December 31st, 2020


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INSPECTOR: INdustrial inSPECtion and mainTenance of complex OR unattended facilities

INSPECTOR aims at the practical transference to industry of several technologies, tools and research regarding to the automation of inspection processes and industrial maintenance. Particularly, great improvements in efficiency are expected on challenging scenarios (dangerous or difficult to access).

Budget: 7,1M €

Funded under CDTI - Programa CIEN 2018

Period of implementation: October 2017 - September 2021



SAAIC: Inspection system of sanitation collectors development though the UAS usage

The objective of the project is the development of an unmanned inspection system of sanitation collectors, which technological defiance is the consecution of an autonomous navigation without GPS for the obstacle detection and approximation control to panels and water sheets. Theses systems will reduce the crash risks and their resulting failures and mitigate the reliance on communications.

Funded under RETOS 2017 CDTI

Period of implementation: December 1st, 2017 - December 31st, 2019


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IDRON: Inspection System in confined spaces through the UAS usage

IDRON aims to develop an unmanned aircraft inspection system for confined spaces so as to minimize the labour risks in inspections processes in this kind of spaces and increase the efficiency of inspection processes.

Funded under RETOS Initiative 2018

Period of implementation: June 11th, 2018 - May 31st, 2020


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ARM - Extend

The ARM-EXTEND project proposes the development of the first  robotic manipulation system with aerial and ground locomotion capabilities in an industrial environment and the first specifically designed for inspection and maintenance purposes in locations with very difficult access. The system will perform works at height that today are carried out manually with important risks of the persons and high operational costs, and also will be able to fly near to the intervention location,  land on very constrained surfaces, such as pipes, and roll on the surface performing inspection and maintenance tasks and reaching sites not directly accessible by the flying system.

Budget: 290.000 €

Funded under Plan Nacional of spanish Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness.

Period of implementation: January 1st, 2018 - December 31st, 2021.

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