ERF2022 workshop: From one-off deployments to I&M robotics in continuous operation

ERF2022 workshop: From one-off deployments to I&M robotics in continuous operation

In this workshop at the European Robotics Forum 2022, suppliers, end-users, and R&D personnel will present and discuss key factors to enable transitioning from "one-off" test deployments to inspection and maintenance (I&M) robotics in continuous operations.

To push further development and achieve increased use of inspection and maintenance (I&M) robotics in the private and public sector, we need to show that robotics creates real value for end users. Such value is only created when robots are being deployed at scale and taken into continuous use as the new standard for I&M operations. One-off deployments and demonstrators do not alone create real business value for end-users. The outcome of this workshop is therefore to achieve a common understanding of the main success factors and challenges in getting to I&M robotics in continuous commercial use as the new standard for I&M operations. To this end, end users, suppliers and Research and Technology Organizations (RTOs) will share insight into and discuss robotics during this workshop – including key topics such as AI, autonomy and control technology – deployed at scale within aviation, oil and gas, building inspections, transport and other sectors. 

Workshop organizers: Ekkehard Zwicker, Waygate Technologies, Maarit Sandelin, SPRINT Robotics, and Aksel A. Transeth, SINTEF.



Speakers for the short presentations

  • Robert Dreier Holand, Chief Operating Officer, Tiepoint AS, Building inspections, Machine learning and drone-based data-capture in commercial building inspections. 
  • François Theil, Manager France, Benelux, Switzerland, Flyability, Multi-sector/e.g. water, Scaling to multi-sector inspections with UAVs. 
  • Roar Skogstad, Founder / Sales and marketing, Opscom Systems, Aviation (airports), Using UAVs in airport operations - From concept to reality. 
  • Anette Uttisrud, Robotics Engineer / Analyst IT System Development, Equinor, O&G, Drones and robots as standard inspection and maintenance tools in the oil and gas sector.  
  • Peter von Amsterdam, Waygate Technologies, Chemicals, Increase safety by avoiding human entry in industrial boilers.  
  • Antidio Viguria Jiménez , CTO Avionics & Systems, CATEC, O&G/Transport, PILOTING I&M platform - a robot-agnostic software-based eco-system for I&M. 

This workshop is being organized by the euRobotics topic group on inspection and maintenance robotics. If you wish to join the topic group, then please contact  

The preparations for this workshop have been supported by the RIMA networkSPRINT Robotics, the RINVE network and the NAINE network. RIMA, SPRINT and RINVE promote robotics in inspection and maintenance, while RINVE and NAINE mobilize Norwegian companies to participate in EU calls. RIMA has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 824990. RINVE and NAINE have received funding from the Research Council of Norway (project numbers 328799 and 328788, respectively).  

Event Details
(UTC+01:00) Amsterdam, Berlin, Bern, Rome, Stockholm, Vienna
Rotterdam Ahoy Convention Centre
Ahoyweg 10
Rotterdam 3084 BA
Aksel  Transeth
Aksel Transeth
Senior research scientist
Mathematics and Cybernetics, SINTEF