Mar 2019
Gas Transmission
GRAID ART
NIA_NGGT0145
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Mar 2019
Nov 2020
National Grid Gas Transmission
Dave Hardman, Josh Blake
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Network Innovation Allowance
GT - Reliability and maintenance
Gas Transmission Networks
£1,276,760.00
Carry out a test using the revised Acoustic Resonance Technology (ART) algorithms and electronics to confirm operation on Coal Tar Enamel (CTE) pipework

Assess the feasibility and concept of incorporating Acoustic Resonance Technology onto the GRAID robotic platform

Design and Build the ART sensor package for the GRAID robotic platform.

Test the GRAID robot with ART at both the Offline test rig at RAF Spadeadam and at a ‘live’ Online location of Bacton Terminal, utilizing the existing connection point.
  • Stage Gate 1 – April 2019;
Carry out a test using the revised ART algorithms and electronics to confirm operation on CTE pipework and provide a completion report to be independently appraised by PIE.
  • Stage Gate 2 – July 2019;
Assess the feasibility and concept of incorporating Acoustic Resonance Technology onto the GRAID robotic platform. 
  • Stage Gate 3 – Feb 2020;
Design and Build the ART sensor package for the GRAID robotic platform.
  • Stage Gate 4 – May 2020;
Test the GRAID robot with ART at the Offline test rig at RAF Spadeadam (DNV-GL)
Carry out a ‘live’ Online location of Bacton terminal, utilising the existing connection point and update the data model.
Increase the quality, quantity and speed of a GRAID inspection.
By incorporating the Acoustic Resonance Technology onto GRAID the quality, quantity and speed of an inspection will increase. This in turn will save money on site during the inspection and provide additional data which will strengthen the confidence in the output model. This will all help to deliver the benefits proposed by the Project GRAID NIC.