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Project GRAID Newsletter September 2016 Edition
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Welcome to September’s edition of the Project GRAID newsletter.
 
The beginning of the month saw the completion of stage 2 of the project. Development testing is now over and we have developed and validated inspection routes across 3 preferred testing sites, Bacton and the compressor stations of Cambridge and Aylesbury.

The development and testing phase has allowed Synthotech the opportunity to explore different robot platforms to achieve the best possible configuration resulting in the evolution of our previous dolphin concept. We are now able to reveal the latest robot design.
What was previously a single unit has now been split into two modules. During Stage 2 Synthotech looked at the benefits of using a significantly more complex dual module approach rather than a single module.  The benefits of the change to a dual module were defined as follows;
  • Ease of NDT & Tool Mounting (Adaptability)
  • Ease of Steering (Agility)
  • Increased space for Electronics, Sensors, Cameras (Adaptability)
  • Greater magnetic track contact with the wall of the pipe (Agility)
The area in between the two modules houses a rotating NDT package, which is able to move around the pipe in a circular motion to detect defects and relay information back to the control desk.
The dual module approach still allows the team to take advantage of active, passive and disruptive flow control through the use of specially design ‘skins’ based on the flow rates determined by  network modeling.
Robot Showcase
Stage 2 came to a close on the 9th of September 2016 with the robot prototype making its first journey through 6m of 900 mm (36”) diameter pipe, which incorporated a bend. The GRAID team took the opportunity to invite a handful of both internal and external stakeholders to witness the robots performance first-hand at the Pipelines Maintenance Centre (PMC) in Ambergate.
Project GRAID Showcase Event
Video shot and edited by Nicola Riggon
The guests had the opportunity to hear from the team on how the project has gone so far and what the future holds for GRAID with discussion and presentations from each of the team partners.

The day finished with an opportunity to view the robot prototype through specially cut windows in the pipe section, as Synthotech engineers piloted it through and around the bend.
The project GRAID team will be attending LCNI on the 11th - 13th of October alongside National Grid.
The team had the opportunity to introduce Project GRAID to  NG executive director Nicola Shaw.
Jon Lelliott presents Project GRAID to an audience at The Annual IGEM Conference in Birmingham.
And Finally...
We would like to thank Jon Lelliott for all of his hard work on Project GRAID as Project Lead. Jon has played a major part in the project’s success so far and we wish him all the best in his new role. 

We would also like to introduce Ros Mortimore to the team. Ros joins us via Unipart just in time to commence stage 3 of the project, taking over from Jon. We look forward to working with Ros on Project GRAID and welcome her to the team.
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