Water supply and sanitation

CHALLENGE 1:
REDUCTION OF CLEAN WATER LOSS (LEAKAGES)

  • Multi-sensing inspection robot for pressurized water pipes, able to enter through small access points and to identify defects.
  • Multi-sensing inspection robot for water reservoirs, to identify defects.
  • Robot able to perform repair tasks when a defect is detected.
  • Robot for safe and rapid access and repair of underground pipes (including pavement cutting, detection of underground networks, ...).
  • Multi-sensing inspection of large areas using aerial robots.

Example of robotics’ application in challenge 1: 

Inspection of water pipes including maintenance/repair

CHALLENGE 2:
INCREASE EFFICIENCY OF WATER QUALITY CONTROL (RELIABLE AND AFFORDABLE)

  • Multi-sensing inspection robot for water and wastewater pipes, able to perform continuous measurements, detect water contamination issues, trigger alerts, and grab samplings if needed.
  • Autonomous surface vehicles able to control and communicate water quality and to operate long-term without human intervention.

Example of robotics’ application in challenge 2: 

Warning systems which detect water contamination and active sampling​

CHALLENGE 3:
ENSURE WATER INFRASTRUCTURES ARE OPERATIONAL AND SAFE

3a: SEWERS

  • Multi-sensing inspection robot for empty, partially full or full water pipes, able to enter through limited access points and to identify defects.
  • Multi-sensing inspection robot for underground (empty) retention tanks, able to identify defects. Robot or Cobot to perform lifting of manhole covers while preventing musculoskeletal problems for field operators.

3b: TREATMENT PLANT

  • Multi-sensing inspection robot for treatment plants’ underground facilities, able to identify defects.

Example of robotics’ application in challenge 3:

Versatility, range, autonomous operation of robotics’ maintenance and repair.

CHALLENGE 4:
ROBOTICS TO ISOLATE WORKERS FROM RISKY INSPECTION IN CONFINED FACILITIES

  • Aerial robotics for tanks inspection without emptying the tanks. Able to take water samples for analysis.
  • Robotics able to work in confined spaces in order to avoid human risks.
  • Enabling technologies for increasing precision in robotics I&M tasks.

CHALLENGE 5: OPEN

  • The last challenge refers to any solution, not encompassed in the above listed items but included in the robotics domain, to support data collection and real time analysis to improve I&M performances to minimise the risks of false alarms, underestimation or misinterpretation in detecting and predicting potential failures of the inspected systems.

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