Drinking water, using electricity, comfortably moving from place A to B, processing of waste and much more is largely enjoyed by people around the globe.
These kind of comforts are enabled in our society by extensively making use of cost intensive and critical infrastructure.
The infrastructures need to be constantly in good shape. Therefore the infrastructure is requiring a lot of inspection and
maintenance works which are often unpleasant, unsafe, unhealthy, very costly, very energy consuming, etc. when carried out by people.
That is why nowadays increasingly the owners of the infrastructures are looking for robots to help carry out the inspection & maintenance tasks. The asset owners do have a view on which tasks may have great potential to be done robotically. These areas of great potential, we call: the challenges in inspection and maintenance (I&M) robotics.
We call them challenges because actually the robotic technologies/solutions face various difficulties to become widely applied. Joining of forces and involvement of all stakeholders is necessary to overcome the difficulties.
RIMA Alliance is a network to facilitate the joining of forces and involvement of all stakeholders like technology developers, service providers, DIHs, asset owners and others.
Below we summarize the domains covered. Further details regarding challenges per domain are available for RIMA members and affiliates in the RIMA Alliance Knowledge base.
The domains covered are as follows:
WATER SUPPLY AND SANITATION
ENERGY GENERATION AND DISTRIBUTION
OIL & GAS AND CHEMICAL
URBAN & SUBURBAN TRANSPORT ROUTES CONNECTED WITH CITIES
TRANSPORT, CARGO AND MOBILITY