1st International Conference on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Remote Control Vehicles and Remotely Operated Vehicles for Onshore, Offshore and Subsea Asset and System Integrity (DRONES & ROVS 2021)

Event Date:
Start at 9:00 AM
February 25, 2021 - February 26, 2021
Jury's Inn Hotel

The conference will bring together researchers and practitioners to discuss and address the current and emerging issues and challenges, as well as share successes and state-of-the-art and practice, in using unmanned aerial vehi-cles (UAVs), remote control vehicles (RCVs) and remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROVs) for asset and system integrity inspection and management onshore, offshore and subsea. It will feature keynote and invited papers providing broader overviews of the main contemporary themes as well as more focused presentations addressing specific issues of practical relevance. Ample opportunities for informal discussions, sharing of insights across differ-ent fields and applications and networking will be available. The challenges associated with inspecting and main-taining the integrity of onshore, marine, offshore and subsea infrastructures and systems evolve quickly calling for development of new, and enhancement of existing, technologies.

Onshore, we are witnessing the rapid expansion of using unmanned aerial vehicles for asset management of bridges, dams, pipelines, roads, railways and many other infrastructures. Subsea, wells are being drilled at greater depths, pressures and temperatures, requiring enhanced assessment of the integrity of structures and systems in such extreme conditions. There is a push to expand operations into new locations such as the Arctic, where environmental and operational conditions are considerably harsher. Many assets in the North Sea are rapidly reaching or have already exceeded their original design life and safe but affordable life extension and decommissioning are becoming major objectives. The recent rapid developments in renewable energy technologies have introduced new challenges of maintaining at minimum cost the reliability and integrity of structures and equipment in remote locations and subjected to extreme loads and environ-mental conditions. There are also exciting new opportunities, but also significant challenges and uncertainties, in applying vision-based structural health and condition monitoring to safety and structural integrity. These and many additional traditional and emerging themes will be covered during the conference through survey, focused and/or case study presentations from the world-leading practitioners and researchers.