SGN top of the tree at this year’s UK Business Awards
29 November 2017
L-R: Tony Green (GNV-DL), Colin Osborne (SGN), Stuart Sherlock (SGN), Drew Reynolds (SGN), Richard Mason (SGN), Prashant Sali (Judge and CEO of Consultants and Solutions) and PJ Rudden (RPS).
It was double joy for gas network company SGN as they landed two trophies at the nationally acclaimed 2017 UK Business Awards for their pioneering robotics systems.
Competing against major banks, telecoms companies and retailers, the SGN Innovation team collected their awards at Wembley Stadium in London on Wednesday 22 November. After entering their revolutionary robotics project into the mix, the team came out on top in both the Innovation and Utilities categories. Now in their second year, these awards are designed to recognise and celebrate exceptional business performance.
Innovation and New Technology Manager Gus McIntosh was delighted with the win, saying: “Our Innovation team has worked very hard to get our robotics projects to the point they are being used in day-to-day operations. This really is testament to the exceptionally skilled and dedicated people we have at SGN.
“We use innovation to allow us to continue keeping our customers safe and warm 365 days a year. These pioneering robotics reduce the need for multiple excavations and trenches, reduces disruption on the roads and saves time and money, which is excellent news for our customers and other stakeholders.
“Our aim is to revolutionise roadworks – we are continuing to develop innovative solutions to carrying out our essential activities.”
The Cast Iron Joint Sealing Robot (CISBOT) system, enables SGN to remediate joints on some of its larger iron gas mains without the need for multiple excavations in the road or taking the gas main out of service. Many of these larger pipes are often in densely populated, traffic-sensitive locations, so the use of CISBOT provides real potential for pipeline refurbishment with significantly less disruption to the public.
The robot can collapse to a very small size, so it can be inserted into the gas main through a small hole drilled into the pipe. Once the robot is inside the gas main, the robot’s operator uses the on-board camera and controls to precisely position the robot over the joints and then injects the joint with a special sealant.
The system is controlled from the rear of a single box truck, which houses monitoring screens showing the robot’s activities, the robot’s tether reel, control system and maintenance area.
SGN CEO John Morea said: “These awards really do recognise and reward the outstanding achievements of individuals, teams and businesses throughout the UK and we’re extremely proud that our Innovation team has been recognised by the UK Business Awards.”