One of Our SPE Technical Sections Has a New Name
The Unmanned Technical Section has updated its name to the Robotics and Autonomous Systems Technical Section.
The Unmanned Technical Section has updated its name to the Robotics and Autonomous Systems Technical Section (RASTS). This name better reflects the technical section's scope as well as aligning with its progressive plans moving into 2024 and beyond. You will see the updated name replacing the old one in the coming days. If you were already a member of the old Unmanned Technical Section, no action is required on your part. You are still a member.
The RASTS provides a collaborative, knowledge-sharing hub where industry leaders, innovators, technology adopters, and enthusiasts converge to explore the potential of robotic and autonomous systems within the oil and gas sector.
The technical program of the section is developed to embrace the full spectrum of remotely operated and autonomous vehicles as applied across land, air, and sea (surface and subsea), including the interconnected digital solutions and power systems.
Remotely operated vehicles and aerial drones have been industry pioneers for several years. They tackle complex inspection and intervention tasks, execute missions in extreme environments, and significantly contribute to enhanced operational safety. Now, the confluence of established industry expertise with rapid advancements in robotics and digital technologies is paving the way for autonomy to play a significant role in the increasingly complex operational scenarios.
In response to the industry's evolving needs for safety, efficiency, and sustainability, a new generation of autonomous vehicles is consequently preparing to enter the operational scenes. On land, autonomous ground vehicles will streamline logistics and minimize risks within facilities. At sea, autonomous underwater vehicles will unlock exploration and data gathering in deeper, harsher environments, while autonomous surface vessels will provide safer and less impactful services.
Robotic and autonomous systems are not just technology and tools. They carry the potential to greatly transform operations and provide significant gains on many fronts.
Yet, technology alone is not enough to deliver on the current and future industry operational challenges, driven by safety, efficiency, and sustainability objectives. It is domain-specific solutions, crafted from advanced technologies and tailored to the uniqueness of energy operations, that can hold the key for change. As the energy landscape evolves, the RASTS aims to provide a focal point to explore and discover how these emerging technologies are shaping the energy sector.
Join the RASTS and its exciting journey to empower the advancements of robotic and autonomous systems for a safer, smarter, and more sustainable future. You can join here. Simply tick the box next to robotics and autonomous systems and click save at the bottom of the page.