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Introducing ORCA Spin-out, SONOBOTICS Ltd for Robotic Inspection

The Offshore Robotics for the Certification of Assets (ORCA) Hub was set up to research cutting edge robotic solutions to real industrial problems. Inspections are a key industrial use case and there are many challenging industrial examples where robotic inspection technology is required.

While external visual inspections are important and form an essential part of the assessment of offshore structures, it is often necessary to probe the inside of the structure beneath the surface to get a proper assessment of its integrity. This is exactly what the team of the Imperial College non-destructive evaluation (NDE) Group set out to do as part of their ORCA Hub funded research.

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