Over the past few months the Project GRAID team have been busy organising the ‘live’ trials but also in the background we have also put through a nomination for the National Grid Chairman’s Awards. These annual awards recognise all of the fantastic work that National Grid carry out each year and is split into 4 categories, Exceeding for the customer, Exceeding for our communities, Living the Values and Fit for the Future. Project GRAID fitted well into the last category and with over 150 entries there was stiff competition from our UK, US and Ventures colleagues. The first hurdle was to be shortlisted which involved a promotional video and statement, then we needed to drum up plenty of votes! Once that stage was passed the team were heading to the award ceremony on the 25th September where we won the Fit for the Future category for the UK. This was an incredible achievement and shows that National Grid and the Executive committee really believe in what GRAID can achieve. A moment to feel very proud for those involved in the project both past and present and especially our original project partners; Synthotech, Premtech and Pipeline Integrity Engineers (PIE).
Following the success at the Chairman’s Awards, the GRAID team travelled to the International Pipeline Conference (IPC) to promote GRAID to the wider industry. This trip was hugely beneficial, making great new contacts and meeting up with those already aware of our robot. It was very clear at the conference that National Grid are not the only company who are looking at their unpiggable assets and so the GRAID concept was well received and hopefully will be used across the industry soon.