Project GRAID was successful again last month, winning at the Pipeline Industries Guild (PIG) Annual Awards Lunch who were also celebrating 60 years of serving the pipelines industry. The awards were hosted on HMS Wellington, a beautifully restored Grimsby class warship that was active throughout WWII and was involved in the Dunkirk and North African landings. Today the ship is permanently moored on the banks of the River Thames at Victoria Embankment.
Our project was nominated in the Land based / Onshore pipeline category against strong competition from both DNVGL and Cadent (rebranded National Grid Gas Distribution). The victory was fantastic for the team and several of the engineers from Synthotech who were involved in the build of GRAID were invited to accept the award on behalf of the wider project team.
The Project GRAID robot also showcased recently at the National Grid head office in Warwick where it was displayed alongside many of the exciting innovation projects currently being developed by National Grid. The stall attracted a lot of attention, raised some interesting conversations and promoted the use of the robot on our network; there was even a competition to guess the weight of the robot. The correct answer was 240kg which rather fittingly is a similar weight to an average adult pig – how apt!