On a sunny day in early May the GRAID team made the trip east to Bacton site in order to meet the site teams and discuss the potential for a second live trial at their site. Alongside Josh and Dave were representatives from the Pipeline Maintenance Centre (PMC) who will be looking to use GRAID following the NIC project in November. We started the day with a tour of site and discussed the locations of the various parts to GRAID and followed it up with a Q&A session with site.
Alongside location information the teams also discussed timings, personnel and specific activities for the Bacton site. This was a great opportunity for everyone to learn from each other and the site team were very accommodating. Potential routes for the GRAID robot were also talked through which is important at Bacton as the team will need to extract as much benefit from their time in the pipework as possible. This data will be used by our project partners Pipeline Integrity Engineers (PIE) to verify a condition model which can be used to help make asset health decisions regarding the future of the site.