GRAID enters its final stage

Implementing this technology is key to its future success

Stage 5 of the GRAID program is focusing on implementing the technology into business as usual (BAU), this is a key step for the robot to ensure its use after the NIC concludes. The team have spent the past few weeks collating all the documentation written for GRAID and meeting with the Policy team to understand how and where these can be incorporated. In some cases, there are existing documents which we can amend slightly to mention GRAID, a good example of this is when new Above Ground Installations (AGIs) are built. In this case, National Grid have guidance documents which instruct on the best practice and regulations when designing and building a new AGI. If we can add to these documents, such that all new sites are built with internal robotic inspection in mind then expensive retrospective construction costs on site are removed. Conversely, with such a new and innovative tool, there will always be the need for new documents to be written and these are also being discussed with the Policy team to ensure they are formatted and stored correctly. This is where all the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) will be kept as the GRAID robot is first of its kind.

Process flow documents are also key to implementing into BAU, the GRAID team have provided two Online trials during the NIC program and so a flow diagram of all the activities can be written so this knowledge is not lost. The details of who was involved, how much it costs, how long it took and where to go for services, from concept to site demobilisation can all be detailed in a flow chart for future reference.