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Robotic Inspections Increase Efficiency, Accuracy, and Worker Safety While Creating Job Opportunities

ASME Hosts Second Robotics for Inspection & Maintenance Conference in College Station, Texas, Sept. 24–25

ASME, September 4, 2019

Autonomous and semi-autonomous vehicles including robots, drones, and crawlers armed with cameras and sensors can collect data quickly and accurately in a variety of industries and environments. Robotic technology can access areas unreachable by humans, inspect larger areas, and see past obstacles. Mobile, lightweight and agile, robots can climb tall structures, fly over aerial features and deploy in tight spaces or complex surfaces to deliver reliable, replicable data. More importantly, robots can keep people safe and enhance operational results as their increasing use also is predicted to create more job opportunities than it replaces, according to a meta-analysis of recent research by MIT Technology Review.

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) estimates many companies in the oil & gas, power generation, and pipeline industries spend more than $40 billion per year and some invest tens of millions on inspections and even more on maintenance of industrial assets. To enhance their knowledge of robotics and unmanned aerial systems to effectively apply the best practices in their businesses, ASME will host its second Robotics for Inspection & Maintenance conference, September 24-25, 2019, in College Station, Texas.

Attendees will experience live demonstrations with the latest cutting-edge technologies and participate in interactive and engaging panel discussions and case studies led by the industry’s leading experts. Breakout sessions are included in the program to allow attendees to network and connect with leaders from companies including Shell, Chevron, ExxonMobil, Dow Chemical, Enbridge, Williams, and Xcel Energy.

Keynote speaker John Lizzi, executive leader of robotics and autonomous systems for GE Global Research, will help kick off the event by sharing GE’s vision for robotics and autonomy and walking attendees through examples of technology in development in the lab and deployed in the field.

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About ASME
ASME helps the global engineering community develop solutions to real-world challenges. Founded in 1880 as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, ASME is a not-for-profit professional organization that enables collaboration, knowledge sharing and skill development across all engineering disciplines, while promoting the vital role of the engineer in society. ASME codes and standards, publications, conferences, continuing education and professional development programs provide a foundation for advancing technical knowledge and a safer world. For more information visit

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