Robotics & AI

OGV Energy welcomes you to our OGV Community event for March, where we will be exploring how the advancement in robotics and artificial intelligence is being harnessed in the energy sector to drive efficiency, increase safety and lower cost as we move towards a more sustainable future with the energy transition.

In partnership with Sprint Robotics, we are delighted to be able to share insight and knowledge as to how the field of maintenance and inspection within the energy sector will be shaped, with help from our expert panellists who will share their knowledge of what we can expect in the future.

Tjibbe Bouma

Chairman Sprint Robotics

Dr. Tjibbe Bouma holds a PhD in Physics from the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands. For over 25 years he has been active in Non-Destructive Testing and condition assessment. Dr. Bouma was owner/CEO of Vantage NDT, a company dedicated to NDT technology development and services, followed by heading the technology development department of Applus RDT. In 2007 he was appointed Director of Asia Pacific for Applus RTD and since 2011 is founder and CEO of Quasset BV, a company which provides modern asset management solutions to companies managing capital-intensive infrastructure.  He is currently chairman of the SPRINT Robotics Collaborative, a global organization dedicated to acceleration of large-scale use of robotics for Inspection and Maintenance.

Brian Allen

CEO at Rovco

Brian founded Rovco from a career built on leading change, and the implementation of innovative ideas to solve client subsea problems. Brian has been working with subsea robotics on large offshore projects for over 10 years. He started his career as an ROV technical specialist in electronics, electrical systems, and networking, leading to managing the delivery of multi-million-pound ROV projects across the globe. He has completed thousands of subsea inspection, maintenance, and construction orientated tasks, and is now bringing new technology to solve the problems he encountered throughout his career.

Kris Kydd

Robotics Lead at Total Energies

Chartered Electrical Engineer with 15 years’ experience in the Energy Industry. Previously 8 years in Operations followed by 6 years in R&D as head of robotics.

Currently responsible for the integration of robotics at an operational level combining machine learning and digital twin technology plus advancing Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLoS) unmanned aerial system functionality for applications including methane measurement. 

Extensive knowledge of the design and certification requirements of equipment for use in potentially explosive atmospheres (ATEX/IECEx). 

Previous responsibilities include management of an international robotics competition called the ARGOS (Autonomous Robot for Gas and Oil Sites) Challenge creating a world first autonomous robot certified for use in a potentially explosive atmosphere.

Member of various robotic scientific advisory boards including RODIN & SciRoc.


Yvan Petillot

Professor of Robotics at Heriot-Watt University / ORCA Hub

Prof. Yvan Petillot is a full Professor of Robotics and Computer Vision at Heriot-Watt University. He is a leading member of the Oceans Systems Laboratory, the deputy director of the Institute for Sensor Signals and Systems and the deputy director of the joint research institute in Signal and Image Processing (ERP-SIP) with Edinburgh University. He is also currently a Royal Society Industry Fellow in collaboration with SeeByte Ltd, a company he co-founded in 2001 and in which he was Chief Technical Officer until 2010.

With over 15 years experience in Robotics, Image Processing and Autonomous Systems in the maritime domain, he has made very significant contributions to target detection and classification multiple vehicle collaboration and autonomous inspection and manipulation. He has a long history of successful collaborations with other leading researchers in Europe through a number of European Research Projects (ALIVE, Autotracker, Amason, 2005, FreeSubNet 2008, Trident, 2010, Eurathlon 2012) totaling over £1.5M of research funding. In parallel, Professor Petillot has a unique track record in technology transfer and engagement with industry.

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