Posted: 2 October 2014
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See into the future at innovation show
See into the future at innovation show

National Grid will be showcasing several of its pioneering innovation projects at a conference in Aberdeen next month.

“It’s a great networking opportunity, and a platform to learn about new and upcoming innovation.”

Misha Bruce, Innovation Engineering Coordinator, Gas Transmission.

It is an ideal opportunity for customers and other stakeholders to see how the industry is facing up to the tough challenges ahead.

Revolutionary robotics and game-changing 3D design will be among the highlights as National Grid gives its customers a chance to see into the future at an unmissable innovation event in Aberdeen.

The Low Carbon Network and Innovation (LCNI) Conference is a platform for gas and electricity network operators to highlight projects funded under OFGEM’s innovation programme, the Network Innovation Allowance (NIA) and the Network Innovation Competition. It runs from 20-22 October at Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre.

Each one of National Grid’s UK-regulated networks – Gas Distribution, Gas Transmission and Electricity Transmission – will have its own interactive stand and present key projects from its NIA portfolio.

Among the highlights for Gas Distribution will be a presentation on the Tier One Replacement System. The aim of this ambitious project is to design and develop a robotic system capable of remotely carrying out mains replacement, which would lead to fewer excavations and less disruption for customers. To demonstrate the technology, a keyhole excavation truck will be parked in the exhibition hall for visitors to explore.

3D modelling will be an important focus on the Gas Transmission stand. BIM (Building Information Modelling) is all about pegging data to 3D models throughout the design, construction and maintenance of a particular piece of equipment, which means you can then store and retrieve the models for reuse on future projects. The stand will feature virtual reality headsets, where visitors can take a virtual tour of an Above Ground Installation (AGI) on the national transmission system.

Finally, visitors to the Electricity Transmission exhibition will get a chance to forecast electricity demand and balance the electricity transmission system using National Grid’s demand simulator.

Misha Bruce, Innovation Engineering Coordinator, Gas Transmission, said: “Representatives and key stakeholders and customers from across the energy industry will be attending. It’s a great networking opportunity, and a platform to learn about new and upcoming innovation.”

To book your place or for more information, go to www.lcniconference.org. The last day to register is 3 October.

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