industries such as Petrochemical, Off-Shore, Power Plants and other Civil Applications. As indicated in the
Multi Annual Roadmap of EU Robotics (verbatim):
“The application of robotics technology to the Civil domain is still at an early stage and it is therefore difficult
to estimate eventual market size. It is likely that technology limitations will restrict early deployment to well
controlled areas of application where robots are operated by skilled personnel for example in nuclear and
environmental inspection tasks, including marine inspection.
In the case of marine robots, the Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV) market is expected to grow at near 14%
CAGR (compound annual grow rate) in the period 2011-2015 up to a value of about $1,546 million in 2015.
ROVs sales for defence & security and scientific research equalled 25% of the total market for each sector. In
the meantime, also the Autonomous Unmanned Vehicles (AUV) market is expected to grow in the defence
and scientific research sectors with a CAGR equal to 12% and 8% respectively by 2016.
It is often the case that unmanned vehicles are cheaper and faster to produce than manned vehicles. Global
Unmanned Marine and Ground Vehicles market is foreseen to reach $1.96 Billion by 2017. The potential
market in Europe for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles over the next 10 years could amount to about €11B. In the
short to medium term demand is likely to be driven by monitoring and surveillance applications.
The coming decade will probably witness the rapid expansion of decommissioning activity, costing tens of
billions of dollars. The decommissioning industry’s performance will be critical to the future of nuclear power
The decommissioning sector has been steadily forming over a few years but it is expected to see some major
progress over the next five to ten years. Hundreds of offshore oil and gas platforms will be recovered from
the North Sea over the coming years. Analysis by industry body Oil and Gas UK and decommissioning agency
Decom North Sea put the value of this work at £30 Bn. over the next 25 years.
Key Market drivers are:
• Growing interest in UAS not only by US and European countries but also by emerging countries.
• Potential for improved coverage of large areas for environmental monitoring.
• Increase in quality of monitoring data and regularity of monitoring due to lower cost per task.
• Reduction of total operational costs with respect to existing manned systems.
• Increasing acceptance of robotics technology.”
Inspection and Maintenance applications have an advantage on other related fields because of the potential
for early robotic deployment and market preparation. This is because in these kind of applications, the
intelligence of the system is often substituted or supported by human operators in the loop. It is therefore
possible to concentrate on smart mechatronic solutions which can be done robustly and deliver trustful and
effective solutions to real problems because of the available expertise within the region in which LEO
operates. Furthermore, once a tele-operated system is deployed and properly working, the daily practice of
its activities in the field can be used to learn from and to use this knowledge to implement, deploy and test
autonomy and intelligence as possible additional features. Furthermore, inspection robotics removes people
from situations in which people could be harmed. It offers solutions to insp"
"Inspection Robotics has been identified as one of three pillars which will be promoted and explored by LEO – Center for Service Robotics. This document will elaborate on the arguments that were fundamental for this choice."