Quasset on the move in 2018: Year in Review
As 2018 comes to a close, it is a good time to reflect on this year’s accomplishments, as well as look forward to the plans we have in store for 2019.
It has been an important year for Quasset, with strong growth and continued innovation.
Throughout 2018, Quasset was on the move throughout Europe and in the United States for various events and conferences. We joined the SPRINT Robotics demo days in Rotterdam as well as on various stops of the SPRINT Robotics roadshow in Europe. Both opportunities allowed us to showcase our Q-Pro tooling, highlighting the fully modular and customizable components that help companies translate abstract digitalization agendas into practical added value and improved business workflows.
Working closely together with clients like Eneco, Vitens, Coteq and NVB, we continued to expand our Q-Pro risk analysis and investment forecasting solutions for a variety of infrastructures that provide water, gas and electricity and city heating to customers.
We launched Asset Builder at the 1st World Conference for Inspection and Maintenance Robotics in Galveston, USA. Asset Builder is a web-based 3D software tool which efficiently creates digital twins of assets. It is now generally recognized that 3D models of assets, digital twins, will play a central part in future asset management. With the digitalization of the oil and gas industry, 3D models will soon be a prerequisite for maintenance and inspection work. These new digital developments will reduce risk, save time, increase productivity and can be highly cost-efficient, yet few organizations have such 3D models as creating them can be costly and time-consuming. We are excited to roll out new components to Asset Builder in 2019, adding new asset classes and enhancement features.
Opened in 2017, Quasset Test Facility (QTF) has already outgrown its initial space. We are proud to announce that at the beginning of 2019, QTF 2.0 will open its doors to facilitate the further experimentation and validation of innovative robotic solutions for inspection and maintenance activities as a service to the industry. The new facility will house a wider range of decommissioned assets which serve to test swimming, flying and crawling robotic systems in a controlled environment.
In collaboration with Shell, we performed CUI Robotic trials this year at QTF, which was documented in Materials Performance, the world’s largest circulation journal dedicated exclusively to corrosion prevention and control.
Building innovation networks continues to be a cornerstone of our company. As a consultancy we pull the value chain together and help bridge the digital gap, improving business processes for companies through our Q-Pro methodology.
We foster innovation through collaborative initiatives, including our services to SPRINT Robotics, as well as supporting ReaLNG and BioLNG, projects that move maritime and heavy road transport towards cleaner fuels.
Offering certification programs through Quasset Management Academy allows us to share our knowledge and strengthen our ties with professionals in the asset management sector. In 2018, QMA also offered Minimum Intervention Workshops in collaboration with expert Martin van den Heuvel of MISI. Addressing a clear need within the industry, we will be adding a series of workshops to QMA in 2019 that covers inspection technology and digitalization in asset integrity management.
This past fall we participated in the IAM-NL conference in Haarlem, giving a workshop “Innovative ways to implement asset management through collaboration” for asset management professionals in the Netherlands.
One important milestone this year was moving to a much larger and modern office space to accommodate our business growth. Not only is it a beautiful and inspirational place to work, but our new office has enabled us to increase internal operational efficiencies and now also provides us the possibility to expand our services to clients in the future.
We welcomed new colleagues in 2018, expanding the Quasset team with professionals from around the world. Our new employees include software engineers and data analysts, as well as a new project manager and marketing and communications director. In a tight job market, it has been a challenge to find the right fit with our team while not wanting to make compromises in quality. The fact that we have been able to attract these new colleagues shows that they too are excited about our mission and journey.
After successful internships this past summer, we recognize the need to broaden our network and attract young people to our industry. In the future we will expand the number of university level interns, creating a pool of highly talented university graduates in roles from project engineer, junior consultant to software developer.
On behalf of the whole Quasset Team, we send you our warmest wishes this holiday season! May your year be filled with happiness, health, and prosperity.