At the predictive maintenance hackathon in RoboHouse Anne Hinrichs, together with fellow students Lennart Bult and Giannis Georgiades, created an inspection robot that can crawl along pipes for Nobian, a “European leader in the production of salt,essential chemicals, and energy solutions for industry”. They won the hackathon. What happened next?

Anne went on a robotics field trip to Nobian. Accompanied by chief hackathon Mark Bruijnen and three other talents in cognitive robotics, he accepted the invitation of Nobian’s application engineer Krystian Pietrzyk.

This is what their winning robot looked like. Anne and his team built it in less than 24 hours packed with creativity, data science, laser cutting, energy drinks, 3D printing, music, rapid prototyping, little sleep, data cleaning, coffee and laughs.

Their client interaction made all the difference.
Krystian Pietrzyk, jury member

Being very rapid with rapid prototyping made the difference for this winning team who shared the stage with ‘Artificial Incompetence’, a team that excelled in communications.

“Their client interaction made all the difference,” said jury member Krystian Pietrzyk.

Organised by Robotics Student Association (RSA) and Study Association Asimov at RoboHouse, the Data Gathering Predictive Maintenance Hackathon was powered by the presence of Brunel, Port of Rotterdam, Nobian, Technische Universiteit Delft, Asset.Insight. and VolkerWessels who all threw challenging assignments into the mix.

Impressive how they uncovered defects through the dataset. Rob van der Salm, head of monitoring at Asset.Insight.

The dataset of Port of Rotterdam proved to be unhackable. “A minor dissapointment for sure,” said Alex Broekmans, product owner at Port of Rotterdam. “But our dataset remains available for the next event.”

Rob van der Salm, head of monitoring at Asset.Insight. was surprised by what the talent managed to do in such a short time frame: “Impressive how they uncovered defects through the dataset.”

On to the next hackathon. We heard that Jeroen Vochteloo, senior consultant maintenance & asset management at Brunel already knows how to raise the bar even higher with the upcoming Brunel challenge.

Want to participate in any form or way? Do you want to build a winning robot?

Get in touch with Mark Bruijnen.

This activity is part of X!Maintenance, a cross industry collaboration of VolkerWessels Infrastructuur, Brunel, Nobian, Holland Robotics, Port of Rotterdam, TU Delft and RoboHouse – with funding by European Regional Development Fund (EFRO).