PETROBOT Management Structure

The management of the PETROBOT network is arranged on three different levels:

  1. Strategic level, consisting of:
    • PETROBOT Coordinator;
    • General Assembly (All partners).
  2. Executive level, consisting of:
    • Executive Board (Project Manager + Administrative Manager + WP Leaders);
    • Project Support (Financial coordinator, administrative coordinator and technology coordinator).
  3. Operation level, consisting of the work package teams and Work Package Leaders.


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PETROBOT Executive Board

The Executive Board (EB) is the body for the execution of the project. It has overall responsibility for the scientific strategy and direction and has ultimate responsibility for ensuring the project aims are delivered on time and within the budget. The EB has 7 members made up of the PETROBOT Work package leaders.

Sieger Terpstra

PETROBOT Coordinator & Work Package 7 Leader: Management and coordination

Principal Integrity Engineer – Shell Sieger works in the Inspection Technology team in the Technology Centre of Shell in Amsterdam. With a background in Applied Physics he started on the development and implementation of non-destructive testing techniques, and characterising their performance. After a coordinating role in the downstream central function and responsibility for a structural […]

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Joakim Andersson

Work Package 1 Leader: Development of pressure vessel inspection

Project leader – DEKRA Industrial AB Joakim has a background in Non Destructive Testing (NDT) with development and adaptation of inspection methods for various applications often with a mechanised/automatised solution.

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Ekkehard Zwicker

Work Package 2 Leader: Development of inline tank inspection

CEO – ALSTOM Inspection Robotics. Ekki has a background in product development and innovation strategies. Ekki was involved in setting up several spin off companies at the Swiss Institute for Technology (ETH) in Zürich.

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Prashant Potnis

Work Package 3 Leader: Demonstration of pressure vessel inspection

Inspection and Integrity Engineer, Shell Global Solutions International B.V. Prashant has been involved in development and deployment of various NDE tools for inspection and in particular, he is involved in validation of robotic inspection. Prashant received his PhD in Solid mechanics and materials engineering from the University of Oxford and has 3 years of work […]

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Ron Bakker

Work Package 4 Leader: Demonstration of inline tank inspection

International Operational Advisor – Vopak Ron has experience in operations, HSE and Marine with the petrochemical industry for more than 25 years, experience as a tank storage terminal manager.

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Timothy Black

Work Package 5 Leader: Integration & Daily Support Team

Engineer Robotic Inspection Technology – Quasset B.V. Tim has a PhD in Robotics with a background in industry project management, robotics development, as well as transferring knowledge, innovations and solutions into different domains. Tim is also part of the PETROBOT daily support team who manage the day-to-day running of the project.

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Tjibbe Bouma

Work Package 6 Leader: Dissemination and exploitation & Daily Support Team

CEO – Quasset B.V. Director and PhD in Physics; expertise: active in Non-destructive testing, condition assessment, and asset management since 1993. Until 2002 active in technology development heading the Applus RTD technology development department. Since that time owner/CEO of Vantage NDT, a company dedicated to NDT technology development and services. Since 2007 Director Asia Pacific […]

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Moritz Oetiker

Co. Work Package 2 Leader

Senior Engineer – ALSTOM Inspection Robotics. Moritz has a PhD in dynamic systems and control and is an expert for robotic navigation and mechatronics. As senior robotic engineer Moritz is in charge of the navigation in WP2 and co. project leader of WP2.

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Andreas Schler

Project Manager – Innospection Germany GmbH Work Package 1 & 2: Provision of the eddy current testing units With a background in managing all aspects of pipeline inspection projects for 17 years and magnetic eddy current inspections since 2.5 years, Andreas is responsible for the provision and integration of the eddy current measuring unit in […]

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Prof. Roland Siegwart

Scientific Advisory Board

Roland Siegwart is a professor for autonomous mobile robots at ETH Zurich. He studied mechanical engineering at ETH, brought up a spin-off company, spent ten years as professor at EPFL and he held visiting positions at Stanford University and NASA Ames. He is and was the coordinator of multiple European projects and co-founder of half […]

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Prof. Stefano Stramigioli

Scientific Advisory Board

Stefano received the M.Sc. with honors (cum laude) in 1992 and the Ph.D with honors (cum laude) in 1998. Between the two degrees he worked as a researcher at the University of Twente. Since 1998 he has been faculty member and he is currently full professor of Advanced Robotics and chair holder of the Robotics […]

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