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The partners in this feasibility study are Autonomous Devices Limited, a development company currently focusing on Drone/UAV development for NDT inspection, TWI Limited, a RTO with experience in developing, adapting and improving NDT technology, and our Filipino partner Quantum Leap JMB Marketing (QLM), a procurement company in the power sector who have experience working with the Philippine Government.

Established in Cambridge, UK in 1946 and with several facilities across the globe, TWI Ltd ( is one of the world-leading not-for-profit research and technology organisations, employing over 700 scientists, technologists, administrative and support staff world-wide (540 in the UK and Europe) and with annual (2016) group turnover of £60million (€69 million). From bases in the UK, South East Asia, India, the Middle East, Central Asia and the USA, TWI provides expertise in joining and fabrication, material science and structural integrity. Services include generic research, contract R&D, technical information, engineering services and advice, standards development, and training and qualification services. TWI has participated on over 100 public funded projects in the last 5 years, spanning across both the UK and Europe, with over 180 patents in their portfolio and over 250 licenses have been granted worldwide. One of TWI’s great strengths is its interdisciplinary diversity. To provide the expertise for this proposal, the Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) group will be involved in this project. The NDT group is specialised in the research and development of new NDT techniques and applications, which are utilised across all industry sectors from transport and aerospace to oil and gas, power and medical. It includes inspection of both metallic and non-metallic (polymer and composite) components and structures. TWI’s NDT activities focus on bespoke and technically challenging inspection solutions.

Autonomous Devices develops innovative mobile robotic solutions for the toughest missions. Despite being relatively young, Autonomous Devices has already delivered several highly successful solutions to the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) and various Aerospace and Defence customers. The company’s first project delivered to the MoD was presented to the US DoD's Principal Director of Research as one of four leading examples of SME innovation in the UK Defence sector and was featured in a MoD-sponsored innovation showcase at DSEI. The company comprises an expert team of roboticists and designers with an outstanding track record in developing highly innovative mobile robotic systems for some of the toughest challenges in Defence and Security, Energy, Heavy Industry and the Earth Sciences. The team’s skills comprise the full range of capabilities required to produce advanced mobile robot solutions, including mechanical design, GNC (guidance, navigation and control) design and development, autonomous agent development, software development, electronic design, advanced perceptual system development, rapid prototyping, testing and analysis. The company has continuous access to local flight test facilities and holds a Civil Aviation Authority Permission for Commercial Operations.

QLM is a procurement and service company in the power sector from the Philippines in conjunction with the Government of the Philippines. QLM is the conduit between governmental agencies and industry in the delivery of service contracts, infrastructure builds and research. QLM is engaged with both the Philippine National Oil Company (PNOC) in particular PNOC Renewables Corporation and National Power Corporation (NAPOCOR). PNOC and NAPOCOR are government agencies tasked to manage power generation infrastructures (which are considered national assets) to service the population. For DamGPR-Drones, QLM will focus on facilitation of the research and eventual demonstration. It aims to supply and deliver electronic equipment, surveillance and inspection work for the Dams made available in the project.