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Senior Communications Advisor Ontario Power Generation

I am a Senior Communications Advisor for Ontario Power Generation, Ontario's largest clean power provider. I help tell OPG's stories, highlighting our people, operations, and efforts to become a...

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At Ontario Power Generation (OPG), Ontario's largest clean power generator, several of Boston Dynamics' advanced Spot robot dogs have been deployed to improve worker safety and unlock efficiencies for the company's operations. These agile quadrupeds are turning a lot of heads while completing important inspections and tasks in hazardous, hard-to-reach environments, including within OPG's nuclear generating stations.

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Matt Chester on Sep 21, 2022

That's so fascinating! We've all seen the Boston Dynamics bots in demonstration videos on YouTube, but it's a whole different thing to see them being utilized for necessary tasks at a power plant. 

How much human intervention or guidance is given to the robots for each task, or are they pretty purely autonomous for these jobs? 

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Paul Choi on Sep 22, 2022

It's pretty cool what these little guys can do! Currently, each robot is controlled by a human operator through a tablet application. But OPG is looking into how Spots can be automated for routine inspections and jobs in the future, particularly at some of our hydroelectric stations located in more remote parts of the province. This could save a lot of time, particularly driving time, for our employees who currently make trips to these stations to conduct inspections.

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