Proserpine business Artemis Robotics recently rubbed virtual shoulders with some of Silicon Valley’s big players when CEO Darren Foster presented at a high-profile webinar following an introduction from TIQ.

Mr Foster gave the keynote presentation at an online Construction Robotics Forum hosted by Silicon Valley Robotics.

His company specialises in automated technologies for structural inspections and has already earned a reputation for innovation in the inspection of marine structures.

Mr Foster said the webinar was a valuable opportunity for the company to explain its vision as it looks to expand operations beyond the marine robotics industry.

‘There’s an enormous amount of market education that needs to be undertaken through events like the Silicon Valley Robotics webinar for new technologies on the bleeding edge of innovation,’ he said.

‘One of the biggest challenges for companies like ours is that people never understand the opportunities for new technology until they have become a fully formed presence in their everyday lives.

‘If someone had told me in 1995 that I could carry a computer in my pocket and communicate with the global community, I would have said, “What do I want to do that for?!”

‘This webinar offered a fantastic window into what CEOs and founders are actually seeing happen in the robotics industry and where they see it heading.’

Silicon Valley Robotics is a not-for-profit coalition of robotics companies and start-ups.

Managing Director Andra Keay said connecting start-ups like Artemis Robotics with collaborators and investors was all about speaking the right language.

‘In many ways my role at Silicon Valley Robotics is to act as a translator,’ Ms Keay said.

‘Once I understand the application areas and markets for a breakthrough technology, I can help the start-up tell the right story for the market.’

Mr Foster said Artemis Robotics had initially developed robotics for inspecting marine structures but the company was now expanding its horizons after undertaking research with The University of Queensland.

‘We discovered that the sensors and robotics we were developing for marine inspection had huge potential in the wider civil engineering space, which is a trillion-dollar-a-year global industry,’ he said.

‘Now we’ve moved from looking at concrete marine piles to being able to inspect any concrete structure, including bridges, buildings and roadways.

‘We’re currently talking to some of the USA’s largest engineering firms about how we might be able to collaborate with them and we’ve also just had our US patent approved for the first part of our technology.

‘It’s a big milestone for us and it will pave the way for patents in Australia and Europe.’

TIQ’s North America office has been helping Artemis Robotics with their entry into the US market and connected the company with Silicon Valley Robotics.

Mr Foster urged Queensland exporters to engage with TIQ.

‘Every time I’ve arrived in a new country and made contact with an overseas TIQ office they’ve been really responsive and provided me with not just market but cultural insights, which are hugely important when operating in foreign markets.

‘Their expertise is a phenomenal resource.’

The online forum took place in late May.

Supporting exporters to enter new markets is a priority under the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.