Welcome to the ARGOS Challenge website
Today’s exploration and production activities are increasingly confronted with extreme and harsh conditions: extreme cold, arid climates, isolated sites, onshore and offshore alike, etc.
In order to meet these new challenges and improve the safety of operators, Total has launched the ARGOS (Autonomous Robot for Gas and Oil Sites) Challenge in December 2013, in partnership with the French National Research Agency (ANR).
Five teams from Austria and Germany, Spain and Portugal, France, Japan and Switzerland, were selected to design and build in less than three years, the first autonomous surface robot adapted to oil & gas sites.
The prototypes will match their skills and capabilities in three competitions scheduled between June 2015 and March 2017. The winner of the ARGOS Challenge will be announced in spring 2017.
Now that the competition has been over for more than a week, we propose you to relive with us this important week for the ARGOS Challenge teams with a few still taken between the 13 and the 17th of March. Find again the details of the... more
Now just a few days before the third and final competition, we are ending this serie of articles with the latest news from the swiss team LIO. The schedule: physical and software enhancements resulting in a more robust robot, with a... more
At now one week of the competition, the ARGONAUTS team is giving us here a bit of news. A robot already ATEX certified, a new design, a complex sofware architecture, an improved arm; come discover with us in this article the... more
D-15 before the beginning of the third competition, the spanish-portugese team is giving us some news and talks about the progress they made on their robot: finalization of an ATEX version, improved imaging capabilities, better... more
We now keep on with the Japanese team AIR-K. Development of a new model to better answer safety restrictions, installation of new materials to improve its ability to detect objects and leaks, and if you want more details, it’s... more