The ARGOS Challenge Story (2014 - 2017)
Welcome to the ARGOS Challenge website
Exploration & Production activities are often carried out in extreme conditions with many constraints: extreme cold, arid climate, isolated sites, onshore and offshore, etc. In order to meet these new challenges, continue optimizing our operations and make them even safer, Total launched at the end of 2013 the first robotics challenge in the oil & gas industry: the ARGOS Challenge (Autonomous Robot for Gas & Oil Sites).
Design the first autonomous surface robots able to operate on oil & gas sites
Five teams from Austria and Germany (ARGONAUTS), Spain and Portugal (FOXIRIS), France (VIKINGS), Japan (AIR-K) and Switzerland (LIO) competed to create robots able to carry out inspection tasks, detect anomalies and intervene in emergency situations.
Three competitions, one winner
From June 2015 to March 2017, three competitions were organized in partnership with the French National Research Agency (ANR) in a former gas dehydration unit in Lacq (Southwest France), in conditions close to those found on Total's production installations.
In May 2017, ARGONAUTS was declared winner of the ARGOS Challenge.
Press release Iran: Total and NIOC sign contract for the development of phase 11 of the giant South Pars gas field
Extract from the press release. Paris, July 3, 2017 – Total and the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) have signed a contract for the development and production of phase 11 of South Pars (SP11), the world's largest gas... more
There's no rest for the ARGONAUTS. Less than two months after winning the ARGOS Challenge, the robot was back on the Lacq platform for a gas detection test campaign from June 12 to 23. Run by the R&D department at Total... more
Extract from the press release. Paris, June 27, 2017 - Total is today launching its second Plant 4.0 start-up incubator, joined this year by Air Liquide, AREVA, Eiffage, Solvay and VINCI Energies. This is the very first... more
The teams FOXIRIS (Spain / Portugal), ARGONAUTS (Austria / Germany), VIKINGS (France), LIO (Switzerland) and AIR-K (Japan) gathered for the last time, Thursday 11th of May, to attend the trophy ceremony of the ARGOS Challenge held at... more