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.
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
The 2017 news are here. Now that the third competition is slowly but surely approaching, the teams, which went back to work in their workshops since last april are giving us glimpses of the changes they brought to their robots. Their... more
Press release Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2016 Results
As you may or may not have realised, a new tab entitled "Movies" was created a couple of days ago on the official website of the ARGOS Challenge. If you click on it, you'll find, all gathered in one place, the... more
Extract from the press release. Signature of a memorandum of understanding to supply a range of multifuel solutions. Ongoing efforts to reduce the footprint of shipping through ever more environmentally responsible solutions. ... more