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.
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