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.
The second competition in the ARGOS robots' Challenge kicks off today, April 4. The AIR-K, ARGONAUTS, FOXIRIS, LIO and VIKINGS teams are back on the Lacq site to compete against one another for the second time. What is the program... more
Just a few days from the second competition, it’s FOXIRIS who sends us news about their progress. Improvement of the robot, test sequences, their feelings for the second competition....Find out what’s happening with the... more
Today, and while the second competition is about to start, it’s team ARGONAUTS that shares with us their feelings. Worries about the different tests oft he second competition, strengthening process of the team and the system... more
After the results of the first competition of June 2015, the Japanese team AIR-K wished to review the design of their robot in order to make it more compact and lightweight. The objective has been met with AIR-K-VER2: discover the... more
Just at a couple of weeks before the start of the second competition, it’s the VIKINGS team that talks to us about its progress. New updates to the robots that matches the ATEX requirement, precise tests undergone in order to... more