March 2017 - Third ARGOS Competition : Last Stretch Reached

After three years of research and hundreds of hours of tests and adjustments, AIR-K (Japan), LIO (Switzerland), VIKINGS (France), FOXIRIS (Spain/Portugal) and ARGONAUTS (Austria/Germany) were back for a final battle which took place during the 13 and the 17 of March on the Lacq UMAD competition site. The analysis of the results and data obtained during this competition will allow the jury to choose the winning robot of the ARGOS Challenge.

  • The ARGOS Challenge Group Picture

    Group picture of the different members of the ARGOS Challenge, including the teams, the jury and staff members, and the people from SOBEGI.

  • The AIR-K team and its robot.

    The AIR-K team and its robot

  • The AIR-K robot crossing over an obstacle

    The AIR-K robot crossing over an obstacle

  • Securing the AIR-K robot

    Securing of the AIR-K robot before climbing the stairs

  • The AIR-K robot ascending the stairs

    The robot AIR-K climbing the stairs during a mission

  • The AIR-K team in its workshop

    The AIR-K team in its workshop

  • The ARGONAUTS team and its robot

    The ARGONAUTS team with its robot

  • The ARGONAUTS robot on the UMAD

    The ARGONAUTS robot descending a step on the competition site

  • ARGOS staff and ARGONAUTS members discussing

    Member of the ARGOS staff and an ARGONAUTS member discussing on the competition site

  • The ARGONAUTS robot in action

    The ARGONAUTS robot in action on the competition site

  • ARGONAUTS team members during a mission

    Members of ARGONAUTS in mission in the control room

  • The FOXIRIS team and its robot

    The FOXIRS team posing with its robot

  • The FOXIRIS team in its workshop.

    The FOXIRIS team working in its workshop

  • The FOXIRIS robot on the UMAD

    The FOXIRIS robot in action on the competition site during a mission

  • FOXIRIS in mission

    Members of FOXIRIS with a member of the jury in the control room during a mission

  • Two FOXIRIS members

    Two FOXIRIS members discussing during a mission

  • Team LIO and its robot

    Team LIO posing with its robot

  • Team LIO in mission

    Members of team LIO in the middle of a mission in the control room

  • LIO and the jury

    Two members of team LIO and a member of the jury watching the performance of the swiss robot

  • The LIO robot going up.

    The LIO robot climbing a step of the competition site

  • The LIO robot

    The LIO robot posing for the picture

  • The VIKINGS team and its robot.

    The VIKINGS team with its robot

  • The VIKINGS robot going a step down.

    The VIKINGS robot descending a step on the competition site

  • The VIKINGS in the middle of a mission

    Members of the VIKINGS team in the middle of a mission in the control room under the watchful eye of Kris Kydd, head of the ARGOS Challenge project

  • The VIKINGS robot going up the stairs

    The VIKINGS robot going up the stairs

  • A VIKINGS discussion

    Members of the VIKINGS team discussing during a mission

  • Members of the jury of the ARGOS Challenge

    Pictures of the ARGOS jury room and its members

  • Total, ANR and ARGOS

    Members of the jury as well as of Total and ANR at the jury room

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  • The ARGOS Challenge Group Picture
  • The AIR-K team and its robot.
  • The AIR-K robot crossing over an obstacle
  • Securing the AIR-K robot
  • The AIR-K robot ascending the stairs
  • The AIR-K team in its workshop
  • The ARGONAUTS team and its robot
  • The ARGONAUTS robot on the UMAD
  • ARGOS staff and ARGONAUTS members discussing
  • The ARGONAUTS robot in action
  • ARGONAUTS team members during a mission
  • The FOXIRIS team and its robot
  • The FOXIRIS team in its workshop.
  • The FOXIRIS robot on the UMAD
  • FOXIRIS in mission
  • Two FOXIRIS members
  • Team LIO and its robot
  • Team LIO in mission
  • LIO and the jury
  • The LIO robot going up.
  • The LIO robot
  • The VIKINGS team and its robot.
  • The VIKINGS robot going a step down.
  • The VIKINGS in the middle of a mission
  • The VIKINGS robot going up the stairs
  • A VIKINGS discussion
  • Members of the jury of the ARGOS Challenge
  • Total, ANR and ARGOS

MISSIONS AND REQUIREMENTS

The robots underwent six missions lasting approximately 1hr30 each. These replicated scenarios of operational situations on both onshore and offshore industrial sites. Anomalies, inconsistencies and emergency situations were often generated in order to disrupt the inspection rounds.

Here is a quick overview of the objectives which were asked for this final stage.

  • Priority no.1 - ATEX Certification

    This was the most important requirement for this competition and one of the main objectives of the ARGOS Challenge. The robots were evaluated by ATEX experts in order to confirm compliance of working in a potentially explosive atmosphere. 
  • Operate in total safety

    Whatever the internal or external incident (anomalies at checkpoints, internal malfunctions, emergency shutdowns, low battery, obstacles, etc.) the robots had to adopt a deterministic behaviour in compliance with safety rules.
     
  • A reliable robot in all circumstances

    The robots had to be able to autonomously navigate and deliver reliable information and analysis. 
     
  • Be autonomous, but not only that...

    The robots had to carry out inspection rounds or spot tasks in autonomous mode. But the operator had to be able to intervene and take control at any time, by switching to supervisory mode.
     
  • Robustness no matter what

    The robots had to be developed to a degree of maturity which enabled them to operate in degraded situations if necessary. The time factor was also important: responsiveness, speed of programming, etc.

NEW CHALLENGES FOR THE 2017 MISSION:

  • Detection of "mobile" obstacles: the robots had to detect any human presence within a two-meter radius around it and stop long enough for the operator to pass.
  • When the autonomy level was low, the robot had to return to its docking station autonomously in order to recharge its batteries.
  • A mission dedicated to emergency/crisis management.
  • Acoustic monitoring of the environment: pumps signature analysis

Descriptions of the day-to-day missions, photos, videos of this competition week can be found by clicking here.

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