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.
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
The second competition of the ARGOS Challenge is growing nearer every day, and exciting progress from each teams are slowly unveiled this month. From the enhancement of the user interface to its new ability to go up and down the stairs... more
A packed schedule awaits the competitors of the ARGOS Challenge in 2016. After the promising results of the first competition in June 2015, the robots will return to the Lacq site from April 4 to 8 to prove their mettle in conditions... more