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.
Press release OGCI announces $1 billion investment to accelerate development and deployment of innovative low emissions technologies
LONDON, UK, NOVEMBER 4, 2016 – The Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI) today announced an investment of $1 billion over the next ten years, to develop and accelerate the commercial deployment of innovative low emissions... more
Press release Third Quarter and First Nine Months 2016 Results
The ARGOS Challenge is not only five international teams... It's also a jury of four international experts and four Total employees. Its President is Alain Goulois, Senior Vice President R&D in Total Exploration &... more
Extract from the press release. Paris, September 16, 2016 – Total Energy Ventures (TEV), the venture capital arm of Total that invests in start-ups, has acquired an interest in AutoGrid, a company that develops digital... more