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, team ARGONAUTS wins the ARGOS Challenge!
With 1,382 inventions between 2011 and 2015, of which 858 are patented, Total's Research & Development is increasingly influential and is getting recognized for it. The Group now ranks among the Top... more
This week, we invite you to get to know the eight members of the jury of the ARGOS Challenge. A jury of four international experts and four Total employees was established to evaluate the robots during each competition, and also to... more
Press release Total and Corbion form a Joint Venture in bioplastics
Extract from the press release. Paris, Amsterdam - Total and Corbion are joining forces to develop bioplastics by creating a 50/50 joint venture to produce and market polylactic (PLA) polymers. The two partners plan to build a... more
Press release Total Launches Vast Program to install Solar Power in 5,000 Service Stations Worldwide
Extract from the press release. Paris - Total is launching a program to equip 5,000 of its service stations worldwide with solar panels within five years, including 800 in France. The total solar capacity to be installed is about... more