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 analyzing the results obtained throughout the week of testing, the jury has declared team VIKINGS the winner of the second competition of the ARGOS Challenge. We wanted to hear their reaction to winning, so we... more
Ten months have gone by since the first competition of the ARGOS Challenge. Only ten months to improve the performances of the robots and develop the new functionalities required for the second competition. The AIR-K, ARGONAUTS, FOXIRIS... more
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