In December 2013, Total launched the ARGOS (Autonomous Robot for Gas and Oil Sites) Challenge, a bold international robotics competition aiming to inspire a new generation of autonomous robots adapted to the specific needs of the oil and gas industry. These robots must be able to carry out inspection tasks, detect anomalies and intervene urgently in harsh conditions and environments such as sub-zero temperatures, deserts, isolated areas, at sea, on land, etc.
In June 2014, 5 teams from different countries (Austria/Germany, Spain/Portugal, France, Japan and Switzerland) were selected to design and build the 1st field robot compliant with the ATEX/IECEX standard (on explosive atmospheres). The Group granted a maximum of €600, 000 to each team and a prize of €500 000 will be awarded to the winner. Total commissioned the French National Research Agency (ANR) to run the call for projects launched in December 2013, to orchestrate the project evaluation process and to assist Total in organizing the competitions. The teams clashed at 4 competitions, with the final matchup held in March 2017 helping to determine the winner.
The event not only helps to meet new challenges in the oil and gas industry, but also embodies the pioneering, exploratory spirit of Total’s R&D.
Beyond the ARGOS Challenge, the use of such a robot could be extended to industrial complexes worldwide and have positive impacts for the general public (e.g. in civil security, firefighting, and other areas).
Total Exploration – Production (EP) conducts R&D work in fields closely related to its core business, and in 2014 created “Prospective Labs” dedicated to exploratory research. The aim: to use small, agile organizations (Labs) to explore emerging technologies outside of the group’s traditional business fields that could potentially lead to breakthroughs in its activities.
We will be delighted to see you on Thursday 18 May 2017 at 11:00 am at the Innorobo exhibition for the ARGOS Challenge Awards Ceremony, a presentation of the winning team and a discussion with representatives of Total Exploration – Production’s R&D Division.
- Kris Kydd, Director, Prospective Lab Robotics, Total Research and Development.
- Sylvie Duflot, Director, R&D, Total Exploration – Production.
- Representatives of the winning team of the ARGOS Challenge
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About the ARGOS Challenge, an initiative by Total Exploration-Production’s R&D Division
By launching the ARGOS Challenge, Total made the bold choice of an open innovation approach. The ambitious aim is to bring together players in the robotics sphere and encourage cooperation in order to make them aware of the operational constraints faced by the operators of Total’s industrial oil and gas production facilities. It also seeks to encourage the design and adoption of innovative robotics solutions that meet exploration and production needs and enable our staff to work more safely. The ARGOS Challenge is part of this desire to get a step ahead in detecting potential breakthroughs that can significantly benefit petroleum exploration and production.
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