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Robot that works and intervenes on offshore sites

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Oil major Total has kicked off its competition to build a robot which can work and intervene on offshore sites, with 5 teams from Europe and Japan

Oil major Total has kicked off its competition to build an autonomous robot which can work on offshore production sites. 5 teams are on the shortlist.

The first robot test in field conditions will be held in June 2015, with the final winner selected in early 2017.

The teams, ARGONAUTS, FOXIRIS, VIKINGS, AIR-K and LIO, are from Austria and Germany, Spain and Portugal, France, Japan and Switzerland.

They were selected by Total in partnership with the French National Research Agency (ANR).

The robot must be ATEX certifiable (able to operate in an explosive atmosphere), and able to move around Total production sites (including up stairs), perform inspection tasks, detect anomalies and intervene in emergency situations autonomously.

The robot will optimize operations and strengthen the safety of the personnel.

The ARGOS Challenge officially kicked off on September 22, at a gala event in the Paris Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie museum, which was attended by the competitors, representatives of the French National Research Agency (ANR), Total's employees and external guests.

The teams then travelled to the South West of France to participate in technical meetings at the Total Scientific and Technical Centre in Pau (South West of France).

They also had the opportunity to visit the competition site at Lacq (South West of France) and take initial measurements and surveys to advance in their project.

You can see videos of the robots developed so far and interviews with the teams behind them at

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