A Total challenge to design the robot of the future
The ARGOS Challenge will also raise awareness in the robotics industry of issues specific to oil and gas.
The oil industry is characterised by a host of high-risk environments, ranging from extreme cold to remote sites to gas releases. “To enhance the safety of our employees, we decided to launch the ARGOS Challenge to build an Autonomous Robot for Gas & Oil Sites,” explains Alain Goulois, Vice President, R&D at Total Exploration & Production.
The robot will mainly perform routine tasks, such as taking equipment pressure readings, checking the temperature of certain materials and detecting gas leaks. This very useful resource will free up operators to focus on value-added tasks. And in the event of an incident, the robot will have to supply images and data in real time.