After winning the ARGOS Challenge, we were invited by Total to present the successful project at one of the most important and largest exhibitions in the oil and gas industry – the ADIPEC in Abu Dhabi. Two autonomously operating robots were sent on inspection rounds on an oil platform, which was specifically replicated for the exhibition. This layout created a lot of attention among visitors. Members of Total’s Board of Directors as well as other key players from the industry visited the booth. Together with senior local government representatives, they could see the technology of the future.
Last week taurob, together with research partner TU Darmstadt, was announced as the winner of the ARGOS Challenge, powered by Oil & Gas giant Total S.A.
In a three-year competition, five international teams competed to develop a robot for routine-, inspection- and emergency operations on oil & gas sites. Frequently, gas leaks on oil drilling rigs, can cause an increased risk to safety and the environment.
The ARGOS Challenge finals took place between March 13th and 17th in France. Five different robots were tested by Oil and Gas company TOTAL S.A. in complex autonomous missions. The “Argonaut” robot from taurob and TU Darmstadt could successfully finish all missions and impressed through its robustness and full ATEX certification. The winner of the ARGOS challenge will be announced by TOTAL in May, until then we would like to ask you: Keep your fingers crossed!