Project meeting between Department of Computer and Information Science on possible collaboration in the area of “Big Data”

Large, complex and uncertain amounts of data characterizes the petroleum industry and our research. The department aims to help improve the analysis through its own research and national and international cooperation related to a common database. Department of Computer and Information Science is wanted as a partner in this development, and a first discussion meeting was held today.

Visit from Nelson Mandela Memorial University

A large delegation from South Africa visiting NTNU today. The visit is part of a fact-finding trip related to the planning and implementation of the South Africa initiative Operation Phakisa (Phakisa = do it fast in Zulu), for utilization of the marine environment, including. Oil and gas. Professor Moctar Doucoure from Nelson Mandela Memorial University met with the department to discuss possible cooperation between NMMU and NTNU, especially related to education. From NTNU attended Egil Tjåland, Pål Skalle, Patrick Reurink and Jon Kleppe.

Press release on the new Master’s program in oil and gas

The department together with IPK and NTNU Videre have developed a continued education program in oil and gas technology that can be completed part-time for industry employees, leading to a master’s degree. The initiative for the new program came from the employers’ organization of Norwegian Industries, based on the needs of the oil and gas industry. They recently issued a press release about the program.

Read more here.

SPE Prize to Professor Reidar Bratvold

Our prof. II Reidar Bratvild, whose main position is at the University of Stavanger, has received the SPE award “2015 SPE Management & Information Award for the North Sea Region”. The award presentation will be made by the SPE President at the UTC conference in Bergen in 2 weeks or at the ATCE in Houston at the end of September. Congratulations Reidar!

Visit from Abu Dhabi

A group of representatives from ADNOC, ZADCO, ADMA, ADCO and Petroleum Institute visited SINTEF and NTNU today, along with their host during the visit to Norway, Statoil. The purpose of the visit was to follow up on previous discussions of collaboration within education and research. From the department participated Egil Tjåland, Ole Torsæter, Patrick Reurink and Jon Kleppe.

Visit from Brazil

A group representing the Brazilian organizations BNDES, FINEP and ABDI visited SINTEF and NTNU yesterday and today. They are invited by OED, and the purpose of the visit is exchange of experiences related to the implementation of new technologies in the upstream business, as well as discussion of research and cooperation in the oil, gas and marine sector. From the department participated Egil Tjåland and Patrick Reurink.

Katherine Rose Aurand wins SPE’s Student Paper Contest

The SPE European Student Paper Contest 2015 was held in Budapest yesterday. Our Ph.D candidate Katherine Rose Aurand won first prize in the Doctorate Division with the presentation “Enhancing oil recovery with nanoparticle-enriched waterflooding”. A panel composed of experts from all over Europe listened and asked questions to the candidates before the winner was designated. As the winner Katie is invited to participate in the international competition, to be held under SPE ATCE in Houston at the end of September. Congratulations, Katie!

Katie together with the winners in the Undergraduate and Masters Divisions