NTNU and Aker BP collaboration on development of software for seismic imaging

The Department of Geoscience and Petroleum and Aker BP has established a pilot project on collaborative development of software for seismic. This will benefit education and research at NTNU, and development, exploration and production at Aker BP. There will also be a number of workshops within the topic of seismic imaging and inversion. The contact point at NTNU is Professor Børge Arntsen, and Dr. Espen Birger Raknes at Aker BP.

The most interesting parts of the area are only reachable with helicopter. Here the 2 week field camp is established.

10 researchers and students have been on a field trip to Seiland (Reinfjord) to study the development of ores and mineral resources in a volcanic funnel. In this area, developed 565 million years ago, NTNU has been part of  discovering a new type of  mineral deposit with nickel, copper, platina and gold. Modern mapping tools like drones are being used, and is one of the focus areas for innovative education at the department.

Still four students and one researcher is conducting field work on Seiland.


Seiland is an island in Northern Norway, north of Alta in Finnmark county.

Professor Rune Larsen and the students.
Området er uten merkede stier og er vanskelig framkommelig.
The area is without marked pathways and is not easily accessible.
Prøvetaking med diamantbor
Using a diamant drill to take samples.
3D photogrammetric model

Enhanced oil recovery simulations with GeoDict – collaboration with Math2Market GmbH

The Department of Geoscience and Petroleum, NTNU has obtained the digital rock physics software suite GeoDict for simulation of injection processes in porous media, with the purpose of modelling enhanced oil recovery. Main contact point at our department is Post-Doctoral fellow Hamid Hosseinzade Khanamiri.

The GeoDict software suite at NTNU comprises multiple educational licenses and enables petroleum engineering students at NTNU to access state-of-the-art technologies for Digital Rock Physics. GeoDict is developed and marketed by Math2Market GmbH in Germany and the department acknowledges their engagement in advancing the education of our students.

For details on the GeoDict software click here.

Drillbotics students in TU

Our students Runa Linn Egeland, Astrid Lescoeur, Martin Aagaard Olsen and Mayuran Vasantharajan participated in the Drillbotics Competition hosted by the Society of Petroleum Engineers and achieved an impressive second place among nine institutions.

The Norwegian weekly engineering newspaper Teknisk Ukeblad has published a nice article on this acheivement, where also our professor in petroleum cybernetics, Alexey Pavlov comments.

Read the article here (in Norwegian).

Visiting NED University in Karachi

NEDUET and NTNU together with the students
NEDUET and NTNU together with the students
The NED University of Engineering and Technology in Karachi has an ongoing collaboration with NTNU through the project Norwegian Center of Excellence in Petroleum Studies, and has this week visited the NEDUET in Karachi, Pakistan for the first time.

NTNU has had a series of meetings and visits to different departments at NED University in addition to visiting Pakistan Petroleum Limited (PPL) and ENI Pakistan.

From our department, Egil Tjåland, Jon Kleppe and Patrick Reurink attended the visit.

4th International Workshop on Rock Physics in Trondheim

The 4th International Workshop on Rock Physics was held in Trondheim with strong involvement from our department, with Rune M. Holt was chair of the scientific committee and Andreas Bauer was chair of the local organizing committee.

PhD Serhii Lozoyi to the right.
PhD Serhii Lozoyi to the right. Photo: Erling Fjær

The workshop was a great success, with 115 participants and high scientific quality. PhD Serhii Lozovy from IGP was runner up in the best student paper contest, and many IGP faculty and PhDs were present at the workshop.

Header photo: participants at Geitfjellet, photo by Rune M. Holt.

IGP strongly represented in NGF Arctic Days

Faculty from our department were strongly represented in arranging and presenting at the Arctic Days Conference organized by the Norwegian Geological Society in Svolvær from May 29 to June 1.

  • In “iMAGINE”: programme committee chair Christine Fichler; presentations by Suzanne McEnroe (keynote); Christine Fichler; Marco Brønner; Zeudia Pastore; and Terje Solbakk.
  • In ” MINERAL RESOURCES”: presentations by Rune B. Larsen (keynote); and Kurt Aasly.
  • In “UPLIFT AND EROSION”: posters by Marie-Andre Dumais; and Krzysztof Jan Zieba.

Visit from UNICAMP

Professors Celso Morooka and Sérgio Bordalo from UNICAMP, Campinas, Brazil visited our department yesterday to discuss potential collaboration between UNICAMP and NTNU. They met Sigbjørn Sangesland, Lucas Cantinelli Sevillano and Patrick Reurink from NTNU.