Welcome Christian

Christian Rekve Bryn has joined the Department of Geoscience and Petroleum at NTNU to undertake a 4-year PhD-project in the field of hydrogeology. The supervisor is professor Bjørn Frengstad. Christian’s research project «Bømoen Plus Village» aims to use geological resources as part of sustainable development of a new area in Voss, with short travelled resources that gives water, renewable energy and aggregates for future industry and residence. Mapping and managing the resources to be used for sustainable development will be a big part of the project. The industrial PhD is funden by the Norwegian research counsil, COWI AS, Bømoen AS, Voss Energi AS and Voss herad. NGU is a collaboration partner in the project.
Christian has B.Sc in geology and geohazards from HVL and M.Sc in hydrogeology from the University of Copenhagen. He works as a hydrogeologist (since 2016) at COWI AS.

Welcome Christian!

Drillbotics ranked as #1

The NTNU Drillbotics team supervised by BRU21 goes to the finals and is ranked #1 after evaluation of reports for Phase 1 of the 2021-2022 competition!

Luis and Mikael are happy to be top ranked

Drillbotics is an international competition between universities organized by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE). The challenge is to design, build and successfully implement a fully functional drilling rig at lab scale in order to perform fully autonomous directional drilling through a rock sample. The aim of the competition is to promote the application of digital solutions and autonomous systems into drilling operations.  This will bring innovation and technology development from the academy which can be applied at an industrial scale

The Dream Team: Jarle Ness, Mikaela Solberg, Henrik Helgeland and Luis Alvarez

Final tests will be held in May and June of 2022 in Houston and Celle. The Team consist of Mikaela Solberg, Luis Alvarez, Jarle Ness and Henrik Helgeland. Congratulations!

Read more about Drillbotics here 

Welcome Tek

Tek Bahadur Katuwal is 33 years old, from Nepal. He has just joined the Department of Geoscience and Petroleum, NTNU to undertake a 4 – year PhD in the field of Rock and Tunnel Engineering. His main Supervisor is Krishna Kanta Panthi (Professor IGP, NTNU) and the co–supervisor is Dr. Chhatra Bahadur Basnet (Visiting Associate Professor, Pashchimanchal Campus (WRC), Institute of Engineering (IoE)). Tek will focus, through research, on “Selection of Tunnel Construction Methods in Himalayan Rock Mass Conditions”. After the selection of relevant cases, he will be actively involved in a field visit to carry out engineering geological mapping, collect required data and representative rock samples from the Himalayan region for the laboratory investigation at IGP. The research work will mainly be carried out at IGP with frequent field visits to the Himalayan region. This research will recommend, geologically, optimum and economically viable tunnel construction methods for the Himalayan region.

This PhD research is part of “NORHED II PROJECT 70141 6: Capacity Enhancement in Rock and Tunnel Engineering at Pashchimanchal Campus (WRC), Institute of Engineering (IoE), Tribhuvan University (TU), Nepal” funded by NORAD and managed by IGP-NTNU. The main objective of this NORHED II project is, the establishment of an MSc Program in «Rock and Tunnel Engineering» at the Institute of Engineering (IOE) of Tribhuvan University, produce about 90 MSc graduates in Nepal and capacity enhance of the faculties through the production of 4 PhD graduates at NTNU within 2026.

Tek has graduated from the Department of Civil Engineering in Pashchimanchal Campus (WRC), Institute of Engineering (IOE) of TU and has Master’s degree in Infrastructure Engineering and Management. Prior to joining NTNU, he was an assistant professor at Pashchimanchal Campus (WRC), Institute of Engineering (IoE), Tribhuvan University (TU) in Nepal. After completion of his PhD research work, he will return to his home country and contribute to research and academic activities at Pashchimanchal Campus (WRC) of the Institute of Engineering (IoE). He will be active in collaborative research initiatives between IoE, NTNU, tunnelling industry and other international academic institutions.

Welcome, Tek!

Welcome Sailesh

Sailesh Adhikari has joined The Department of Geoscience and Petroleum, Faculty of Engineering to start his PhD on “Stability assessment and rock support optimization of underground excavations in Himalayan rock mass”. The PhD is a part of “NORHED II PROJECT 70141 6: Capacity Enhancement in Rock and Tunnel Engineering at Pashchimanchal Campus (WRC), Institute of Engineering (IoE), Tribhuvan University (TU), Nepal” funded by NORAD and managed by IGP-NTNU. In the research Sailesh will develop stability assessment methods suitable for the Himalayan rock mass. His research outcome will deliver appropriate approach of rock support design relevant for Himalayan rock mass. The research focus will on the utilization of flexible, sustainable, cost effective and environmentally friendly support design. He will carry out extensive field mapping, instrumentation, collection of relevant data and laboratory testing of the rock samples brought from different tunnel project cases from Himalayan region. The mapped, collected and tested data will be used as basis to carry out comprehensive stability assessment and optimization of rock support for underground caverns and tunnels passing through Himalayan rock mass.

Sailesh has completed M.Tech. in Structural Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT Delhi), India. Prior joining to NTNU, he was assistant professor at Pashchimanchal Campus (WRC), Institute of Engineering (IoE), Tribhuvan University (TU), Nepal.

Welcome, Sailesh!

IGP has a vacancy for a PhD fellowship within reservoir engineering

We have a vacancy for a three-year PhD Fellowship at Department of Geoscience and Petroleum (IGP), NTNU within reservoir engineering (CO2 EOR and storage modelling for sustainable utilization of the subsurface). The project should start no later than mid-August 2022. For a position as a PhD candidate, the goal is a completed doctoral education up to an obtained doctoral degree. Read more here

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Randi Kalskin Ramstad. Foto: NRK

– Potensialet for grunnvarme i Norge er høyt. Vi kan dekke alt kjøle og varmebehov med det. Vi har beregnet at vi kan erstatte tilsvarende 33 TWh med strøm med grunnvarme. Det tilsvarer litt over 20 prosent av Norges kraftproduksjon. Det sier Randi Kalskin Ramstad som er rådgiver i Asplan Viak og førsteamanuensis II ved NTNU. Les saken på nrk.no her

Welcome Ramon!

Ramon Abritta Aguiar Santos has joined The Department of Geoscience and Petroleum to start his PhD project «Operation maintenance, and investment strategy for offshore energy hubs”. This project is a part of Horizon 2020 EU project «InnoCyPES: Innovative Tools for Cyber-Physical Energy Systems» (https://innocypes.eu). This is a multidisciplinary project that includes energy, economic, and environmental aspects. Ramon will gather information and develop models and optimal strategies to plan and operate offshore energy hubs. Such systems consist of oil and gas platform, wind power generation, energy storage, etc. In this project, Ramon will cooperate with Equinor, Siemens and will be associated with the BRU21 program – NTNU Research and Innovation Program in Digital and Automation Solutions for the Oil and Gas Industry.

Ramon has an MSc degree in Electrical Engineering, with focus on energy systems, awarded by the Federal University of Juiz de Fora (UFJF), Brazil. He was the main developer of codes to optimize the operation of three Brazilian hydroelectric power plants during his 2.5-year master’s R&D project, which was a work in partnership with a Brazilian electric utility company.

Welcome, Ramon!