David Semwogerere has joined the Department of Geoscience and Petroleum on a 3-year PhD program in the field of Drilling and Wells.
His project is titled “Well Integrity and Lifecyle Management – Data Analytics approach” with an objective to develop a computer-based artificial intelligence system, or a system of systems for offshore well integrity and life cycle management for the Brazilian and Norwegian Continental Shelves.
Sigbjørn Sangesland (Professor in Well Engineering) is the main supervisor while Alexey Pavlov (Professor in Petroleum Cybernetics) and Jørn Vatn (Professor in RAMS) are co-supervisors for the project.
This project is in collaboration with Petrobras as an industry partner under the BRU21 program; an NTNU Research and Innovation Program in Digital and Automation Solutions for the Oil and Gas Industry.
Besides industry roles in Drilling and Completion, David holds MSc. Petroleum Engineering (Drilling Technology) and BSc. Electrical Engineering (Power Systems) degrees.
Pranav Audhkhasi has just joined the department of Geoscience and Petroleum at NTNU as a post-doctoral research fellow in the BRU21 program. He will be working with Ass. Prof. Kenneth Duffaut and the industrial partner, Wintershall DEA, focusing towards machine learning techniques for seismic lithology prediction. Within the BRU21 program, Pranav’s project, “Automated facies classification through applying machine-learning to pre-stack seismic data” is organized within the Exploration Efficiency program area where he will be developing automated workflows to efficiently detect and classify seismic features within large seismic datasets.
Prior to joining NTNU, Pranav did his PhD from from Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris (IPGP), France, in Marine Geosciences and specializing in active source seismic imaging and tomography techniques. Before that, he did a research masters from IPGP itself and an Integrated masters from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT-ISM) Dhanbad, India, in exploration geophysics.
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.
NTNU’s BRU21 program is presented in the National Technology Strategy for the Oil and Gas Sector – OG21 strategy – as an example of successful collaboration between the industry and academia in research, education and attracting/developing new talents. We would like to express our gratitude to OG21 for this recognition and to all our partners, collaborators and team members for bringing BRU21 to this high level.
OG21 strategy defines strategic directions for the Norwegian Petroleum Cluster in research, education, demonstration and commercialization. Its 2021 revision, reflecting the energy transition reality, was presented in Oslo last Thursday.
BRU21 is NTNU Research and Innovation Program in Digital and Automation Solutions for the Oil and Gas Industry (www.ntnu.ed/bru21). You can access BRU21 video report here: https://www.ntnu.edu/documents/1281387914/0/NTNU_BRU21_Scr+%283%29.pdf
BRU is NTNU’s Research and Innovation Program in Digital and Automation Solutions for the Oil and Gas Industry. It supports the digital transformation of the industry. Operations, maintenance, safety and security is one of the 6 program areas in the program. This video newsletter presents projects and selected solutions developed in BRU21. Check out the newsletter here
Check the latest videos on BRU21 research results at www.ntnu.edu/bru21/news
BRU21 is NTNU Research and Innovation Program in Digital and Automation Solutions for the Oil and Gas Industry.
Verónica Torres is a PhD student in BRU21 – NTNU’s Research and Innovation Program in Digital and Automation Solutions for the Oil and Gas Industry. She develops digital tools to efficiently organize and automatically analyze well log data. The objective is to increase data analysis efficiency in exploration workflows through modern computational methods, e.g. machine learning and artificial intelligence, combined with cross-disciplinary subsurface expertise.
This BRU21 project is sponsored by Aker BP ASA. Read more about BRU21 and Veronicas research here https://www.ntnu.edu/bru21/
Leonardo Sales has started as a PhD candidate at the Department. Sales holds a bachelor’s degree in Petroleum Engineering from Federal University of Ceará and a master’s degree in Petroleum Engineering from University of Campinas, both in Brazil. Leonardo has just started as a PhD student at IGP and is currently working on a project titled «Optimization of subsea layout». The main objective of his project is to develop, evaluate and test methods to design optimal subsea systems that include processing equipment. To this, he will use numerical optimization tools to determine layouts of subsea production systems that maximize value (i.e. increase production, reduce expenses) while fulfilling operational and technical constraints. The PhD position is sponsored by SUBPRO. Welcome leonardo!
How can the oil industry become more profitable, environmentally friendly, safer and smarter?
When the oil price was at its lowest, NTNU started a dialogue with the oil industry to see how they together could solve this challenge. The result was a large research and Innovation Program in Digital and Automation Solutions for the Oil and Gas Industry with the goal of 40 PhDs, 30 are now in place. The project is called BRU21 – Better Resource Utilization – The project is interdisciplinary with seven institutes and faculties involved. The first board meeting in BRU21 is held today