Welcome, David!

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.

Welcome, David!

Welcome Pranav

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.

Welcome, Pranav!

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!



Visit Aker BP Drilling Alliance

innovation. Yesterday NTNU hosted the Steering Committee Meeting of AkerBP Drilling Alliance. Top executives from AkerBP, Halliburton, Mærsk, Oddfjell and Oddfjell Oceanwind and leading experts from NTNU and Sintef presented and discussed challenges, research and innovation relevant to the industry

BRU21 presented in the OG21 strategy

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

BRU21 video newsletter#6 – New business and operational models

In her project Nataliia Korotkova is helping companies with complex organizations to achieve efficient collaboration and information sharing by properly leveraging digital tools.  She is working specifically in the Front-end stage where design, engineering and innovation meet. Nataliia is using several tools such as transactive memory learning, multifaceted trust, adoption of new technologies and knowledge reuse. TechnipFMC provides the use case and sponsors the project. Read and watch more videos from the New business and operational models newsletter here 

Project result:  Transactive memory analysis on the role of digital technologies

In this video, Nataliia Korotkova explains in detail the latest results of her research regarding knowledge collaboration using digital tools during a Front-End stage project. One of her findings is that strategic corporate focus and socio-technical alignment are extremely important to enhance knowledge collaboration in multi-disciplinary project groups She has many more interesting observations, so check the video out!



BRU21 video newsletter – Exploration Efficiency

BRU21 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. Exploration Efficiency is one of the 6 program areas in the program. This video newsletter presents projects and selected solutions developed in BRU21. https://www.ntnu.edu/bru21/news