IGP is awarded an EU project (MSCA-IF): Smart Proxy Models for Reservoir Simulation

The aim of this project is to develop a new strategy for establishing simple-to-use Smart Proxy Model (SPM) based on a combination of optimization, statistics and data-driven techniques. The smart proxy will reduce dramatically the run time needed in the different tasks related to reservoir simulation.

–  This project will create new pathways for reservoir simulation and system       analysis. We will perform cutting edge research in reservoir simulation field   using data science and analysis techniques and will replace the traditional   modeling efforts in the oil and gas industry, says Associate Professor, Ashkan   Jahanbani

The research project will promote collaboration among different research groups at Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) through NTNU’s Research and Innovation Program in Digital and Automation Solutions for the Oil and Gas Industry:  BRU21 (Better Resource Utilization in the 21st century).

– We believe that the proposed workflows can be adopted for other fields of   science and engineering which have similar calculability efforts, such as the   study of inverse problems, management of water resources and meteorology. In   addition, our results are transferrable to work in reducing carbon dioxide   emissions by development of SPM for Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCS)   in geological formations and EOR techniques based on use of CO2.


An Arctic Scientific Expedition by Eurasian Scientists

Professor Charlie Li at NTNU participated in an expedition to Svalbard on 7-16 August 2019. The expedition was organized by the Chinese Society for Rock Mechanics & Engineering (CSRME), aiming to the study of polar glaciers, geology and geotechnical engineering in the Arctic. The scientific delegates were from Norway, Japan, Hong Kong and the Mainland China, as well as personnel from a media company, Ershi Exploration (Beijing) Cultural Development Co., Ltd., who will make a popular film on global warming and melting of polar glaciers. The delegation took field trips for glaciers and the metamorphic rocks along the western coastline of Spitsbergen and for the sedimentary rocks, foundations constructions in permafrost ground, underground construction (the Global Seed Vault) and the snow avalanche protection project in the Longyearbyen area. Professor Arne Aalberg arranged a seminar on 14 August at UNIS.

Global warming and the melting of polar glaciers have been the unanimous concerns of the scientific community and the whole society. The melting of polar glaciers is posing critical impact on the ecosystem and climate of the earth. However, the reasons for the polar ice melting still remain uncertain. The Arctic issue is of global significance and great scientific value as it is vital to the survival and future development of the human beings. It is no doubt that CO2 contributes to the global warming, but geological evolution may play also an important role. Some scientists in the delegation are exploring the role of the earth in the global warming. In addition, glacial geology and geotechnical engineering in arctic regions are also topics of the expedition.