Photos from the 4th Annual Conference

Award winners Thomas Meyer and Rune Schlanbusch for submitting innovative idea.

Award winners Joacim Dybedal and Atle Aalerud for submitting innovative idea.

Keynote speaker day 1: Hans-Michael Krause, Director Market and Product Management PLC and IoT Systems, Bosch Rexroth, Title of the talk: “OPC UA over TSN in Industrial Automation”

Lunch on Day 1, Campus Grimstad.

Poster session, Day 1.

Poster session, Day 1.

WP1-Leader Torben Ole Andersen in deep thought.

Lasse Schumann (Bosch Rexroth), Sondre Sanden Tørdal (UiA) and Jing Zhou (UiA) testing out the Xbox controller for the vessel-to-vessel-crane experiment.

Poster Session, Day 2.

WP5-Leader Thomas Meyer (Teknova), Condition Monitoring Techniques.

SFI Offshore Mechatronics, Group Photo, Day 2.

WP2 and WP4-Leader, Olav Egeland (NTNU): Motion Compensation and Modeling and Simulation.

PhD Candidate Shaun Falconer (UiA) presenting his work on fibre ropes using the CBOS machine.

WP6-Leader Baltasar B. Lozano (UiA), Data Analytics, IT Integration and Big Data.

Keynote Speaker, Day 2, Arnt Aske (GCE NODE) challenging the researchers in SFI Offshore Mechatronics to become more innovative and customer focused.

PhD Candidate Atle Aalerud (UiA) demonstrating his experimental work on 3D point clouds and autonomy.

Digital Fluid Power 2017


The WP1 participated in the workshop DFP17 (Digital Fluid Power 2017) in Aalborg, Denmark, September 7-9 with all the members of the work package (Viktor Hristov Donkov, Sondre Nordås, Daniel Hagen, Torben Ole Andersen, and Morten Kjeld Ebbesen) and a guest of the WP Damiano Padovani. The workshop was dedicated to the different aspects of digital hydraulic. The workshop included 67 participants with the majority from Europe, and the industry was well represented. The WP presented two papers and received valuable feedback.


WP 5 Reference Group Meeting Sept. 27

rope seminar 2016

September 27. the WP5 Reference Group met in NOV location and discussed the following topics:

WP 5.4 “Influence of wave height on the reliability of an offshore winch” (PhD candidate: Achim Feldermann & Lothar Wöll)

WP 5.5 “Welded joints failure prediction: experimental set up” (PhD candidate: Zbigniew Jakub Mikulski)

WP 5.3 “1D model for thermal properties in fiber ropes and hysteresis model for creep” plus “Update on the rope test rig” (Dr. Espen Oland)

WP 5.2 “Acoustic measurements in metallic dog bones and steel wire ropes, development of a new condition indicator” (Dr. Rune Schlanbusch)

WP 5.1 “Review of Methods for Condition Monitoring of Large, Slow-Rotating Roller Element Bearings” (PhD candidate: Martin Hemmer)

The group consisted of  30 participants from most partners of the SFI .

Rope Seminar


The rope seminar was sold out and attracted 50 delegates from Urdal Services AS, MacGregor Norway AS, Cameron Sense AS, MHWirth AS, National Oilwell Varco Norway, DNV GL, Siem Offshore AS, AXTech AS, Bexco, Maersk Supply Service AS, TTS Bergen, Rolls-Royce Marine, Red Rock AS, W. Giertsen Services AS, TTS Marine AS, Ropeblock B.V., John Dahle Skipshandel AS and DEP Engineering.

During the seminar individual feedbaxck was collected from all the participants to the following questions:

* Do you want us to organise a 2nd rope seminar? 84% of the attendees responded yes, 8% no and 8% had no opinion.
* Will you prioritise the 2nd seminar? 84% responded yes, 16% no.
* Have you enjoyed the seminar? 8% gave the top mark, 55% gave next best.
* Have you learnt anything new in this seminar? 31% stated that their knowledge improved greatly, while 62% stated that they learnt a lot.
* Selected quotation from one of the participants: “For rope enthusiasts like me, this is like being at a Jimmy Hendrix concert, for engineers. To dip into the knowledge of some of the most competent rope specialists in the world, is highly rewarding”, Kai Ingvald Flateland, Senior Engineer at MacGregor Norway.

Offshore Conference: NORCOWE Meets SFI, May 10-11


Sign up for the conference at: (SFI Offshore Mechatronics only, NORCOWE has a separate registration site).

Place: Campus Grimstad
Dates: May 10-11, 2016

Day 1 until 13:20 is open for everyone. The rest of the conference is for partners in SFI Offshore Mechatronics only.

Day 1:
09:15 – 10:00 Registration in the reception area, Campus Grimstad. Poster session + guided tour of the Motion-Lab
10:00 – 12:00 Plenary Session.
10:00 – 10:50 NORCOWE by Centre Director Kristin Guldbrandsen Frøysa. Presentation of Hywind Scotland Pilot Park) by Anne Fausa, Statoil.
10:50 – 11:00 Overview SFI Offshore Mechatronics, Geir Hovland
11:00 – 11:20 Jan Martin Grindheim, Macgregor: Transfer of competence from oil and gas sector to offshore wind.
11:20 – 11:40 Åsmund Hjulstad – Automated Drilling Control at Statoil.
11:40 – 12:00 Nina Kyllingstad, Agderforskning: results from network analysis of NODE companies and subsea companies in Rogaland.
12:00 – 13:00 Common Lunch
13:00 – 16:00 Parallel sessions (NORCOWE and SFI Offshore Mechatronics).
13:00 – 13:20 Prof. Ian Jennions, Selected results from the IVHM Centre, Cranfield University. See
13:20 – 14:30 WP2 Motion Compensation (Torstein Myhre, Geir Ole Tysse, Sondre Sanden Tørdal)
14:30 – 15:00 Break
15:00 – 16:00 WP2 Continued and WP4 Modelling and simulation (Olav Egeland, Houxiang Zhang)
16:15 – 17:00 Demo in the Motion-Lab + Poster session
17:00 – 18:30 Conference Dinner on Campus
19:00 Bus transport and guided visit to the Maritime Museum

Day 2:
08:30 – 12:00 Parallel sessions (NORCOWE and SFI Offshore Mechatronics).
08:30 – 10:00 WP1: Drives (Morten Kjeld Ebbesen, Torben Ole Andersen) and WP3: Robotics and Autonomy (Geir Hovland, Jan-Einar Gravdal, Houxiang Zhang)
10:00 – 10:30 Prof. Rolf Johansson, Lund University: Industrial Robots, Skills and Work-Space Sensing.
10:30 – 11:00 Break
11:00 – 12:00 WP5: Monitoring Techniques (Thomas Meyer, Rune Schlanbusch, Einar Oland, Felix Strassburger/Achim Feldermann)
12:00 – 13:00 Common Lunch
13:00 – 15:00 Parallel sessions (NORCOWE and SFI Offshore Mechatronics).
13:00 – 13:30 WP7: Technology Vision (Anne Grete Ellingsen)
13:30 – 14:00 WP6: Data Analytics, IT Integration and Big Data (Baltasar Beferull Lozano)
14:15 – 15:00 WP1-WP6 Reference Group Meetings. C4 041, 043 and 095.
15:15 – 16:00 Demo in the Motion-Lab + Poster session
16:15 Common bus transport from Campus Grimstad to Kristiansand Kjevik Airport (KRS)

A special Offshore Technology edition of the journal MIC will be produced in connection with this conference. See the Call For Papers.

We recommend staying at Scandic Grimstad, reservation code: BUNI090516

WP5 Reference Group Meeting, May 9


Tentative agenda:
11:45-12:30: registration and lunch at MacGregor, Andøya, Kristiansand
12:30 – 12:40: Welcome and administrative status update: recruitment status on the fiber rope PhD, presentation of a new activity and PhD student: 5.5, Predicting the fatigue damage evolution in components and welded joints
12:40 – 13:10: Monitoring big bearings, an overview of the technologies and techniques (PhD candidate: Martin Hemmer, 20min .ppt, 10 min questions)
13:10 – 13:40: Rolling contact fatigue in large turret roller bearings, the Dang Van Criterion (PhD candidate: Zbigniew Jakub Mikulski, 20min .ppt, 10 min questions)
13:40-13:55: Coffee break & informal discussions
13:55- 14:25: Winch lifetime prediction, an update on the activities since the last reference group (PhD candidate: Achim Feldermann, 20min .ppt, 10 min questions)
14:25-14:50: Fiber and steel ropes – progress on the research front, progress on the test rig design, plans of activity in 2016 (Dr. Rune Schlanbusch and Dr. Espen Oland, 20 min .ppt, 5 min questions)
14:50-15:00: Coffee break & informal discussions
15:00-15:30: Big bearing, further data and analytics (Dr. Eric Bechhoefer, 20 min .ppt, 5 min questions)
15:30- 15:40: SFIWP5 Booklet presentation
15:40-15:50: AOB & wrap up

Annual SFI Offshore Mechatronics Conference, November 19, 2015

Place: Campus Grimstad, Norway. Auditorium A2 135.
Date: November 19, 2015
Time: 09:00 – 11:30 (Part 1, Open) and 12:30-16:00 (Part 2, Closed)

SFI Logo

45 participants attended the first annual SFI Offshore Mechatronics conference on Campus Grimstad. The first part consisted of 4 open presentations while the second part (for SFI partners only) presented the current status of the 7 work-packages. The program for the conference was as follows:

Part 1:
09:00 – 09:30 – Violet Leavers (CEO), V4L Group, UK: New Trends in Condition Based Monitoring.

09:30 – 10:00 Torben Andersen (Professor, AAU): Results from the Fluid Power and Mechatronics Systems Lab at Aalborg University.

10:00 – 10:30 Break

10:30 – 11:00 Anne Grete Ellingsen (CEO GCENode): Integrated operations next phase – The service providers and equipment suppliers integrated in the drilling and operations in real-time.

11:00 – 11:30 Jan-Einar Gravdal (Senior Research Scientist) and Kristin Flornes (Senior Vice President), IRIS: A) Presentation of the NORTEX Data Science Cluster, B) Lessons learnt from the mid-term evaluation of SFI DrillWell.

Lunch 11:30 – 12:30

Part 2 (for SFI partners only):
Presentation of the 2016 plans for the individual work-packages WP1-WP7.

WP7 12:30 – 13:00
WP1 13:00 – 13:30
WP2/4 13:30 – 14:00

Break 14:00 – 14:30

WP3 14:30 – 15:00
WP5 15:00 – 15:30
WP6 15:30 – 16:00

Dinner from 16:15

Kick-Off April 22, 2015

Launch of SFI Offshore Mechatronics

Wednesday April 22nd, 2015 the SFI Offshore Mechatronics was officially launched.

Rector (UiA) Torunn Lauvdal with the plaque from the Research Council which shows that the project Offshore Mechatronics has been awarded SFI status. Here together with Eirik Normann (Research Council), Anne-Grete Ellingsen (GCE NODE) and Faculty Dean Frank Reichert (UiA).
Rector (UiA) Torunn Lauvdal with the plaque from the Research Council which shows that the project Offshore Mechatronics has been awarded SFI status. Here together with Eirik Normann (Research Council), Anne-Grete Ellingsen (GCE NODE) and Faculty Dean Frank Reichert (UiA).

– The cooperation between academia and industry makes it especially pleasing that Offshore Mechatronics is awarded SFI status, rector Torunn Lauvdal said in her opening speach.

The event took place at Hotel Ernst in Kristiansand. Researchers, partners from industry and others were gathered to mark the opening of the centre.

SFI Offshore Mechatronics will work on topics such as hydraulics, motion compensation, robotics, autonomy, monitoring techniques and data analystics. The goal is to develop and demonstrate methods, tools and solutions relevant for the industrial partners.

The research council will contribute with 12 million kroner per year for a total of 8 years. Including the cash and in-kind contribution from the partners the total is about 200 million kroner to research, development and innovation during the period.

– This is research and innovation at the highest level, Eirik Normann, Head of Department in the Research Council said. He explained why such centres are important:

  • A large number of Master thesis projects are normally linked to the SFIs.
  • SFIs are normally able to conduct high-level PhD projects relevant for industry.
  • SFIs normally attract significant international attention.
  • SFIs enable development of long-term collaboration and alliances between the partners.
  • SFIs contribute to an improved ability to innovate.
  • SFIs strengthen the partners changes of getting future research projects funded.

Need for knowledge and Restructuring

– We knew the need for restructuring in this industry would come. Investments in oil&gas do not give the same returns as before in the coming years. In this situation knowledge and competence are important for Norwegian industry, Siri Mathiesen, regional director NHO Agder, said.

The partner companies pointed out the need for knowledge and innovation. The timing for SFI Offshore Mechatronics could not have been better. Now is the time to think long-term to make the technology sector within oil&gas more profitable and innovative. – Research is the tool – innovation is the desirable result, Johnny Olsen from National Oilwell Varco said.

Torunn Lauvdal, Bjarne Skeie and Anne-Grete Ellingsen.

Torunn Lauvdal, Bjarne Skeie and Anne-Grete Ellingsen.

On April 21 the General Assembly had it’s first meeting at UiA. In this meeting a board was elected, the preliminary budget for the first 3 years was presented, as well as the initial research plans for the same period. In addition and a few new members were elected into the centre.

The General Assembly consists of the following members: Rein Terje Thorstensen (UiA), Kari Nielsen (Lundin Norway),  Bjarne Sandrib (MH Wirth), Charlotte Skourup (ABB), Lena Skeie (Skeie Technology AS), Olav Egeland (NTNU), Stian Myhre (NOV), Klaus Schöffel (Teknova), Katharina Kjelland (Cameron Sense AS), Felix Strassburger (RWTH), Oddvar Skjæveland (IRIS), Øyvind Mydland (Stepchange),  Anne Grete Ellingsen (GCE NODE). Additional representatives from: MacGregor, Applica, Devoteam, GCE Maritime, Aalesund University College, University of Aalborg. Observer: Øyvind V. Salvesen (Research Council).

General Assembly

The partners in SFI Offshore Mechatronics are:

  • University of Agder (Project Leader)
  • NTNU
  • Aalesund University College
  • RWTH Aachen
  • Aalborg University
  • Teknova
  • IRIS
  • National Oilwell Varco
  • MHWirth
  • Cameron Sense
  • Klüber Lubrication
  • Skeie Technology
  • Lundin Norway
  • ABB
  • Devoteam
  • Applica
  • Stepchange
  • MacGregor
The General Assembly met for the first time on April 21, 2015 at UiA.
The General Assembly met for the first time on April 21, 2015 at UiA.

This page was translated from a Norwegian article by Irene Hetlelid Svendsen (text) and Sara Ojanen / Tor Martin Lien (photos).