SFI Publication Guidelines

All publications in the centre will have the following Acknowledgement: “The research presented in this paper has received funding from the Norwegian Research Council, SFI Offshore Mechatronics, project number 237896.”

All publications in the centre are approved by the SFI board before submission to conferences and journals.

Presentation at NFA-Expert Panel

Presentation of SFI Offshore Mechatronics at Gardermoen, Oslo for NFA’s Expert Panel. The purpose of this meeting was to identify areas where SFI Offshore Mechatronics can collaborate with other relevant research centres and activities in Norway, in particular within the area of Autonomy.


First Researchers Started

The first researchers in the SFI Offshore Mechatronics have started. Torstein Myhre (Post.Doc,NTNU) and Geir Ole Tysse (PhD, NTNU) will work in WP2 (Motion Compensation) while Sondre Sanden Tørdal (PhD, UiA) will also work in WP2. The picture below was taken in the Motion Lab during the Drilling Seminar at UiA.

The first researchers in SFI Offshore Mechatronics have started, From left to right: Torstein Myhre (Post.Doc, NTNU), Geir Ole Tysse (PhD, NTNU) and Sondre Sanden Tørdal (PhD, UiA).
The first researchers in SFI Offshore Mechatronics have started, From left to right: Torstein Myhre (Post.Doc, NTNU), Geir Tysse (PhD, NTNU) and Sondre Sanden Tørdal (PhD, UiA).

Drillbotics 2016 Student Competition

For the second year in a row, the University of Agder has a team in the Drillbotics International Student Competition. See This Link for more details. The UiA team consists of 4 students in the final year of the Mechatronics Bachelor degree. One of the students has experience as a service engineer in one of the SFI Partner companies.


The 2015-2016 UiA team consists of the following team members: Yvonne Kjellevand, Maxime Marien, Terje Molnes and Emil Mühlbradt Sveen, see photo below (next to a scaled-down top compensator from NOV).


– Has studied Biology and has experience from sales.
– The Drillbotics project seemed exciting and challenging and gives us a chance to work interdisciplinary.
– Wants to study Industrial Economy and Technology Management after the Bachelor Mechatronics.

Maxime Marien
– Experience as an industrial worker in Kristiansand.
– Chose the Drillbotics project because of the challenge.
– In the future, wants to work with autonomous machines in industry.

Emil Mühlbradt Sveen
– Has education as a pilot. Work experience within sales, service and safety.
– The Drillbotics project seemed interesting and multidisciplinary with relevance also outside drilling.
– Wants more practical experience, for example as a service-engineer, before possibly a Master Mechatronics later.

Terje Molnes
– Has studied automation at the Kvadraturen School in Kristiansand and completed the certificate of apprenticeship (fagbrev) at former Aker Solutions MH in Kristiansand. Has since worked for Aker in electrical engineering and the CCTV department. The last two years before the Bachelor Mechatronics I worked as a test engineer mainly with HPU and pipe-handling systems.
– I have been interested in the oil&gas industry for a long time. Hence, the Drillbotics project seemed like an opportunity to learn more about the process as well as to develop skills in design and programming of a control system.
– Wants to work as a service-engineer or with product development.

Drilling Seminar, 26-27 October 2015


This week over 30 of the SFI staff – both from industry partners and from all academic partners – had a two days drilling course held by drilling expert Thore Bergsaker.

Thore Bergsaker lead the participants through geology, well design, drilling technology, production of wells and well intervention. There where also a discussion on effectiveness, safety and risks.

The course is important for all the SFI partners, especially those from UiA, NTNU, RWTH Aachen and Teknova – to get the understanding and basic knowledge about drilling in “real life”.