November: Busiest SFI Month So Far


November 2016 will be the busiest month in the SFI Offshore Mechatronics project so far:

November 11, WP3 Reference Group Meeting (Campus Grimstad)

November 15: Guest Lecture at UiA (Campus Grimstad) / Webinar by Klüber Lubrication

November 17, WP7 Workshop (Campus Kristiansand)

November 17, Steering Board Meeting + General Assembly (Campus Kristiansand)

November 17, WP2, WP4 and WP6 Reference Group Meetings (Campus Kristiansand)

November 23, WP1 Joint Workshop UiA & AAU (Campus Grimstad)

November 30, WP5 Reference Group Meeting (Location to be decided)

November 30, OG21-Forum (Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotell, Oslo)

A separate website where the SFI partners can sign up for these events will be made available soon.

IECON 2016 Best Session Presentation Award


PhD candidate Sondre Sanden Tørdal (WP2.5) received the best session presentation award at the 42nd Annual Conference of the IEEE Industrial Society (IEEE-IECON 2016), October 2016 at Firenze in Italy. The paper presented at IECON-2016 was joint work between the University of Agder and the SFI Partner company MacGregor Norway AS: S.S. Tørdal, P.O. Løvsland and G. Hovland, ”Testing of Wireless Sensor Performance in Vessel-to-Vessel Motion Compensation”, Proc. 42nd Annual Conf. of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society (IECON) 2016, Florence, Italy. The presentation is available in ProjectPlace.

Webinar about Klüber Lubrication and Tribology, Bearings


Date: Tuesday, November 15
Place: Auditorium C3-072, Campus Grimstad
Video: Webex (anyone interested, contact: for instructions on how to participate)

10:00 am Introduction Klüber, trainers. Mrs. Janke, 10 mins
10:10 am Fundamentals of Tribology and Lubricants, Mrs. Janke, 30 mins
10:40 am Bearings, design and requirements, Dr. Mayer, 30 mins
11:10 am Discussion, all, 20 mins
11:30 am End

WP5 Visits Redaelli

From the left to right : Rune Schlanbusch (Teknova) and Luigi Tironi (Redaelli).

Redaelli is a world leading designer and producer of steel wire ropes with over 200 years of experience. The visit to Redaelli was triggered by recommendations from the work package reference group, holding Redaelli as an important supplier of steel wire ropes. The visit took place at Redaelli’s design and production facility in Gardone Val Trompia located in north of Italy. Redaelli have invested considerable resources in modern production equipment with enormous capabilities, displayed through setting a Guinness world record. Topics discussed included strategy for rope testing, failure mechanisms, inspection, non-destructive testing and discard criteria. Future opportunities include possible SFI spin-off projects including Redaelli as a natural consortium partner.


Steering Board, General Assembly and WP2, WP4, WP6 and WP7 Workshops


Below is the agenda for Thursday, November 17:

Meeting Room A7-001, Campus Kristiansand:
09:00 – 10:45 SFI Offshore Mechatronics Steering Board Meeting
11:00 – 12:45 Workshop WP7
13:00 – 15:00 SFI Offshore Mechatronics General Assembly

Meeting Room A7-002, Campus Kristiansand:
13:00 – 16:00 Reference Group Meetings WP2 and WP4
13:00 – 13:10 WP2.1 Computer vision and 3D sensors for topside automation of offshore drilling
13:10 – 13:20 WP2.2 High-Performance Control for Motion Compensation
13:20 – 13:30 WP2.3 Nonlinear friction compensation in motion compensation systems with significant elasticity
13:30 – 13:40 WP2.4 Vision Systems for Offshore Crane Control in Ship-to Ship Operations
13:40 – 13:50 WP2.5 Real-Time Multiple DOF Motion Compensation using an Industrial Robot, Sensor Fusion and Conformal Geometric Algebra
13:50 – 14:00 WP2.6 Control Design for Damping of Oscillations in Hanging Loads
14:00 – 14:30 Break
14:30 – 15:00 Discussion about WP2 topics and focus
15:00 – 15:10 WP4.1 Integrated simulation of multi-physical systems in offshore operations
15:10 – 15:20 WP4.2 Component-based simulation systems for drilling automation and crane systems
15:20 – 15:30 WP4.3 Protocols and standard for integration of simulation models and co-simulation
15:30 – 15:40 WP4.4 Multi-domain modeling and simulation
15:40 – 16:00 Discussion about WP4 topics and focus

Campus Kristiansand, Room to be announced:
13:00 – 14:30 WP6 Reference Group Meeting

BSc and MSc Mechatronics Projects


A special thank you to all external companies which submitted BSc and MSc Mechatronics thesis proposals at UiA for the spring semester 2017. The SFI Partners submitted in total 15 project proposals distributed as follows: ABB (6), MacGregor (4), Teknova (3), NOV (1) and MHWirth (1). The projects will be assigned students and supervisors by November 14 and after that they can start. Submission of final reports will be in May 2017.

New Researcher WP2.4


Alexander Meyer Sjøberg started as a Ph.D. candidate at NTNU under WP2.4 on 5 September 2016 with Professor Olav Egeland as the supervisor. Sjøberg holds a bachelor’s degree (UiA, Grimstad) and a double master’s degree (UiA and FHV) in mechatronics. He spent a total of two semesters at Fachhochschule Vorarlberg in Dornbirn, located in the Austrian Alps during the studying period. Also, he completed the 1-year program of mathematics at UiA, Kristiansand in 2011.

He graduated with the master’s thesis titled “Development and Implementation of a Real-Time 6 DOF Pose Estimation Algorithm for an MS Kinect 2” under the supervision of Sondre Sanden Tørdal, and the thesis was linked to WP2.5.