OG21-FORUM / new strategy for the oil and gas industry


On Nov. 30 the OG 21 gave a presentation of the new strategy for Norwegian oil and gas industry. The conclusion is clear: new technology must be developed and implemented if the companies shall be competative in the future.

The OG 21 Vision is: Technologies and innovation for a competitive Norwegian Petrolium sector.

The vision is supported by five strategic objectives:

  1. Maximize resource utilization
  2. Minimize environmental impact
  3. Improve productivity and reduce costs
  4. Develop innovative technologies
  5. Attract, develop and retain the best talents.

The full strategy document can be found here.

WP5 Visits MHWirth Workshop in Lyngdal

From left: Tor I. Waag, Martin Hemmer, Rune Schlanbusch, Sondre Skarpeteig, Thomas Meyer and Kjell G. Robbersmyr.

Personnel from WP5 visited MHWirth workshop facilities in Lyngdal to prepare for an upcoming test. The goal for testing is to obtain condition monitoring data from the large, tapered roller bearing supporting the weight of the drillstring in top drives.

Fluid Power Workshop (WP1), November 23


WP1 organised a scientific workshop in fluid power. The participants from Aalborg University and the University of Agder are listed above:

Morten Kjeld Ebbesen (Associate Professor, UiA)
Michael Rygaard Hansen (Professor and Dean, UiA)
Sondre Nordås (PhD-candidate, UiA)
Daniel Hagen (PhD-candidate, UiA)
Jannik Jakobsen (PhD-candidate, UiA)
Konrad Johan Jensen (PhD-candidate, UiA)
Torben Ole Andersen (Professor, AAU)
Alireza Matbouei (PhD-candidate, AAU)
Henrik Pedersen (Professor, AAU)
Niels Christian Bender (PhD-candidate, AAU)
Per Johansen Assistant (Professor, AAU)
Remzija Cerimagic (PhD-candidate, AAU)
Niels Henrik Pedersen (PhD-candidate, AAU)
Lasse Schmidt Assistant (Professor, AAU)
Anders Hedegaard Hansen (Assistant Professor, AAU)
Michael Møller Bech (Associate Professor, AAU)
Christian Nørgård (PhD-candidate, AAU)

Reference Group Meetings WP2, WP4 and WP6


November was a busy month for all work-packages. On November 17, WP2, WP4 and WP6 had their reference group meetings. The photo above is from the WP2 meeting where presentations and discussions were led by the NTNU researchers Olav Egeland, Christian Holden and Terje Rølvåg. Participants from the partners were from UiA, NOV, MHWirth and GCE NODE.

New Researcher WP2.6


Philipp Schubert started as a PhD candidate and research assistant at the Institute of Automatic Control (IRT), RWTH Aachen University. Philipp graduated from the RWTH Aachen in October 2016 with a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering. After working on the “Robustification of Extended Kalman Filters” within his master thesis, he is now focusing on real-time teleoperation and model-based control of cranes with loads in WP2.6 as part of the ‘SFI Offshore Mechatronics’ project.

Klueber Webinar, November 15


A Webinar was given by the SFI Partner Klueber Lubrication on November 15. There were more than 30 participants present in the auditorium at UiA: both MSc and PhD students and some engineers from other SFI partners. The lecture was interesting and very relevant: all the available time for questions and discussion was used. The agenda and timetable of the Webinar was as follows:

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

The SFI administration would like to thank Klueber for their willingness to give this Webinar. Hopefully the Webinar sparked some thoughts and ideas for future projects.