Department of Petroleum Engineering and Applied Geophysics

Research, development and innovation

The Department of Petroleum Engineering and Applied Geophysics focuses on long-term technical and scientific R&D solutions. Efforts approach energy research as a whole, using environmental concerns as a guide and sustainability as long-term goal. One of the goals of NTNU is to contribute to national value creation on the Norwegian Continental Shelf and to the internationalization of the Norwegian petroleum industry.

Better exploration and production of oil and gas

New areas of research include geology, geophysics, petrophysics, drilling, production and reservoirs.

The research acitivities tied to integration, exploration, and production of oil and gas account for more than 50 PhD and postdoc researchers and 30 professors in one of the universities leading strategic research communities, and focus areas: Energy & Petroleum - Resources & Environment.

Key research areas

  • Applied geophysics
  • Reservoir engineering
  • Production engineering
  • Subsea engineering
  • Drilling engineering
  • Integrated operations

Research groups at the department

The Department is also a partner in the  EU-project WAVES (Waves and Wave-Based Imaging in Virtual and experimental Environments), financed through the Marie S. Curie ITN-program (H2020).


Innovation is central in all work in the department, both in teaching, research and dissemination. One new company each year is the result of innovation in the department. New companies are founded by professors and/or students, including: Agir Boosting Technology , Geoprobing Technology , Markland Technology, Natural Gas Hydrate,Pera , Petreco, Sensorlink, Seres, Technoguide, Volve, Voxelvision. The department has a unique and strong collaboration with more than 30 companies in the petroleum industry that have implemented technology and work processes related to research and development projects from the department.

Research centres and larger research projects where the department participates


Sentra for forskningsbasert innovasjon (SFI) Nasjonalt forskningssenter Forsknings-prosjekt Forskningssenter for miljøvennlig energi (FME)

Center for Integrated Operations in the Petroleum Industry(vertsskap)

Subsea production and processing

Drilling and Well Centre for Improved Recovery

Research Centre for Arctic Petroleum Exploration

Advanced Wellbore Transport Modelling

International CCS Research Centre

Publications and thesis

Overview of journal articles, conference papers and more
is available in the Cristin-database, which also includes other publications.

201520142013201220112010200920082007,200620052004before 2004

Doctoral thesis
is available in NTNUs digital scientific archive (DIVA). Full text versions of the thesis' and publications are available here.

Master thesis
from 2013 and onwards are available in the DAIM database.