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.

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. The department has three research groups:

Well construction and production systems

We perform research and teach within topics covering the whole field development cycle of hydrocarbon fields within drilling and production engineering. This includes systems and methods for drilling and simulation of the drilling process, well planning and completion, in addition to reserve and recovery estimation, reservoir depletion, production scheduling, number and location of wells, production planning and system testing, well and production performance, field processing facilities and export product control. 

Reservoir engineering and petrophysics

Data from well logs, rock samples, well tests and fluid measurements and subsequent data analysis are the main input into numerical reservoir simulation. The results of such simulations are used in important field development decisions such as the number and location of wells, production rate and eventual methods for improved oil recovery. Our group has teaching and research activity in all abovementioned subjects and in addition we study CO2 injection in aquifers and hydrocarbon reservoirs.


Geophysical data is used to image and monitor the earth’s subsurface. Our research and educational focus includes acquisition, processing, imaging and quantitative analysis and interpretation of various types of geophysical data. Typical examples of data are seismic data, electromagnetic data, gravity data and well data. Key applications are hydrocarbon exploration and production, earthquake and geohazard monitoring, underground storage of CO2, geothermal, mineral exploration and finding fresh water resources.

The Geophysics research group has an own website.


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


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

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Doctoral thesis
are available in NTNU Open. Full text versions of the thesis' and publications are available here.

Master thesis
from are available in the database NTNU Open.