BRU21 Academy

BRU21 Academy

The BRU21 team is establishing a continuing education master program in Digitalization and Automation in the Energy Sector where the courses are alligned with the BRU21 reserach.

NTNU runs several continuing educatin programs, please see the continuing education pages at NTNU for a list of programs. Among these programs is the Technology Management and Digital Transformation program where our ambition is to establish the specialization in Digitalization and Automation in the Energy Sector. The structure of our specialization is planned as follows:

  • A set of 5 basic courses where the students choose 4 out of these courses
  • A set of specialization courses in digitalization and automation in the energy sector where the students choose 4 out of these courses, see a list of current and planned courses below
  • A master project where the student typically applies theory from the program on a relevant use case in her/his own company.

For continuing education programs it is expected that the student studies in parallel with ordinary work which means that the duration of the program is around 4 years. There is no required sequence of the courses to follow, but for some courses there is a recommended sequence.

To be admitted to the master program it is required to have a BSc degree in a technology discipline and minimum two years of relevant work experience.

Currently the following courses are in place for the specialization:

PK6031 - Digital Twins for Managing Safety and Reliability of Systems

The starting point for the course is a discussion of basic concepts within safety and reliability analysis. Then we introduce qualitative and quantitative analysis techniques: Functional Failure Analysis, Failure Mode and Effect Analysis, Fault Tree Analysis, Reliability Block Diagram analysis and Markov modelling. Based on these standard techniques we discuss requirements for digital twins and how real-time update of the digital twin can be carried out. Finally we discuss queries and “what-if” analysis to support decision making.

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PK6029 - Digital solutions for planning and optimization of maintenance

The starting point for the course is a maintenance management and use of computer based maintenance management systems (CMMS). Specific topics to cover partly depends on the interest by the students, but tentatively we cover the following topics: Age, block and minimal maintenance strategies. Optimization of interval and intervention level in predictive maintenance. Digital twins for the maintenance function. Real-time models for synchronization of operation, operation and maintenance. Grouping of maintenance tasks and optimization of strategies for grouping – Dynamic approaches/real-time updating. Reliability Centred Maintenance (RCM). Collection and analysis of experience data for use in maintenance analysis. Use of numerical methods.

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IT6207 - Remote operations

Remote operations, and remote control or remote monitoring have long been used in oil and gas production facilities, and in several other industries like the utility sector. Remote day-to-day operations, engineering, maintenance, and environmental monitoring are increasingly performed at greater distances from production sites. The primary case for remote operations is usually to limit the number of personnel on a production site and thus limit exposure to hazardous environments, as well as to enable easier and faster access to expert support independently of the location. Ongoing digitalization in the energy sector (e.g., broadband subsea links, sensor networks, Digital Twins, Artificial Intelligence) presents several opportunities but also new challenges for current and future remote operations.

The design, planning, and performance of remote operations requires a multidisciplinary approach to define division of functions and responsibilities between remote and local operations, identify suitable technological solutions, enforce control-of-work policies, assure the reliability of remote communications, and not the least to identify and prevent the operational risks and challenges associated with the use of remote functions including cyber security risks.

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PG6210 - Petroleum Cybernetics for Engineers and Managers

Efficient digital transformation of the oil and gas industry relies on people with knowledge of both petroleum and digital domains. However, traditional petroleum engineering education and practice often lacks information on and experience with digital and automation (cybernetics) technologies. This course is intended to fill this gap for (petroleum) engineers, researchers and decision makers.


During the course the participants will get acquainted with a toolbox of cybernetics technologies, learn about their benefits and limitations, specifics of their application in the oil and gas industry, as well as application examples within drilling and well, production, operations and reservoir domains.


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Additional planned courses for the specialization

In addition to the above listed courses we are also planning to include the following courses in the specialization in digitalization and automation in the energy sector:

  • Production optimization, see the BRU21 program area for reserach topics
  • Safety demonstration of novel solutions (e.g., Blue Hydrogen and "All electric")

Further information

Please contact professor Jørn Vatn or BRU21 program manager Alexey Pavlov for further information regarding the status of the BRU21-Academy, or if you have input on topics you would like to include in the study program.