This year conference

The last years brought about tough challenges to the society and industry: climate crisis, corona, war in Europe. This has led to tectonic changes in the energy industry, and in the oil and gas industry in particular.

For the oil and gas production, security of supply, resilience against market volatilities and uncertainties, electrification, as well as higher efficiency of all operations are the new requirements.

How to solve these challenges? What is the role of digitalization and automation in that?

We invite you to the BRU21 conference that will address these challenges.  This is an arena for both academic and industrial experts sharing their latest achievements and discussing future research challenges.



Conference program:

DAY 1 – May 31st: Radisson Blu Royal Garden Hotel Trondheim

09:00-10:00 - Conference registration & Coffee


Welcome: Ute Mann, Head of Department of Geoscience and Petroleum, NTNU


Keynote 1: Technology development – The Norwegian model. Link to presentation.
Per Gerhard Grini, Manager Low-margin Field Development, Equinor.


Keynote 2: More to gain from the Norwegian Continental Shelf. Link to presentation.
Arvid Østhus, Assistant Director Technology, Analysis and Coexistence, Norwegian Petroleum Directorate.


BRU21 overview: Link to presentation. Alexey Pavlov, BRU21 Program Manager

11:30-12:30 - Lunch

12:30-14:15 – Parallel sessions: BRU21 achievements

Machine learning and data-driven methods

Moderator: Lars Struen Imsland

Room: Main conference room

  • Kristian Løvland: Closed-loop challenges in data-driven virtual flow metering 
  • Sushil Acharya: Dynamic Depth Alignment of Well-bore Measurements Using Machine Learning 
  • Gianluca Tabella: Sequential Detection of Critical Events via Decentralized Sensor Networks
  • Wanwan Zhang: A two-stage model for RUL prediction of offshore wind turbine based on LightGBM and CNN-LSTM-BNN

Field development and economics

Moderator: Verena Hagspiel

Room: Munkholmen/Kristiansten – 2 etg 

  • Olga Noshchenko: Investment planning under uncertainty: A multi-objective real options analysis of offshore platform electrification 
  • Siva Kumar: Multi-objective optimization of natural gas distribution network 
  • Markus Skudal and Tobias Hyldmo: Optimal tie-back development for a portfolio of marginal fields under reservoir and price uncertainty
  • Ramon Abritta: Operation, maintenance and investment strategy for offshore energy hub 

Drilling and well

Moderator: Behzad Elahifar

Room: Sverresborg – 2 etg

  • David Semwogerere: Well Integrity optimization for life extension decisions
  • Mostafa Gomar: Real-time fault and symptoms detection from along-string wired pipe measurements
  • Haoge Liu: Subsea lay out optimization (SUBPRO)
  • Sigve Hovda: Drillstring Dynamics and ROP Optimization

Operations, maintenance, safety and security

Moderator: Jørn Vatn

Room: Lade – 3 etg

  • Endre Sølvsberg: Automating outlier detection using the Mahalanobis Distance 
  • Jie Liu: Qualification of digital twins for maintenance (SUBPRO)
  • Xingheng Liu: Degradation modelling and remaining useful life estimation for subsea choke valves (SUBPRO)
  • Balint Zoltan Teglasy: Securing Underwater Assets

New business and operational models

Moderator: Eric Monteiro

Room: Austraaat – 3 etg

  • Itishree Mohallick: Collaboration and digital tools in early-stage design
  • Mahdis Moradi: Navigating the OSDU Adoption Dilemma: Is your Organization Ready?
  • Eric Monteiro: Presentation of "Digital oil. Machineries of knowing" (MIT Press 2022)
  • Per Morten Schiefloe:  Digital transformation and organizational challenges

14:15-14:30 - Coffee break

14:30-15:45 - Poster session, exhibition, networking and snacks:

  1. ProDecs – Better investment decisions for investment projects with uncertainties, Semyon Fedorov and Verena Hagspiel
  2. ComputerWell – Digital Twin for drilling monitoring, Sigve Hovda and Magnus Halvor Hallaråker
  3. DrillFeel – increase driller’s situation awareness, Jorn Visser and Olav Ødegård
  4. Permean – Rapid downhole tester of permeability anisotropy, Milan Stanko
  5. Machine learning-based depth matching of well logs, Sushil Acharya
  6. Automating outlier detection using the Mahalanobis Distance, Endre Sølvsberg
  7. RAMS lab, Xingheng Liu
  8. Automated Dull Bit Grading & Lithology Detection via wired pipe data, Mostafa Gomar

15:50-16:00 - Conclusion, day 1 Alexey Pavlov

19:00-21:00 - Conference dinner, Radisson Blu Royal Garden Hotel Trondheim (Aperitif from 18:30)

DAY 2 – June 1st: NTNU Gløshaugen 

08:30-09:00 - Coffee and networking

09:00-09:15 - Opening of day two – Reflections from day one. Moderator: Alexey Pavlov



Keynote 3:  Transformation of the exploration and production through implementation of new technology. Link to presentation.
Pedro Nunes, Business Strategy and Digitalisation at AkerBP.


Keynote 4:  Solution Seeker: Accelerating the research on data-driven methodology. Link to presentation. Bjarne Grimstad, CTO Solution Seeker.


Keynote 5: Technology needs Technologists. Link to presentation.
Thomas Lerdahl, VP Partner-Operated Assets and Quality Management at

10:45-11:05 - Coffee break


BRU21 OSDU innovation lab – Open Subsurface Data Universe: Link to presentation. Mahdis Moradi



BRU21 Academy: expertise transfer to the industry: Link to presentation. Jørn Vatn

11:30-12:30 - Lunch  

12:30-13:20- Parallel discussion sessions with focus on the need for future research and education needs (Moderators start with intro presentation: 5 minutes each followed by discussion)

Parallel 1: Electrification and decarbonisation of the NCS: Radical reduction of CO2-emisions: Moderator: Vidar Hepsø, Leading researcher, Equinor.

Link to presentation

Parallel 2: Increasing efficiency of all operations: getting more by targeting less. Moderator: Alireza Forooghi, Lead Production and Flow Assurance Engineer, Neptune Energy. 

Link to presentation

Parallel 3: People and expertise: Who do we need to educate for the industry? Moderator: Carl Jörg Petersen, Digitalization & Technology Lead, Wintershall DEA Norway. 

Link to presentation       

13:20-13:40 - Coffee break


Reporting findings: The need for future research and education. Moderated by Egil Tjåland


Panel debate: Industry-academia collaboration: how to strengthen value creation through research, education and innovation. Participants:

Moderator Egil Tjåland, NTNU Sveinung Løset, Vice Dean Research, NTNU Faculty of Engineering Vidar Hepsø, Leading researcher, Project Manager, Equinor Konstantin Osypov, Chief Scientific Advisor, Halliburton Bjarne Grimstad, Chief Technology Officer, Solution Seeker


14:50-15:00 - Concluding remarks – Alexey Pavlov

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