Introduction and Overview of Integrated Operations

IO will be an important prerequisite to enable the management of the oil and gas field in a safe and efficient manner. The students will be able to understand the basic concepts of integrated operations and how they are applied in practical change and development work within oil and gas organizations.

Target group:

Ingeniører fra olje- og gassvirksomhet, samt ingeniører som jobber i andre bransjer som vil ha behov for IO-relevant input, f.eks. helsesektoren.

Course description:

The course shall provide an introduction to the field/domain of integrated operations (IO) in the offshore oil and gas industry and an overview of the most important topics that are addressed when using integrated operations as a methodology and practice to drive development and change in the oil and gas industry. The course focuses on a number of approaches to assess, implement and scale up IO based work practices. At the core of these practice is the need to look at all IO development work as a capability development process that configures four types of resources; humans, work processes, governance and technologies. This methodology will be applied through case studies of the most important activities in the oil and gas industry. The introductory course will also briefly cover the 3 main challenges in developing, scaling up and sustaining IO. First, that of management, leadership and change. Second, IO and safety/risk management, and finally IO and IT or information infrastructures of IO. The topics covered will be relevant for all sorts of industries that want to scale up and drive technological and social change enabled by new information and communication technologies. It will be particularly relevant for other industries with remote operation, low-manned or unmanned facilities, and automated or autonomous systems and processes.

After completing the course, you will have


After course completion the participants will

  • Understand how IO has developed and its sources of origin
  • Understand the concept of integrated operations, its features, advantages and disadvantages.
  • Understand the basic forces and stakeholders that exist in the field of IO
  • Know the basic features of a capability approach to integrated operations
  • Know the basic features of a capability platform approach to IO and how stack models can help to configure and drive change in an oil and gas organization
  • Understand how IO is a configuration of four resources that can be configured as means for achieving different goals
  • Know the basic features of the four IO resources: people, work processes, governance and technology
  • Understand the issue and challenge of scalability in IO
  • Know the basic features of articulation work and how to take advantage of this in an IO setting
  • Understand and deal with challenges related to collaboration across boundaries (time, domain, space)


After course completion the participants will

  • Know the basic steps to conduct an ‘as-is’ study of present conditions in an empirical setting in an oil and gas organization and plan the basic change process to take advantage of new IO capabilities.

General competencies:

After course completion the participants are able to:

  • See the main socio-technical challenges in IO deployment and be able to plan and implement IO related change processes using the proper mix of the human, technology, work process and governance resources


The course can be part of NTNU's Master of Science in Oil and Gas Technology.

Exam description:

Written home exam. Time frame is 24 hours (for expected work extent of 6 hours). All written remedies and all types of calculators are permitted.

Eksamenskrav: Innlevering og godkjenning av øvinger.

Time and place of seminars:

Location and date

Two compulsory sessions in Trondheim autumn 2016.
First session: 24 - 26 October
Second session: 14 - 16 November

The course will be lectured in English.

Course fee:

18000 Kr

Application deadline:


Subject coordinator/lecturer:

Vidar Hepsø
Professor II, Inst. for petroleumsteknologi og anvendt geofysikk


Marit Kvidal
Phone: 73 59 52 60

Admission requirements:


Recommended prior knowledge:

Relevant erfaring fra olje og gass er en fordel, men det er mulig å følge studiet med annen erfaringsbakgrunn.

More information:

Curriculum/course material:

OLF Norwegian Oil Industry Association.(2005). Integrated work processes: Future work processes on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.

Monteiro, E. (2000). Actor-network theory and information infrastructure. I: C. Ciborra (Ed.), From control to drift. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

John Henderson, Vidar Hepsø and Øyvind Mydland What is a Capability Platform Approach to Integrated Operations?: An Introduction to Key Concepts in; Rosendahl, Tom and Vidar Hepsø (ed). "Integrated Operations in the Oil and Gas Industry: Sustainability and Capability Development." IGI Global, 2012. Hersey PA (pages 1-19)

Vidar Hepsø. ‘Common’ information spaces in Knowledge Intensive Work: Representation and Negotiation of meaning in computer supported collaboration rooms i Handbook of Research on Knowledge-Intensive Organizations Editors: Dariusz Jemielniak, Leon Kozminski and Jerzy Kociatkiewicz, Idea Group Publ (2009)

Chapter 10 Challenging Controversies – A Prospective Analysis of the Implications of Integrated Operations 137-155 in T. Haavik Old Tasks New Tools Ashgate 2013

Computer tools or software in use: Blackboard

Practical information:

Praktisk informasjon som gjelder dette kurset
The course will be lectured in English.

Course details

Start date: 24.10.2016

Application deadline: 10.06.2016

Course fee: 18000 Kr

Credits: 7,5

Course code: PG6015

Host: NTNU i Trondheim

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