Faculty of Engineering


Research Strategy 2012 – 2020

Research Strategy

The primary driving force for research initiatives and priorities is our current Science Plan (Fagplan) that describes the four main research domains at our focus. We will focus our research on "Safer, cleaner and efficient energy", "Functional and sustainable infrastructure and built environment", "Value creation in Norway based on competence and natural resources" and "Sustain Norway's position as world leader of the oceans". Our goal is to make Norway sustainable, competitive, an attractive place to live and a nation of competence contributing to knowledge for a better world. Research problems are further described and argued for 16 focus areas covering these four domains. Part A of our Science Plan is available here.


Research Excellence

The Faculty of Engineering Science and Technology is one of the primary research organizations in Norway with long-term basic research programmes in focus.

In terms of established research excellence, the faculty is presently host to five elite research centers:

Centre for Sustainable Arctic Marine and Coastal Technology
Centre for Research-based Innovation

SAMCoT is a leading national and international centre for the development of robust technology necessary for sustainable exploration and exploitation of the valuable and vulnerable Arctic region. SAMCoT specifically will address the implications of the presence of ice and permafrost, as well as to produce knowledge that will ensure sustainable and safe exploration, exploitation, and transport from and within the  Arctic region, and provide the foundation for further development of environmentally adapted coastal infrastructure. › SAMCoT website

Centre for Autonomous Marine Operations and Systems
Centre of Excellence

AMOS will contribute with fundamental and interdisciplinary knowledge in marine hydrodynamics, ocean constructions and control theory. The research results will be used to develop intelligent ships and ocean structures, autonomous unmanned vehicles (under water, on the surface and in air) and robots for high-precision and safety-critical operations in extreme environments. › AMOS website

Concept Research Programme

The Concept research programme develops ways of improving choice of concept and use of resources and enhancing the effects of major public investments. The programme’s main goal is to develop knowledge and expertise on projects in the front-end phase, from the initial idea until the decision to implement is made.

One of the main activities is trailing research on major public investments under the Norwegian Quality Assurance scheme. Information is collected from a large number of public projects and saved in the database Trailbase. Based on analyses of these data, as well as theoretically based studies, new knowledge is developed on how to make good decisions and how to govern major public projects. › Concept website

Centre for Ships and Ocean Structures
Centre of Excellence

The Centre for Ships and Ocean Structures focuses on the acquisition of basic knowledge concerning the behaviour of ocean structures. It integrates theoretical and experimental research in hydrodynamics, structural technology and automatic control. The centre's supports innovations in the design and operation of the vessels, for platforms, and fish-farming structures of tomorrow. › CeSOS website

Center for Integrated Operations in the Petroleum Industry
Centre for Research-based Innovation

The Center for Integrated Operations in the Petroleum Industry conducts research, innovation and education within the IO field, to promote accelerated production, increased oil recovery, reduced operating costs and enhanced safety and environmental standards. › Integrated Operations Center website

Structural Impact Laboratory
Centre for Research-based Innovation

This main objective of SIMLAB is to develop a technology platform for safe and cost-effective structures in aluminium, high-strength steels, and polymers through advances in research areas such as materials, solution techniques, and structures. The reseach programmes currently include: fracture and crack propogation; connector and joints; polymers; multi-scale modeling of metallic materials; and optimal energy absorption and protection. › SIMLab website.

Partnering with Norwegian industry

Norway has a strong position in several engineering fields including:

  • offshore and sub sea oil and gas development
  • shipbuilding and marine structures
  • energy and the environment
  • large concrete structures
  • project management,safety and reliability.

Still, many of the current problems connected to our environment, welfare and standard of living can only be solved through an even greater emphasis on advanced technological research.

The faculty has numerous partnerships with industry, and is involved in a host of projects funded under the EU's Research Framework. In addition, the faculty actively participates and initiates international research collaborations of quality. A particularly important research partner is SINTEF, the largest independent research organization in Scandinavia.

Reseach publications and activities

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Environment-Friendly Energy Research


The Faculty of Engineering Science and Technology (IVT) is involved in five R&D centres. These Environment-Friendly Energy Research centres (CEER), listed together with key contributors from our ranks, are as follows:

  1. International CCS Research Centre (BIGCCS)
    Olav Bolland, Thermal energy
  2. Bioenergy Innovation Centre (CENBIO)
    Johan Hustad, Thermal energy
  3. Centre for Environmental Design of Renewable Energy (CEDREN)
    Ånund Killingtveit, Hydraulic engineering
  4. Research Centre for Offshore Wind Technology
    Michael Muskulus, Marine Civil Engineering
  5. Research Centre on Zero Emission Buildings (ZEB)
    Jan Vincent Thue, Building and Material Technology

» CEER centres and goals