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Erlend H. Vefring, Vice President, IRIS Energy. Photo: IRIS

Collaboration and digitalization


“We must collaborate between different disciplines and utilize digital technologies to make exploration and production on the Norwegian Continental Shelf more competitive. Get out of the silos”; said Erlend H. Vefring from IRIS when he opened the conference.

On Thursday June 7 almost 100 professionals from the oil and gas industry, governmental bodies and academia gathered at the Clarion Energy Hotel to discuss how digital technologies can improve competitiveness and how this can be secured through collaboration between different parties.

Erlend H. Vefring was thrilled about the conference;

“It has been a great event with many good presentations and discussions between the delegates. I think this is a subject that really engages – the speakers were really to the point. The delegates came from many different companies, and they said it was a very good conference”, Vefring points out. (See pictures from the conference below)

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Conference delegate, Hans Magnus Bjørneli from Schlumberger. 

Optimize operations and avoid mistakes
Conference delegate, Hans Magnus Bjørneli from Schlumberger was enthusiastic about the conference;

“It is so great to come here and meet other drilling professionals and get to speak with them. And not the least to experience what they are doing to optimize their drilling operations and to avoid mistakes. I also attended the Drilling Data Hub demonstration at IRIS the day before the conference”, Bjørneli explains.  

Broad agreement
The conference showed that there is a broad agreement among all players working with subsurface that digital collaboration is a must, and most companies have established departments that work with digital strategies and specific digital plans and tools.

Open sources
Here open sources are a key element to achieve optimum collaboration and Randi Valestrand from IRIS presented the possibilities with open modelling software and showed some benchmark test cases.  Eric Cayeux from IRIS presented the Drilling Data Hub that connects real time data from different disciplines enabling fast high-quality decision making.

Welcome, Elisabeth Støle, NORCE
Introduction, Erlend H. Vefring, IRIS
Competitiveness – Changing tide on the NCS, Roger Pedersen, KonKraft
Digital Subsurface, Tina Todnem, Statoil
Decision making and uncertainty analysis for planning of wells and field development, Geir Evensen, IRIS
Digital twin for field development and operation, Kåre Finbak, KDI
Open modelling software and benchmark test cases, Randi Valestrand, IRIS
Geosteering with ultra-deep LWD-resistivity, Frank Antonsen, Statoil
Digitalization of the drilling process - challenges and opportunities for a drilling contractor, Per Lund, Odfjell
Drilling Data Hub, Eric Cayeux, IRIS
Drilling process control, Bjarne Larsen, MHWirth
New work processes for planning and execution of well construction, Oddbjørn Kvammen, Halliburton
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