The speed dating turned out to be a great idea according to several of the participants. Photo: Mette Stokseth Myhre.
IRIS forecast next ten years at annual get together
24.03.2017“Are we well-equipped to compete in the coming years Champions League as well?” Helga Gjeraldstveit, research director at IRIS rhetorically asked the audience during her opening statement.
The annual science-day was held at Clarion Hotel Energy, Thursday 9th March, in Stavanger. 86 people attended from different departments within IRIS, as well as external presenters.
“IRIS Energy in a 10 years’ perspective” was the overlying theme for the day and the subject for several of the presentations at the event.
Kjell Agnar Dragvik, analysis director from The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate, held a presentation concerning oil and gas production and future potential for oil and gas in the Barents Sea.
Dragevik was followed by Atle Blomgren, senior research scientist at IRIS. Blomgren started his presentation jokingly reminding the audience, that the Energy-department in IRIS, historically started as a spin-off from his own department (IRIS Social Science). Afterwards he presented an historical look on how the oil-industry started in Stavanger, the current oil price, restructuring in a tough climate, innovation and a look ahead.
“What is your idea going to deliver?” Anne Cathrin Østebø, CEO at Validé, said during her presentation that followed Blomgren. She also pointed out that Validé received more than 500 ideas last year and that Validé perused interest in roughly ten percent of them.
After a short break, internal presenters presented challenges and opportunities within their field of expertise in the years to come.
Aksel Hiorth, chief scientist at IRIS said that it can be helpful to look at the activities on the UK-sector going forward.
“I think that increased focus on IOR and subsequent success stories from the British sector also will have an impact on our region,” said Hiorth.
Fionn Iversen, chief scientist at IRIS, spoke about digital drilling, that it is has proven benefits but also some challenges to overcome. Particularly when it comes to letting the industry know the potential of the technology in other areas than the production segment of the oil and gas industry.
Peter Breuhaus, chief scientist at IRIS, said that there is great potential in renewable energy, also for IRIS.
“Most curves shown today have negative trends, unless some extrapolation have them trending upwards. The established areas like solar and wind are mature and worked on by large companies for some time, we have to look for niches to further get into the renewable energy-sector.”
Ingunn Jolma, scientist at IRIS, spoke about the potential within medical technology.
“Medical technology is a growing industry that employs over 15,000 people and has a turnover estimated at 30 billion. This is a relatively new field for us, but the potential is vast and interesting,” said Jolma.
After lunch, specialist (reservoir technology) at Statoil, Remus Hanea, spoke on uncertainty quantifications in decision making for reservoir management.
Kristin Margrethe Flornes, senior vice president at IRIS, finished the presentations with an optimistic look to the future.
“Per the governments six priority areas concerning research, I think we fit the profile well. Also, professor Ola Grytten at NHH, has said that our part of the country has the highest adaptability (if we should consider other areas of interest).”
After the presentations, the attendants were arranged in groups set out to develop future scenarios for IRIS.
Then it was time for arguably the most dreaded or anticipated post (depending on who you asked) on the program, 85 minutes of speed dating. When all was said and done however, it was a fun experience according to the speed daters who could round off the day with cod for dinner.