IRIS granted 40 MNOK from the Research Council of Norway to realize Virtual Arena
26.06.2015On June 26th, the Research Council of Norway granted IRIS funding for Virtual Arena, a unique infrastructure for drilling and well modeling. This is a major acknowledgement of IRIS's position as the leading research institute within drilling and well.
The new national infrastructure will benefit the whole research community and support the research in the SFIs DrillWell and Offshore Mechatronics. The project timeline is 3 years and ends December 2017. This is among the largest projects we have ever received from the Research Council.
The vision of Virtual Arena is to be a world-leading laboratory within drilling and well operations for stimulation of research and innovation, and to increase the acceptance of new technologies.
Specification of the project and the proposal to the research council has been a joint initiative between the Drilling and Well Modeling group and Ullrigg Drilling and Well Centre. Researchers from the Social Science department in Bergen have also contributed to the application.
Virtual Arena will be an independent and open facility for research and innovation within drilling and well operations. It will be located at IRIS but vital parts of the facility will be accessible for remote users through a web portal. Virtual Arena will build on two existing infrastructures: Ullrigg, and IRIS Virtual Rig. When combining these two facilities into one research infrastructure, a unique research laboratory will be available both nationally and internationally to the academia and to the industry.
With this grant, Virtual Arena will be a part of the Norwegian Roadmap for Research Infrastructure together with Ullrigg, which has been on this Roadmap since 2010.This grant confirms IRIS position as the leading research community within drilling and well in Norway.
For more information, go to www.virtual-arena.com
See the Virtual Arena movie