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Ying Guo

New Research Director for Enhanced Oil Recovery at IRIS

Ying started as new Research director for EOR at IRIS on 2 February.

The EOR group at IRIS consists of 16 researchers located in Stavanger and Oslo, many of them with more than 20 years’ experience within EOR research. EOR is a target area for IRIS, and the group is one of the main contributors to the National IOR Centre of Norway  and COREC – Center for Oil Recovery.

As Research director of the EOR group, Ying will also be the new and 4th leader of COREC, succeeding Sigmund Stokka, Kirsti Veggeland and Kristin Margrethe Flornes.

Ying came from her previous position as Head of Subsurface section at Total E&P Norge. She has worked at IRIS (previous Rogaland Research) from 1988-1994.  

What made you decide to return to IRIS?
I left IRIS (RF) after 7 years in 1994 to try something new and different. I wanted to experience my daily work in use by someone. In my 10 years in Petrobank software development, I enjoyed the high intensity of building and releasing software to users, and the immediate feedback, even if they were mostly related to the complains and bugs. It is a pleasure to see your hard work leads to value creation. As my interest in research has always lived in my heart, I went back to R&D working for Total E&P Norge, with my curiosity to know how research results work in real life. I found that good research results are as important as courageous engineers are in bringing the new technologies to field applications.

In Total, I was fortunate to work with very good colleagues to pass good research work from R&D a step closer to field applications. It was rewarding every time a good project had been launched or delivered. Nevertheless, gradually, I started to want to be part of the R&D work, instead of passing it further. It is almost like being a waiter in a restaurant bringing good dishes from kitchen to hungry guests. After a while, you wish to be part of the cooking itself. Therefore, when I was lucky enough to be offered the opportunity to go back to IRIS, to do the cooking, I realized that this is my chance to be a chef.

What are you working on right now?
I am spending my time to get to know the group members, the research projects they are working on, getting an overview of the EOR activities at IRIS and our main customers. It is important for me to establish the link between the ongoing research activities, the EOR competence at IRIS and the industry’s need.

From your first month at IRIS, what will you say are the greatest opportunities and challenges for IRIS-Energy and the EOR-group?
The greatest opportunity for my group is being part of the National IOR Center, which allows us to do research for the future, and to build the competence and advanced methodologies and tools systematically. The main challenge for IRIS as well as for the EOR group is to understand what the industry needs in order to produce applicable R&D results.

What, in your opinion, is the major differences between IRIS today and Rogaland Research in your last period here?
The many new faces, it’s good to see young people at IRIS. And my earlier colleagues have more grey hairs.

What has been your best IRIS-moment so far?
To meet my earlier colleagues whom I have not seen in the past 20 years. 

PhD in Reservoir Engineering from NTNU 1988.
Cand Tech from UiS (previous Rogaland Regional College) in Reservoir Engineering
BSc. in Petroleum Engineering from UiS (previous Rogaland Regional College)

1988 – 1994 – IRIS (previous Rogaland Research), worked as research scientist for Reservoir group, with different topics, especially on the SCAL data interpretation using history matching methodology.

1995-2005 – Worked at IBM/EPAC, PGS and Landmark Graphics with the Petrobank (a large data management system for seismic and well data for E&P) software development, such as user requirements, customer contact, product QC, user documentation and software release management.  

2006 – 2015.01 – Head of section at Total E&P Norway, R&D Department, Subsurface section. The main task was to initiate and follow up R&D projects in Norway and coordinate the R&D activities between the Norwegian R&D organizations and Total’s R&D programs.