Anniversary committee

Vidar Danielsen, Lundin Norway AS

Vidar DanielsenVidar has a civil engineering degree from the Norwegian Institute of Technology in 1981 in petroleum prospecting and has worked in both oil and oil service companies since. In a Diskos connection, Vidar has been both a user and participant in the establishment of the Diskos bank. He was also responsible for IT infrastructure which the bank was run on for a period.

Vidar on Diskos:

Diskos gave the Norwegian Shelf an advantage ahead of other oil provinces without a corresponding organisation of data of known quality. The fact that all operating companies on the Norwegian Shelf are required to report their data to the NPD via Diskos means that the bank contains all new data. By releasing data according to set rules, the information is made immediately available to Diskos members for further use. In the years ahead, expansion of data types that are stored in Diskos should be prioritised. This will ensure access to more of the data that is collected, which will be useful in the further exploration of the Norwegian Shelf.


Frode Weibell, Wintershall Norge AS

Frode WeibellFrode has experience from seismic processing in Western Geco. He has been a project manager in Schlumberger SIS and worked as a Data Manager in E.ON E&P between 2009- 2012, responsible for data management and organisation of subsurface data. Frode currently works as a team leader for Information & Data Management in Wintershall Norge AS. He has held various roles in Diskos since 1998, e.g. as a company representative in MC, member of Diskos’ Steering Group and as the initiator behind the Data Management Collaboration Group in 2011.

Frode on Diskos:

Through my 18 years in the Diskos community, I have seen the incomparable value of having a joint platform, which facilitates one shared national library of data, where the format and standard were defined at an early stage. The data quality (format and standard) on the Norwegian Shelf can therefore be considered the best in the world. I use the Diskos community actively to learn and influence the processes to benefit myself and others.


Elin Aabø Lorentzen,
Norwegian Petroleum Directorate

Elin Aabø LorentzenTogether with Eric Toogood, Elin constitutes the NPD’s Diskos Management Team, which works on behalf of all Diskos members and is the link between the companies and the database operators. She has worked in the NPD since 2003 and has held many roles throughout the years, within management, document administration, information management and IT-related projects. Elin has a bachelor in library and information science.

Elin on Diskos:

The key to Diskos’ success is collaboration. From the start, companies and the authorities shared the goal of achieving a joint solution and they succeeded thanks to good cooperation. In order for Diskos to be sustainable for at least another 20 years, it is important that the solution develops in line with the times – that it takes new technology and new data types into account. But most important of all are the people behind it all and the goal of a national database with petroleum data that is quality controlled.


Kjell Reidar Knudsen,
Norwegian Petroleum Directorate

Kjell Reidar KnudsenKjell Reidar has a degree in petroleum engineering from the Rogaland District College (now the University of Stavanger) in 1974. After two years heading a water drilling project in Africa, he was hired as a reservoir engineer in the NPD in 1977. He has worked as head of section of various departments until 1991, when he became head of the newly established data management department. After the reorganisation in 1998, he was on the management team in the Resource Division. He is now a senior adviser. Kjell Reidar has been the NPD’s permanent representative in the Diskos Management Committee and Diskos Steering Group since they were established more than 20 years ago.

Kjell Reidar on Diskos:

In my opinion, Diskos is the perfect example of a win-win solution. The authorities save major resources that would otherwise have been spent on administering and maintaining a vast data archive, and every company that is a partner in a production licence does not have to store copies of the same data. Diskos also provides everyone with a good overview of which data is available and makes it easy to download data when needed for technical interpretations and analyses.


Gunnar Sjøgren,
Norwegian Petroleum Directorate

Gunnar SjøgrenGunnar has a degree in philology from the University of Bergen. After working ten years for the government (education and National Archival Services of Norway), he was hired by Statoil in 1992, and was responsible for preparing and uploading all of the company’s data into the Diskos database. From 1998 to 2005, Gunnar worked for Petrodata and was responsible for operations, sales/marketing and business development. He was also used extensively by PetroBank for international marketing. In recent years, Gunnar has worked most on communicating Norwegian experiences from the petroleum sector to “new” petroleum nations; Latin America, Africa and the Middle East. Data Management has been key in this work.

Gunnar on Diskos:

The Diskos collaboration has been very significant for the position of the Norwegian Shelf in international petroleum development. The unique access to data which characterises the petroleum development in Norway is without equal globally and an important reason why petroleum production remains at such a high level, and that a large number of companies are active on the Norwegian Shelf. The access to vast volumes of public data and the active administration of petroleum resources, is a shining example for a number of countries all over the world


Eric Toogood,
Norwegian Petroleum Directorate

Eric ToogoodEric has an education in library and information science from the Norwegian Library College (now the Oslo University College) and has been in charge of Diskos since 1999. He has more than 30 years of experience in the oil industry from various management positions within data and information administration and has worked for the NPD since 1987.

Eric on Diskos:

Diskos has grown since the beginning in 1995 as a relatively small but sophisticated database with few users, to the current application with more than 70 participating companies that have online access to essential exploration data. The focus has always been on quality based on databases that are as historically exhaustive as possible. Security is a main priority so that no data is lost. The business model is cost-effective for users, while it also provides the operator with incentives to continuously improve the systems.