Joining Forces – Industry Perspectives

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Welcome to a 2-day seminar and dinner. The ambition of the forum is to promote communication between the oil & gas industry and the Norwegian Earth Sciences and Petroleum Engineering Research Institutes to bring about valuable R+D projects. The agenda will include sessions focusing on the GGRE aspects of improved exploration and production (Oil and Gas recovery) which is in line with the two FORCE Technical groups. Dates may be subject to change due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Date Time Duration Register by Location
17 November   2 days   Valhall-Ptil


Due to the Covid 19 situation the organising committee has decided to further postpone the planned Joining Forces meeting that was currently scheduled for November this year. We considered holding it as a webinar (as all future FORCE meetings in 2020), but as one of the main objectives is the networking aspect of the event have decided not to do that at this time. No future date for the event is set at this time
The organising group will get together in January and will make plans for a 2021 event taking into account the development of the covid 19 situation at that time.
In the meantime we would like to remind R&D organisations that it is possible to present Research project proposals or research results to industry via the Force organisation. This is best done through the FORCE web page or by contacting the Force secretariat.
best regards
Tim Austin
On behalf of the organising committee

If you have registered and paid for this seminar you will stay registered for when Joining Forces will be held in 2021


The focus for the event is to provide the opportunity for industry to share their perspectives on R&D: what are our challenges; what do we want R&D to focus on; what are our R&D strategies. There will be several short presentations from different companies providing a range of views on R&D requirements for the Petroleum industry in Norway.

In addition, we anticipate having a selection of presentations from the Research Departments and there will be facility for posters on specific projects.

The “Organising Committee” comprises individuals from Force companies and University representatives to provide perspectives at an organizational level. Please feel free to also contact us if you have any questions or suggestions.




Day 1 Wednesday 25th March
08:15 08:45 Registration and coffee - setting up posters
08:45 09:00 Introduction & Ambitions (organising committee)
09:00 09:20 Company perspective -  MOL Norge; Gabor Kocsis
09:20 09:40 UiO - Snapshots of ongoing petroleum-related research at UiO, Nazmul Mondal
09:40 10:00 IFE Reservoar Technology – Improved solutions for subsurface and EOR challenges, Martin Smestad Foss
10:00 10:15 Coffee Break + Networking
10:15 10:55 Poster Session 1
10:55 11:15 Company perspective - ConocoPhillips, Ole Klingsheim
11:15 11:35 UiT, Matthias Forwick
11:35 11:55 NORCE Energy - Activities and Priority Areas, Randi Valestrand
11:55 12:55 Lunch +  Networking + Posters
12:55 13:20 NFR - PetroMaks II, Ingrid Anne Munz
13:20 14:20 Group Discussion sessions
14:20 14:35 Coffee Break - Networking
14:35 15:15 Poster Session 2
15:15 15:35 Company perspective - Equinor, Aart-Jan van Wijngaarden
15:35 15:55 NTNU, Antje van der Net
15:55 16:10 Coffee Break - Networking
16:10 16:50 Poster Session 3
16:50 17:20 NGU, Marco Brönner
17:20 17:40 Company perspective - Neptune, Øyvind Soleng
17:40 17:55 Industry Survey Results and End of Day wrap up
  18:00 Reception and Dinner in the NPD
Day 2 Thursday 26th March
08:15 08:45 Coffee - Networking and Posters
08:45 09:05 Company perspective - Lundin, Rolando di Primio
09:05 09:25 UNIS, Gareth Lord / Thomas Birchall
09:25 09:45 UiB - Current research activities and opportunities at the Department of Earth Sciences, University of Bergen, Christian Eide/Rob Gawthorpe
09:45 10:05 Company perspective - Wintershall Dea, Jörg Petersen
10:05 10:25 UiB - Petroleum Research at Dept. of Physics and Technology, U. of Bergen, Arne Graue
10:25 10:40 Coffee Break + Poster Session
10:40 11:20 Poster Session 4
11:20 11:40 Company perspective - Shell
11:20 11:40 SINTEF Digital, Knut-Andreas Lie
11:40 12:00 Norwegian Computing, Petter Abrahamsen
12:00 13:00 Lunch + Networking
13:00 13:45 Panel discussion - 
13:45 14:05 Company perspective - Vår Energy, Paul Spencer
14:05 14:35 UIS, Alejandro Escalona / Ying Guo (National IOR senter)
14:35 14:55 Norsar, Trond Haugland
14:55 15:15 SINTEF Peder Eliasson
15:15 15:35 Company perspective - AkerBP, Erik Syrdalen
15:35 15:45 Closing Remarks



The dinner will be held at the NPD cantine at 1800 (dinner starts at 1845)


FORCE seminars have previously been fully booked with waiting lists so you are encouraged to sign up as soon as you know you will attend.

Participant fees for 2 days seminar + dinner
FORCE member: NOK 1500,-
Non-member NOK 3000,-
University/student NOK 0,-

Important information:
You can register as a FORCE member and pay "FORCE member" price if you are an employee of a member company.
All FORCE member companies are listed here.

Payment is made online by credit card. Please note that no refunds will be given after you have signed up.
If you for any reason can not attend the workshop, you are welcome to send a representative, just inform Linn Smerud as soon as there are changes.

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Updated: 24/09/2020