NTNU (Norway)

Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

Department Geoscience and Petroleum:

Department of Geoscience and Petroleum provides education with a strong foundation in petroleum engineering and focus on novel technologies, including digital and automation technologies. Its petroleum program is ranked among the top 20 in the world. The department hosts BRU21 – NTNU’s Research and Innovation Program on Digital and Automation Solutions for Oil and Gas Industry. This program, with up to 40 PhD/PostDoc projects, integrates digital and petroleum engineering expertise across NTNU with data and expertise from industrial partners. Drilling and Well is one of the technical areas in BRU21 program, covering monitoring, analysis, optimization and automation of the drilling and completion processes.

Key DSA Publications:

Digital well planning – New cost saving well construction and Life Cycle Well Integrity Model. 2018 Authors: B.A. Brechan, S.I. Dale, S. Sangesland

Attenuating Heave-Induced Pressure Oscillations using Automated Down-hole Choking, 2018 Authors: M. Kvernland, M.Ø. Christensen, H. Borgen, J.M. Godhavn, O.M. Aamo, S. Sangesland

Fault diagnosis of downhole drilling incidents using adaptive observers and statistical change detection, 2015 Authors: A. Willersrud, M. Blanke, L. Imsland, A. Pavlov

Simplified hydraulics model used for intelligent estimation of downhole pressure for a managed-pressure-drilling control system, 2012 Authors:  G.O. Kaasa, Ø.N. Stamnes, O.M. Aamo, L.S. Imsland

Modeling and Control of Heave-Induced Pressure Fluctuations in Managed Pressure Drilling, 2011 Authors: I.S. Landet, A. Pavlov, O.M. Aamo

Drilling seeking automatic control solutions, 2011 Authors: J.M. Godhavn, A. Pavlov, G.O. Kaasa, N.L. Rolland

Links to NTNU website:

Department of Geoscience and Petroleum

BRU21 program

BRU21/Drilling and Well

Link to Contact at NTNU:

Alexey Pavlov
Professor, Petroleum Cybernetics
BRU21 program manager
Department of Geoscience and Petroleum, NTNU
m: +47 97415395
e: [email protected]

Postal address: NO-7491 Trondheim, Norway
Visitor address:S.P. Andersens vei 15a


BRU21 program

BRU21 is NTNU’s Research and Innovation Program in Digital and Automation Solutions for the Oil and Gas Industry. It is a multidisciplinary program uniting academic and industrial experts in Petroleum engineering and Geoscience, Cybernetics and Robotics, Computer and Data Science, Cyber security, Mechanical engineering, Sociology, Management and Economics. The program focuses on creating impact across the oil and gas value chain through novel digital and automation technologies, innovation and people development.

The program is centered around PhD/PostDoc research projects on concrete digitalization/automation-related challenges (use-cases) formulated by the industrial partners. These projects, funded by the industry, are matched with NTNU-funded projects focusing on fundamental research questions. Combined with multidisciplinary expertise from NTNU, industrial expertise and data from the industrial partners, innovation activities and education, these projects constitute the BRU21 ecosystem.

The BRU21 philosophy is based on high-level interdisciplinary research, close collaboration with industry, innovation culture and tight collaboration across projects and disciplines (avoiding silos).

The abbreviation BRU21 stands for Better Resource Utilization in the 21st century. It is also the name of NTNU strategy for Oil and Gas Research, published in BRU21 report.




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