5 – 6 APRIL 2017

Subsea Valley is launching the 2nd series of Masterclasses during the Subsea Valley Conference 5 – 6 April 2017:

The Subsea Valley Masterclasses are in-depth sessions offering the latest views and knowledge from national and international top experts, covering the particulars and specifics of carefully selected, highly interesting topics. This year also giving special attention to some of the most profiled and promising development projects in the industry.

The experts will be speakers as well as sparring-partners, engaging the audience in discussions and details, inspiring to rethink the future.

Our speakers include the following top experts:

Professor Inorganic Materials Chemistry
Senior Vice President
Project Director Johan Sverdrup
Sebastian Bringsværd [HYWIND]
Head of Hywind Development
Statoil New Energy Solutions
Dr. Mark Thurber [CARBON PRICING]
Associate Director for Research
Program on Energy and Sustainable Development Stanford University
Partner and Managing Director, BCG
Global leader of Digital & AI in Energy
Executive Manager
Research Scientist
Håvard Stensrud [TRESTAKK]
Project Director Trestakk Field Development

Wednesday 5 April

#1 Project Deep Dive JOHAN SVERDRUP

By Kjetel Digre, Senior Vice President, Project Director Johan Sverdrup

The North Sea giant

Johan Sverdrup is one of the five largest oil fields on the Norwegian continental shelf. With expected resources of between 2.0—3.0 billion barrels of oil equivalents it is one of the most important industrial projects in Norway.

Production start for phase one is planned for late 2019 and the field will at peak production constitute 25% of the oil and gas production at the time on the NCS. The development and operation of this enormous field will generate revenue and provide jobs for coming generations.

Digitalisation is an emerging driver in the gas and oil industry. Developing a project for the future and in order to stay competitive, Johan Sverdrup is assessing how to utilize digitalisation to further enhance value creation by reducing cost, increasing quality and safeguard HSSE.

#2 Artificial Intelligence – The ultimate disrupting force?!

By Daniel Schlecht, Partner and Managing Director, BCG and Global Leader of Digital & AI in Energy

Digital has become a key priority on every energy company’s strategic agenda. Significant efficiency improvements are being realized and new business opportunities have emerged. While energy companies are still adapting to the digital world, the next – potentially even more – disrupting force looms on the horizon: Artificial intelligence (AI). In many industries, AI has already breached into the real world and has fundamentally changed the way companies are operating their business. For example, first companies use AI to enable “psychometric profiling” based on Facebook likes.

Also in the energy industry, first AI applications are emerging. Optical anomaly detection and predictive maintenance solutions enable companies to eliminate the risk of equipment failure. In addition, forecasting and grid load balancing use cases are being developed and tested in the energy sector today.

In this session, The Boston Consulting Group will elaborate on AI advancements vs. “digital”, present current market developments in AI with significant importance for the energy sector, and outline strategic options and key success factors for energy companies in this field.

#3 Project Deep Dive HYWIND

By Sebastian Bringsværd, Head of Hywind Development, Statoil New Energy Solutions

Hywind is a unique floating offshore wind technology developed and owned by Statoil. The concept has been demonstrated through more than 7 years of successful operation of the full-scale prototype Hywind Demo, installed off the island of Karmøy in Norway in 2009. Statoil is now taking the next step with the Hywind Scotland Pilot Park, which will be the world’s first floating wind farm. The 30MW project is currently in the construction phase, and production start is expected in late 2017.

The Hywind concept is well positioned to revolutionize the future of offshore wind and is a door opener for completely new renewable energy business opportunities. This is a direct result of our extensive offshore oil and gas experience, and ability to combine different conventional technologies and use them in a new setting.

In this session we will elaborate on key features of the Hywind technology, experience from the Hywind Demo and Hywind Scotland projects, and challenges and opportunities for floating offshore wind in the future.

#4 Using IT to make engineering lean, efficient and effective… Rather than the opposite


  • David Cameron, Executive Manager, SIRIUS, UiO
    What is new? Will it really save money?
  • Johan Klüwer, Principal Specialist, DNV-GL
    Using the engineering design and standards to ensure that requirements are met
  • Bjørn Berli, Project Manager, EPIM
    The promise of the STI standardization initiative

This masterclass will present and explain recent advances in application of computer science, and knowledge representation technology in particular, to making engineering work processes cheaper, more accurate and more efficient. The material presented builds on work done in the highly successful Optique project and other related projects run by partners in the SIRIUS Centre for Research-Based Innovation and the Oslo Industrial Semantics Colloquium. The aim of the class is to give practicing engineers insight into how these recent projects can help to improve competitiveness and reduce cost. The main presenters have long experience of applying advanced IT to engineering practice.

Thursday 6 April

#5 Batteries – Then, Now and When

By Ola Nilsen, Professor Inorganic Materials Chemistry, UiO

Batteries have entered the market at a pace much higher than anticipated only a few years ago. Have the batteries really improved that much? What is actually a battery, and why are there so many different types? Is there such a thing as an everlasting battery, and why does it take so much time to charge? Or, does it? These, and many more questions related to chemistry, safety, and capacity, will be discussed during this masterclass on batteries. We will also try to look into the future of batteries and guess the next generation. The presenter has a background in chemistry and production of battery materials, such as the cathode that can be charged in 1.5 second.

#6 From Big Data to Smart Data: Big Data Analytics on Simulation Datasets

By Heidi Dahl, PhD, Research Scientist, SINTEF

Generating and analysing big datasets is not a new challenge in science and engineering. From seismic surveys, e.g., of potential oil fields, through flow simulations in water power plants, to meteorological models: inadequate storage space and computational resources have always been central limitations for the size and complexity of the problems to be solved.

Processing power and storage space have become cheaper and more efficient. Companies such as Google and Facebook have developed infrastructures and algorithms exploiting this to extract valuable information from enormous data sets. These Big Data tools have to a large extent focused on large amounts of textual data, such as customer databases, financial data, and personal status updates, where the information can easily be divided into manageable chunks.

Such tools are now also used in the fields of science and engineering, where they enable the analysis of larger and more complex systems through distributed storage and processing. However, the intrinsic structure of these data brings new challenges, and necessitates the adaption of existing Big Data methods and infrastructures.

On the other hand, the spatial and physical structures in our data provide additional information which should be exploited when mining these datasets for information. By incorporating these aspects of our data, we move from Big Data to Smart Data, making it easier to extract general trends as well as local features. For large simulation datasets, we approach the challenge of integrating these diverse aspects into one model by using Locally Refined (LR) splines, generating a compact model which is well-suited for visualization and interrogation. LR splines adapts its data structure and degrees of freedom to the distribution of the data, focusing its power on areas with large local variation, while adopting a coarser structure where a lower level of detail is needed.

In this presentation we will share our experiences from two recently completed European Big Data projects, IQmulus and VELaSSCo, showing how LR spline models of simulation data enables high-quality visualization and interaction with the data. We will also outline our current and future research in the area of Big Data analytics on simulation datasets, incorporating LR splines, statistical modelling, and techniques from the field of Artificial Intelligence.

#7 Project Deep Dive TRESTAKK

By Håvard Stensrud, Project Director Trestakk Field Development, Statoil

Trestakk is an oil field with some associated gas, discovered in 1986. Expected recoverable volumes are 76 million barrels of oil equivalent.

The field development concept is a subsea tie-back to Åsgard A production vessel. Trestakk is expected to come on stream in 2019. The field development includes a subsea template and a satellite. Three production wells and two gas injection wells will be drilled. The project was sanctioned November 1st 2016, after an extensive improvement program that reduced the costs of the development by almost half.

Trestakk is a good example of what Statoil are able to achieve in collaboration with the licence partners and suppliers by innovative thinking and spending enough time on maturing the best concept choice. Trestakk is also an important contribution in maintaining activities on the Norwegian continental shelf. Cost reductions have been achieved by a different approach to concept choice, simplification and reduced scope, new contract models in addition to benefitting from ongoing efficiency measures in the industry.

In this session we will elaborate further on the Trestakk business case improvements, results achieved and key learnings for future similar developments.

#8 Carbon Pricing

By Mark C. Thurber, Associate Director of Research, Program on Energy and Sustainable Development, Stanford University

Carbon pricing is an essential part of any serious strategy to fight climate change. Norway became an early adopter of carbon pricing when it implemented a carbon tax in 1991. Since then, a number of other regions, countries, and subnational jurisdictions have put in place carbon pricing policies of various types, and still others plan to. China, the world’s largest emitter of CO 2 , has announced plans to establish a national emissions trading scheme later this year.

Carbon pricing can take the form of a tax, with emitters charged a fixed amount per tonne of greenhouse gas emitted, or a cap and trade system, where total emissions are capped and the carbon price fluctuates in response to supply and demand for tradable permits to emit (also known as allowances). Thus far, many of the larger carbon pricing programs around the world—for example, in Europe, California/Québec, and China—have been cap and trade systems.

In this masterclass, we will use a web-based, participatory simulation to illustrate the functioning of both carbon tax and cap and trade systems. (Please bring a laptop computer so you can participate in the simulation!) We will discuss the real-world advantages and disadvantages of these two respective types of carbon pricing. Finally, we will discuss the prospects for carbon pricing to spread more widely around the world, and what this could mean for market participants, consumers, and the future of the climate.

Kjetel Digre

Senior Vice President
Project Director Johan Sverdrup

Kjetel Digre was born in 1969. He began his career in the Norwegian oil and gas sector in 1993, starting as a project engineer within marine and subsea technology in Statoil’s daughter company NUTEC (Norwegian Underwater Technology). Kjetel joined Statoil in 1996, and has held several different project engineer positions and management positions in offshore projects on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.

From 2003 Kjetel was the Vice President and Core team manager for Norne Satellites Project/Urd, where he managed the work of realizing the Norne Satellite Project from the early concept phase to regular operation. From 2005 he was the Vice President and Core team manager for the Gjøa Development Project where he was responsible for the whole value chain, including commercial, subsurface, Drilling & Completion, facilities, ensuring the necessary Operations Preparatory work, and Lisence Management, including preparation of the Operations department and transfer of operatorship to GdF Suez. He held that position until start-up of production late 2010, and then he was appointed Senior Vice President for the portfolio of Fast Track and Subsea Projects from beginning of 2011.

In May 2014 he was appointed Senior Vice President and Project Director for the Johan Sverdrup Project. Kjetel holds a degree in Marine Engineering and Naval Architecture from Bergen, Norway. He also received an MSc with distinction within Subsea and Petroleum Engineering from Herriot Watt University in Edinburgh.

Sebastian Bringsværd

Head of Hywind Development
Statoil New Energy Solutions

Bringsværd is Heading up Hywind Development in New Energy Solution, Statoil – focusing on commercialisation and deployment of the Hywind concept in existing and new markets. He has previously been Project Manager for the Batwind Project (a Renewable Energy Storage Project). He has for the last 13 years held different positions within the Statoil group – mainly within the R&D, Business

Development in the international business area. Bringsværd has been heading up the Innovation Network in Statoil, as well as working two years as the Office Manager for Statoil Iran. Bringsværd has lived and worked abroad for several years and periods in his career. Bringsværd holds a Master in Political Science from University of Oslo, and a Business Master from Lancaster University in UK.

Håvard Stensrud

Project Director Trestakk Field Development

Håvard holds a MSc in Industrial Economics and BSc Cybernetics/Automation. He has more than 10 years of project development experience from Norsk Hydro/Statoil and started his career in Norsk Hydro in 2006. He has held various positions in development projects within project control and quality and risk functions, as well as being site manager and project manager. He has had international assignments to Russia, Algeria and UK and was also part of the Statoil Technical Efficiency Programme (STEP).

From 2008 to 2010 he was part of the Shtokman Development organisation in Moscow and moved further on to the In Salah Gas Compression Project in the Algerian dessert. In 2011 he was appointed topside project manager for the Mariner platform, a position he held from concept phase to complete detail design in 2014. He then moved into the STEP team, where he held the position as project leader for subsea standardisation and industrialisation initiatives. Coordinating and leading improvement activities within the subsea project development area as well as stakeholder influencing and driver for cultural change.

Håvard has since 2015 been the Project Director for the Trestakk field development project, a subsea tie-back to Åsgard A where he has responsibility for all areas of the development from subsurface to preparation for operation. After an extensive and successful improvement agenda in 2015 and 2016, the project was sanctioned November 1st 2016.

Dr. Mark Thurber

Associate Director for Research
Program on Energy and Sustainable Development Stanford University

Mark C. Thurber is Associate Director of the Program on Energy and Sustainable Development (PESD) at Stanford University. The Program studies how policy and regulation intersect with business strategy, economics, and technology to determine global patterns of energy production and use (and the associated health, climate, and local environmental impacts).

Dr. Thurber directs the research at PESD on how energy services can more effectively be delivered to low-income populations. He has written several academic articles on how design, demographic, and distribution factors affect uptake and usage of improved biomass stoves in India. Current research explores entrepreneurial efforts to provide solar home systems to households in East Africa.

Dr. Thurber also studies the role of state-owned enterprises in the most important energy markets around the world. He co-edited and contributed to a major volume on national oil companies, Oil and Governance: State-owned Enterprises and the World Energy Supply. He is currently editing a book manuscript on the emerging global market for coal.

Along with Frank Wolak, Dr. Thurber teaches a course on “Energy Markets and Policy” in Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. In this course, Thurber and Wolak run a classroom simulation of California’s electricity market under cap and trade. With the support of the Precourt Institute for Energy and the TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy, they are expanding this simulation to incorporate renewable energy policies and various carbon market design features.

Dr. Thurber holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University in Mechanical Engineering (Thermosciences) and a B.S.E. from Princeton University in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering with a certificate from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Before coming to PESD, Mark worked in high-tech industry, focusing on manufacturing operations in Mexico (where he lived for several years), China, and Malaysia.

David B. Cameron, Ph.D.

and a team of researchers and industrial participants in the newly established SIRIUS Centre for Scalable Data Access in the Oil & Gas Domain, University of Oslo

David Cameron is the Centre Coordinator for the SIRIUS Centre for Scalable Data Access at the University of Oslo. He is a Chemical Engineer with 30  years of industrial experience in the metals, chemicals and petroleum industries. His technical specialization is the application of simulation to the optimization of operations. He has worked in applied research, strategy and development management roles in BHP Billiton, Norsk Hydro, Kongsberg Group and then in consulting and senior business development roles related to the internet of things in IBM and Sopra Steria. He earned his doctorate in simulator-based process analytics from the University of Cambridge.

Johan Klüwer

Principal Specialist

Bjorn Berli

Project Manager

The Department of Informatics at the University of Oslo takes lead in a new Center for Research-Driven Innovation (SFI) which aims at developing novel technologies to significantly improve our ability to extract and exploit information from enormous data stores in practice.

We are all familiar with the difficulties of finding a specific file on a computer. For large companies, this translates to millions of files spread out over thousands of computers. Thus, accessing the desired information equates to finding the proverbial needle in a haystack, assuming you know the correct haystack in which to begin your search.

In the Oil and Gas sector, this problem is encountered on a daily basis in regards to both well exploration and in-field operational activities. For this reason, main players in the oil domain act as a pillar in SIRIUS, one of 17 SFI initiatives supported by the Research Council of Norway. The SFI schema is designed to strengthen innovation by enabling long-term research to which both leading academic research teams and industrial innovators are committed. In SIRIUS, researchers from the University of Oslo, NTNU and the University of Oxford will collaborate with experienced IT companies and oil companies to develop new technologies in order to solve these data access problems.

Ola Nilsen

Professor Inorganic Materials Chemistry

I am an inorganic chemist with many interests, ranging from crystal growth to experimental synthesis. The core foundation is within deposition of solid materials by sequential gas-to-solid reactions, such as the atomic layer deposition (ALD) or molecular layer deposition (MLD) approach. We build the materials as crystalline or amorphous, resulting in a range of different textures, utilizing crystal growth principles.

Our thin film activities at UiO began in 1998 with the aim of controlling deposition of complex oxides by ALD. This led to controlled deposition of many different complex perovskites, spinels and other structure types. We have developed a model for better control of deposited stoichiometry in the multi-parameter space related to complex oxides.

The MLD activities began in 2004 with formation of metal hydriquinones, and later its carboxylic acid analogues. It is presently expanded to numerous other heterofunctional linkers where the major effort is within exploring new areas of applications, such as biocompatibility.

The ALD technique, with its conformal coverage, will most likely be a central part of the new technology of solid state batteries. We began exploring deposition of Li-containing materials in 2009, targeting battery applications, currently including both cathodes, electrolytes and anodes.

The efforts in exploratory synthesis has resulted in numerous different thin film reactor designs, suitable for small to large substrates, including powder and porous materials. Currently including 10 ALD reactors with suitable characterisation infrastructure. A key element for achieving this is suitable types of precursor delivery systems. All home made, thanks to open minded local workshop.

I have also found much joy with public outreach activities and are currently running a yearly camp teaching nanotechnology to high school students.

Daniel Schlecht

Global Leader for Energy@Digital, The Boston Consulting Group

Dr. Daniel Schlecht is a Partner at BCG’s Duesseldorf office. He is an energy engineer, and has worked for utilities and oil & gas companies across the full value chain since he joined the firm in 2005. Daniel is also a core member of BCG’s Technology Advantage and Strategy practice areas. He is BCG’s global leader for digital & AI at energy companies and supported several clients in their digital transformation.

Heidi Dahl

Research Scientist

Dr. Heidi E. I. Dahl is a Research Scientist at the Geometry Group of the Department of Mathematics and Cybernetics at SINTEF Digital in Oslo, Norway. She was recently elected Vice Chair of the SIAM activity group on Geometric Design. She has been part of the coordination teams of several EU FP7 and H2020 research projects, including the role of Quality Assurance Coordinator in the FP7 Integrated Project IQmulus (Analytics and visualization for big geospatial data, 2012-2016). She was also SINTEF’s Principal Investigator in the FP7 project VELaSSCo (Visualization For Extremely Large-Scale Scientific Computing, 2013-2016), using LR B-spline approximation of volumetric data from Finite and Discrete Element Methods to create compact models well suited for interactive interrogation and visualization. Her current scientific interests include Big Data Analytics for STEM data and the practical applications and theoretical development of LR B-splines, as well as the use of abstract geometric frameworks such as Geometric Algebra in practical applications such as volumetric parametrizations for Isogeometric Analysis.