Author Archives: Roar Nybø

Crowdsourcing – could it work in the oil and gas industry?

Digging through the videos from last year’s conference, my personal favourite is another talk in the “what can we learn from x” genre, this time with John A. Fredrickson from Innocentive:  As I’ve previously mentioned on Quora, Fredrickson listed what they … Continue reading

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Conference hack #1

You’re sitting in the back row and can’t read the slides? Font is too tiny? No problem! In the spirit of Integrated Operations, there’s a live feed of the conference on the internet. You get the presentation up close and … Continue reading

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A conference warm-up exercise

The 2011 Integrated Operations conference started today here in Trondheim and I’m taking advantage of the free wifi to refresh my memory of last years conference. Getting to know Integrated Operations tends to demand a brief familiarity with everything from drilling problems to organizational psychology … Continue reading

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Positions available

There’s a new job opening for a researcher at my department in SINTEF, the drilling and well construction one. A background in math, physics, IT or cybernetics (or “control engineering” if you like) is a good starting point, the tasks … Continue reading

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The continental shelf

The offshore technology days are under way, across the fjord from my office. This year they’ve put out a nice song and dance routine on youtube. Or song and welding routine more like it. 🙂 Only real oil workers in … Continue reading

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The breakthroughs in technology come from the smaller companies, David Bamford says. He backs it up with examples then asks:  “can you point to one technology that was invented in one of the major, major oil field service companies that … Continue reading

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Wolfram alpha for quick calculations

When you do back-of-the-envelope calculations in oil well drilling, half the job is just keeping track of the units. In the old days, it was all “american units” in the north sea, but today, reports and logs sports a colourful … Continue reading

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