AuthorsA. M. Bruaset
EditorsA. Tveito, A. M. Bruaset and O. Lysne
TitleTurning Rocks Into Knowledge - Experiences and Results From an Industrial Collaboration in Computational Geosciences
Afilliation, Scientific Computing
Project(s)Center for Biomedical Computing (SFF)
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2009
Book TitleSimula Research Laboratory - by thinking constantly about it
Place PublishedHeidelberg
ISBN NumberISBN 978-3-642-01155-9

Since early 2005, Simula Research Laboratory and StatoilHydro have built a strong and long-term research collaboration in computational geosciences. The main goal for this collaboration is to strengthen the procedures in oil and gas exploration through new and improved computer-based models of geological and geophysical processes. So far, the 4D Lithosphere Model and a new generation of the Compound Modelling technology have been sucessfully established, and the collaboration has become strategically important for both organisations. Even more contributions are in fast progress, possibly leading to improved reliability of depositional models, better insight in the physics of underwater gravity flows of sediments, and more accurate descriptions of deformations in sedimentary basins. This paper describes the background for the research collaboration, as well as the contents of the ongoing scientific activities. Using the obtained academic and industrial results as a backdrop, we also summarize the key factors for the successful implementation of a close link between the basic research community and industry. The coupling between research tasks of academic nature and technology development has proven to be bidirectional, in that development-oriented activities lead to new PhD and postdoctoral research projects, and vice versa. The intimate connection between the axes of research and development is a particular strength in the StatoilHydro-Simula collaboration. This feature is a consequence of both companies being committed to long-term research, and the flexibility offered by Simula's organisation.