DigiWells: Digital Well Center for Value Creation, Competitiveness and Minimum Environmental Footprint

SFI DigiWells is a center for research-based innovation funded by the Research Council of Norway and the industrial partners from 2020 to 2028. We are developing new knowledge that will help to drill and position wells in the optimal manner. Our main objectives are value creation, safe operation, and minimum environmental footprint.

About the project

Digitalisation, new sensors, new high-speed telemetry solutions, automation, autonomy, and improved work processes have the potential to enable a step change in the well delivery process. The centre will explore these possibilities by combining domain knowledge with fundamental research to accelerate the digital transformation of the well-delivery process. The centre aims to develop work processes for planning drilling and well operations, new sensors, and solutions for interoperability. We will tightly link the planning and the new technologies to real-time data assimilations, yielding solutions for automated and autonomous drilling and decision support systems for geosteering. New solutions will be demonstrated at the national research infrastructures OpenLab Drilling, Ullrigg and against operators’ field data.

The centre will become a collaborative arena for operators, service industry, public authorities, research institutions and academia in Norway and internationally. Results from the centre’s activity will enable innovation, business development, and value creation for the Norwegian society. Moreover, in collaboration with universities, the centre will educate the next generation of specialists who will help implement the achieved research results.

The DigiWells consortium connects the operators, service companies, and academic partners. It is the place where experts of different disciplines talk together.