“The downturn in the oil market provides an excellent opportunity for much needed change”, says Hege Kverneland, Chief Technology Officer at NOV.
“Oil and gas is in the early stages of its digital journey. We are far behind other industries, says Statoil’s Bjørn Rudshaug.
“We have entered the fourth industrial revolution. Industry 4.0 is no longer a hype, it is a reality”, said Audun Finnestad, Partner at PwC in Agder.
Skagerak Maturo is selected as the management team for a new seed fund. The fund is expected to be operational in the fall of 2016, pending investor support.
Center for Offshore Mechatronics is an 8-year long research program aimed to develop autonomous operation and condition monitoring of topside drilling systems.
The Mechatronics Innovation Lab fills a void in the Norwegian innovation system. There is a need for more pilot-testing, not only in the oil and gas industry.
Several industry clusters in Agder are familiar with robots. Increased use of robots and automation could see more jobs, previously outsourced to low-cost countries, return to Norway.