Center for Offshore Mechatronics is an 8-year long research program aimed to develop autonomous operation and condition monitoring of topside drilling systems.

GCE NODE is in charge of one of the seven work packages, WP7 – Technology Vision. Technology Vision is an open arena for future trends, barriers and opportunities, which ensures that continuous strategic adjustments are made during the 8-year period of the center.

The new Center for Offshore Mechatronics will be a global research facility within its field of expertise. It will attract scientist from all over the world. In Kristiansand and Grimstad they will be able to do research at an international level in cooperation with and on equipment from world-leading companies.

In November 2014, it was announced that the university, NODE and several Norwegian and international partners were awarded a Center for Research-based Innovation. This will in total result in MNOK 192 for research in the center over an 8-year period.

“An entire region is promoted to the top international level of research, development and innovation. This is outstanding news for the university, the industry and the region of Agder”, said Torunn Lauvdal, Rector (at that time) at University of Agder.

“The research center will enable us to sustain and further develop our position as a global technology cluster. We can now lead the way as the oil and gas industry takes a technological leap into the next era. Key words are automation, robotics, remote handling and big data”, says Anne-Grete Ellingsen, CEO of GCE NODE.

“We will create the world-leading scientific hub on remote-control of heavy machinery and objects, the information systems handling those operations, and effective distribution of that information”.

The university will host the center, located in Kristiansand/Grimstad, which aims to become the international knowledge and research hub for the next generation offshore technology.

Center for Offshore Mechatronics is funded by The Norwegian Research Council as a Center for Research-based Innovation. This is the first center of its kind in the Agder region.

Location: Kristiansand/Grimstad
Host: University of Agder
Budget 2015-2023: MNOK 192. Funding is provided by The Norwegian Research Council (50%), industry and research partners.
Industrial partners: Bosch Rexroth, MH Wirth, Cameron Sense, National Oilwell Varco, Skeie Technology, Lundin Norway, ABB, Devoteam, Lockless, Stepchange, Applica, GCE NODE, GCE Blue Maritime.
Research partners: University of Agder, NTNU, Teknova, Ålesund University College, Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule (Germany), Aalborg University (Denmark).

Center for Offshore Mechatronics website

SFI Offshore Mechatronics ANNUAL REPORT 2015