Optique partner takes lead in Center for Research-Driven Innovation in the Oil Sector

SIRIUS, Center for Scalable Data Access in the Oil and Gas Domain, is one of 17 new Centers for Research-Driven Innovation (SFI) supported by the Research Council of Norway. Lead by Arild Waaler, Professor at the University of Oslo, SIRIUS involves researchers at the University of Oslo, NTNU, and the University of Oxford. The researchers, in collaboration with experiences IT and oil companies, will develop new data access technologies.

Leaders in the major companies Statoil and IBM see promise in SIRIUS, according to a press release on the Center’s website. Sonja Chirico Indrebø, Senior Vice President for IT and CIO in Statoil, says: “One of the challenges we face is how to access useful information in our vast data stores. We see SIRIUS as a good opportunity to better utilize our geological data”. While Arne Norheim, Country General Manager of IBM Norway, says: “This initiative demonstrates the potential in exploiting the large quantities of data within this industry sector.”

As the Optique project is over half way into the third of its four years, SIRIUS provides the opportunity to build on the Big Data access expertise that is building up at the University of Oslo and the University of Oxford under the Optique project.

You can read more about SIRIUS at sirius-labs.no.