Workshop TRD

Integrated research calls for trust but creates enthusiasm

Monday 14 Jan 19
When disciplines within research areas intersect and data becomes integrated, the product improves. The desire to inspire and collaborate is the driving force behind the work with mapping the stratigraphic layer known as Lower Cretaceous in the North Sea. Across four different universities and research institutions, the researchers are working fast to improve each other’s results and to write publications together. 

Innovation is something that happens when researchers across disciplines get together and work towards a common goal. It also applies to the researchers in the programme Lower Cretaceous where there, among other things, are being looked into how natural fractures can contribute to flows in reservoirs.  In this workgroup, a generous amount of courage can be found, as the researchers share their research among the group and trust them to inspire and collaborate.

On a recent held workshop, the collaboration was taken to the next level. After the presentation of the researchers’ own work, a map was created with the purpose of marking the places where data could be integrated and knowledge could be shared.


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The graphic above illustrates a wide range of points where the projects are dependent on each other in order to make the seven projects and the shared results stronger. However, data is also shared between other DHRTC projects. All, to ensure a better lateral understanding of the presence of fractures and possibly help support the understanding of of compaction of the reservoir. And also assisting in optimizing the value of, for example, gas injection.

Network materializes into multiple publications
On the workshop, another shared platform was created for the participants. In their efforts to arrange collaborations, multiple possibilities for writing publications together emerged. It became a big energy source to the work across the four different universities and research institutions.

“There is a very open and positive collaboration and communication within the group, and everybody is happy to assist with their knowledge and share results. We all have different backgrounds and knowledge that we can use to provide insight and give data to other projects to help them get an extra perspective and get a larger outreach with several interesting parts combined to reach the conclusions. We can definitely learn and gain a lot from each other and our different projects.. I am very excited to be part of such an open-minded group who are all eager to assist each other and create interesting papers and data we might have otherwise not thought of,” says Aslaug Clemmensen Glad, PhD Student, DHRTC.

The collaboration has continued after the workshop where several autonomously have helped each other and continuously included the team in discussions.

“The technical value of the collaboration in my opinion is in its ability to create a web of knowledge and expertise sharing that allows tackling a problem from many angles while creating feedback loops between the different projects where the output of one becomes the input of another and the validation of another. This knowledge sharing has a great value as this cumulative know how that is gathered in this collaboration is rarely present in one institute or one project,” tells Samer Bou Daher, Postdoc at Copenhagen University, Science.¨

He is supported by Torsten Hundebøl Hansen, PhD student at Aarhus University, Geoscience, who continues:

“I greatly enjoy our collaboration in this work programme since it gives me a sense of purpose and well-defined objectives to work towards. Also, I can get valuable feedback and discussions from my group when I need it – from people who are in the same boat. I think many PhD students struggle because they feel lonely in their projects, and insecure about the quality of their work and purpose. I never do.”

The hope for this project is to bring forth a better mapping of fractures that can contribute to an improvement of reservoir model - and indicate where to drill future wells. Further, it will hopefully be more evident where to optimize on existing production and injection. 

”Sharing knowledge and coming up with new ideas is part of this collaboration. Output from one workflow forms input to another, therefore providing unique data that did not exist before, all aiming at enhancing the predictability of reservoir quality,” ends Florian Smit, Postdoc at Copenhagen University..


Read more about the research going on in relation to the Lower Cretaceous reservoir.


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