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Fionn Iversen

Chief Scientist

+47 51 87 56 22
+47 416 69 423
Nygårdsgaten 112, 5008 Bergen, Norway

Fionn Iversen is chief scientist in NORCE Energy, performing research in the areas of geothermal energy and energy systems, hydrogen value chain, flow modelling and drilling. As chief scientist Iversen is responsible for project development and management, and for ensuring quality in research.

Iversen is a doctor of materials technology, within process modelling, and holds an M.Sc. in hydrodynamics and experimental physics.

Working for more than 20 years in the research group, Iversen has managed multiple Research Council projects for knowledge building, technology innovation and demonstration, Regional Research Fund projects, and industry projects. He has performed studies in well control and worked on model-based drilling diagnostics and automation, measurement and processing of complex fluids, flow measurements and standardisation, and fluid and particle transport. Iversen also leads a current initiative on industrial cybersecurity, important for safe advanced systems automation.

From 2009 to 2011 Iversen lead the commercialisation of model-based drilling automation technology as technical and managing director in what is now Sekal. As part of research activities Iversen has lectured and acted as examiner at the University of Stavanger. He has also contributed to research and technology development internationally, through managing Horizon 2020 and INTPART projects, and through active participation in scientific societies such as SPE, IADC and IEEE, contributing in the SPE DSATS and IADC Cybersecurity Committe, and as Technical and Associate Editor of the SPE Drilling and Completion Journal. As acknowledgement for this work Iversen was in 2021 awarded the SPE Technical Reviewer Outstanding Service Award.

Iversen plays a central role in current research efforts for the green shift. He leads the HyValue Centre for Environment-friendly Energy Research within hydrogen, hosted by NORCE. HyValue aims to develop knowledge, methodology and innovative solutions for hydrogen energy carriers. The centre has a holistic approach and includes technical solutions, financial incentives, regulations, social and environmental impact and risk. Iversen also chairs the board of the NORCE-hosted Geothermal Energy Association of Norway (GEAN).

Fionn Iversen


Energy & Technology

Research themes

Digital drilling
Geothermal energy
Energy systems

Research Groups

Energy Modelling and Automation

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Automatic detection of anomalous drilling operations using machine learning methods and drilling process simulations – Oil, Gas 2019
Drilling Fluid Power-Law Viscosity Model - Impact of Model Parameters on Frictional Pressure Loss Uncertainty – 2019
Cuttings-transport modeling-part 1: Specification of benchmark parameters with a norwegian-continental-shelf perspective – SPE Drilling & Completion 2018
Flow-loop Experiments with Non-Newtonian Reference Fluids for Estimating Uncertainty of In-line Rheology Sensors – Oil, Gas 2018
Investigation of Suspended Particles Around an Obstacle in Vertical Pipe Flow: Comparison Study Experimental and Simulation – 2017
Cuttings Transport Modeling - Part 1: Specification of Benchmark Parameters with a Norwegian Continental Shelf Perspective – 2016
Drilling fluid processing: preparation, maintenance and continuous conditioning – IEEE Instrumentation & Measurement Magazine 2015
Towards Closing the Loop on Drilling Fluid Management Control – 2015
Drilling Systems Automation: Current State, Initiatives and Potential Impact – 2013
Developing Operational Procedures for Safe and Efficient Application of New Process Control Functionality on the Drilling Rig – 2013
Drilling-Systems Automation: Current State, Initiatives, and Potential Impact – SPE Drilling & Completion 2013
Automation systems and work process safety: assessing the significance of human and organizational factors in offshore drilling automation – Journal of Information Technology Management 2013
Modeling and Controlling Downhole Pressure during Drilling – IEEE Instrumentation & Measurement Magazine 2013
Drilling Automation: Potential for Human Error – SPE Drilling & Completion 2013
Drilling Automation: Potential for Human Error – 2012
Drilling Automation: Technologies, Terminology, and Parallels With Other Industries – SPE Drilling & Completion 2010
Drilling Automation: Technologies, Terminology and Parallels with other Industries – 2009
Real-Time Optimization of the Drilling Process - Challenges in Industrialization – 2009
Offshore Field Test of a New System for Model Integrated Closed-Loop Drilling Control – SPE Drilling & Completion 2009
DC casting meniscus experiments at Hydro Alumninium Sunndalsøra, November 2000, Part I – SINTEF 2000
Improvements to the Method of Tensions by Popinet and Zaleski – SINTEF 1999
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