Randi Valestrand

Randi Valestrand

Research Director Data Assimilation and Optimization
Mobile: +47 934 40 899
Email: rava@norceresearch.no
Office Address: Nygårdsgaten 112, 5008 Bergen, Norway

I finished my PhD (Dr. Scient) in Physics from the University of Bergen in 2002 at age 28. From 2002-2008 I worked as a research scientist at the International Research Institute of Stavanger (IRIS), and from 2008-2014 as a senior research scientist. In 2014 I became a Research Director of a research group of about 20 people. Currently, I am heading the group of 20 people on “Data assimilation and Optimization” at the Energy department of NORCE. I am also a permanent member of the leader group at the department.

From 2002 I have led several large Joint Industry Projects (JIP) funded by the Research Council of Norway and several industry partners. My research interests focus on ensemble based methods for improved reservoir management.

Research interests are also covered by the following JIPs I have led in the past years: “4D Seismic History Matching”; “Reservoir Data Assimilation for Realistic Geology”; “Improved reservoir forecasting through natural and injected tracer modelling” and; “Cost efficient reservoir characterization”.

Since 2015 I have been the Research Director of Theme 2 in the National IOR Centre of Norway, and a permanent member of the management group of the Centre. The Centre host is the University of Stavanger with research partners NORCE and IFE, and currently nine user partners. Theme 2 covers “Mobile Oil– Reservoir Characterisation to Improve Volumetric Sweep” including: “Tracer Technology; “Reservoir Simulation Tools ” and; “Field Scale Evaluation and History Matching ”.

September 2019, I as a coordinator, submitted a proposal, DigiFuture, to the call for new Centers for Research-based Innovation (CRI) by the Research Council of Norway. DigiFuture aims to develop generic ensemble methods for probabilistic risk assessment and decision support and demonstrate these methods in a wide range of industrial and societal applications.