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SIRIUS: Centre for Scalable Data Access in the Oil & Gas Domain

An ISG project


SIRIUS is a Centre for Research Based Innovation for Scalable Data Access in the Oil and Gas Domain. It conducts interdisciplinary research leading to innovations that will advance and support digitalisation in the oil and gas industry.

SIRIUS started in November 2016 and has now finished its first full year of operations. This has been a year spent building mutual understanding between our industrial partners and the researchers in the centre so that the best possible portfolio of projects can be initiated. This portfolio of projects has now been defined and the first projects are underway. SIRIUS combines public funding for basic research with funding from its industrial partners inan eight-year programme of industrial, research-based innovation. It ́s partner consortium consists of companies across the oil and gas value chain: including operators (Statoil), service companies (Schlumberger and DNV-GL) and IT companies (Computas, Evry, Dolphin Interconnect Solutions, fluid Operations AG, IBM, Kadme, Numascale and OSISoft). These companies work with researchers from the University of Oslo, NTNU, University of Oxford and Simula Research Laboratories. These researchers bring expertise in knowledge representation, natural-language technologies, databases, scalable computing, execution modelling and analysis and working practices.

The centre provides the industry with better ways to access and use the massive amounts of data that are generated in exploration, projects and daily operation. The advent of big data, digitalisation, the internet of things and data science has made problems with data access more acute. Data access is the bottleneck that can prevent successful digitalisation. SIRIUS approaches these problems through interdisciplinary work, as successful innovation requires a combination of methods. Technical innovation is generated through a portfolio of projects approved by the Centre s strategic board. Basic technology is developed in laboratory projects. This technology is then moved through prototypes into pilots that solve business problems in industrial applications. The centre has an intellectual property model that is designed to build a core of open knowledge on which commercial solutions can be built.

SIRIUS aims to be an intellectual hub for applied industrial IT in Norway. It has dedicated premises in the Department of Informatics at the University of Oslo and collaborates widely, both nationally and internationally. Many of the results generated by the centre are also applicable outside the oil and gas sector. The centre is therefore also active in communicating and applying its results to other sectors, such as Healthcare, Energy, Manufacturing and Public Administration, through its cross-domain applications work package.

For more information, please see the annual reports for the years 2015 and 2016 as well as the official webpage of the SIRIUS Centre.


The SIRIUS Centre is financed by the Research Council of Norway under project number 237889. All partners contribute to the core budget. The University of Oslo funds the infrastructure and services required to host the centre.

Project Summary


November 2015 until October 2023


Ian Horrocks and Boris Motik


Research Council of Norway under project number 237889