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CIAM – Cluster on industrial asset management

CIAM is a network of companies and university with focus on industrial asset management. It is administered by UiS, but controlled by the companies via the board.

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CIAM contributes to increased value creation and reduced risk exposure for our industrial partners.

It's not about ideas. It's about making ideas happen.

CIAM motto

CIAM offers:

  • meeting points for knowledge exchange
  • access to competent network within your professional interest
  • access to Master and Ph.D students
  • participation in courses and projects

CIAM's mission:

  • Increase Companies profitability and sustainability by increasing competency
  • Industrial asset management by enabling employees to perform:
    • Innovation
    • Analytics
    • Digitalization
    • Industry 4.0
  • Increase competency and initialize initiatives by:
    • Dialogue between competent companies
    • Dialogue between competent companies and university

Planned CIAM HUB meetings in Fall are postponed until the new year

Due to the Covid-19 situation, all planned HUB meetings will have to be postponed until 2021. We will closely follow how the situation develops and dependent on the advice from the authorities and the University, we hope to be ready with the first HUB meetings in the middle of January.

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News & events

ORS series of meetings 25 Nov

See Safety and Risk hub

Seminar on Value estimation and cost

Date to be announced

Seminar: Simulator, driftstøtte og - forberedelse

13 Nov

Jan Frick is Chair of CIAM

Knowledge hubs

We value the interactions of our experts and partners. Therefore we want to create platforms that will enhance the best atmosphere for collaboration and innovation in our quest for continuous value creation. This is what we call our Knowledge Hubs.

Problems that our partners come across can be discussed during our different activities like thematic seminars, workshops with global experts, study sessions, conferences and joint-industry projects. In CIAM we endeavor to put our partners one step ahead of the game through our knowledge cluster that is both dynamic and productive.

Our different thematic groups are listed below. Please do not hesitate to contact us at if you want to contribute and be part of our network.

knowledge hub

Data Management and Information Systems

Developments within data management and information systems represent one of the most influential effects in industrial environments during the last few years.

The emergence of novel data management platforms together with electronic capabilities has introduced new operational scenarios in almost all business sectors. The impact of data and IT in technical and operational decision processes has grown considerably, and it will be even more in the future where real-time online data dependent decision processes emerge gradually. The innovation in this context has also introduced many challenges varying from security to trust related issues.

The purpose of this forum is to enable those who have passion, interests, and responsibilities in data and IT sector to join hands in exploring opportunities to make a difference in dealing with smart data in industrial environments.


Asset Economy and Cost Engineering

Asset economics and cost engineering has a major weight on the profitability of an organization. The traditional practices and processes related to the engineering and management of costs have been significantly challenged today, particularly after the recent financial recessions.

Current business conditions have given a clear message on the need of new approaches to support those who make economical and cost related decisions in industrial settings. Recent developments, for instance related to Activity based costing, Beyond budgeting, etc., are some examples.

Apart from the need for new instruments and tools to master economical and cost decisions, much knowledge is also required to understand the real impact of those decisions at engineering, production, and operational levels.


Value Estimation and Cost with Lars Atle Kjøde.
Date: TBA, 09:00-12:00 at UiS


Human Capital and Organizational Development

In the modern knowledge economy the human capital of industrial organizations play defining roles for successes and failures.

The current and future employees gradually emanate from Y2 generation, through social networks, and from highly computerized societies. On the other hand this is a period where the industry has to preoccupy with, diversity management, generation conflicts, multi-cultural environments, and mobile knowledge.

Also, all the industrial sectors face various challenges in terms of for instance; development of human capital, retention strategies, competitive recruitment, accountabilities and performance incentives, etc.

The human capital forum engages in those various challenging aspects that make a difference in industrial organizations in terms of competitivity and sustainability of business processes.


Operation and Maintenance

Operations and maintenance optimization efforts both in the offshore and land-based industries over the last few years have been increased significantly due to current challenges in the sectors. Major focus has been on use of technological means and operational improvements seeking production, safety, and environmental benefits.

A considerable potential still exists to optimize O&M of production assets through various solutions, where technological, operational, process-related, and even managerial aspects can bring significant positive impact in value creating processes. 

Industries have been presented with various O&M optimization solutions over the years varying from Total Quality and plant automation, to Business process re-engineering. Various tools and instruments for both operational and technological improvements have also been available from time to time.

History has taught that “there is no one size that fits for all” as the business conditions can vary from place to place. In addition, both offshore and land-based industry can draw lessons learned and knowledge from each other to improve performance and value creations. This needs exchange of valuable experience and exploring effective and smart solutions in operational, technological, and managerial aspects that help support the O&M optimization efforts.

This Knowlege Hub is the meeting place for those who have a passion and professional interests on the subject. It provides a collaborative support platform among the experts in the region for learning, innovation, and professional development.


Seminar: Simulator, drift støtte, drift forberedelse.
Date: 13. november 09:00-12:00 - PetroLink


Safety and Risk

Despite the adaption of zero philosophy, the industry still encounters significant challenges in health & safety performance.

Despite significant efforts being made, major accidents and unwanted events still continues to occur in various scales. In a way this can be attributed to the complexity of many factors that potentially influence health & safety risk in industrial environments. Culture, risk awareness, work sociology, working conditions, managerial practices, procedural deviations, etc. are often sighted as contributing factors.

Despite the knowledge acquired over years and years of historical events, the subject is even more challenging to be addressed under the modern industrial and work settings, and hence demand new perspectives and innovation to improve the current status.

The purpose of this forum is to enable those who have passion, interests, and responsibilities in health and safety issues to join hands in exploring opportunities to make a difference in dealing with major accidents and unwanted events related risks in industrial environments.


The Safety and Risk hub hosts another in the ORS series of meetings on Wed 25 November, 09:00-12:00 at UiS.

Meeting 2 of 3: Application of Oil and Gas originated risk management approach on Low Carbon sectors w/ Baris Arslan
The event is reserved for CIAM members


Numerous projects are carried out by CIAMs affiliates and experts. These include PhD projects, industry projects and international projects.

Projects play a very important role in shaping knowledge to fit the business ideas of members for use in a more sustainable and benefitting manner.

The Cluster recognizes that the two ways to establish such important projects are either by initiating own projects or being a partner for external projects. Either ways require us to have an up to date knowledge and understanding of our partners needs, business thinking and real operational challenges. By working closely and actively together in the most relevant projects such challenges can be turned into opportunities gearing towards long term value creation, for all partners, in sustainable manners.

CIAM continues to stay abreast of the latest and the newest by paying due attention to national R&D programs, the industrial sectors, state and public sectors, and international R&D programs. Interactive sessions with partners and Knowledge Hubs have very critical roles in this context.


Building COMpetences for COMpetitive COMpanies (COM3)

COM3 is funded by the North Sea Program from Interreg B program area. COM³ puts the focus on local/regional authorities and develops transnational supportive structures being tested in 10 regions from 7 NSR countries with the aim of technology adoption and economic interoperability of enterprises.

The innovative supporting measures will focus on enabling digital tech-adoption of local economy from one hand, but also on creating an interoperable environment for enterprises to work in a cross-border context by overcoming regulatory, data standard and communication burdens.

The COM³ training & coaching model, connected hubs, guiding measures and interoperability standards lead to effective cross-border cooperation of regional authorities, business support organizations and companies towards smarter regional growth in the NSR.

This project is in collaboration with the University of Stavanger, University of South-Eastern Norway, Vinje Kommune and CIAM (Cluster on Industrial Asset Management).

News and project updates can be found on the EU Interreg North Sea website.

Contact person for Com3 is project coordinator Professor Jan Frick.


Educating Graduate Students for Industry 4.0 (EduInd4)

Collaboration between several educational institutions will foster the development of competence that will enable the students to be skillful in future industrial jobs.

Starting in 2019, the collaboration of the three institutions (University of Stavanger in Norway, Nazarbayev University in Kazakhstan, and Azerbaijan State Oil and Industry University in Azerbaijan) will foster the development of competence that will enable the students to be skillful in future industrial jobs.

In addition to that, goals set for the project includes developing project-based contents of Predictive Maintenance and Operations Optimization, establishing joint research-based activities and enhancing industrial collaboration through summer industrial internships.

EduInd4 is in close cooperation with CIAM and the industry which is important in terms of establishing joint research activities (master thesis) and summer industrial internships.

Project Package

  • Curriculum Development
  • Joint Master Thesis
  • Joint Course Projects
  • Summer School
  • Summer Internships
  • Industry 4.0 Open Competition
  • Timeline and Events
  • Contact Information



EPIC (Improving Employability through Student Projects, Internationalisation and Collaboration) is an Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership which aims to strengthen student projects through joint industry collaboration and internationalisation.

While employability is a main focus of the partnership, the methods developed will support a wider number of objectives:

  • Increasing employability through closer collaboration between students and industry, by promoting active and problem-based learning, and by promoting international collaboration.
  • Increasing the labour market relevance of education through closer collaboration between industry and academia, and making the students better prepared for both national and international labour markets in a globalized world.
  • Increasing the students learning outcome by promoting active learning methods, based on students solving real-world problems.
  • Promote the take-up of ICT tools and Open Educational Resources (OER) to facilitate international student projects based on blended learning, thus making international collaboration more scalable and sustainable by reducing the costs. This also makes it possible to give students an international experience without the need for spending prolonged times abroad.
  • Provide the students with transversal competencies, especially focusing on problem solving skills, collaboration skills, entrepreneurial skills and skills within creativity and innovation.

The application organization is Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark and is joined by Saxion University of Applied Sciences, Enschede, Netherlands, ATeNe KOM GmbH, Berlin, Germany, Talaia Networks S.L., Barcelona, Spain, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Barcelona, Spain, Abdullah Gul University, Kayseri, Turkey, Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH), Hamburg, Germany, Riga Technical University, Riga, Latvia, Uniwersytet Technologiczno- Przyrodniczy (UTP), Bydgoszcz, Poland.

The project will run from 01.09.2017 to 31.08.2020

EPIC Project website is found here.


Maintenance Organizations and -strategies for Large Scale Wind Parks

The purpose of the project is using advanced simulation modeling to investigate the effect on operational expenditure (OPEX) and levelized cost of energy (LCOE) from different maintenance organization configurations and different maintenance strategies.

Centre for Industrial Asset Management in collaboration with the Norwegian Centre for Offshore Wind (NORCOWE) engages in a research project within offshore wind.  

The purpose of the project is using advanced simulation modeling to investigate the effect on operational expenditure (OPEX) and levelized cost of energy (LCOE) from different maintenance organization configurations and different maintenance strategies.

An additional goal is to develop a simulation tool for decision support to be used by wind park developers in concept studies and for long term strategic decisions.

Here is a video (external link) demonstrating the current version of the simulation tool.

Industrial partners

CIAM is an active knowledge network and centre of integrated expertise for experience sharing, learning, education and R&D on industrial asset management. Therefore, our partners are key assets.

NameDescription and weblink
APPLYAPPLY is a leading multidiscipline engineering company specializing in contracts across all project phases, from concept development and studies to completion, commissioning and operations in the onshore and offshore energy sector. Link to APPLY website.
ConocoPhillipsConocoPhillips is the world's largest independent exploration and production (E&P) companies, based on proved reserves and production of liquids and natural gas. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, ConocoPhillips has operations in 27 countries and approximately 19,000 employees. Link to Conoco website.
DNV GLDNV GL is a global quality assurance and risk management company. Driven by our purpose of safeguarding life, property and the environment, we enable our customers to advance the safety and sustainability of their business. We continuously invest in research and collaborative innovation to provide customers and society with operational and technological foresight. With origins stretching back to 1864 and operations in more than 100 countries, our experts are dedicated to helping customers make the world safer, smarter and greener. Our vision of having global impact for a safe and sustainable future sets the direction of our business. Link to DNV GL website.
GasscoAs an operator, Gassco is responsible for safe and efficient gas transport from the Norwegian continental shelf and will be a leading gas transporter in Europe. Link to Gassco website.
OceaneeringOceaneering Asset Integrity is an industry leader in the provision of risk and reliability centered services. Consistent organic growth coupled with strategic acquisitions has positioned Oceaneering as one of the largest providers of integrity services in the world.
Operating worldwide in North and South America, Africa, Europe, South East Asia and Australia, we offer more than 50 years experience delivering services in a safe, innovative and cost effective manner. Our specialist teams of skilled personnel deliver services that provide solutions to the many challenges that arise in the Oil and Gas, Chemical, Power and Construction industries. Link to Oceaneering website.
ORS ConsultingORS Consulting joined CIAM in May 2017. It is an independent consultancy delivering risk-based services for the energy sector. A partnership between ONS Consulting and CIAM will allow members from both groups to benefit from each other’s knowledge, domain expertise, research interests, and new ideas. Link to ORS website.
PetrolinkPetrolink operates platforms, subsea installations and floating production units offshore, oil and gas terminals onshore, refineries and process plants including power plants and carbon capture facilities. In addition, we provide services concerned with concept selection, preparation for operations, operations support and emergency response. Operating companies and asset owners in Norway and internationally are our main clients. We have offices in Stavanger, Bergen, Aberdeen, Doha and Kuala Lumpur. Link to Petrolink website.