Laboratories for drilling and well technology

Within the field of drilling and well-technology, there are several laboratories conected to the Faculty of Science and Technology at UiS. An overview of equipment and facilities follows.

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Users of the SWIPA laboratory strive to achieve a better understanding of permanent well barriers and improve methods for plugging wells.

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A better scientific understanding of subsurface conditions could produce results that can also be used in the disposal of nuclear waste, converting petroleum wells for CO2 storage and well integrity for geothermal wells. In the laboratory, users can measure pumping times, viscosity, hydraulic seals, mechanical properties and properties over time. The laboratory is used by both students and staff. 

  • Atmospheric consistometer 
  • Pressurized consistometer 
  • Rotational viscometer 
  • Static fluid loss test cell 
  • Triaxial test cell 
  • Ultrasonic cement analyzer (UCA) 
  • Static gel strength 
  • Mechanical Properties Analyzers (MPro) 
  • Autoclave 
  • Heating cabinet 
  • Isothermal Calorimeter
  • Sonic strength 
  • Youngs modulus 
  • Bulk modulus 
  • Viscosity 
  • Cement hydration
  • Geopolymerization reaction
  • Heat release

Contact person: Jostein Djuve and Mahmoud Khalifeh


DrillBotics is an annual interdisciplinary international competition and often forms part of someone’s bachelor’s or master's degree thesis. The laboratory has been set up with a small drilling rig for small-scale test drilling.

Students are able to test various parameters such as bottom hole assembly (BHA) and speed, as well as monitor drilling operations and performance via the OpenLab drilling simulator. 

  • Small-scale physical drilling rig (height is 2m) 
  • Driller-chair with joysticks and touch monitors 
  • Run experiments on a small-scale drilling rig to test designed BHA, drillbit and developed models. 

Contact person: Dan Sui


In the rheology laboratory, users can describe and assess the flow and deformation properties of materials: everything from solid materials like foods to liquids, drilling fluids, paints, polymers, blood, medicine, cement and much more


Rheology is a basic science that aims to understand liquid systems and the dynamic behaviour of solids. The rheology laboratory is used for both teaching and research

  • Anton Paar MCR 702e TwinDrive
  • Anton Paar MCR 302
  • Fann 35
  • Yield stress
  • Creep tests
  • Recovery tests
  • Controlled shear stress
  • Controlled shear rate
  • Counter-rotation mode
  • Couette mode
  • Searle mode
  • Controlled strain
  • Oscillation tests
  • Cone plate, 50 mm, 1°
  • Parallel plate, 25 mm, 50 mm, disposable, serrated
  • Concentric cylinder
  • Double gap geometry
  • Powder cutting cell
  • Pressure cell
  • Temperature range -20 – 200 °C

Contact person: Kim Andre Nesse Vorland

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