Rolling Technology Programme

delivering a global agenda

ITF works with our members and stakeholder partners to identify the key areas where technology is required to address common industry opportunities or challenges across the world.


The ITF member led Rolling Technology Programme evolves on a quarterly basis and delivers against the following objectives:

  • Articulates our activities to ITF members, the technology developer community and the wider industry and enables us to build Member Champion support for programmed theme activities.
  • Supports ITF’s aim of developing technology for our members and the wider industry that will have a positive impact by leveraging our membership’s combined technology knowledge to bring forward developer community innovation.
  • Maintains its relevance through a validation process supported by technology workshops, ITF members’ meetings, regular key account meetings, and through discipline networks established within the ITF membership. This process is supported through engagement with relevant industry bodies and technology events to maintain our awareness of industry technology developments.

For more information about any of these activities, please contact Ben Foreman, Technology Manager, e:, p: +44 (0)1224 222428.

Drilling & Wells
Facilities & Process

Running Themes 2017

GCC Roadmap

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Roadmap was primarily initiated to establish areas where collaborative technology development could take place focused on the needs of Middle Eastern ITF members, and to identify opportunities for collaboration in Joint Industry Projects (JIPs). ITF have developed the roadmap by using a systematic process to identify challenges and collate data provided by individual ITF GCC member companies in order to define the problem statements into common themes, which has led to calls for proposals on Hybrid EOR and Water Management. 

  • Hybrid EOR
  • Downhole Oil-Water Separation (DOWS)

Well Plugging & Abandonment

ITF worked with Decom North Sea and the Oil & Gas UK Decommissioning Sub-Committee to pull together a group representing the UK abandonment community with the aim of defining the key technology priorities in abandonment and identifying mechanisms to collaborate on the development of required new technologies. In parallel to this, ITF conducted a survey of our members to identify technology challenges in abandonment. During 2016 ITF undertook calls for proposals on Through Tubing Logging, Removal of Casing and Alternatives to Cement. During 2017 ITF will continue to work with industry on the remaining challenge areas.

  • Barrier Verification
  • Efficient Subsea Wellhead Cutting for P&A
  • Cutting and removal of in-well cables

Improved Reservoir Imaging

Technological advancements in improving acquisition and analysis have been relentlessly pursued by ITF members. The 2014 Subsurface Technology Roadmap highlighted some key areas where there are recognized technology gaps in subsurface imaging. Reliable sub-seismic imaging:

  • Improving sub-seismic detail (resolution & bandwidth)
  • Ocean bottom nodes on an exploration scale
  • Addressing the challenges of time-lapse seismic
  • Removal of multiples without losing information

As part of the Heterogeneous Reservoirs work stream, Co-processing of seismic and non-seismic geophysical and petrophysical techniques to allow for better integration of data. Several geophysical and petrophysical data types are often collected for a field. This may include seismic, gravity, magnetics, CSEM, borehole images, and resistivity. However, there is limited ability to merge these data sets for more reliable and perhaps higher resolution reservoir imaging

UK Technology Leadership Board Support

ITF provides a support role to the Technology Leadership board in three work groups; Low Cost Well Construction, Small Pools Development and Asset Integrity (CUI and Vessel Inspection).

The Low Cost Well Construction initiative is championed by the UK Technology Leadership Board (TLB): an industry-led body. The workshop focused specifically on areas where technology can significantly reduce the cost of wells in order to stimulate drilling activity and exploit reserves in the UKCS. There was a focus on a short term objective specifically what, where and how can new or existing technologies help drill 20 CNS NPNT wells in the next 2 years at a significantly lower cost. The workshop output will feed into a road-map of technology developments that can reduce overall well cost. ITF's body of work has been around:

  • The organising of a hackathon event to promote new ideas
  • Creating a series of networks to encourage the fast take up of existing and close to market technologies that could reduce well construction costs


The Small Pools Development Theme has been identified by the UK Technology Leadership Board as a priority activity. This echoes ITF member interest so this theme will consider new technology developments that can enable the development of these fields.

  • Low cost facilities to develop pools less than 15 million barrels reserves
  • Linked to low cost well construction objective as typically 50% of small pool development costs relate to drilling and well completion
  • Standalone vs Subsea facilities technology evaluation
  • Improved imaging techniques to increase accuracy to target small pool reservoirs


The Asset Integrity Workgroup is tasking with looking at new and existing technologies with the potential to reduce process vessel inspection times and minimising the need for personnel entry into vessel. To achieve this goal two particular areas of interest are being addressed

  • Methods to detect Corrosion under insulation (CUI) on topsides pipe works
  • Drones and robotics technology to inspect inside topsides process vessels 

Applied Geomechanics

Identified as a theme during the development of our Subsurface Roadmap (a roadmap of member technology needs in the subsurface domain), our Applied Geomechanics theme considers topics such as improving the understanding of fractured reservoirs, coupling basin modelling and geomechanics with a focus on overburden, the relationship between subsidence’s and geomechanics and the link between natural and hydraulic fractures. Pore pressure prediction is the initial area being actioned.

Data and Analytics

Theme landscaping work has already commenced with ITF, in collaboration with DataLab and Scottish Enterprise, issuing a questionnaire in order to gain some high-level insight into the status, opportunities, demand and barriers within the Oil & Gas Industry, in relation to the use of Data Analytics.

The survey output, along with the voting results, will drive the creation of opportunity & challenge area definitions to be tackled by the developer community in a collaborative fashion with the backing of ITF, DataLab and Scottish Enterprise.

  • Exploration: seismic collection and interpretation
  • Production: monitoring and optimisation
  • Integrity: monitoring & inspection
  • Supply Chain: purchasing, logistics & inventory
  • Integration: across currently independent activities

To tie-in and complement the work carried out by the TLB, ITF has targeted Data and Analytics for production optimisation. A workshop was held in Q1 2017 to bring together the UK operator and data science communities to drawn out current issues and how data science can provide a solution. 

Subsea Tiebacks

Identified as a theme discussions with our Members, challenges associated with long subsea tiebacks will be addressed in Q1 2017. Particular areas of interest are flow assurance for longer tiebacks, subsea power distribution and generation and control systems. Stranded gas fields and their development provides a link to the Small Pools Development theme. As part of ITF’s initial research for this theme Members will be consulted on their technology needs in this area to validate the technology challenges.

  • Flow Assurance: Hydrates, wax viscosity, Multiphase Flow Over Long Distance (including Moderate Flow)
  • Subsea Power: Remote power, Power distribution, voltage issues, ring networks
  • HP/HT & LP/LT

To get involved with this technology area please contact ITF Technology Analyst: Alasdair Burgess e:

Open Call 2016 - High TRL Focus

  • Open door policy to encourage developers to submit ideas that they believe address a current need or technology innovation
  • The industry continues to believe that there are significant opportunities for innovation within all segments and disciplines of the sector
  • ITF members indicated they would like to see proposals for near to market solutions

Topside and Pipeline Decommissioning

Landscaping work will be carried out to identify key priority challenges. Initial technology challenge areas in topside and pipeline decommissioning could include.

  • Pipeline Cleaning
  • Pipeline Recovery
  • Seabed Cleaning
  • Burial Monitoring Devices
  • Non-intrusive Assessment Techniques

To get involved with this theme please contact Ben Foreman, Technology Manager e:

ITF / OGIC Joint Call for proposals

  • ITF and OGIC are collaborating to support technology developers to execute innovative projects that will deliver value to the oil & gas industry.  The Joint Call is intended to identify and support projects which meet OGIC’s criteria and are able to attract the interest of ITF funders.
  • OGIC has up to £1 million available to fund qualifying projects and can fund up to 70% of the required amount

Planned Themes 2017

Q2 - Deepwater Challenges

Deepwater oil & gas is a challenging frontier that has many technical challenges. In addition to the ITF-facilitated session on Ultra-Deepwater Challenges at Offshore Europe 2015, ITF will be running a theme to identify and deliver new technology developments in areas such as new riser materials, artificial lift for ultra-deepwater and flow assurance issues related to deepwater production. As part of ITF’s initial research for this theme Members will be consulted on their technology needs in this area to validate the technology challenges.

  • Technologies for Frontier Deep Water (3,000m to 4,500m)
  • Deepwater Riser & Pipeline Technology
  • Composite Risers
  • Deepwater Drilling Technologies
  • Flow Assurance and Subsea Processing

Q3 - Materials and Manufacturing

A number of technology challenge areas were suggested as potential topics within the Materials and Manufacture theme, including:

  • Materials that can operate downhole in High Pressure High Temperature
  • 3D Printing - Improving the effectiveness and efficiency of upstream supply chains
  • Using composites in demanding applications
  • 3D Printing - Reducing manufacturing costs by using 3D Printing

The materials and manufacture theme has gathered sufficient support to allow ITF to continue with the theme. Due to internal resources and the higher indicated interest in other themes, Materials and Manufacture is planned to commence in Q3 2017. This work will start with an in-depth landscaping into the area which will assist in identifying the priority challenge areas to be addressed.

Q3 - Alternatives to Fracking

Within the Increasing Recovery domain Alternative Fracking Technology is considered a potential key challenge area for ITF members. Sufficient interest has been received, from voting and industry engagement, in the proposed Alternatives to Fracking theme resulting in its addition to the ITF Technology Programme for initiation in Q3 2017.

Q4 - Open Call 2017

Open door policy to encourage developers to submit ideas that they believe address a current need or technology innovation.

The industry continues to believe that there are significant opportunities for innovation within all segments and disciplines of the sector.

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