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.

Our current disciplines, that make up the Rolling Technology Programme, are broken down into the following sections:

Drilling & Wells – Technology involved in the construction of oil and gas wells, this can be to reduce cost, increase efficiency or improve the safety of operations.

Subsurface – Technologies to advance the oil and gas industries ability to measure, process and interpret seismic data to allow better understanding of formations targeted for appraisal and development.

Subsea – Technology developments involving engineering taking place beneath the surface of the sea. Subsea developments allow reservoir fluids to be produced, processed and transported, all without the need for a platform structure.

Facilities & Process – This area covers technologies used to process, flow assure and produce hydrocarbons, as well as measure and control within platforms and floating production systems. 

Decommissioning – This covers technologies and processes that can make the physical removal of structures at the end of their life cheaper, safer and with less environmental impact.

Within these disciplines, further themes are created.  Details of these themes can be found in the drop down table below.

Drilling & Wells
Facilities & Process

Running Themes 2017

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

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

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 - Exploiting Low Permeability Reservoirs

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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