Virtual CO2 Laboratory (VIRCOLA) project kick off!


VIRCOLA project had its kick off March 11th 2013 at Christian Michelsen Research (CMR) in Bergen.

The project has a duration of 2 years and aims to build a virtual CO2 laboratory for covisualizing and visual analysis of all the different data types involved in the work towards thestorage of CO2.

At the Kick off the partners; CGG, Statoil, UNIS, IFE and CMR(host) discussed plans and progress for the work in the project.


VIRCOLA kick off! (Photo: Tor Langeland, CMR)


Saman Tavakoli started in his position as a scientist at CMR February 25th. He will be involved in the Virtual CO2 Laboratory (VIRCOLA) project in connection with the SUCCESS project.




Saman defended his Ph.D. thesis in December 2012 majoring Applied Geophysics at Luleå University of Technology, Sweden.

The main aim of his Ph.D. project was, together with other partners involved, to unravel and model ca. 5 km of the upper crust by integrating geological and geophysical data to create a dynamic and evolutionary (4D) model of the crust for volcanogenic massive sulfide (VMS) exploration in the Skellefte mining district, northern Sweden.

Saman was principally responsible for data acquisition, modeling and interpretation, and visualization of the geophysical data (magnetic, gravity, resistivity and induced polarization) in multi-dimensions.



Saman will cooperate with the partners involved in the SUCCESS project, for integration and co-visualization of the multi-disciplinary (e.g. geological, geophysical and petrophysical, geomechanical) data from the CO2 site located in the Longyearbyen, Svalbard. The research will therefore involve close collaboration between partners from diverse research disciplines to develop a versatile visualization platform with the aim of better understanding of the storage capacity, injectivity and long term confinement of the CO2.







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