The people behind the technology

At Solution Seeker, we come to work every day because we want to figure out how to turn data into value.

People have used data to make better, more informed decisions throughout history. Our goal and passion at Solution Seeker is better utilization of available data and increased situational awareness in the oil industry. We want to make technology simpler and the data more available to as many users as possible. Today, we provide the most actionable solution for daily production optimization. This makes us proud and we are excited to continue on this journey – will you join us too?

  • Vidar Gunnerud
    Vidar Gunnerud

    Vidar is CEO and co-founder. He previously managed the short-term production optimization project at the Center for Integrated Operations in the Petroleum Industry. Vidar holds a PhD from Engineering Cybernetics NTNU.

  • Sheri Shamlou
    Sheri Shamlou

    Sheri is responsible for business development and strategy. She has previous experience as a management consultant at Arkwright. She holds a MSc from Industrial Economics NTNU with specialization in optimization.

  • Bjarne Foss
    Bjarne Foss

    Bjarne is co-founder and board member at Solution Seeker, and advises on technical development and strategy. As professor at NTNU Cybernetics he holds extensive knowledge on control and optimization theory.

  • Anders Sandnes
    Anders Sandnes

    Anders is responsible for the technical development at Solution Seeker. He holds a MSc from Engineering Cybernetics NTNU with specialization in optimization.

  • Arild Nystad
    Arild Nystad

    As former resource director in OD, Arild has a large international network within the oil and gas industry. He is Solution Seeker’s main advisor on industry relations.

  • Vidar Uglane
    Vidar Uglane

    Vidar is responsible for following up and developing the pilot customers. He has experience as management consultant at McKinsey&Company. Vidar holds a MSc from Industrial Economics NTNU, specialized in optimization.

  • Bjarne Grimstad
    Bjarne Grimstad

    Bjarne is responsible for modeling and state estimation. He has previous experience as a Senior Engineer at FMC Technologies and holds a PhD from NTNU Cybernetics on the topic of optimization.

  • Anders Aune
    Anders Aune

    Anders is board member and advisor on business development and strategy. He has broad experience in managing tech startups, and has been project manager of more than 80 commercialization projects in his time at NTNU TTO.

  • Bjørn-Erik Dale
    Bjørn-Erik Dale

    Bjørn-Erik is board member and advisor on business relations and strategy. As Director at Arkwright Consulting, he has broad experience with strategic advisory for companies within the oil and gas industry.

  • Inge Sandstad Skrondal
    Inge Sandstad Skrondal

    Inge is responsible for data and parameter uncertainty assessment. He has two years experience from ConocoPhillips data analytics. He holds a MSc from Mathematics at UiO.

  • Stine Ursin-Holm
    Stine Ursin-Holm

    Stine is responsible for well test design and data analysis at Solution Seeker. She holds a MSc from Industrial Economics NTNU with specialization in optimization.

Solution Seeker background

Solution Seeker is a spin-off company that originates from the Center for Integrated Operations (IO Center) at NTNU. Our technology results from an 8-year collaborative research project between NTNU, SINTEF and numerous industry partners. The methodologies we use are based on solid theoretical foundations as well as an intimate understanding of the oil industry’s challenges in daily production optimization.