Virtual CO2 Laboratory - VIRCOLA

The vision of the Virtual CO2 Laboratory project (VIRCOLA) was to develop a data platform and methodology facilitating improved data utilization and work processes, leading to better understanding of the storage capacity, injectivity and long-term confinement of CO2.

Virtual CO2 Laboratory - VIRCOLA

The project was closely affiliated with the National Centre for Environment-friendly Energy SUCCESS. The VIRCOLA project partners was CMR, CGGVeritas Services (Norway) AS, Institute for Energy Technology (IFE), Statoil Petroleum AS, and Universitetssenteret på Svalbard (UNIS). The project was funded by the Research Council, CGGVeritas Services (Norway) AS, Statoil and SUCCESS.

We established a visualization platform and applied this platform to create visualizations that combine different types of data from Longyearbyen CO2 Lab. In this work, we have involved SUCCESS researchers to identify how such visualizations could be useful to support interdisciplinary collaboration. This has led to the identification of new cooperation opportunities:

  • Analysis of seismic data, magnetic and magnetotelluric data
  • Microbiology compared with geochemical analyzes
  • Deformation in CT images of flow in the core samples.

The visualization platform is available at CMR, e.g. in our collaboration room, which has a large high-resolution screen (4.6 x 1.6 meters). We tested sharing the visualization platform in video meetings. We concluded that this methodology worked, but for practical purposes, it was somewhat cumbersome to use. Therefore we also made the VIRCOLA database accessible via a map-based web page. This website makes it possible for scientists to find reports and publications related to the given data, and hence identify possible cooperation constellations.



Tavakoli, S., Langeland, T., «VIRCOLA - A tool for visualization and cross-discipline collaboration related to CO2 storage», 4th EAGE CO2 Geological Storage Workshop 2014: Demonstrating Storage Integrity and Building Confidence in CCS, pp. 270-274 2014, ISSN/ISBN 978-163266538-6


  • Period

    2012 – 2015

  • Client

    Research Council, CGGVeritas Services (Norway) AS, Statoil and SUCCESS

  • Country