Kristin Falk

Fakultet for teknologi, naturvitenskap og maritime fag
Institutt for realfag og industrisystemer
Campus Kongsberg (5368)
Kristin Falk is Professor at the University of Southeastern Norway (USN) and a director of the Industrial Research School in Complex Systems (INRESCOS). At USN she is fronting research on systems engineering, teaching, and supervising masters and PhD students. She is the scientific lead in the H-SEIF2 project on the value of big data and digitalization. Kristin holds a PhD in Petroleum Production and a Masters in Industrial Mathematics, both from NTNU. She has worked with product development in the oil and gas industry for more than 20 years. Her industrial experience ranges from subsea systems development in large multinational companies to developing drilling service solutions in a start-up Company. She is vise chair in the Viken Regional research fund. Her research focus is how to collaborate to make trustworthy, changeable, and sustainable engineered systems - adopted to humans.


Research Method

Falk, K., & Muller, G. (2019) Embedded Master's Students Conduct Highly Relevant Research Using Industry as Their Laboratory. Technology Innovation Management Review, 9(5).

Human Systems Engineering Innovation Framework (H-SEIF)

Boge & Falk (2019) A3 Architecture Views – A Project Management Tool? Proceedings of the 29th Annual INCOSE , International Symposium, Orlando, FL.

Broyde, H., Falk, K., & Arntzen, A. A. B. (2017). Autonomous Security System Specification within Oil and Gas Industry for Offshore Vessel: Requirement and Concept. Society for Design and Process Science (SDPS).

Engen, Falk, Muller (2019) Architectural reasoning in the conceptual phase- a case study in the oil and gas industry, Proceedings of Systems of Systems Engineering Conference, Alaska.

Falk, K. & Juridic, R. (2018). Challenges in the management and acceptance of automation in urban transport in norway, spds, Bologna, Italy.

Falk, K., "Engineering crazy diamonds in complex systems," presented at Subsea Valley Conference, Fornebu, 2017. Presentation only.

Imsdal, M., Falk, K., Kjørstad, M. & Nazar, S. (2018). The Level of Automation in Emergency Quick Disconnect Decision Making. Journal of Marine Science and Engineering, 6(1), 17.

Kjørstad, M. & Falk, K., (2018) A Human Systems Engineering Assessment of Autonomous Subsea Systems – Case Study of the Emergency Disconnect System, proceedings of the 28th Annual INCOSE , International Symposium, Washington DC.

Kjørstad, M., Falk, K., Muller, G., & Pinto, J. (2018, October). Early Validation of User Needs in Concept Development: A Case Study in an Innovation-Oriented Consultancy. In International Conference on Human Systems Engineering and Design: Future Trends and Applications (pp. 54-60). Springer, Cham.

Lønndal, S. & Falk, K. (2018) "Implementation of A3 architectural overviews in Lean Product Development Teams," proceedings of the 28th Annual INCOSE , International Symposium, Washington DC.

Muller, Falk, Kjørstad (2019), ‘Project management of systemic innovations.’ Book chapter in Evolving Toolbox for Complex Project Management, to be published 2019.

Muller, Falk, Syverud (2019) System of Systems Architecting and Integration; Visualizing Dynamic Behavior and Qualities, Proceedings of Systems of Systems Engineering Conference, Alaska.

Pinto, Falk, Kjørstad (2019) Inclusion of human values in the specification of systems: bridging design and systems engineering. 29th Annual INCOSE, International Symposium, Orlando, FL.

Subsea Systems Engineering

Bergli, S., & Falk, K. (2017, July). Cause and Impact Analysis of Cost and Schedule Overruns in Subsea Oil and Gas Projects–A Supplier's Perspective. In INCOSE International Symposium (Vol. 27, No. 1, pp. 309-321).

Engen, S., & Falk, K. (2018, July). Application of a System Engineering Framework to the Subsea Front‐End Engineering study. In INCOSE International Symposium (Vol. 28, No. 1, pp. 79-95).

Eriksson, K,  Homstvedt, G.,  Melbø, H.,  Falk, K.,  Mjaavatten, E. (2007) 'Subsea Pump Condition Monitoring and Intervention Prediction Techniques’. Deep Offshore Technology (DOT 2007), Stavanger, Norway.

Eriksson, K., Falk, K., Melboe, H., & Mjaavatten, E. (2007) Subsea Pumping Systems: Intervention Prediction and Condition Monitoring Techniques. In Offshore Technology Conference. Offshore Technology Conference. OTC018537.

Falk et al. (2015) ‘Troll Field data illustrates how EC-Drill impacts drilling operations and bottom-hole pressures’, 2015 IADC/SPE MPD&UBO Conference & Exhibition, March 2015, Dubai.

Falk et al. (2019). Systems Engineering Principles to Enable Supplier-led Solutions, Offshore Technology Conference, OTC-29403-MS, Houston, TX.

Falk, K. & Fossli, B. (2009) ‘Managed Pressure Drilling from Floating Rigs’ (In Norwegian). The 22. KRISTIANSAND Conference in Drilling and Well Technology, September. Norway.

Falk, K. (2006) ‘How Aker Kværner will improve recovery and reduce subsea operating costs through Integrated Operations’; INTSOK 2006 Conference, Houston, March. Presentation only.

Falk, K. (2017) 'Systems Engineering - veien til målet,' presented at Telemark Energiforum, Notodden. Presentation only

Falk, K., ‘Is early involvement of suppliers a threat or a treasure in Subsea Field Development?,’ Presented at Subsea Valley Conference, Fornebu, March 2018. Presentation only.

Falk, K., Fossil, B., Lagerberg, C., Handal, A., Sangesland, S. (2011) ‘LRRS treads fine line within drilling window’. Drilling contractor, 67.6.

Falk, K., Fossli, B., Lagerberg, C., Handal, A., & Sangesland, S. (2011) Well control when drilling with a partly-evacuated marine drilling riser. In IADC/SPE Managed Pressure Drilling and Underbalanced Operations Conference & Exhibition. Society of Petroleum Engineers.

Falk, K., Kaste, V., Håheim, S., & Damsleth, P. (2002, a). Subsea Heat Bank-An Alternative Thermal Insulation Method. In SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition. Society of Petroleum Engineers.

Falk, K., Killie, R., Håheim, S., & Damsleth, P. (2002, b). Thermal Benefits With Subsea Heat Bank. In ASME 2002 21st International Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering (pp. 39-49). American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Medley, G. & Falk, K. (2010) ‘IADC’s MPD Subcommittee – MPD Candidate Selection Tool’. IADC World Drilling 2010 Conference & Exhibition. June 2010, Budapest Hungary. Presentation only.

Melbo, H., Eriksson, K. G., & Falk, K. (2013) ‘Subsea accumulator monitoring system,’ U.S. Patent No. 8,437,975. Washington, DC: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Muller, G. & Falk, K. (2018). 'What can (Systems of) Systems Engineering contribute to Oil and Gas? An illustration with case studies from subsea'), in IEEE 13th System of Systems Engineering Conference Proceedings, June 19-22, Paris, France.

Neri, R., & Falk, K. (2006) Subsea architectures to facilitate increased recovery from reservoirs: Subsea processing, condition monitoring and process optimization in a modern subsea control system. In Subsea Controls and Data Acquisition 2006: Controlling the Future Subsea. Society of Underwater Technology.

Nilsen, M. A. & Falk, K. & Haugen, T.A. (2018) "Reducing Project Cost Growth Through Early Implementation of Interface Management," proceedings of the 28th Annual INCOSE , International Symposium, Washington DC.

Røsegg, C. & Falk, K., (2018) ‘The Importance of Project Management in the System Integration, Verification and Validation Process,’ proceedings of the 28th Annual INCOSE , International Symposium, Washington DC.

Stamnes, Ø., Mjaavatten, E., Falk, K. (2012) ‘A simplified model for multi-fluid dual gradient drilling operations.’ IFAC Proceedings Volumes. 45.8: 211-216.

Ulsvik O. K. & Falk K., (2018) "Cause and Impact Analysis of Cost and Schedule Overruns in Subsea Oil and Gas Projects," proceedings of the 28th Annual INCOSE , International Symposium, Washington DC.

Pressure Pulse Propagation in Multiphase Flow (PhD-related work)

Falk, K. (1999) ‘Pressure Pulse Propagation in Gas-Liquid Pipe Flow. Modeling, Experiments, and Field Testing’, PhD Thesis, Department of Petroleum Engineering and Applied Geophysics, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, 210 pages, Trondheim Norway.

Falk, K., Bergant, A., Dudlik, A., Neuhaus, T., Murray, S. J., Pothof, I., & Hunt, S. (2004) Multi-phase effects on pressure surge. 'The practical application of surge analysis for design and operation. Vol.2 : Papers presented at 9th International Conference on Pressure Surges, Chester, UK, 24 - 26 March. Cranfield: BHR Group, 2004 (Transferring technology). pp.661-672

Falk, K. and Gudmundsson, J. S. (2000) ‘Water hammer in high pressure multiphase flow’ BHR-Group's International Pressure Surges Conference, The Hague, April. BHR GROUP CONFERENCE SERIES PUBLICATION 39, 41-54.

Falk, K. and Gudmundsson, J. S. (1999) ‘Multiphase pressure pulses for quick-acting valves: Offshore testing’, SPE 56526, SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, Houston.

Falk, K. and Gudmundsson, J. S. (1999). ’Pressure pulse predictions in multiphase wells and pipelines’, BHR-Group's 9th International Multiphase Conference, BHR GROUP CONFERENCE SERIES PUBLICATION 35,  Cannes, France. June. Pp 449-458.

Falk, K., Hervieu, E., and Gudmundsson, J. S., (1999) ’Pressure pulse and void fraction propagation in two-phase flow: experiments for different flow regimes’, Proceedings of the 2nd International Symposium on Two-Phase Flow Modelling and Experimentation, Pisa May.

Falk, K. (1998) ’Rapid pressure waves through gas-liquid flow in wells and pipelines’, SPE 52060, SPE European Conference, The Hague October.

Other Topics

Azis, Falk, Qvenild (2019) A   Practical study on how proactive quality approach can improve system development process to ensure system-effectiveness and -performance. 29th Annual INCOSE , International Symposium, Orlando, FL.

Falk, K. (1994) ’Dynamic Aspect of Deep Water Mooring Lines,’ Masters Thesis (Sivilingeniøroppgave), 92 pages, Department of Industrial Mathematics, Norwegian Institute of Technology (NTH), Trondheim, Norway.

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