About Oliasoft

Bringing Integrated Cloud Engineering to well design

Oliasoft was formed in 2015 by energy sector and software professionals dedicated to using the best digital technology to automate the well planning workflow.

The result is Oliasoft WellDesign, an integrated cloud engineering platform that transforms the process of building cost efficient, safe and effective well design systems.

Well Construction software to the world

Custom solutions

WellDesign’s suite of advanced simulation engines automates well planning and operations, dramatically improving efficiency and safety.

The Oliasoft open API lets users build custom solutions by snapping together Oliasoft and third party applications like building blocks. The system can be accessed from any operating system, with any browser, allowing virtual teams to collaborate in real time.*

Our technology can also be applied within other industries such as geothermal energy and carbon capture and storage.

*Oliasoft WellDesign is suited for any modern standards compliant device and browser, including Chrome, Edge, Safari, Firefox, Opera and more”

Our philosophy

We work closely with our partners and customers to design digital solutions that transform industry processes.



We know the challenges our clients face to supply energy safely, reliably and at low cost. We draw on the best and most recent technology to ensure Oliasoft WellDesign meets the most exacting industry and usability standards.



Drilling operators can't afford any margin for error. We ensure Oliasoft WellDesign produces exact calculations, time after time, working with experts from industry majors to test every new feature, again and again.



We only take on the best energy sector and software professionals. And we work closely with research institutions and experts across the industry to ensure our software retains its cutting edge.

Looking ahead

We’re growing rapidly. Oliasoft now employs more than 40 highly skilled drilling engineers, software developers, and data scientists – and a sales and marketing team with deep energy sector experience.

We’re developing the WellDesign system in close cooperation with leading research institutions like the Institute For Energy Technology and Norce, and oil majors including Shell, Chevron and Equinor.

We continue to win industry recognition. Oliasoft has raised more than NOK 110 million in private equity and grants, and last year a panel of 140 investors and oil companies voted us ‘Most Promising Startup’ in the Rice Alliance Startup Awards.

Executive Team

Jim Strand

Jim Strand

Chief Product Officer

One of Oliasofts co-founders and head of our product development team. Jim previously founded WDO (iQx), and has worked as a lead drilling engineer and drilling supervisor. His operational experience includes exploration and development drilling, HPHT, deepwater, and remote location well projects operators such as DetNorske, Lundin and Equinor.

André Backen

André Backen

Chief Executive Officer

André is the CEO and one of co-founders of Oliasoft. He is a serial entrepreneur and has built companies within gaming and fintech prior to Oliasoft. He co-founded Funcom in 1993 – the company went public in 2005 and was sold to Tencent in 2020. André co-founded Paynet together with Marius Kjeldahl in 2000, and the company was sold to DNB in 2003 and then to NETS.

Marius Kjeldahl

Marius Kjeldahl

Chief Technology Officer

Marius co-founded Oliasoft with a background as a software engineer and entrepreneur in industries including gaming, banking, venture, trading, and edtech. He is a former co-founder of Funcom (1993), Secana/Paynet, Snap TV and Kahoot, and has worked in finance (NBIM, Teknoinvest, Proventure).

Working at Oliasoft

Our team has more than 40 highly skilled drilling engineers, software developers, data scientists and marketing professionals – learn about our culture and view our latest opportunities

Norway's oil & gas industry

Working at Oliasoft offers the opportunity to help bring the best new technology to the Norweigan oil and gas sector – read our introduction to an industry that has been at the heart of our nation’s prosperity

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