On 9 October, SPE Student Chapter King Saud University (KSU) held its annual welcoming party along with the celebration of being the Chapter of the Month for October!
This was also a congratulatory event for the petroleum and natural gas engineering department for attaining ABET accreditation. During the party, the vice president of the engineering college gave a speech along with the chairman of the petroleum and natural gas engineering department. SPE Student Chapter KSU President, Sayed Hassan Mohamed, also spoke. KSU student chapter spokesmen Sami Talbi presented on the chapter’s plans and the opportunities for the students to get involved. The presentations ended with the cutting of the cake by the guest of honor but the celebrations continued.
On October 14, the SPE Student Chapter China University of Petroleum Beijing (CUPB) held the technical lecture of “Water Quest”. Zhang Hongquan, an associate professor from Tulsa University was invited. During the 2-hour lecture Professor Zhang first analyzed the current situation of water resources in China and other areas of the world and put forward his research and acknowledgement on water use and saving. Based on the theory of water circulation, he proposed some creative views, such as improving the arid climate in the northeast China and revitalizing the Silk Road through water transfer. He then engaged in a lively conversation about water transfer and its feasibility with the students.
After that, Professor Zhang shared his latest patent “Overhead Receiver”. The new technology, which is used for exploration of gas hydrate, helps to solve the problem of high cost and difficulty of the submarine gas hydrate exploration.
The interactive session came last. The active communication between students and Professor Zhang warmed the atmosphere. After the lecture, Professor Zhang took pictures with the Executive Committee of SPE, and then they exchanged souvenirs.
On October 2nd, approximately 250 attendees, 143 of those SPE members of the SPE Student Chapter Kwame – Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, visited the Anglo-Gold Ashanti Mines Sansu Shaft at Obuasi as part of a Geology field observation. The mine is the biggest in Ghana and one of the largest in Africa.
The members toured the general geology and specific geology areas of the site, including the Sansu Shaft, which is the largest shaft there. Members saw the actual operations involved in the selection of the rock and the breaking of it. They went on to observe the conveyor system and the processing unit. Finally, the students were guided through the chemical processing to see gold processing.
A yearly event, Student Technical Conference hosted by the Germen Section of SPE recently took place in Wietze, Germany on the 7th and 8th of October. The program was both enjoyable and educational. Several universities were given the opportunity to speak at the event. The universities included TU Clausthal and TU Berlin among others. There were over 15 prominent speakers. 10 participants took part in the poster contest. A program summary is available for download. Cheers to a successful event!
On September 2, 2010 Mr. Turley, former Marathon VP of Engineering & Technology, came to Marietta to lecture for 2 hours on the Macondo well blowout that occurred in April, 2010. Topics included: casing design, drilling mud systems, hydrostatic pressure and the effects of a gas kick. There were 51 attendees – 44 members, 2 guests, and 5 faculty members.
PetroBowl at 2010 ATCE once again had student chapter teams compete in a tournament-style contest that tests their knowledge of SPE and the E&P industry. Congratulations to the 2010 PetroBowl champions – University of Oklahoma!
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SPE UPES Student Chapter hosted a guest lecture given by Mr. Santanu Hati, Chief Engineer (Production) at ONGC Ltd, Mumbai. At the event, there were approximately 230 attendees present. The event started with the faculty interaction in which a discussion was held with the faculties of the petroleum department. This was followed by a student interaction session in which Mr. Santanu Hati addressed the students on ‘How to Write a Technical Article’. In his talk, he quoted the importance of writing technical papers and shared his experience on the benefits of writing. He also mentioned emphasized the opportunities SPE provides globally in presenting technical papers. Later, Mr. Hati visited the various facilities at the university campus.