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SPE Student Chapter MIT Competes in the ”Darcy Business Challenge”

The MIT Chapter hosted the finals of the “Darcy Business Challenge” sponsored by Shell P&T India Ltd. A total of 23 teams consisting of petroleum engineering students participated in the event. The contest exposed the participants to the real time challenges faced in the petroleum industry.

The contest itself was divided into three stages:

  • The contestants first studied and provided answers about the exploration phase consisting of log interpretation and reserves estimation of hydrocarbons.
  • This was followed by devising scenarios for development of the given oil-field using software like IPM-MBAL and IPM-PROSPER.
  • The final phase required implementation of an economic analysis and a feasibility report of the proposed scenario.

At the end of the three phases, the students had to present their solutions and justify their methods before a panel of reputed professionals, which led to some fierce competition.

The judges for this event were: Mr. Amit Singh, Reservoir Engineer, and Mr. Shawn Viegas, Production Technologist, both from the Shell Technology Centre, Bangalore.  The judges were impressed with the enthusiasm of the students, and how they presented and defended their solutions.




SPE Student Chapter PETRONAS Visits Kencana

The PETRONAS Chapter organised a trip to the Kencana Fabrication Yard. The trip enabled students to have practical exposure in a fabrication yard that manufactures and assembles different parts of production facilities, process skids, drilling rigs and various kinds of platforms.

Students were given an overview of Kencana Petroleum operations undertaken at its fabrication yard.  The students were impressed by the company’s profile and projects that had been accomplished.  They found the completion of world’s tallest self-elevating, re-locatable wellhead platform (150m) project extremely interesting.

An informative tour was given around the Yard, which included the CPP (Central Processing Platform), Engineering Offices, Jackets and Piles yard, and the Construction yard.  Engineers leading the tour were happy to answer questions.  For most of the students, it was the first time they had observed these things, and they enjoyed relating their experience to theory learned in class.


Congratulations April SPE Student Chapter of the Month – University of Petroleum and Energy Studies (UPES)!

The student chapter at University of Petroleum & Energy Studies has proven that even the new chapters can quickly become quite successful.  The students of this chapter hosted Mr. Labastie (2011 SPE President) at a recent inaugural of UPES SPE Magazine Energy Era.  The event was also attended by Mr. Manav Kanwar (Secretary, SPE India Council) and Mr. Waleed Refaay (Managing Director, Middle East/India).  The chapter is accomplishing their goal of providing members an overall exposure with interaction, participation and competition with present and future professionals of the industry.

UPES hosted UPES Fest 2011, national level fest attended by company professionals from ONGC, Shell, Cairn, Reliance and Petrobangia.  The event was sponsored by ONGC, Shell, OBC and UPES.

This chapter has hosted visits from many industry professionals, including Mr. Sudhir Vasudeva, Dr. Tarun Chakraborti and Mr. Santanu, which strengthened the students’ bond with some of the prominent leaders in India.  Some student members attended SPE ATW held at Mumbai, as well as a Young Professional workshop at Bangalore.  The chapter launched Anubhav Mentorship Program and “Donate a Sunday,” a social service program.  They have organized “Safety Demonstration,” where chapter volunteers spread road safety awareness.  In an environmental awareness program, the chapter participated in “Tree Festival” along with around 1,200 younger students.

The chapter is rising above obstacles by using consistent effort and organized planning.  They have had great support from their university and faculty.  They planned orientation presentations for newcomers to the chapter and designed special activities for them.  They have become quite skilled at strengthening membership by using notices, posters, mass mailings and classroom publicity.  A great big hearty congratulations to the student members of University of Petroleum & Energy Studies SPE Student Chapter for winning SPE Student Chapter of the Month for April!  Keep up the extraordinary work!


SPE Student Chapter Marietta College Visit Museum

Chapter members and guests visited the Parkersburg Oil and Gas Museum.  The tour started off with a video on how the American oil and gas industry started. The video also showed some old pumping units that used a single line and wooden wheels to pump all the wells in old, large fields.

The group standing in front of some oilfield art. From left to right: Aaron Kurts, Philip Burnham, Dean Bendele, Craig Enos, Ryan Ellis, Heath Pottmeyer, Scott Burnham, Ryan Godwin, Steve Shamblin, Matthew Johnson, and David McCain.

After the video, the students walked around the museum and discovered the wooden wheels and other old oilfield tools such as horse transported fire carts and a nitro glycerine canister.   At the end of the tour, they went outside to look at an old wire line and service truck.

The students said it was amazing to see how far the industry has come in the last century.

Ms. Ezeoba (in white) demonstrating how to prepare Oil Based Mud.

SPE Student Chapter University of Ibadan Takes a Field Trip to MI-Swaco

Here is a summary of the Ibadan Chapter’s recent field trip to MI-Swaco.

Venue: Port Harcourt Office of MI-Swaco, Port Harcourt, Nigeria

Speakers: Mrs. Riman and Ms. Ezeoba

Highlights of the Program:

  • A visit to the laboratory
  • A lecture on safety in the laboratory
  • Description of various equipment in the laboratory
  • Preparation of Oil-Based Mud by the students
  • A visit to the storage facility
Ms. Ezeoba (in white) demonstrating how to prepare Oil Based Mud.











From L-R (Front Row) John, Deborah, Tunde, Tosin, Mrs Riman, Ayowole, Bolaji, Ms. Ezeoba, Sope, Tope and Toba




SPE Student Chapter NED University of Engineering and Technology Organizes Energy Awareness Week

SPE NED Student Chapter organized “Energy Awareness Week” from February 28 to March 5, 2011. Banners were displayed and flyers were distributed throughout the university to create general awareness amongst the students.

The poster advertising the event.

Over 400 students attended.  The event was sponsored by PPL, PSO, ENGRO CORP, KESC and SHELL.

Students signing in at the Attendance Desk.

The objectives were to:

  • Make students aware about their basic need of energy and better utilization of energy resources.
  • Encourage energy conservation.
  • Discuss the role of fossil fuels in the future and the idea that fossil fuel is only deteriorating the environment.

The program included a three day workshop with lectures by speakers from renowned organizations and was broken into several parts comprising of different activities and lectures.  A poster competition also took place.

The event was a success.

SPE Student Chapter Maharashtra Institute of Technology Holds Final Model Making Competition

The MIT Chapter held the final of “The Model Making Competition”.  The objective was to design tools to remove a fish stuck in the wellbore.  A total of 28 teams made up of second- and third-year students competed.  Each team had to explain the design and working of the tool they developed, and then remove the stuck fish within 10 minutes.  While many teams were successful in removing the stuck fish, some teams were not so lucky.  The fastest contestants were able to remove the fish in 49 seconds.

The judges were Mr. Sudeepto Bannerjee, a Reservoir Engineer at Maersk Oil and Mr. Mujeer Sheikh, a Drilling Engineer at Baker Hughes.

”It was a great experience. The students are getting exposure to the real time challenges faced in the petroleum industry” – Mr. Sheikh.

SPE Student Chapter Kazakh National Technical University Invites You to the 8th International Oil and Gas Youth Forum

The KNTU Chapter wish to invite other SPE student members to participate in their International Oil & Gas Forum, which will take place on April 16-17, 2011.   The organization of Annual Forum has become a tradition for the chapter.

Address: Kazakh National Technical University named after K.I. Satbayev; 22 Satbayev Str., Almaty, the Republic of Kazakhstan.

For more information, or if you want to attend, visit our official website or contact

The Forum’s objectives include:

  • The study and analysis of the development of the global petroleum industry.
  • Discussion of students’ ideas on science and technical decisions for oil and gas exploration, production, refining, transportation and marketing development.
  • Interaction between experienced professionals of oil and gas industry and students.

The Forum will contain:

  • Guest presentations about the latest technologies of  the industry brought by leading engineers of major companies.
  • The Round Table with participation of companies’ representatives, University officials and students.
  • Role Game
  • “Oil Games”: Petroleum Engineering intellectual contest
  • Paper contest
  • Technical Sessions: training, seminars and lectures by professionals
  • Petroleum Party