Students from the University of Manchester attended a SPE YP Seminar entitled: “The Unconventional Revolution from Emerging to Core Business”, held at the London Geological Society on 7 – 8 February. The Geological Society of London was founded in 1807. It is the United Kingdom’s national society for geosciences, and the oldest geological society in the world. As future petroleum engineers, students got to hear from experienced professionals about the challenges associated with the development of these emerging resources, and the cutting edge research being undertaken by companies. The students began building new professional relationships and enjoyed meeting other young professionals and students from different universities.
SPE YP Ambassador Lecture took place at the University of Manchester on the 15th of February. Representatives from three outstanding oil and gas companies talked to the students about career options in the petroleum industry. The aim of the talks was to broaden the scope of understanding of what the real industry is, and how it feels to manage one’s career from the starting point through success in the future. The lecturers shared their experiences with students; each gave a detailed description of how it feels to be in industry, and what kind of challenges could be faced when graduates apply for a job. They highlighted the key points that lead every professional to success: networking, career planning, work-life balance, presentation skills, and several more. They also motivated the listeners by describing tempting opportunities given to petroleum engineers by the industry. The event was followed by informal discussion over beverages and snacks, which helped students to network with other young professionals.
The ever entertaining UPES SPE Fest witnessed a great hike of fervour amongst its chapter members this year. The greatest attraction which made the whole fest memorable was the international participation from neighbouring countries like UAE and Bangladesh, apart from participants from ISM Dhanbad, MIT Pune, Rajiv Gandhi College of Engineering Studies, Chennai and PDPU, Gandhinagar.
Some of the SPE Fest events included:
- Techuminati – Candidates based their presentations on innovative approaches to overcome certain technical challenges faced in the oil and gas industry.
- Virtuoso – the poster presentation contest
- Source Code – Five participants made it to the finals which required them to solve an allotted real world problem using their coding and sharp algorithmic skills.
- Noesis – A quiz dedicated to the various aspects of the oil and gas industry.
- Shutter Speed – A contest which required the participants to capture 5 photographs based on any of the themes given viz. “Green”, “Friends Forever”, “Energy around You” and “It’s all there in Black And White”.
- Symposium – Topics mainly focused on the global front.
- Experience Sharing Programme – Mr. V K Gupta (DGM, Drilling operations, IDT, Dehradun), the distinguished speaker for the evening, enlightened the audience with the present industry requirements and the professional collaboration between the geologist, petroleum and chemical engineering.
- PetraBol Soccer Tournament – This event was added this year and winners received a champion’s trophy plus a cash prize of Rs. 5000.
On the night of February 15th, five representatives of the CUPB SPE student chapter took part in the monthly meeting of SPE-NCI in Lido hotel. The corporate SPE members were managers and technicians mainly from Schlumberger, Newfield, Shell, ConocoPhillips, China Oil Field Services Limited and other famous petroleum companies.
The theme of this meeting was “Intelligent Wells – Where does it make sense and Where is it headed?”. The speaker was Younes Jalali, a reservoir engineering advisor with Schlumberger. Younes Jalali presented the rationale for the 1st and 2nd generation I-wells, and then discussed two areas with which the industry is still grappling.
After the speech, the members of the CUPB student chapter talked with staff members from various petroleum companies. From the meeting, the students learned a lot and hope to take part in this kind of activity more often, as it could improve their standard and help with career choices.
The Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology started the year’s activities off with a painting competition on the theme “Energy Scenario – 2020”. The competition was held in two rounds. In round one, 16 participants were given 30 minutes to draw a sketch of their choice. All materials were provided by the student chapter. Participants were judged on their novelty and quality of the sketch.
Eight participants were selected to compete in the final round in which they had to draw on the given theme in a two hour time period. Colors, paint brushes, and some other stationary items were given to all the final round participants as a complementary gift.
The paintings were displayed in the institutes’ gallery and judged by five judges on various criteria. The top three winners were given certificates and prizes.
As a part of MIT SPE Fest AIIIP (All India Industry Interaction Programme), the students of B.E. Petroleum Engineering organized a model making competition. This year, the problem statement given to the students was side-coring tool. Side wall coring is an important part of the industry. The teams were told to make a side wall coring tool with dimensions of 4 inches during tripping-in operation and 5 inches during tripping-out operation, including core sample. The wellbore was 6 inches in diameter. The hole was cased for 3 feet and, thereafter, formation was present for 40 centimeters. The formation was divided in four layers of 10 centimeters each. The teams were instructed to take out minimum 2 cores at different depths.
Twenty-three teams participated in all. Judges for the competition were alumni of the institute, Mr. Shahvir Pooniwala from BJ Services and Mr. Nitin Gandhare from Shiv-Vani drilling.
The day-long competition was a success with teams coming up with unique and innovative ideas. The winners will be awarded during the annual event in March.
The Indian Institute of Technology student chapter located in Kharagpur, India faced its obstacles head-on in order to increase membership fivefold from the previous year. With the goal of recruiting more members, the student chapter held a 3-day membership drive, garnering the attention of 150 of students with 120 submitted applications for membership.
The student chapter organized several technical workshops and hosted guest lecturers with hopes of continuing the tradition of introducing industry experts from the field of oil and natural gas to its members. In September 2011, the IITK student chapter, along with the Department of Mining, jointly organized an Introductory Seminar. The guests consisted of highly respected and experienced industry professionals from Oil India Limited.
A significant accomplishment for the student chapter was hosting an Inter College Petroleum case study competition in 2011 GREATSTEP. GREATSTEP is an annual departmental festival of mining engineering and India’s largest geo-resource festival.
This year, GREATSTEP had a special inclination toward the petroleum industry in accordance with the theme “Petra la Mineria.” The event was the highlight of the festival with participation from 23 different teams from 12 colleges across India. The problem statement was based on “Oil production by Texado in Ecuadorian rain forest.”
A total of seven teams were selected for the final round, comprised of students from Indian School of Mines, IT-BHU, NIT Raipur and Indian Institute of Technology. At the closing ceremony of GREATSTEP, Indian Institute of Technology was inaugurated and t-shirts were distributed to student members, participants, faculties and guests. Overall, the event was a success.
The Palawan State University student chapter held its annual outreach program entitled “Pamaskong Handog ng” in Tagabinet, Palawan, Philippines. Forty-five members of the Palawan State student chapter, along with faculty members, trekked seven kilometers of muddy fields for two hours to reach Purok Kayasan, a desolated small town in Tagabinet, primarily composed of Tagbanua natives.
The student chapter prepared goods composed of rice, canned goods, milk and old clothes. The goods were distributed to seventy Tagbanua and Batuk families. Along with the goods, school supplies were given to small children.
Congratulations, Palawan student chapter for your hard work and giving to others!
On January 7, the Mehran student chapter visited the Tando Alam Oil Complex, part of the Oil & Gas Development Company (OGDCL), Pakistan. Twenty students along with faculty members enjoyed a presentation by Mr. Imtiaz Ali Hakro, a production engineer at Tando Alam Oil Complex. Hakro gave a brief overview about the field operations, surface facilities and well completion assembly.
Dr. Yogendra Soni, a former reservoir engineer and a consultant, conducted a workshop on “Application of Reservoir Engineering Problems” for three days at the Maharashtra Institute of Technology. Soni illustrated historical developments related to reservoir simulation and covered the basic concepts of the subject. Members of the MIT student chapter where able to gain knowledge about the various commands for the backbone of modeling in CMG’s Builder.
Soni provided case studies for the students to solve and evaluated the solutions presented by the students. At the end of the workshop, a test was conducted and judged based on the understanding of the subject. Successful candidates were awarded with a certificate.
Five representatives from the China University of Petroleum student chapter attended the monthly meeting for SPE-NCI in Beijing. The students were able to network with senior managers and technicians from oil and gas companies such as Schlumberger, Halliburton, Baker Hughes, Shell, ConocoPhillips, Anadarko, MIE, Roc Oil and Core Lab.
The guest speaker was Yan Pan from Chevron. Yan graduated from Stanford University with an MS and PhD in Petroleum Engineering. After graduation she joined Chevron, engaging in well logging, reservoir simulation and the training program for engineers. Ms. Pan’s topic of discussion was “Why is Well Testing Is More Valuable to You Today”. She discussed the current advanced technologies related to reservoir simulation, the new techniques for in-situ measurements of dynamic well, and reservoir data that is of practical use with many kinds of explanation methods of data.
Along with expanding their knowledge of the petroleum engineering industry, the CUPB student chapter also made time to give back. On January 13, the CUPB student chapter visited the AiDi Rest House. They provided fitness equipment and fruit to elderly residents. They exchanged greetings and cleaned the yard of the house to provide a clean and comfortable environment for the elderly.
Keep up the good work China University of Petroleum student chapter!