On February 9, an ambassador lecture was organized for the benefit of student members at the Memorial University of Newfoundland. Young professional Oloruntobi Sunday Olalere, who has more than 6 years experience as a drilling engineer and is now a drilling supervisor with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), delivered the lecture.
The title of the lecture was “Life on the Rig”. Olalere covered the basis of drilling operations, the different types of drill rigs in use today and relationships between operators, drilling contractors and service companies. Students found the life examples of drilling operations to be the most informative.
It was a successful event, and the students greatly benefited from the lecture.
Mr. Jai Prakash Kohar, SPE-RGCE Student Chapter President, participated in the 2011 International Petroleum Technology Conference and Education Week in Bangkok, Thailand on 4-9 February. Jai received the first place winner award for a group project titled “Marginal Fields Development”. The program also gave him an excellent networking platform on which to meet individuals from global, industry and academic backgrounds.
He was also very much inspired by Dr. Ganesh Thakur, 2012 SPE President. His participation and talent made the chapter very proud to win at the international level. We wish Mr. Jai Prakash Kohar great success in future endeavours.
Congratulations, Jai for the wonderful accomplishment!
It was an honor for SPE British University student chapter to arrange the “Student Lecture Tour” which was conducted for the first time in North Africa. The BUE student chapter hosted the event in co-operation with the EAGE (The European Association for Geoscientists and Engineers).
Dr. David Roberts, Former Head of Geology at Staffordshire University, UK, conducted the seminar. The event was honored by the attendance of faculty, professionals and guests from other SPE chapters in Egypt.
The seminar consisted of three parts:
1. The demand and supply of minerals, including oil and gas, in the past, present and future.
2. How companies take the decision of investment and accept the risk.
3. The role of geology in this process.
The Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology student chapter organized their first Treasure Hunt this year and garnered amazing support for this event. Clues were spread over 100 acres of campus area, with one clue leading to the other. A total of 20 teams with approximately 92 participants attended this event, making it a great success. The event was perfectly organized by SPE volunteers and lasted about 5 hours. Three teams that reached the final clue were awarded cash prizes. The success of this event helps the chapter reach their goal of 200 memberships by the end of March 2012.
Even the cultural team at the university requested the student chapter’s help with their endeavors after witnessing such a perfect execution of events. SPE RGIPT proved once again that they have expertise in every field from technical to extracurricular.
Keep up the good work, RGIPT student chapter!
The Cairo University student chapter was part of a seminar and field trip that was prepared by our Human Resources Committee and Academic Committee. They offered a total of 20 hours of workshops.
In the first workshop, “Emotional Intelligence”, students learned about: what emotional intelligence is, self-awareness, self-management, self-motivation, social awareness and conflict resolution. In the second workshop, “Marketing & Training of Trainers”, students learned about: understanding marketing, consumer behavior and research.
This seminar with its workshops helped the students learn how to put their information into practical use. There was an atmosphere of fun and enjoyment while learning and engaging in the activities. The students consider this seminar very valuable will treasure it always as can be seen in their photos.
The very active SPE ISM student chapter continues to amaze all with their creativity and energy. From the SPE Sundays, which recently hosted the integration Soft Skill Development activities to building a rig from paltry materials like balloons, tape and threads. After completion, the teams were judged on how pertinent the design was and the stability of the structure. Winners were then rewarded with a cash price of Rs.500, 1st Runners-up with Rs.300, and 2nd Runners-up Rs.200.
On 18 February, there was a friendly T20 cricket match between seniors and juniors. The objective was to promote healthy teamwork and to ease some stress among the increasing number of students at ISM. The seniors are left with some happy memories after finally being declared the winners. This game also went a long way in giving a much needed break to the students from their intense academic schedule.
On 2 February, executive members of the student chapter attended a Distinguished Lecture Program hosted by SPETT at the Royal Hotel. Professor Jerry L. Jensen from the University of Calgary was the speaker. The lecture was on Field-Based Connectivity Predictions Without Simulation. Three case studies were used to describe how the CM (capacitance model) and PBM (percolation-based method) can be used to give results that do not require simulation.
On 11 February, members of the UTT student chapter engaged in extracurricular activities by participating in a hike to the Matura River.
The significance of Matura and its biodiversity has been recognized for many years as a forest reserve. In the very quiet village of Matura, inside Thomas Trace, hikers trekked to the popular “Mermaid Pools” and, as they proceeded, were eventually engulfed into the natural forest before they reached the popularly known “Soap Hill”. Trekking onwards led to the beautiful Matura River.
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.