African region student paper contest was recently held during the 2012 SPE Students Technical Conference and Exhibition (STCE) at the University of Lagos. Ogunleye Ayowole from the University of Ibadan student chapter took first place with paper “Development of a Vogel Type Inflow Performance Relations for Horizontal Wells”, making it the fourth time in a row a student from the University of Ibadan won the contest. Second place was awarded to Adedayo Adeala, also from the same chapter, who wrote and presented a paper titled “Using Local Additives (Crushed Corn Cob) to improve Properties of Water Based Mud.” Congratulations to the winners!
We are pleased to announce and welcome to SPE the following new student chapters!
- Universidad Privada de Santa Cruz in Bolivia
- Federal University of Bahia in Brazil
- Universidade Estacio de Sa in Brazil
- Anna Universit in India
- AMET University in India
- Mehran University, Khairpur Mir’s in Pakistan
- Coventry University in United Kingdom
Contact information for these chapters can be found here.
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!
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.
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.
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.