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SPE Student Chapter Istanbul Technical University Hosts a Section Meeting

Orgainised by the Turkey Section, and in a joint effort with the ITU Petroleum and Natural Gas Department, the ITU Chapter hosted a meeting with the SPE Saudi Arabia Section and the SPE Turkey Section.

The conference contained presentations from both sections.  Mrs. Ulku Kalfa from the Turkey Section gave information about the “Batı Raman CO2 Injection Project & EOR Activities in TPAO”.   Dr. Ghaithan Muntashiri from the Saudi Arabia Section spoke about “Water Shut-off with Polymer Gels in A High Temperature Horizontal Gas Well”.

Lunch followed the conference.


SPE Student Chapter University of Oklahoma Raises Over $17,000 for the American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is a life-changing event that gives everyone in communities across the globe a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost and fight back against the disease.

At the University of Oklahoma Relay For Live event, teams of people camp out and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the event. Because cancer never sleeps, relays are overnight events up to 24 hours in length.

The University of Oklahoma SPE Student Chapter has participated in the OU Relay for Life event for at least five years.  For the past three years they have steadily increased the amount they been able to raise. This year, the SPE Relay for Life team raised over $17,400.

Funding came from:

  • Contacts within the oil & gas industry
  • Donations from generous alumni (some as recent as 2010 graduates)
  • Several corporate sponsorships
  • Creating and selling Engineers’ Club t-shirts
  • Selling homemade cookies in the Students’ Union a few weeks before the event

The Chapter had a full team of 15 students this year – SPE members ranging from freshmen to graduates. Halliburton  donated coveralls for each team member.  The team won the American Cancer Society HOPE Trophy for the third consecutive year.  The award is given to the team that raises the most funds, has the best participation during Relay for Life, sells over 20 Luminarias, and has a full team (15 members).

New this year, the Chapter also helped to organize a benefit concert in Norman featuring the band Fiawna Forte on April 1, sponsored by Gray Wireline.

What a fantastic achievement everyone!

Congratulations to SPE May Student Chapter of the Month – NED University of Engineering & Technology!

The NED student chapter of the month has been keeping busy engaging its current members and recruiting new ones. Here are some of their recently organized events:
Spring picnic 2011 was held at the Shamsi Farm House, with the students also organizing a fundraiser in which they sold T-shirts with the SPE Logo and NED University’s logo.

External Recruitment Drives were arranged with presentations that introduced SPE and describing how SPE interlinks both oil and gas industry personnel and students. The sessions have been a huge success with many, many attendees becoming new members on the spot. They also carried out the Active Members Recruitment Campaign, which was made available at the chapter’s website with online submissions.

A session was conducted recently by NED SPE Student Chapter regarding “Mind Sciences” to brief the students about fourth dimension personification. The lecture was delivered by Mr. Abeer-ul-Haq Usmani, who emphasized ways of expressing creativity and innovation.

The speaker Mr Moin Raza Khan with faculty and chapter officers.

“Energy Awareness Week” was held earlier in the year to make students aware about energy resources, conservation, role of fossil fuels in future and the environment.  The schedule included an opening by Dr. Sarosh Hashmat Lodi, Dean CEA (Civil Engineering & Architecture), NED University of Engineering & Technology and numerous presentations by professors and industry professionals. The crowd engaged in debates on topics  “Will Alternative Fuels Replace Fossil Fuels?” and “Is Global Warming a Myth?”.  The event was covered by leading newspapers and TV channels in Pakistan.


Dr. Hashmat Lodi during his opening speech.
Dr. Murtaza Khan presenting memento to Mr Fasih-uz-Zaman.

Congratulations SPE Student Chapter NED University of Engineering &a


SPE Student Chapter CUPB Competes at Petrobowl

The China University of Petroleum – Beijing hosted the “New Field” Petrol Bowl on the March 26.  Many distinguished guests attended the competition.

Twenty competitors participated.  The competitors formed four teams via drawing lots.  The competition consisted of self introduction, required questions, elective and risky questions, which truly simulated the competition environment of “Petro Bowl”.  Through the event, which adopted the “knockout” system, the competitors showed their ability of English expression, professional knowledge and self charm.  The observing students learned a lot knowledge from the activity, and they were also impressed by the competitors’ outstanding performance.  The chapter is proud of using a new way providing an academic atmosphere for the students.

After two hours of fierce competition, the “Derrick” won the first prize.  Contestants will later be selected to represent the University and attend the 10th “Petro Bowl” at ATCE 2011.



SPE Student Chapter UTT Relaxes with a Day of Fun and Games

The University of Trinidad & Tobago Chapter attended a lecture titled “Pre-Sports Technical Session on Sand Control and Erosion” by Mr. Ashley Graham of BPTT. Mr. Graham spoke about the effects of sand erosion and mitigating strategies before the students attended the annual Sports Day. Participation among members was high, and the chapter also hosted a booth to provide refreshments for everyone.

In addition to this, the Chapter also held a “Pre-Exam Fun Day” so the students could have a brief break from the stress of studying by playing games.  Participants engaged in table tennis, shuttle runs, marble pitching, dodgeball and other games. Medals were presented at the end, and a fun time was had by all.

Photos are from the Pre-Exam Fun Day.



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.