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.
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 Young Professional committee of SPE Bangalore Section organized an education day at Kendriya Vidyalaya in DRDO, Bangalore on 18 February. The event was organized to guide school students interested in mathematics and science towards a career in the oil and gas sector which is one of the most exciting and challenging sectors. Continue reading
The SPE Student Chapter of Texas A&M University recently hosted their first SPE Student Summit. The two-day event was attended by more than 130 undergraduate and graduate petroleum engineering students and was represented by six universities. The summit’s topics were chosen specifically with young engineers in mind, and lectures were delivered by 20 experts in the industry and academia. In addition, the SPE Gulf Coast Section Young Professionals Committee organized a social event to promote interaction among students and young professionals of the industry.
The theme of the Summit, “Setting the Stage for the Big Crew Change,” focused on reinforcing key competencies required for future engineers with the goal of expanding technical knowledge and professional awareness early in their careers. The topics covered during the summit included the future of energy, exploring career opportunities, land management and research careers in petroleum engineering.
The first SPE Student Summit has created a new setting for networking among future professionals of the energy industry while strengthening attendees’ technical and soft skills. Hosts of the summit expect to set this conference as an SPE flagship annual event to gather petroleum engineering students from the United States and abroad.
The Billings Petroleum section recently provided outstanding support to the Big Sky Regional Science Bowl, a component of the US Department of Energy National Science Bowl program. The Bowl was held February 3-4, 2012, in Billings, Montana, and attracted a total of 210 students. The section donated five lock-out buzzer systems to use for future competitions, a gift that cost $2,875. This generous gesture will benefit the Montana youth for years to come. Way to go, Billings Petroleum Section!
More information on this event can be found here:
- Fast learning: Students race homemade cars, test science skills at regional competition
- Racing cars for science
- Students compete in science bowl in Billings
- Big Sky Science Bowl Kicks Off
About the National Science Bowl
DOE launched its National Science Bowl competition in 1991 to encourage high school students to excel in science and math and to pursue careers in those fields. The National Science Bowl’s high school competition now involves more than 13,000 students. DOE introduced the National Science Bowl’s competition for middle school students in 2002. It now involves more than 5,000 students. http://science.energy.gov/nsb/