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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.


Congratulations April SPE Student Chapter of the Month – University of Petroleum and Energy Studies (UPES)!

The student chapter at University of Petroleum & Energy Studies has proven that even the new chapters can quickly become quite successful.  The students of this chapter hosted Mr. Labastie (2011 SPE President) at a recent inaugural of UPES SPE Magazine Energy Era.  The event was also attended by Mr. Manav Kanwar (Secretary, SPE India Council) and Mr. Waleed Refaay (Managing Director, Middle East/India).  The chapter is accomplishing their goal of providing members an overall exposure with interaction, participation and competition with present and future professionals of the industry.

UPES hosted UPES Fest 2011, national level fest attended by company professionals from ONGC, Shell, Cairn, Reliance and Petrobangia.  The event was sponsored by ONGC, Shell, OBC and UPES.

This chapter has hosted visits from many industry professionals, including Mr. Sudhir Vasudeva, Dr. Tarun Chakraborti and Mr. Santanu, which strengthened the students’ bond with some of the prominent leaders in India.  Some student members attended SPE ATW held at Mumbai, as well as a Young Professional workshop at Bangalore.  The chapter launched Anubhav Mentorship Program and “Donate a Sunday,” a social service program.  They have organized “Safety Demonstration,” where chapter volunteers spread road safety awareness.  In an environmental awareness program, the chapter participated in “Tree Festival” along with around 1,200 younger students.

The chapter is rising above obstacles by using consistent effort and organized planning.  They have had great support from their university and faculty.  They planned orientation presentations for newcomers to the chapter and designed special activities for them.  They have become quite skilled at strengthening membership by using notices, posters, mass mailings and classroom publicity.  A great big hearty congratulations to the student members of University of Petroleum & Energy Studies SPE Student Chapter for winning SPE Student Chapter of the Month for April!  Keep up the extraordinary work!


SPE Student Chapter Marietta College Visit Museum

Chapter members and guests visited the Parkersburg Oil and Gas Museum.  The tour started off with a video on how the American oil and gas industry started. The video also showed some old pumping units that used a single line and wooden wheels to pump all the wells in old, large fields.

The group standing in front of some oilfield art. From left to right: Aaron Kurts, Philip Burnham, Dean Bendele, Craig Enos, Ryan Ellis, Heath Pottmeyer, Scott Burnham, Ryan Godwin, Steve Shamblin, Matthew Johnson, and David McCain.

After the video, the students walked around the museum and discovered the wooden wheels and other old oilfield tools such as horse transported fire carts and a nitro glycerine canister.   At the end of the tour, they went outside to look at an old wire line and service truck.

The students said it was amazing to see how far the industry has come in the last century.

Texas A&M University’s Chapter hosts interesting Lunch & Learn

Members of the SPE Chapter, along with members of the American Association of Drilling Engineers Chapter, had a unique Lunch & Learn on  March 10. Greg Hall, the owner of Drillers Supply International, was the guest speaker.  The company was responsible for the rescue of the Chilean miners.  Hall spoke about the challenges faced during the rescue.  Chapter members were honored to have him speak of this experience.









Photo: The Texas A&M Chapter Officers and sponsors.

From left to right: Matt Martin, Treasurer; Betty Robbins, Sponsor; Mike King, Sponsor; Greg Hall, Speaker; Jeremy Adrian, President; Alexsandra Martinez, Vice-President; Trey Kubacak, Grad-Rep.


Studentactivities@spe.org would like to thank Chad Kosa, Chapter Secretary, for continuing to submit the chapter’s reports to us.


Chapter selects contestants for the next Asia-Pacific paper contest

On the 5th and 6th of March, CUPB held their sixth SPE thesis competition.  Pr. Zhao Xionghu, the Dean of the Postgraduate Office, along with teachers from the Petroleum Engineering Department, were the judges.

Nine graduates and three undergraduates entered the semi-final, with eight participants going through to the final.  In the final, the contestants had to deliver an English speech about their thesis, and answer questions raised by the judges.  This gave them the chance to practice their English language and presenting skills.

Prizes were awarded as follows:

First place: Li Qiu and Sheng Mao

Second place: Ma Mingbo and Chen Hao Xu Xinchen

Third place: Cao Jie, Xie Quan and Yuan Jianbo

These students will have the chance to go to India to participate in the next SPE Asia-Pacific Regional Student Paper Contest.