Dubai students win EAGE London '13 Student FIELD Challenge

The winning team (from front to back): Vaishak Arali, Hiren Kasekar, Hemal Mehta and Sadaf Chishti,  all Dubai Campus MSc Petroleum Engineering students

The Heriot-Watt University, Institute of Petroleum Engineering (Dubai) team flew in early to London to participate in the EAGE FIELD Challenge and attend the morning opening ceremony of the 75th EAGE Conference & Exhibition incorporating SPE EUROPEC 2013, with speeches by Prince Andrew, Duke of York and Egbert Imomoh, SPE President.

In December 2012 there were 26 universities participating in the challenge, with 4 teams invited to take part in the final competition.   Each team delivered their Field Development Plan followed by a 20 minutes period of scrutiny from members of the EAGE jury.

After all presentations had been delivered the teams were de-briefed and given the opportunity to question the real field development plan with BP representatives.

The Student FIELD Challenge proved to be an intense competition; students had to manage the field development plan research on top of their MSc Petroleum Engineering workload.

Institute of Petroleum Engineering (IPE) faculty members and alumni were present to lend their support to the HWUDC team.  Talent recruitment scouts were also in attendance searching for young, talented professionals.

The Principal and Head of Institute were both informed when the HWUDC winning team was announced.   Professor Steve Chapman, Professor Dorrik Stow and Prof Ammar Kaka were delighted to hear that Heriot-Watt University students had triumphed again and all were extremely proud of this excellent achievement.

The FIELD Challenge (Fully Integrated EvaLuation Development)

The FIELD Challenge promotes cross-disciplinary geoscience and engineering integration within university departments worldwide.

This year 6 pre-selected teams were set the topic €˜Cross-disciplinary Research: the Way to the Future.' All teams were supplied with the same data set from the North Sea provided by BP, with the challenge to analyse the data set and propose a field development plan for a discovered hydrocarbon resource.

he EAGE jury of top industry professionals was looking for the how teams addressed the need to move forward and to change frontiers by considering sciences that surpass the geosciences scope.

Impressed by the high standard of the field development plans presented the EAGE jury commented that "all teams  performed at an extraordinary technical level of excellence, professionalism and dedication to their FIELD challenge."

EAGE Student Programme Sponsors

The Student Programme is sponsored by BP, Total, ExxonMobil, Shell, SPE and the EAGE Student Fund, including Shell, CGGVeritas and WesternGeco.

About EAGE

EAGE (European Association of Geoscientists & Engineers) is the world's foremost producer of events organized for geoscience and engineering professionals with a multi-disciplinary emphasis. Their premier event is the EAGE Annual Conference and Exhibition held in collaboration with the SPE EUROPEC Conference in a different European city each year.

As a major part of the mission to share and advance scientific knowledge and provide learning and training opportunities for the disciplines represented in the membership, EAGE also organizes or supports an ever increasing range of conferences and exhibitions, workshops, courses, field trips, and other educational activities.