Masters students at the Institute of Petroleum Engineering recently attended a Management Skills Workshop on Leadership & Fellowship as part of their 8-week group design projects.
The group design projects are a popular part of the Petroleum Engineering and Geoscience Masters programmes offered by the Institute of Petroleum Engineering.
Groups are provided with real field data, similar to that which would be available to an industry operator prior to a development decision. Using state-of-the-art computer technology and industry standard software, the data has to be analysed in order to make an assessment of the reservoir and design an appropriate production system. Participants gain a valuable insight into the use of imperfect and incomplete data and the problems of group interaction as they apply what they have learned in class to the design project.
The workshop, delivered by Paul Garnham of Shell, is designed to foster collaboration as the key to effective team leadership and participants get to work on their teamwork, presentation and negotiation skills.