Society of Petroleum Engineers PetroBowl XIII competition, Amsterdam

From left: Abdul Hamid, Alexandra Kuznetsova, Charles Adautin, Saad Zaheer, and Junko Hutahaean.

The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) holds the annual Petrobowl Quiz competition where university teams from around the world are challenged to answer both technical and non-technical questions associated with the oil and gas industry. The event was first held in 2002 and has since grown in size and popularity.

This year, for the first time, the SPE Heriot-Watt University Student Chapter (SPEHWUSC) successfully went through from the initial selection process to participate and compete with 35 other teams in the Petrobowl XIII International Final which took place October 27, 2014 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

The SPEHWUSC team of five representing the university in this prestigious competition was 3 Masters students (Saad Zaheer, Abdul Hamid, Charles Adautin) and two PhD students (Alexandra Kuznetsova and Junko Hutahaean), all studying in the Institute of Petroleum Engineering (IPE).

PetroBowl XIII competition

This competition is a combination of challenge and fun with the opportunity to win a competitive prize; the 2014 first prize was $10 000. Following an exciting final the University of Tulsa triumphed, with the Oklahoma University winning second place.

The competition took place as part of SPE's Annual Technical Conference which showcased the newest technologies, held 45 technical sessions along with panel discussions and training courses. It was a great opportunity for the team to attend the Conference, Exhibition, to meet with other students from other universities, and to build networking with other academia and industry professional.

Society of Petroleum Engineers. Heriot-Watt University Student Chapter.

SPEHWUSC would like to thank Prof. Professor Dorrik Stow (Director of IPE) and Dr Jim Somerville (Programme Director MSc Petroleum Engineering, IPE) for their encouragement and financial support.

The SPEHWUSC Committee strongly encourage fellow petroleum engineering students to participate in any of the upcoming competitions and to proudly represent our University.