SQU team bags award


The SQU team, having won first place in the Middle East, would now compete at the global competition to be held on May 18 this year in Pittsburgh, USA Photo .– Supplied photo

Muscat: The Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) students' team has won the first place at the regional level (Middle East) of the Imperial Barrel Award (IBA) competition held in Abu 
Dhabi recently.

The American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) holds the global IBA annually. It is regarded as the 'World Cup' of geosciences and petroleum engineering applications. 
The SQU team, having won first place in the Middle East, is qualified to compete globally at the AAPG's IBA global competition to be held on May 18 this year in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. The SQU team comprises four Earth Science students — Mona Bader Hilal Zaher Al Kharusi, Fatma Rashid Abdullah Hamdan Al Zaabi, Abeer Abdullah Salam Salim Al Saifi ,and Bushra Humaid Bashir Humaid Al Mamari—and one Petroleum Engineering student — Marwan Sulaiman Mohammed Al Sawafi. The team is supervised by Dr Abdelmoneam Raef from the Earth Science Department of the College of Science.

Dr Raef said this competition tests students' skills and knowledge in integrating a multi-dataset in an area with challenging hydrocarbon prospect identification and evaluation tasks. The SQU students' team demonstrated world-class skills and data analysis at this year's AAPG-IBA regional competition. A panel of independent judges from the oil and gas industry unanimously voted the SQU team into first place for the Middle East region. 

At the global IBA event in Pittsburgh, the SQU team will represent the Middle East. 
Four hydrocarbon prospects were identified and evaluated by the SQU team in the 2013 IBA basin evaluation area, based on an analysis of three-dimensional and two-dimensional seismic data sets, geophysical well logs, and other subsidiary data and background information from scientific literature. 

The technical support provided by the academic and technical staff from the Department of Earth Science of the College of Science and the Department of Petroleum & Chemical Engineering of the College of Engineering contributed substantially to the success of the team at the regional level. 

The team also received support from the technical staff at the Petroleum Development of Oman (PDO) and at Schlumberger-Oman. All the SQU team members are undergraduate students who have competed against graduate-level students in 
Abu Dhabi.

Dr Raef noted that the success at IBA confirms that the curricula of the Earth Sciences and Petroleum Engineering programmes prepare students to achieve a world-class calibre. 
"We hope to win the global level of the competition," he added.

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