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New Orleans Diary...

Shahir, Kahyin and Illia at ATCE 2013

Students from the University of Aberdeen SPE Student Chapter share their thoughts on the ATCE 2013 experience.

29 September 2013, Sunday

This was one of the best days of my life, writes Kahyin Ng. I was honoured to be awarded the SPE Star Scholarship for the North Sea Region during the Student Awards Luncheon. It was also a privilege to applaud our SPE Student Chapter President, Shahir Yousaf, who received the Outstanding Student Chapter Award. This award reflects all the hard work, passion and dedication put in by our committee and the supporting members of our Chapter. I also met a lot of students from all over the world while participating in the ice-breaking games during Student Meet and Greet. Later that evening, we attended a Section Leadership workshop, where we exchanged our experiences, concerns and suggested improvements. Through this, we established good links with other student chapters and have gained advice and ideas to be applied to our own Chapter.

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The highlight for today was the Petrobowl, Kahyin Ng continues. This is where student teams representing different student chapters compete in a quiz competition covering topics on the oil and gas industry and the SPE. It was my first time watching an intense quiz game live, with students cheering for their teams. This was a truly educating, yet entertaining, experience. After a whole day of competition, Colorado School of Mines was crowned the winner of 2013 Petrobowl. In between breaks, we went to the exhibition floor and visited several companies to see the latest technologies. I also attended several technical talks related to reservoir engineering, on case histories, enhanced oil recovery and evaluation of unconventional reservoirs.

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Shahir Yousaf writes: The day started off with a three-hour talk, ‘How to write a Technical Paper’, by Byron Haynes, of Shell, who also serves as an associate editor for the SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering journal. As my fourth- year university course work requires me to write and present my dissertation, the session provided great tips and tricks for doing so. Now I feel confident to write a technical paper for the SPE and will be able to enter the undergraduate technical paper contest. Later, we explored the great city of New Orleans, visiting the French Quarter, Bourbon Street and listening to jazz.

2 October 2013, Wednesday

Today we went for a special health and safety session, writes Illia Kuznietso. Andrew Dingee, BP Learning Advisor, shared his experience of the airline industry and described how such experience can help to improve safety in the oil industry. The session defined Plan Continuation Bias/Channelised Behaviour, and provided useful tools that HSE managers can use to reduce these effects and identify the differences in incident reporting programmes between the two industries. This was followed by the President’s Luncheon and Annual Meeting of Members. During this prestigious event, SPE President Egbert Imomoh announced the achievements and new initiatives of SPE members. Awards were given out to the best sections and Aberdeen Section won two awards.

Footnote: We would like to thank the SPE Aberdeen Section Board for sponsoring us to attend this event. SPE ATCE brings the big SPE family together and being able to attend is really a dream come true. It gave us so much opportunity to learn and network. SPE has done more than we could ask for and we are proud to be a part of the organisation. We look forward to attending next year’s event, in Amsterdam!

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