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Petroleum engineering students participate in QSPWLA 2020 Technical Days

Published Feb 26, 2020


The Petroleum Engineering Program held two half-day technical sessions for senior and junior petroleum engineering students in collaboration with the Qatar Chapter of the Society of Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts (QSPWLA) and SLB Company.

The first half-day consisted of technical presentations from industry experts on the logging physics fundamentals with a historical perspective on tool development, and experience from operators on real field applications in the oil and gas industry. During these sessions, students learned about how the logging tools were first developed and how they evolved to the advanced technology that the industry has today. This included challenges, how challenges are tackled and some of the lessons learned through the journey.

The second half-day was a field trip to the Schlumberger base in Doha. The visit started with a health, safety and environment orientation session to ensure that students are aware of hazards and the appropriate actions to take in case of emergency. Then the students toured the base and had the chance to see and understand how wireline logging tools, wireline logging unit and logging-while-drilling tools work.

These technical sessions aimed to enable the students to learn more about well logging in general. They also gave the students insights into the real-life work environment of professional engineers in the oil and gas industry, said Texas A&M at Qatar’s Dr. Mohamed Fadlelmula, who is also a board member of the QSPWLA.

Fadlelmula led these activities from the Texas A&M side and said, "Industry visits and all forms of practical learning are critical in the Petroleum Engineering Program so that students can relate what they learn in classrooms to real-life applications. Such activities give the students a good opportunity to network with professionals from the industry in Qatar that helps them to improve self-confidence and opens ways for future employment."