IPTC – Education Week

4. December, 2016 Events No comments
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International Petroleum Technology Conference, or popularly known as “IPTC” has been successfully held from 14th to 16th November in Bangkok!! This year, throughout the successful efforts of the organizing committee, the IPTC has attracted more than three thousand audience from 51 countries and 37 companies as exhibitors. This year proud to say that IPTC has come to 10th Edition! As a student, I am proud to be there to join this one of the world’s foremost oil and gas event! Much honorable is that I got the opportunity to join the IPTC Education Week Program!

What is Education Week?

The education week was held from 12th to 16th November with 67 students participated from 47 universities and 29 countries! It is a one week based program where the selected student will have the opportunity to learn and get some exposure to know more about the oil and gas industry through some panel session, experience sharing talk and field trip. It is proud to have Exxon Mobil, Hess and Mubadala Petroleum to be the sponsor of education week this year!

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Group Photo of 10th IPTC Education Week

Overall Program Experience

On the 1st day of program, we have the welcoming party in which we get to know every student and also the young professional leader. It is a great networking activity where we get to know all the students from different countries and also different cultural backgrounds.  During the 2nd day of the program, we are proud to have the industry executive representatives sharing their expertise with us with the theme of “Innovation and Efficiency Excellence for our energy future”. We have the speaker from PTTEP, Schlumberger, Halliburton, Shell, Baker Hughes, Exxon Mobil, Hess and Mubadala Petroleum. The expertise advised us for not to give up to the oil and gas industry during this downturn. According to them, the energy demand is still on the track of increasing. Therefore, it is still a hope because during that time is our young generation to monopolize the oil and gas industry. The most important point is we have to find the dynamic balance point between the supply and demand. Moreover, the advancement of technology such as the advancement of data processing, renewable energy and (Autonomous underwater vehicle) AUV or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have proved to bring a bright future to us! Quoted from the words of Senior Vice President PTTEP, in order to overcome our business’s challenge, we have to be innovative and efficient in our task. That is why IPTC comes with the theme ”Innovation and Efficiency Excellence for our energy future”.

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From left to right: Session Moderator, Senior Vice President PTTEP, Vice President and General Manager – South East Asia, Schlumberger, Region Vice President – Asia Pacific, Halliburton

During the 3rd day, 14th of November, after listening to the Executive plenary session, we have a field trip to the PTTEP core research centre (PCRC). From there, we have a chance to learn and gain some knowledge about the coring and geology knowledge. Students get to know about the drilling process, mud logging, coring and have the opportunity to observe the sample core and rock.

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Group Photo during the PCRC Visit

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Knowledge Sharing session from PTTEP representative.

Apart from that, we have the chance on the 4th day to visit IPTC education booth, technical session and panel session.

On the last day of IPTC Education Week, we have our group presentation in which we present our group works since July 2016. Each group consists of 6 to 7 people from different universities and different background of study, which consists of Petroleum Engineering, Geology, Civil Engineering, Chemical Engineering and etc. Every group has different topics such as Deep water development, renewable energy, Field development, social license to operate, High Pressure High Temperature and etc. My group got the topic of Social License to Operate. It was a great exposure and learning experience listening to another group presentation. During the preparation of the works, you have the opportunity to know other students from different universities. It is so wonderful to see everyone coming from different universities and cooperate together to get the work done successfully. That’s truly a great experience and great social networking event for students!

Hope to see you again in China 2019!

Last but not least, IPTC Education Week is truly a great experience for students! Opportunity doesn’t wait! Grab the opportunity next IPTC in China 2019. As a student, grab this opportunity and apply through your society, such as SPE, SEG and AAPG, and EAGE. IPTC is a platform to promote knowledge sharing and scientific and technology dissemination on a global scale. (IPTC Home Website). Can’t wait again for the next IPTC! Thank you for the sponsoring bodies, especially PTTEP as the host organization for making the IPTC a success!

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