The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) proudly hosted ATCE 2016, which took place in the Middle East for the first time in the event’s 92-year history. The event was a great success with over 7,500 industry professionals from 91 countries passing through the doors of the Dubai World Trade Centre.
Energy4me hosted a teacher & student workshop alongside ATCE. Two days of fun-filled, hands-on activities highlighting some basic technical concepts within Petroleum Engineering, Geology & Geophysics. Private & Public schools from all the emirates in the UAE were invited to be a part of this historic event. Participants were treated to an opening address by the outgoing SPE President, Mr. Nathan Meehan, a Keynote presentation by Mrs. Paula McCann Harris who is the Director, Global Social Responsibility Programs and SEED for Schlumberger and a Young Professional Presentation by Mr. Mohammed Al Hamad who is currently a Research Associate at SDCR (Schlumberger Dhahran Carbonate Research Center). Teachers were given an additional treat by having the Chief Schools Officer of GEMS Education Mr. Peter Burdon give the Educational Keynote Presentation on the importance of STEM (STEAM) education.
50 teachers and 240 students participated over the two days. They were taken on an oil exploration journey using the Energy4me hands on activities. The story began with how humans first came to discover oil illustrated by the natural oil seeps activity. Then what are the scientific and engineering tools the oil exploratory companies would use to find oil, which lies deep underground and can be anywhere on the planet using the sound waves & core sampling activities. Teachers and students then looked at the properties of rock like porosity and permeability and the role of density and pressure in helping scientists and engineers understand the nature of an oil reservoir. Once the oil had been discovered teachers & students then created their own perforated well casings and learned about the advantages of perforations in maximizing oil output. The hands-on session ended with a laugh and a competition in getting the oil out using chocolate syrup and soda with the winning team receiving extra Oil & Gas books courtesy of SPE.
A big part contributor to the success of the workshops were our amazing volunteers. Our volunteers came from 5 different continents and spoke over 11 different languages. These students and working professionals took the time out to be mentors and ambassadors of the oil & gas industry and we are grateful to them for the sharing of their knowledge and expertise with the teacher & students. And of course not forgetting our generous sponsors Schlumberger Oilfield Services.