Long Wei: “Phoenix” Fly­ing to Shen­zhen

“Why does Shen­zhen at­tract so many peo­ple? Be­cause it is a bea­con of hope. These tal­ented peo­ple are at­tracted not by money but by the ca­reer prospects the city af­fords.”

China Pictorial (English) - - Contents - Text by Li Xia

The Re­search In­sti­tute of Ts­inghua Uni­ver­sity in Shen­zhen (RITUS) is a new type of re­search in­sti­tu­tion, the first in Shen­zhen, jointly es­tab­lished by a uni­ver­sity and lo­cal gov­ern­ment. Over the last two decades, it has in­cu­bated more than 1,500 en­ter­prises, in­clud­ing 21 listed com­pa­nies.

Long Wei is a key mem­ber of icore Group Inc. un­der RITUS and serves as both director of the RITUS In­tel­li­gent Oil and Gas Re­search and Devel­op­ment Center, and gen­eral manager of icore Group Inc. “We are both a com­pany and a re­search in­sti­tute,” Long ex­plains. “Only in Shen­zhen will you find such fu­sions.”

Long Wei grad­u­ated with a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in en­vi­ron­men­tal en­gi­neer­ing from Ts­inghua Uni­ver­sity in 1996. He then headed to Johns Hop­kins Uni­ver­sity in the United States where he re­ceived a PH.D. in n en­ergy re­sources. Af­ter grad­u­a­tion, n, he was hired by BP, one of the world’s ’s top oil and gas com­pa­nies.

Over the last few years, he has con­cen­trated on re­search­ing gene de­tec­tion tion of oil and gas and ex­plor­ing re­serves es of oil and gas in­clud­ing un­con­ven­tional onal com­bustible ice through rock scan­ning ing and ana­logue sim­u­la­tion.

This tech­nol­ogy has been ap­plied ied by the en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion industry to de­tect the con­tent of PM10/PM2.5 pol­lu­tants in the soil and at­mos­phere and their three-di­men­men­sional spa­tial dis­tri­bu­tion, eval­u­ate the im­pact of the en­vi­ron­ment on health lth and es­tab­lish a dig­i­tal soil gene pool, ol, which can guide pro­ject de­sign of a pre­cise soil re­me­di­a­tion scheme.

In tech­ni­cal terms, the ad­van­tage age of this tech­nol­ogy is to face down n world-class chal­lenges in ac­cu­rately y sim­u­lat­ing the role of solid/liq­uid in­ter­faces in a real and com­plex mi­cro-chan­nel net­work and re­duce the sim­u­la­tion cal­cu­la­tion er­ror from m more than 100 per­cent to less than n 15 per­cent to meet the in­dus­trial prac­ti­cal tical ap­pli­ca­tion stan­dards.

The self-de­vel­oped geotech­ni­cal cal ge­netic dig­i­ti­za­tion test­ing and big g data in­tel­li­gent de­ci­sion-mak­ing sysys­tem can help lower costs and in­crease ease ef­fi­ciency of pro­ject op­er­a­tions and nd has been widely ap­plied com­mer­cially. ially.

Us­ing this tech­nique to an­a­lyze rock and soil has be­come more ecoo­nom­i­cal. In the past, tens of mil­lions ons of yuan were re­quired to lift tons of big rocks from the seabed to ex­plore ore for oil. To­day, how­ever, oil can be de­tected with sev­eral kilo­grams of f crushed stones from drilling.

This in­no­va­tion also makes it pos­si­ble to quickly es­tab­lish a large e data­base of geotech­ni­cal genes, re­duce tech­ni­cal de­ci­sion-mak­ing cy­cles cles

from sev­eral months to sev­eral days and im­ple­ment dig­i­tal and in­tel­li­gent test­ing and anal­y­sis pro­cesses to help re­duce en­gi­neer­ing costs and im­prove ef­fi­ciency while pre­vent­ing ac­ci­dents.

The global oil and gas industry has a mar­ket of 100 bil­lion yuan an­nu­ally. The wide ap­pli­ca­tion of such a tech­nol­ogy in oil and gas ex­plo­ration and pro­duc­tion could bring huge eco­nomic ben­e­fits, sig­nif­i­cantly im­prove drilling ef­fi­ciency and pre­vent anom­alies.

The smart pre­ci­sion drilling demon­stra­tion pro­ject jointly con­ducted by icore Group Inc. and China Na­tional Off­shore Oil Cor­po­ra­tion (CNOOC) on the South China Sea can re­duce in­vest­ment costs by up to 3 bil­lion yuan an­nu­ally. More­over, this tech­nol­ogy can pro­vide early warn­ing be­fore po­ten­tial op­er­a­tional mal­func­tions and avoid ma­jor dis­as­ters.

Fore­see­ing the prospects of this tech­nol­ogy, RITUS sought out the re­search team of the tech­nol­ogy and ad­vised them to ap­ply for the “Phoenix Pro­gram” launched by the Shen­zhen mu­nic­i­pal gov­ern­ment in 2010 to bring more high-tech tal­ent to the city.

In 2015, the team mem­bers were ap­proved by the pro­gram, and at the end of 2016, five PH.D. re­searchers with study ex­pe­ri­ence abroad, in­clud­ing Long Wei and Jiu Cheng, re­turned to China and set­tled in Shen­zhen to con­trib­ute to the devel­op­ment of China’s en­ergy, ma­rine and en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion in­dus­tries.

The first visit to Shen­zhen gave the team a good im­pres­sion. Dur­ing pre­sen­ta­tions, judges ex­pressed con­cerns about whether they had sole rights to the in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty. They were also asked how they would pro­tect their in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty go­ing for­ward if they re­turned to China to start a busi­ness. For the team, the more the em­pha­sis placed on in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty pro­tec­tion, the stronger the mo­ti­va­tion to in­no­vate.

Shen­zhen’s tal­ent fund­ing pro­gram has proven highly at­trac­tive and its funds are gen­er­ous. For ex­am­ple, the “Phoenix Pro­gram” pro­vides a spe­cial sub­sidy of up to 80 mil­lion yuan for a se­lected world-class team, and com­pre­hen­sively sup­ports high-level over­seas re­searchers who de­cide to launch a startup or a re­search pro­ject in Shen­zhen by pro­vid­ing pref­er­en­tial poli­cies.

Peo­ple ben­e­fit­ing from the pro­gram can en­joy in­cen­tive sub­si­dies of 800,000 to 1.5 mil­lion yuan in ad­di­tion to other sup­port­ing poli­cies for set­tle­ment, chil­dren’s ed­u­ca­tion, em­ploy­ment of spouses and med­i­cal in­sur­ance.

Of course, the en­tre­pre­neur­ial team must be able to bring ben­e­fits to the city and in­crease its GDP. They can’t solely fo­cus on re­search and devel­op­ment, but must also con­trib­ute to in­dus­tri­al­iza­tion.

The ar­rival of Long Wei’s team filled RITUS’S voids in the fields of en­ergy se­cu­rity and ocean re­search.

“The top ten of the Global 500 com­pa­nies are al­most all oil com­pa­nies,” Long noted. “In­ter­na­tional oil com­pa­nies in­vest up to 10 bil­lion U.S. dol­lars in R&D ev­ery year.”

Many of China’s tra­di­tional ter­res­trial oil ex­plo­ration com­pa­nies such as Daqing Oil­field in Hei­longjiang Prov­ince and Tarim Oil­field in the Xin­jiang Uygur Au­ton­o­mous Re­gion, as well as Aus­tralia’s Roc Oil Co., Ltd. and many U.S. uni­ver­si­ties and min­ing en­ter­prises, have shown great in­ter­est in the team’s projects and tech­nolo­gies and have be­gun ex­ten­sive co­op­er­a­tion.

“Seventy per­cent of China’s crude oil is im­ported,” Long said. “To be­come less de­pen­dent, we must de­velop our own oil­fields. En­ergy is very im­por­tant. We also want to make a dif­fer­ence in help­ing our coun­try gain a greater voice in the en­ergy sec­tor.”

Like many re­turned grad­u­ates who have stud­ied abroad, the team came back with a strong sense of mis­sion.

Con­sid­er­ing the tech­no­log­i­cal mo­nop­oly wielded by de­vel­oped coun­tries, the team mem­bers are very open-minded and con­fi­dent. “China is now pay­ing greater at­ten­tion to pro­tect­ing in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty rights,” Long said. “This fur­ther boosts peo­ple’s will­ing­ness to in­no­vate. The United States has done a good job in this area, as has Shen­zhen.”

Long Wei lived in the United States for nearly 20 years. When he ar­rived in Shen­zhen, it didn’t feel much dif­fer­ent from the United States. To him, Shen­zhen is an in­no­va­tive, in­clu­sive, open-minded and in­ter­na­tion­al­ized city.

“The build­ing of the Shen­zhen mu­nic­i­pal gov­ern­ment is called the Civic Center, which has im­pressed me deeply. It is a ser­vice-ori­ented gov­ern­ment. Many pri­vate en­ter­prises in China like BYD, Ten­cent and Huawei are all sup­ported by the Shen­zhen gov­ern­ment.”

Shi Lei, head of the Gen­eral Of­fice of RITUS, re­marked: “Why does Shen­zhen at­tract so many peo­ple? Be­cause it is a bea­con of hope. These tal­ented peo­ple are at­tracted not by money but by the ca­reer prospects the city af­fords. This city of­fers more op­por­tu­ni­ties than the United States. It pro­vides greater job sat­is­fac­tion. Shen­zhen would hardly have be­come what it is to­day without the in­tro­duc­tion of such a large pool of tal­ent. It owes its great in­dus­trial trans­for­ma­tion to the great progress it made in science and tech­nol­ogy. We are con­fi­dent.”

by Wang Lei

Ac­cord­ing to Long Wei, Shen­zhen is a city of in­no­va­tion. It is in­clu­sive and open-minded, with in­ter­na­tion­al­ized vi­sion.

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