Curtin stu­dents come up champs

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A TEAM of five fi­nal-year pe­tro­leum en­gi­neer­ing stu­dents of Curtin Univer­sity, Malaysia (Curtin Malaysia) emerged the win­ning team in the re­cent In­ter­na­tional En­hanced Oil Re­cov­ery Sim­u­la­tion Com­pe­ti­tion 2017 (EORSC 2017).

The team com­prised Ti­mothy Chuen Peng Yuen, Voon Yi Hung, Chong Yun Jia, Gau­rav Pa­tel and Kho Cheng Hong. Their par­tic­i­pa­tion in the com­pe­ti­tion was spon­sored by Curtin Malaysia’s Of­fice of Teach­ing and Learn­ing and Fac­ulty of En­gi­neer­ing and Sci­ence.

Or­gan­ised by Univer­siti Te­knologi Petronas (UTP) at its cam­pus in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Cen­tre of Re­search En­hanced Oil Re­cov­ery (COREOR) and So­ci­ety of Pe­tro­leum En­gi­neers UTP Stu­dent Chap­ter, the com­pe­ti­tion saw the par­tic­i­pa­tion of teams from five uni­ver­si­ties – UTP, Curtin Malaysia, UCSI Univer­sity, Univer­siti Te­knologi Malaysia and Univer­siti Te­knologi Mara.

The three-day com­pe­ti­tion re­quired the par­tic­i­pat­ing teams to con­duct reser­voir mod­el­ling sim­u­la­tions us­ing Tem­pest Roxar soft­ware based on reser­voir data pro­vided. They had to find the best meth­ods and tech­niques to max­imise oil re­cov­ery and sub­se­quently profit that could be earned from in­creased re­cov­ery.

On the first day, they at­tended a sim­u­la­tion work­shop where they were given in­struc­tion on us­ing the Tem­pest Roxar soft­ware and on the fol­low­ing day, they spent the en­tire day in the lab­o­ra­tory work­ing on the com­pe­ti­tion case study. On the fi­nal day, the teams pre­sented their pro­posed meth­ods and sim­u­la­tion re­sults to a panel of judges con­sist­ing of in­dus­try ex­perts.

Ac­cord­ing to one of the Curtin Malaysia stu­dents, Chong Yun Jia, the most chal­leng­ing part of the com­pe­ti­tion was de­cid­ing on the best method for en­hanced oil re­cov­ery (EOR) and op­ti­mis­ing the num­ber of in­jec­tion and pro­duc­tion wells to be built.

The team ex­pressed its grat­i­tude to Curtin Malaysia Depart­ment of Pe­tro­leum En­gi­neer­ing head As­so­ciate Prof Sharul Sham and pe­tro­leum en­gi­neer­ing se­nior lec­turer Dr Mo­hamed Ali Hamid for their sup­port, say­ing that their vast knowl­edge of reser­voir en­gi­neer­ing and guid­ance was cru­cial in help­ing the team achieve its win.

Curtin Malaysia of­fers world-ranked Curtin cour­ses in busi­ness, hu­man­i­ties, en­gi­neer­ing and re­lated sciences at foun­da­tion, un­der­grad­u­ate and post­grad­u­ate lev­els. The cour­ses are iden­ti­cal in all

Curtin Malaysia of­fers world-ranked Curtin cour­ses in busi­ness, hu­man­i­ties, en­gi­neer­ing and re­lated sciences.

re­spects to those de­liv­ered at the Curtin cam­puses in Perth and Singapore and de­grees earned at the Malaysian cam­pus are con­ferred di­rectly by Curtin Univer­sity.

Curtin Malaysia’s July/Au­gust in­take is now in progress. Stu­dents with out­stand­ing re­sults in SPM, STPM, O-Level, A-Level and UEC ex­am­i­na­tions are ad­vised to take ad­van­tage of the Curtin Malaysia Merit Schol­ar­ships of­fer­ing sig­nif­i­cant tu­ition fee waivers.

■ For more in­for­ma­tion on Curtin Malaysia, visit its web­site (www.curtin.edu.my), Face­book page (Curt­inMalaysia), Twit­ter pro­file (curt­inmalaysia), Google+ page (Curtin Malaysia), In­sta­gram (curt­inmalaysia) or YouTube chan­nel (Curtin Malaysia).

(From left) Ti­mothy Chuen-Peng Yuen, Voon Yi Hung, Chong Yun Jia, Gau­rav Pa­tel and Kho Cheng Hong emerged the win­ning team in the re­cent In­ter­na­tional En­hanced Oil Re­cov­ery Sim­u­la­tion Com­pe­ti­tion 2017 (EORSC 2017).

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