Field Development Plan Seminar Foster Interaction between Industry and Academia

Six speakers from discipline ranging from geology-geophysics, petyrophysics, reservoir engineering, facilities engineering, petroleum economics, production technology, and drilling engineering were in Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) Shah Alam from April 10 to 11 to share their experties in their fields relevant to the oil and gas industry during a Field Development Plan (FDP) seminar.

The program, which was organized by the Faculty of Chemical Engineering (FKK) and the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Student Chapter UiTM, was held in a friendly and condusive atmosphere, with lots of questions and lively engagement between the speakers and attendees which consists of oil and gas engineering students and lecturers.

The seminar started with a comprehensive presentation of an overall FDP project, given by Rosly Mohd Nor from GOM Resources Sdn Bhd, who then gave tips on giving a winning geophysics and petrophysics presentation.

Ibrahim Mohamed from PETRONAS presented on economics of the oil and gas industry while Mohd Fadzil Harun, Reservoir Engineering Manager at Schlumberger, covered on topics of Reservoir Engineering such as reservoir parameters, dynamic modelling, permeability, and well location strategy.

A final year student participant, Muhammad Adib Assoli said, “Key point in FDP is team work, integration between discipline, always have options with justifiable decision, utilizing all the information given, and to come up with the best solution possible.

The second day of the seminar started with a presentation by Ramlan Abdul Latif, a consultant from Alto Energy, who emphasized on important drilling engineering information, followed by a presentation by Norashikin Hamza, a Petroleum Technologist from PETRONAS, and finally by Mohd Redwan Jaafar, Senior Piping Engineer from TechnipFMC who provided key points of effective Facilities Engineering design for an oil platform.

Jacquinn Alizcia, a final year student said, “The presentation made me realize that drilling engineering is related to petrophysical and geological properties of the reservoir, and the drilling activities would affect the overall facilities and economics of the project”.

Nur Azuana Halim, another final year student, commented that “I’ve learned that the main role of a Petroleum Technologist is to maximize the production in a cost-effective and safe way by deciding on the right design based on data provided by other departments such as reservoir and drilling engineering”.

The FDP seminar is FKK’s effort to equip students with real-world industrial knowledge and fostering interactions between industry and academia.

“This seminar is important to introduce students to the general concept of an FDP, guide them on the technical approach in conceptual project management and expose them to industrial practices” comment one of the coordinator, Mohd Fazril Irfan Ahmad Fuad.

Student leader, Muzaffar Abdullah, said that he appreciates the effort done by the coordinators, committee members, and lecturer to conduct such seminar and bringing in experts in different fields of the industry.