18.10.2017

AGH UST team one of the world’s top eight teams in a prestigious oil and gas competition


photo from archive of AGH UST SPE Student Chapter Section

Students of the AGH UST Faculty of Drilling, Oil and Gas – members of the AGH UST SPE Student Chapter team were the only representatives of a European country to have made it to the PetroBowl Championship – an international oil and gas competition. After reaching the quarter-finals, they finished as one of the top eight teams in the world. In addition, the AGH UST SPE Student Chapter Section received the Outstanding Student Chapter Award for the first time in their history!

PetroBowl is the most prestigious knowledge contest for students from the oil and gas sector. Its scope covers technical aspects of drilling, deposit engineering and mining, knowledge of the industry, its history and – last but not least - statistics. The contest is a team event based on single-elimination (knockout) system – the winning team in each round stays while the losing one leaves the competition.

AGH UST was represented by Jakub Frankiewicz, Wojciech Labuda, Karol Surmacz, Mirosław Szczepaniec and  Bartosz Świderski. It should be added that our students went to the United States as European champions, having previously won regional qualifiers held in Kraków during the East Meets West conference last April. Since that time, the team have been getting ready for the finals. Each member of the group was responsible for the knowledge area he felt particularly strong on. The preparations involved studying foreign sources, portals, the most recent rankings related to the extraction of petroleum and gas by particular companies and countries as well as statistics regarding the SPE organisation.

PetroBowl finals were held in San Antonio, Texas, during the largest annual conference organised by Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) – Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE). Over 30 teams from all over the world took part in this year’s event.  The 2017 SPE Championship was won by students from Universidad Nacional Autonoma De Mexico, who came ahead of the team representing the University of Benin, Nigeria. Third place went to Oklahoma University, USA.

One of the highlights of the ATCE Conference programme was presentation of the 2017 Outstanding Student Chapter Awards. This year the AGH UST SPE Student Chapter Section received the award for the first time in their history. Wojciech Cieplak, the last year’s President of the Section, received the distinction from Darcy Spady – the 2018 SPE President.

The Outstanding Student Chapter Award is an honour awarded to the most distinguished SPE student sections in the world. The award criteria include, among other things, organisation of international events, cooperation with other student sections, the activity of the section’s members as well as industry engagement.

In addition, Wojciech Labuda took part in the SPE International Student Paper Contest in the undergraduate category, where he delivered a presentation on Profitability Calculations of Abandoned Mine Methane Utilization Project in the Upper Silesian Coal Basin.

AGH UST SPE Student Chapter has about 100 members, mainly from the Faculty of Drilling, Oil and Gas and this year, the group is celebrating its 15th. anniversary. The largest event organised by the Section members is the international student conference East Meets West, which is extremely popular among students from all over the world.