Days after Lab members win a spot to compete in this year’s EAGE Field Challenge 2015 in Madrid, Spain, Dalhousie’s EAGE Student Chapter claims 1st place in the EAGE Online Geo-Quiz, held each year for EAGE Student Chapters around the world.
Dalhousie Earth Science recently founded a student chapter of the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE) – proof that geology knows no borders! With around 18,000 members worldwide, the EAGE may be seen as Geoscientists Canada’s equivalent across the Atlantic. Tasked with maintaining standards and ethics, EAGE caters to those involved in all facets of earth sciences from resource exploration through reserve exploitation to land remediation and everything in between.
Prof. Grant Wach this year encouraged Earth Science students to enter two European competitions – the prizes of which include six fully funded trips to the annual EAGE conference in Madrid this June. Such an opportunity will prove invaluable to furthering the integration of Dalhousie alumni into a truly global network of earth scientists.
First, the EAGE GeoQuiz, established in 2007, is a web-based exam covering all topics in geosciences and engineering. With only 20 minutes to complete, the team needed to answer 20 questions ranging in scope from identifying geoscientists to interplanetary volcanism. This proved to be no mean feat for the Dalhousie team, whose enthusiasm and attention to detail paid dividends in the form of first place and three tickets to Madrid this June!
Second, the Fully Integrated Evaluation and Development (FIELD) Challenge features six teams analysing real-world data on a known hydrocarbon resource – this year’s dataset is kindly offered by Repsol. In order to qualify, universities were required to submit an essay entitled “Professionalism: What it Means and Why it is Critical to the Oil and Gas Business”. The Dalhousie entry covered points ranging from the origins and philosophy of professional bodies to the evolution and implementation of ethical standards – again rewarded with three tickets to Spain and the opportunity to compete in the Challenge proper.
Dalhousie’s four-person team – Dawson Energy – will soon receive the dataset, and then the fun starts: they must devise a plan to characterise and develop subsurface images into a producing field using the latest geological and engineering concepts and tools – effectively a high tech simulation exercise. In a practical sense, this is what major oil and gas companies practise daily in the course of bringing petroleum products to market – only what they do in years, we will do in weeks!
– Charlie Carlisle