From Prof.Grant Wach:
Tuesday evening in Madrid it was announced that Dalhousie Earth Science students Darragh O’Connor, Charlie Carlisle and Connor Wentzell finished first of 45 university teams from around the World in the EAGE FIELD competition!
The FIELD competition is hosted by the European Association of Geologists and Engineers and pits universities from around the world in an intense competition where teams have seven weeks to assess a geological and engineering database and complete an evaluation of a petroleum field. They then present their results in front of a panel of industry professionals and are grilled on their analysis.
The EAGE student foundation was started by Shell with additional support through ExxonMobil, Total and in particular this year- Repsol who generously provided the data set. The companies see the practical experience provided by the competition as excellent preparation for students that are interested in careers in the Energy sector.
45 teams vied for a position in the finals with only 4 making it to the final round- the Universities of Barcelona, Beijing and Kraków.
Team mates Kenneth Martyns-Yellowe (Earth Sciences) and R. J. Victor McLafferty (Engineering) were unable to attend the competition but did some heavy lifting in weeks leading up to the finals.
Dalhousie also placed very well out 27 universities in the Geoquiz with Earth Science students Paige Montgomery, Zach Feener and Phillip Sedore representing the university.
We would like to thank the support of Professor Adam Donaldson in Engineering who arranged advanced training in reservoir modelling with the generous donation of software from Schlumberger.
Recent Earth Sciences and Petroleum MEng grad Trevor Kelly and Adjunct Professor Bill Richards provided valuable mentorship to the students.
The EAGE competition is an excellent example of the multi-disciplinary experiential learning opportunities that we are able to provide at Dalhousie through generous sponsorship from our industry partners. As 4th year student Connor Wentzell said “the practical training providing the FIELD competition is the best course I have taken in university.