Wednesday 27 December 2017

UNIBEN, Schlumberger partner on software training programme

The University of Benin (UNIBEN) in partnership with Schlumberger technology has achieved the deployment of plug-in software operation to curb wastage and avoidable errors involved the value-chain in the oil and gas industry in Nigeria.

The Schlumberger Technology Engagement Programme (STEP) is in collaboration with the University of Benin that cuts across students from the Departments of Geology, Geo-physics, computer Science, and computer Engineering and Petroleum Engineering in the Institution.
The plug-in module is expected to increase the market value and put the research on global scale and make it acceptable worldwide and powered by the Centre of excellence in Geo-Sciences and Petroleum Engineering in the University of Benin.  
The Group Managing Director, Schlumberger Nigeria, Ifeanyi Nwagbogu spoke at the close-out meeting of selected nine final year undergraduate students from the Faculties of physical Sciences and Engineering who have successfully completed the plug-in software basic training programme.
He said: “What we are doing through the STEP programme is about developing a problem-solving skills for brilliant minds and mentor them properly to develop a lot of solutions which have potential economic and commercial value within our industries.
“We try to spread it around for people to interact with this software. It focuses on the Exploration and production (A & P) industry which also include the life circle of drilling, petrol fundamental, Geology, Geo-physics and how to do convincing presentation.”He added that the scheme would be expanded to other Nigerian Universities in no distant time based on the availability of funds. 
The Vice-chancellor, University of Benin, Prof. Faraday, directed the various Heads of nine Departments and the Deans in the Faculties of Physical Sciences and Engineering to workout a template on how to further develop the research.  
The VC who was represented by the Deputy Vice-chancellor, Administration, Prof. Jacob Ehirobo, said the Institution is planning to establish a Centre for Research development.
The Operations Manager of the Schlumberger, Prince Abangwu, said the University lecturers, mentors and Supervisors will monitor the progress of implementation of its recommendations for operational improvement for the knowledge gained ahead of the first quarter of 2018 when the students will take up another challenge. 
The Programme Manager of the programme, Oluwatoyin Ogedengbe, in a presentation, said the six weeks training programme was conceived in July 2017 and started on September 18th 2017.
She said the programme was launched at the Centre of Excellence (COE) in Geo-science and Petroleum Engineering (UNIBEN), using the STEP Curricula as an alternative for advanced technologies which is beyond the reach of most third world Countries.

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