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IBA, SEG Challenge Bowl: SQU Teams Bring Accolades

A group of students from the Department of Earth Sciences, College of Science, and the Petroleum Engineering Department of the College of Engineering at Sultan Qaboos University brought home accolades by winning First Positions of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) Imperial Barrel Award (IBA), and Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) Middle East Challenge Bowl Competition held in Al Ain, UAE from Feb 26 to March 1st, 2017.

The Imperial Barrel Award (IBA) is a project-based competition for geoscience students. The students work on a data set (seismic, geology, well data and literature) to identify potential hydrocarbons accumulations, and estimate their reserves in a form of comprehensive and detailed study. They present their results in front of panel of reputed experts from well oil industry. The winner team (SQU) will participate in the global competition of the IBA during AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition, April 2-5, in Houston, USA.

Challenge Bowl is a geoscience quiz competition organized by the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) for Earth Science students. Questions are mainly about general knowledge in geophysics and geology. The competition in its regional level is between the universities in Middle East and North Africa. The SQU winning team will represent the region and participate in the final round of the competition to be held in Houston 24-29 September 2017.

In addition to the above achievements, SQU students also secured six awards for best oral and poster presentations.

Following is the list of winners from SQU

IBA Winning Team; Faisal Al-Shukaili, Samah Al-Rawahi, Shatha Al-Issaei, and   Moosa Al-Harthi (College of Engineering).

SEG Challenge Bowl Competition Winning Team: Ahmed Al Nabhany and Israa Al Hinai.

In addition to accomplishments above, the university students won also a number of awards for their work presented in the conference.

Oral and poster presentations winners include:

  • Best oral presentation: Rufidah Aljabri,
  • Best poster presentation:  Israa Al-Hinai, Shatha Al-Isaai
  • Poster 2nd place: Amna Al-Diari
  • Poster 3rd place: Mozza Al-Shidi and Jenan Attar