SEG ASOIU Student Chapter
The Society of Exploration Geophysicists Student Chapter at Azerbaijan State Oil and Industrial University (SEG ASOIU) is situated in Baku, Azerbaijan, and is a registered organization at the university. Its aim is to facilitate the growth and development of geoscientists and geophysicists worldwide by providing various activities and webinars. Additionally, the organization endeavors to establish a cordial relationship between students and professionals.
The Society of Exploration Geophysicists Student Chapter at Azerbaijan State Oil and Industrial University (SEG ASOIU) is a global not-for-profit organization with a mission of connecting the world of applied geophysics.
Advancing the science of exploration geophysics. Fostering common scientific interests. Supporting humanitarian efforts. Accelerating geophysical innovation.
These are not values that change from time to time, situation to situation, or person to person, but rather they are the underpinning of our company culture. We created these five core values to more clearly define the SEG organizational culture. They are reflected in everything we do and every interaction we have. Our core values are always the framework from which we make all of our decisions.
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In 2017, Ofeliya Ibrahimli completed her degree in geophysical engineering at Azerbaijan State Oil and Industry University. Afterwards, she pursued a master's degree in petroleum geoscience at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). Currently, she is working at BP as a Well Planning Geologist, and has also been serving as a faculty advisor for the SEG ASOIU Student Chapter since 2019.
|Main Team||1||Javid Aliyev||President||[]|
|PR Team||5||Kenan Babayev||Team Lead||[]|
|6||Milana Shahbazova||Graphic Designer||[]|
|7||Aysel Hajiyeva||Content Manager||[]|
|Geology Team||8||Nargiz Pashayeva||Team Lead||[]|
|Renewable Team||13||Anar Maharramli||Team Lead||[]|
|14||Leyla Shahverdiyeva||Technical Programs Coordinator||[]|
|Data Science||16||Ali Mammadov||Technical Programs Coordinator||[]|
|Volunteers||17||Fidan Ibrahimova||Graphic designer volunteer||[]|
|18||Murad Qaffarov||technical programs volunteer||[]|
|19||Nazrin Salimi||technical programs volunteer||[[email protected]]|
|20||Chingiz Asgarli||video editing volunteer||[]|
|21||Shahana Mammadova||research volunteer||[]|
|22||Ramziyya Aghazade||research volunteer||[[email protected]|[email protected]]|
|23||Ayten Abbasova||technical programs volunteer||[]|
|24||Tural Amirov||data science team volunteer||[]|
SEG ASOIU Student Chapter 2022-2023 activities
The SEG ASOIU Student Chapter has proven to be a thriving community, fueled by their passion for organizing meaningful projects that benefit their fellow students. In the span of 2022-2023, they have successfully spearheaded over 50 impactful initiatives, each contributing to the betterment of their academic environment.
Their weekly meetings have played a crucial role in fostering a strong sense of camaraderie and collaboration among their four teams, which are the PR, Geoscience, Renewable, and Data Science teams. These sessions serve as a platform for members to exchange ideas, strategize, and plan for upcoming events.
Every month, each team presents their monthly report in front of the faculty advisor, president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, and other teams. Their presentations showcase their networking skills, organizational abilities, and effectiveness in teaching volunteers how to execute their activities.
Best team of the month:
The evaluation criteria for the best team of the month award encompasses a wide range of factors, including the number of successful events they have organized, the number of students who attended, and the quality of their presentations. The winning team is determined based on their overall performance and the extent to which they have exemplified the spirit of the SEG ASOIU Student Chapter.
Through this system, the members have found a balance between work and play, ensuring that everyone remains engaged, energized, and enthusiastic. The result is a dynamic and thriving community of young leaders who are committed to making a positive impact in their academic environment.
IADC Drilling Caspian Conference & Exhibition
The board members of the board of SEG ASOIU Student Chapter recently attended the IADC Drilling Caspian Conference & Exhibition which took place at the Four Seasons Hotel in Baku. The conference brought together professionals from different global and local companies operating in the oil and gas and energy sectors. It provided a platform for attendees to network and learn about the latest developments and trends in the industry. During the conference, the board members discussed potential collaborations with several companies.
The SEG ASOIU Student Chapter recently held a meeting in collaboration with three other student chapters, namely, the SEG BHOS Student Chapter, the SEG NAU Student Chapter from Nigeria, and the SEG BUCHAREST Student Chapter. The objective of the meeting was to discuss the various activities undertaken by each chapter in their respective countries, their short-term and long-term projects, as well as potential international collaborations that could be pursued in the future.
During the meeting, the student chapter board members engaged in a detailed discussion, sharing insights about the projects they had undertaken and their impact in their respective communities. They also exchanged ideas about possible joint initiatives that could be executed in the future, with a focus on leveraging the strengths of each chapter to achieve common goals.
The SEG ASOIU Student Chapter had a fantastic time together, celebrating both Christmas and the New Year. The gathering was full of excitement, and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves. It was an excellent opportunity for the members to bond with each other and make unforgettable memories. The celebration kicked into high gear, with members taking part in a host of fun activities and games. From Secret Santa gift exchanges to festive photo booths, the festivities were designed to bring the community together and spread some holiday cheer.
Documentary movie night
The event was held in a cozy and welcoming venue, which had been transformed into a mini-cinema for the occasion. The atmosphere was warm and inviting, with comfortable seating, soft lighting, and a screen that was perfect for displaying the documentaries.
The student chapter members arrived at the orphanage with a variety of gifts, toys, and games for the children. They were greeted with open arms and big smiles, and they spent the day engaging in a variety of activities with the children.
Participation and volunteering in SEG projects
Togrul Babayev, the Vice-president of the SEG ASOIU Student Chapter (from September 2021 to September 2022), currently studying master degree at IFP School, participated in the SEG EVOLVE virtual internship program. He worked with a team of professionals in the industry on a project that focused on the Cooper Basin in South Australia. His main responsibility was to oversee the petrophysical and geophysical aspects of the project. The aim of the project was to gain a better understanding of the geological complexities of the region by analyzing seismic and well data and conducting petrophysical modeling. This experience helped him to develop a comprehensive understanding of the acquisition, processing, and interpretation of geophysical data to obtain insights into subsurface geology.
SEG/Chevron Student Leadership Symposium (SLS)
Nurana Ismayoliva, who served as the President of the SEG ASOIU Student Chapter from September 2021 to September 2022, currently studying master degree in geophysical engineering at Texas Tech University, expressed her gratitude towards SEG and Chevron for allowing her to participate in the SEG/Chevron Student Leadership Symposium (SLS). She considered the travel grant a fantastic opportunity to represent her student chapter's ideas, research, and achievements on an international platform. She found the experience of attending the symposium to be thrilling and rewarding, as it helped her understand the practical applications of the concepts she had learned. Furthermore, the conference provided her with an opportunity to enhance her networking skills and build valuable connections with professionals. The poster sessions and talks during IMAGE’22 were particularly helpful, as they discussed the latest advancements in the field of geophysics. Nurana Ismayilova was grateful to the Chevron volunteers for their time and commitment to the SLS awardees. Their guidance was essential in providing a different perspective and helping students establish connections with industry professionals. She hopes that such opportunities will fully continue in the future and benefit students.
SEG Committee on University and Student Programs Volunteers
Several members of the board of SEG ASOIU Student Chapter have recently been accepted into the CUSP volunteering program. This is an impressive accomplishment, as the CUSP program is highly selective and only a limited number of candidates are chosen each year.
SEG Student Zone Article
With the invaluable support and guidance of Jessica Dostal, the Student and Early Career Advisor at SEG, the members of the SEG ASOIU Student Chapter were able to contribute an article to The Learning Edge. The article highlighted one of the society's recent activities and provided an in-depth analysis of its impact and significance.
SEG ASOIU Student Chapter upcoming projects (2023)
The SEG ASOIU Student Chapter is thrilled to announce its upcoming projects, which they have been applied to the application for three grants in 2022. Of these, two were submitted to the SEG Foundation, and aim to establish the first-ever SEG Azerbaijan Geophysical field camp and the first-ever SEG Outreach program. The third grant application was made to The SEG Foundation Travel Grant Committee, specifically for the SLS program.
SEG Azerbaijan field camp 2023 (Geophysical Imaging of Groundwater in the Talysh Mountains area)
SEG field camp is an educational project which also contributes to the geophysical community of the country. The topic of the fieldwork is “Geophysical Imaging of Groundwater in the Talysh Mountains area”, the objective of which is to interest camp participants in areas such as water management and aquifer protection, as they are vital to agriculture and overall food security. Understanding the hydrogeology of the region is important for ensuring sustainable water management and supporting the local economy. Furthermore, holding a geophysical field camp in Astara would provide valuable research and educational opportunities for geoscientists to study and better understand the hydrogeology of the region, and for students to gain hands-on experience in the field.
Proposed Study Area
The region of Astara in Azerbaijan is a great choice for a geophysical field trip focused on Hydrogeology for several reasons:
1. The region of Astara is known to have abundant groundwater resources, making it an ideal location for studying the geology and hydrology of the area.
2. It is located in the Caucasus region, which has a complex geology that includes a variety of rock types and structures. This complexity provides an opportunity to study the impact of geology on groundwater resources.
3. The region of Astara is characterized by a semi-arid climate with high evaporation rates and low precipitation rates. This environment is unique and allows the study of specific hydrogeological mechanisms, such as the recharge of the aquifers, the interactions between surface and groundwater and the sustainable management of the resources.
During the 7-10 days of the field camp, the participant will not only engage in technical and soft skills training, but also go hiking in the mountains and get familiar with the local culture of the region.
I. Selection Process We will ensure equal opportunity for local and international applicants, expecting to host a total of 20 students (15 local and 5 international). The process will start in May 2023 and last a month, including an online application, an interview, as well as English and technical ability examinations.
II. Preliminary Courses Before the launch of the field camp, successful applicants will undergo theoretical courses and workshops on the principles of the equipment and hydrogeology as a whole. This stage will consist of approximately 4 weeks of lessons conducted by Professors from EOST University of Strasbourg.
III. Fieldwork: Data Acquisition The participant will utilize the knowledge they obtained during the preliminary courses and practice acquiring, processing, and interpreting data in groups of 4 or 5. Throughout this stage, they will simultaneously receive soft skills training in order to prepare their final reports and present their results within the time frame.
IV. Data Processing and Interpretation This stage will be performed in Baku, as there is a need for modeling software and high-performance computers, which are only available at UFAZ facilities located in the capital. PhD and Master’s students will be involved in this stage of the project as mentors.
V. Final Presentations Upon finalizing the fieldwork stages, groups will present their observation, results, and interpretation to an audience of other students and professionals. There will also be a report focusing on the global outcomes of the project as a whole that will be published postmortem.
Understanding the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration in hydrogeological studies, including the role of geophysics in groundwater
exploration. Developing skills in data analysis, interpretation, and presenting.
Applying geophysical methods to real-world data collected in the Talysh Mountain area, Azerbaijan. Understanding the principles and techniques of geophysical imaging for groundwater exploration, including electrical resistivity and seismic acquisition.
SEG Outreach program (Earthquake Awareness and Education Program (EAEP))
Earthquake Awareness and Education Program (EAEP) is a main topic of the Outreach Program in Azerbaijan, which covers an ongoing topic – earthquakes happened in Türkiye which affected 10 provinces (Osmaniye, Gaziantep, Kahramanmarash, Malatya, Adiyaman, Hatay, Adana, Sanliurfa, Diyarbakir, Kilis) started from 6th of February this year. The reason of presenting this topic is to inform students about the ongoing phenomenon, and its causes and consequences on the Earth in detail. Besides the ctuality of the topic, its relation to geoscience will draw students’ attention to it. Also, students will gain information about geographically active zones of Türkiye, seismic data acquisition of earthquakes and its importance.
Number of attendees
Chapter expects to involve 7 schools for the project. It plans to select team of students with 4 members from 7 schools, therefore, total of 28 students. Besides, experienced and qualified professors from French-Azerbaijani University (UFAZ) and engineers from companies such as BP (British Petroleum) will be involved as mentors to guide the selected teams. Also, 24 members of the chapter will take place in organization part throughout the project. At the end, according to the results of theoretical and practical tasks assigned to teams, they will be evaluated and receive gifts from the chapter.
Firstly, starting from the 1st week of September, there will be an acquaintanceship with selected local schools. After that, project will start which will last from the 1st week of October till the middle of November, as it is a 6-week program.
Location of the project will vary at first, because schools have different addresses, but the competition will take place at UFAZ. The field trip will be in Shamakhi city, the most seismically active zone of Azerbaijan.
Outcomes and achievements
The SEG ASOIU Student Chapter has expectations from this Outreach Program, such as minimizing the impacts of activities that trigger the earthquakes. Besides, innovative ideas of students may help future engineers to improve the construction of buildings, as they are the most harmful to human life during an earthquake. The chapter also expects to increase students’ interest in the fields of geosciences. This program wants to achieve the continuation of these kind of programs in other schools.
Big Science Festival 2023 (From the Depths of the Earth to the Infinity of Space)
The SEG ASOIU Student Chapter's highly successful Big Science Festival, which was first launched in 2022 under the theme "From the Depths of the Earth to the Infinity of Space," will continue in 2023 to provide an immersive scientific experience to all participants. This unique camping event was hosted amidst the beautiful and serene natural surroundings of the Shamakhi Astrophysical Observatory, providing an exceptional venue for the festival.
Forming new student chapter at Baku State University
The SEG ASOIU Student Chapter is embarking on an exciting mission to spread knowledge and awareness by hosting their first-ever info-session at Baku State University. Their aim is to engage with enthusiastic students and knowledgeable professors to establish a brand new SEG student chapter. With the assistance of the ASOIU Student Chapter, they will guide and support the selection of a suitable faculty advisor and board members.
SEG ASOIU Student Chapter 2022 projects
Big scaled projects:
Collaborations with SEG global:
Big scaled projects
Big Science Festival 2022 (From the Depths of the Earth to the Infinity of Space)
The "From the Depths of the Earth to the Infinity of Space" festival was organized to provide an immersive experience of science to its participants. It was a camping event that took place in the picturesque natural surroundings of the Shamakhi Astrophysical Observatory. The festival had three main parts: a conference hall, outdoor activities, and nighttime activities. ￼
The first part of the festival was held in the conference hall of the observatory. Expert speakers gave talks on various topics related to science, including the structure and composition of the Earth's interior, plate tectonics, and the dynamic processes that shape the Earth's surface. Participants learned about the geologic history of the Earth, the interactions between the Earth's atmosphere, hydrosphere, and geosphere, and the exploration of the deep sea. They were also introduced to the role of geophysics in space exploration, the Big Bang theory, and the search for exoplanets. The talks provided participants with a solid foundation of knowledge in different fields of science. ￼
The second part of the festival took place outside in the Pirgulu forest, where participants visited scientific stands and observed practical work in various fields of science. This part of the festival was designed to give participants a hands-on experience of science and to allow them to explore the natural surroundings of the observatory. Participants had the opportunity to learn about various scientific phenomena such as astronomy, meteorology, and ecology. They were able to interact with scientists and ask questions about their work. ￼
The final part of the festival took place at night under the open sky. Participants had the chance to observe the stars and planets through stationary and main telescopes of the observatory. There were also scientific discussions around the fireplace, where participants asked questions and shared their thoughts on various topics. In addition, there were fun science-themed activities and musical performances by a guitarist, as well as leisure time for participants to take pictures and relax. ￼
The organizers of the festival ensured that the event was well-planned and executed. All the necessary arrangements were made to ensure the comfort and safety of the participants. The festival was a huge success, and participants gained valuable knowledge in different fields of science while having a lot of fun. ￼
The festival was an unforgettable experience for all who attended it. The festival provided an excellent opportunity for participants to learn about different fields of science, interact with scientists, and have fun while doing so. The event was well-organized and executed, and it succeeded in achieving its aim of providing an immersive experience of science to its participants. ￼
The SEG Student Chapter of Azerbaijan State Oil and Industry University recently collaborated with the host university to organize a remarkable career fair. The event brought together students, alumni, and industry professionals from various technical universities of Baku and nearby cities to explore various career options in the energy industry and gain valuable insights into the current job market. The career fair was held at the ASOIU campus and provided an excellent platform for students to showcase their skills and talents.
The organization committee, which included the SEG team members, worked relentlessly to ensure the event's success by inviting over 100 companies, including major players in the oil and gas industry such as SOCAR, BP, SLB (previously Schlumberger), Halliburton, Weatherford, and many more. The committee members' efforts were commendable, and their hard work paid off as the companies shared their experiences and expertise with the participants. This was a great way for students to understand the industry and make informed decisions about their future careers.
Along with the international corporations, there were also representatives from state organizations involved with the local geophysical community, including AzerGold, Azerbaijan Railways, AzerEnergy, and Azerfloat. The presence of major industry players was a testament to the success of the event and the value that it provided to both students and recruiters.
During the career fair, participants had the opportunity to interact with recruiters, learn about the available job and internship opportunities, and learn more about the activities offered by SEG. As a result of our shared efforts, students and university graduates learned about more than 260 job openings and 280 internship possibilities throughout the event. By the end of the fair, more than 1400 CVs were submitted to be distributed to the appropriate organizations.
The SEG Student Chapter board members were present at the event and encouraged students to get involved with SEG, both locally and internationally. The chapter members were on hand to highlight the benefits of being a member of SEG, such as access to Student Scholarships, Outreach grants, SEG EVOLVE, SEG Geophysical Field Camp, and industry publications. Furthermore, the participants were made aware of the web community SEG on Slack, its benefits for career development and gaining industry connections.
The career fair was a fantastic opportunity for students to engage with professionals from the energy industry and build relationships that could lead to future employment opportunities. The event provided a platform for students to showcase their skills and talents and gain valuable exposure to potential employers. The presence of major industry players was a testament to the success of the event and the value that it provided to both students and recruiters.
Overall, the career fair organized by the SEG Student Chapter of Azerbaijan State Oil and Industry University was an inspiring and educational event that left students feeling motivated and optimistic about their future careers in the oil and gas industry. The participation of over 90 companies, including major players in the energy industry, made the event a massive success. The presence of SEG team members in the organization committee was a clear indication of the university's commitment to its students' professional development and the industry's recognition of the university's graduates' skills and talents. ￼
Caspian GeoBowl Competition
The GEOBOWL competition pits geophysics and geological engineering and oil and gas engineering students from all universities of Azerbaijan against each other as a team in a fast-paced competition covering the technical and non-technical aspects of geophysics and geology, as well as the history of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists. At this point, it is worth noting that this GEOBOWL competition is a first not only in Azerbaijan but also in the Caucasus. ￼
Competition eligibility criteria
In order to participate in the SEG ASOIU Student Chapter GEOBOWL competition, certain criteria must be met. The first of these criteria is the participants of the competition should be either oil and gas engineering or geophysics and geological engineering students. Another criterion is that students must join teams of 4 or 5 people. However, it should be noted that teams that do not meet the following criteria will not be able to participate in the competition. In this case, if time permits, we may be required to select an alternate registered team. During the registration process, teams must choose a team leader. All team-related decisions must be made by the team captain. Additionally, teams are required to submit a team roster with their team's name in this process. Registration to participate in the competition is free. ￼
Prizes and awards
After the competition is over, the awards will be given to the first 3 teams with themost points in the competition. The 3rd and 2nd place winners will receive a certificate, while the winning team will receive a notebook and cup with the SEGlogo, as well as the certificates. ￼
Currently, 80 students in 16 teams from all universities of Azerbaijan are expected tocompete and participate in the GEOBOWL competition, and the date of the competition is set for April 1.
Competition matches will be played in a standard way where two teams compete and the winning team (the team with the most points at the end of the round) advances to the next round. In the first round, 16 teams compete as 2 teams against each other and there is one winner in each round. At the end of the first stage, a total of 8 teams qualify for the next stage. In the second round, 8 teams compete as 2 teams against each other and again 1 winner from every 2 teams, and at the end of this round 4 teams are left for the final round. In the final stage, 4 teams compete, and 3 of the
teams with the best points are awarded at the end. Seeding for the competition. The teams will be selected randomly in each new round, not based on their results in the previous round.
Volunteers from the SEG ASOIU Student Chapter will have the role of tournament officials. Prior to the GeoBowl Tournament, SEG ASOIU will post volunteer positions.
Judges: There will be a minimum of two judges for each game. Unless an appeal is requested, all decisions made by judges regarding the rules being followed and the awarding of points are final.
Moderator: A moderator will oversee each game. There might be two moderators to balance the work. The moderator will read the questions, verify if answers are correct by consulting judges as necessary, award and deduct points and otherwise apply the competition's regulations. No questions will be displayed on a screen; instead, the moderators will repeat them twice, and three times if necessary.
Scorekeeper: There will be at least one scorekeeper for each game. The scorekeeperwill record both individual statistics and the final score. Games won't be considered over until the official score has been announced by the scorekeeper.
Timekeeper: There will be one timekeeper per game. Time limitations will be applied by the timekeeper.
Each team in the competition will receive a buzzer, an electronic device that detectswho buzzes in to respond to a question first. Throughout the game, each team is in charge of keeping an eye on whether their individual buzzer is functioning properly. It is the player's duty to notify GeoBowl officials right away if they suspect a buzzer is broken or not functional. The current toss-up question will be answered, and if a member of the opposing team buzzed in, they must respond. Paper, pens, and pencils will be available to players. Reference materials cannot be used by players during competition.
GeoBowl Competition rules can be changed and if any rules changes, clarifications, and agenda will be announced to all participating team members before the competition.
"SuperGeoWomen" International Summit
The "SuperGeoWomen" International Summit was a highly successful and engaging event organized by SEG ASOIU and SEG BHOS.
The summit featured a panel discussion with four highly accomplished women who are specialists in different fields. Each panelist brought a unique perspective and expertise to the discussion.
Ravana Karimova, the first panelist, is a Completion Engineer at BP. Her role involves ensuring that wells are completed safely and efficiently. She has extensive experience in the engineering field and was able to share valuable insights into the challenges and opportunities that women face in the industry.
The second panelist, Narmina Garayeva, is an Oil & Gas and Natural Resources Consultant and Senior Reservoir Engineer with over 30 years of expertise in data gathering. She has worked on numerous projects in the industry and has a deep understanding of the technical aspects of the field.
Zohra Hajizada, the third panelist, is a Geology Trainee at BP and also held the position of president of the SEG ASOIU Student Chapters in 2018-19. She shared her experiences as a recent graduate and student leader, and discussed the importance of mentorship and networking in advancing one's career.
Finally, Konul Alizada, a Geomechanics Specialist at BP, discussed the importance of geomechanics in the oil and gas industry. She shared her experiences working on various projects and discussed the challenges and opportunities for women in this field.
Study Abroad Student Forum
The SEG ASOIU Student Chapter truly outdid themselves by organizing an incredible "Study Abroad Student Forum". The event was a massive success, with over 100 students in attendance, eager to learn more about the many scholarship programs available to them.
The speaker lineup was truly impressive, featuring graduates and master students from a diverse range of universities and countries. Each speaker shared their unique experiences and insights into the study abroad process, providing invaluable advice to the attendees.
The forum covered a wide range of topics related to studying abroad, including the different types of scholarship programs available, their requirements, the application process, and what the programs offer. Students were able to learn about the various scholarship opportunities available in different countries around the world, and the requirements and criteria for each program.
In addition to the informative presentations, students were also able to ask questions and receive guidance from experts in the field of study abroad programs. This gave them the opportunity to clarify any doubts or concerns they had about the application process, the requirements, and the benefits of studying abroad.
To make the event even more interesting and engaging, the organizers added a fun and interactive element to the proceedings. Throughout the forum, students were encouraged to participate in various activities and games, designed to help them learn more about the scholarship programs and connect with their peers.
During the coffee break, students had the opportunity to network with one another and with the speakers, creating new friendships and connections that will undoubtedly prove useful throughout their academic and professional journeys.
Christmas "Chess Tournament"
The SEG ASOIU Student Chapter hosted a "Christmas Chess Tournament" in honor of the holiday season, which was attended by more than 50 students.
The tournament proved to be a resounding success, with all participants enjoying the opportunity to showcase their chess-playing abilities.
The tournament was made more thrilling by utilizing the Swiss system, which ensured that participants had the opportunity to play against others of similar skill levels. The time limit was set to "5+3", requiring quick thinking and speedy decision-making from players to avoid running out of time. The tournament spanned a period of 3 hours and consisted of 6-8 rounds, with the top 3 players awarded impressive prizes such as trophies, medals, and exclusive invitations to field trips and courses without needing to apply. Participants were also provided with snacks and beverages to keep their energy levels up throughout the day, and surprise gifts and prizes were given out to a few lucky players.
Oil Workers' Day
On September 15th, the SEG ASOIU Student Chapter organized an event titled "Introduction to the Oil and Gas Industry" to celebrate Oil Workers Day. The event aimed to increase awareness and knowledge of the industry among attendees.
The event was organized to recognize the significant contribution of oil workers in Azerbaijan's economy. Azerbaijan is one of the largest producers of oil and gas in the world, and the oil and gas industry is critical to the country's economic growth. By organizing this event, the board members of the SEG ASOIU Student Chapter aimed to show appreciation for the hard work of oil workers and inspire more students and professionals to pursue careers in the industry.
The event featured speakers who shared insights on various aspects of the industry. Attendees had the opportunity to learn about the history of the oil and gas industry, production processes, and the current challenges and opportunities in the sector. The speakers also shared their personal experiences and provided advice on how to succeed in the industry. Attendees could ask questions and engage in discussions with the speakers and other participants.
Networking was also a crucial part of the event. Attendees had the chance to meet other professionals and students interested in the field and exchange ideas and experiences. The event created a platform for attendees to build relationships and expand their professional networks.
Hear from a Peer - Master Opportunities
SEG ASOIU, in collaboration with SEG BHOS, SPE ASOIU, and SPE Khazar, organized an impressive and thrilling event named "Hear from a Peer - Master Opportunities". The event focused on providing information about various master's degree programs available to students. The four master's students who were featured in the event shared their experiences and insights into their respective fields of study. This allowed the attendees to gain a better understanding of the opportunities available to them, and how they can benefit from pursuing a master's degree in their chosen field. The event aimed to encourage students to explore and consider different master's degree programs that align with their interests and career aspirations. It also provided a platform for networking and building connections with other students and professionals in the field. Overall, the event was an excellent opportunity for students to learn about the benefits of pursuing a master's degree and the various options available to them.
SEG ASOIU Student Chapter organized an online information session which was attended by students from various years and fields, primarily geophysics, geology, and petroleum. The main aim of this session was to assist students in their development through various learning methods. The primary objective was to enlighten enthusiastic individuals about the society's activities. During the session, board members of SEG ASOIU provided information on upcoming activities, plans for 2023, team structure, becoming a board member, and the importance of SEG.
The session covered a wide range of topics, including the global and local activities of SEG, SEG Women's Network, SEG membership, SEG Foundation, volunteering opportunities, SEG IMAGE, SEG EVOLVE, SEG Field Camps, outreach activities, Student Leadership Symposium, and much more.
To provide a more detailed account of the session, the board members discussed how students can participate in various SEG programs and events. They highlighted the importance of SEG membership and how it can help students in their careers. They also provided insights into the SEG Women's Network and how it supports women in the field of geosciences.
Furthermore, the board members elaborated on the SEG Foundation and the role it plays in providing financial aid to students and researchers. They also discussed the volunteering opportunities that SEG offers and how it can help students gain practical experience and enhance their skills.
The board members also gave an overview of SEG IMAGE, a platform for sharing research, and SEG EVOLVE, an educational program for young professionals. They also talked about SEG Field Camps, an immersive learning experience for students, and the Student Leadership Symposium, an event that provides leadership training to students.
Soft skills training program
The SEG ASOIU Student Chapter and SEG BHOS recently organized a soft skills training program, which included a seminar on Career Planning, Main Challenges in the Oil and Gas Industry, Developing Leadership Skills, and Public Speaking. These seminars aimed to provide attendees with valuable insights and practical tips on these important topics.
The Career Planning seminar was conducted by Konul Guliyeva, the Co-founder and CEO of Safavy LLC. During the seminar, attendees learned how to identify their skills and match them with suitable jobs and careers. They also gained insights into the proper way of career planning, including the dos and don'ts of career planning. Additionally, the seminar provided attendees with tips on finding ways to meet their educational and financial needs on their schedule.
The Main Challenges in the Oil and Gas Industry seminar was conducted by Kamal Kamalov, a Geophysicist and Data Manager at JOCAP. The seminar focused on the main challenges faced by professionals in the oil and gas industry and how to be prepared for these challenges. Attendees also gained insights into the main requirements of the field, which will help them to develop their skills and build successful careers in the industry.
The Developing Leadership Skills seminar was conducted by İlham Musayev, a Personal Agility Recognized Ambassador. During the seminar, attendees learned about the main skills required to be a good leader, including team management, being a team leader, and being a team player. They also gained insights into the importance of leadership skills in the modern world, and how developing these skills can help them to achieve success in their careers.
Finally, the Public Speaking seminar was conducted by Coşqun Karimov, an Author, and Public Speaking Coach. During the seminar, attendees learned how public speaking can influence decisions and connections, and what is needed to be a good public speaker. They gained practical tips and insights into how to improve their public speaking skills, which will help them to communicate more effectively and achieve their goals.
Collaborations with SEG global
Meeting with SEG President Ken Tubman (SEG Transformation and networking)
The SEG ASOIU Student Chapter recently hosted an incredible event where had the privilege of meeting none other than the esteemed SEG global president, Ken Tubman. The focus of the gathering was on the fascinating topic of "SEG Transformation," and Mr. Tubman enlightened students with his insights on the ongoing change process within the organization and the tremendous opportunities that lay ahead.
One of the most exciting parts of the event was when Mr. Tubman spoke about the plans that the SEG community has in store for young people. He shared with students’ statistics, which gave students a clear understanding of how these plans is going to benefit them.
But what truly made this event an unforgettable experience was the interactive consultation process. Students had the opportunity to exchange ideas with Mr. Tubman, and he generously shared information and advice that students can use to advance their careers. It was truly an exciting and inspiring event that left students with a newfound enthusiasm for their future in the field of geophysics.
Meeting with SEG past president Anna Shaughnessy and Maria Angela Capello (Geoscience in Action: Advancing Sustainable Development and networking)
The SEG ASOIU Student Chapter recently organized a highly engaging meeting centered around the topic "Geoscience in Action: Advancing Sustainable Development". During the meeting, Anna Shaughnessy and Maria Angela Capello delivered a presentation on the report titled "Geoscience in Action: Advancing Sustainable Development". This report, which is soon to be published jointly by AGU and UNESCO, is an extension of "The Geophysical Sustainability Atlas", which maps the connection between geophysics and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Maria Angela is the primary author of the report and enlisted the help of 12 expert geoscientists to examine the impact of geoscience on all 17 of the UN Sustainability Development Goals.
Meeting with SEG Board Treasurer Peter Cramer (Career Planning and Management in the Real World and networking)
The SEG ASOIU Student Chapter recently held a meeting focused on the topic of "Career Planning and Management in the Real World." The meeting featured Peter Cramer, a distinguished guest speaker who is a member of the board of SEG global. During the meeting, attendees had the opportunity to gain valuable insights and guidance from Mr. Cramer on how to effectively plan and manage their careers in the competitive and constantly evolving job market. The event was a great opportunity for students to network and learn from an experienced industry professional.
Meeting with SEG 2015 Honorary Lecturer Sergio Chávez-Pérez (Seismic Bandwidth Extension and Resolution Improvements: What Works and networking)
The SEG ASOIU Student Chapter hosted an exciting online lecture by Sergio Chávez-Pérez, a renowned geophysicist from Mexico City and the SEG 2015 Honorary Lecturer. Sergio shared his expertise on the fascinating topic of "Seismic Bandwidth Extension and Resolution Improvements: What Works."
Meetings with SEG Early Career Advisor Jessica Dostal (SEG ASOIU projects and networking)
The SEG ASOIU Student Chapter arranged several meetings with Jessica Dostal, who is an Early Career Advisor at the global SEG organization. The purpose of the meetings was to discuss future projects with newly recruited volunteers and the existing board members. Prior to the meeting, the student chapter had communicated with Jessica through social media channels, but the meetings provided an opportunity to get to know her better. During the meetings, they had the productive discussions about their plans and exchanged valuable insights.
Meeting with SEG Director at Large Ana Curcio (SEG opportunities and networking)
SEG ASOIU Board, alongside a team of passionate volunteers, recently held an exhilarating virtual meeting with Ana Curcio, a Geophysical advisor and director of SEG at Large. The team members had the unique opportunity to introduce themselves and share their individual goals with Ana.
The meeting was followed by a stimulating discussion on the future projects of the SEG ASOIU Student Chapter. The team members were excited to implement new approaches to their student chapter, and they had a plethora of questions for Ana regarding the best strategies to achieve their goals.
The meeting was full of dynamic and insightful exchanges, as the team members brainstormed and collaborated with Ana to come up with innovative ideas to make their student chapter stand out. It was truly a memorable experience that left the team feeling energized and motivated to pursue their goals.
The "Geomechanics School" organized by the SEG ASOIU and SEG BHOS Student Chapters was a comprehensive course that aimed to provide participants with a foundational understanding of geomechanics and its practical applications in the oil and gas industry.
Here is a detailed breakdown of the course topics:
1. Theory of geomechanics: This topic covered the basic concepts and theory of geomechanics. Participants learned about the mechanics of rocks and their response to stress and pressure.
2. Applications of geomechanics: This session explored the various practical applications of geomechanics in the oil and gas industry. Participants learned how geomechanics can be used to improve drilling, production, and reservoir management.
3. Formation Pressure Integrity Test (FPIT): This topic covered the FPIT technique, which is used to determine the strength and integrity of a wellbore. Participants learned about the different types of tests that can be performed, and how to interpret the results.
4. FPIT exercise: This session provided participants with hands-on experience performing a Formation Pressure Integrity Test.
5. Hole Instability (HI): This topic covered the issue of hole instability, which is a common problem encountered during drilling operations. Participants learned about the causes of HI and how to identify and mitigate the risks.
6. HI exercise: This session provided participants with practical experience in identifying and mitigating hole instability risks.
7. Finally, the course has included a wrap-up session where participants had the opportunity to network and discuss what they had learned with each other.
Geoscience Fundamentals course
The SEG ASOIU Student Chapter conducted a six-month long course called "Geoscience Fundamentals," with Teyyuba Adigozalova as the speaker. Teyyuba is a former president of the SEG ASOIU Student Chapter, and is currently undergoing geophysics training at BP. She has also participated in various SEG projects, including field camps, SEG EVOLVE, SEG IMAGE, and SLS.
The course aimed to provide a comprehensive understanding of geoscience, which is a critical component in the discovery, extraction, and management of earth resources. It covered various topics such as petroleum geoscience, depositional systems, geophysical methods and their applications, formation evaluation, academic and industrial career opportunities, and a documentary movie night.
Throughout the six months, the students had the opportunity to enhance their knowledge on the composition, structure, and natural geological systems of our planet, along with various other related topics. The course was designed to give students insight into the complexities of the industry, and the geoscience techniques used to identify and assess resources.
Moreover, the course incorporated group projects, which allowed students to work collaboratively and apply their newfound knowledge to practical situations. These projects were aimed at developing critical thinking and problem-solving skills in students, which will aid them in their future careers.
Reservoir Engineering course
SEG ASOIU and SPE ASOIU have collaborated to offer an exciting and comprehensive course on "Reservoir Engineering." This course spans over three months and encompasses a range of engaging activities such as midterms, final exams, quizzes, prizes, and weekly sessions.
The course covers a diverse set of topics, including Basic Rock Properties & Basic Fluid Properties, Classification of Hydrocarbons, HC Reservoirs and Reserves, Reservoir Drive Mechanisms, Material Balance Equation, Fluid Flow in Reservoir, Radial Steady State Flow, Differential Equation of Radial Flow, Fluid-Fluid Displacement, Fractional Flow Buckley-Leverett Equation, and PVT Analysis.
Students had the opportunity to deepen their understanding of these topics and gain practical skills through interactive sessions, case studies, and hands-on activities. They also received personalized feedback and guidance from experienced instructors and industry experts.
The SEG ASOIU Student Chapter recently organized an exciting and informative Mineralogy course, designed to provide students pursuing a degree in Geology with a strong foundation in the subject. Mineralogy is a crucial pre-requisite course for further studies in petrology, geochemistry, and economic geology.
Over the course of the program, students were introduced to the fascinating world of mineralogy, exploring topics such as crystallography, mineral chemistry, optical mineralogy, mineral structure, and genesis. The curriculum was designed to provide a comprehensive overview of the field, covering everything from basic concepts to advanced theories and techniques.
The course featured a variety of engaging activities, including group projects, laboratory sessions, and visits to the Mineralogical Museum. In the lab sessions, students had the opportunity to work hands-on with minerals and rocks, learning how to identify them using various analytical techniques. They also collaborated on group projects.
At the Mineralogical Museum, students were able to explore an extensive collection of minerals and rocks, gaining a deeper understanding of their properties and characteristics. They were encouraged to ask questions and engage with the exhibits, providing a fun and interactive learning experience.
Geoscience for the Future course
An undergraduate student recently conducted a course titled "Geoscience for the Future", which provided a comprehensive learning opportunity for students interested in the field of geoscience. The course covered a range of topics including geology, logging, seismic, and their applications in the future. It was conducted during the summer and was structured into multiple modules.
Throughout the course, students were exposed to a diverse range of geoscience topics, including the history and fundamentals of geology, geologic time scales, plate tectonics, and mineralogy. The logging module focused on techniques used for recording and interpreting data from boreholes, while the seismic module covered the principles of seismic waves and their uses in geophysics.
The course also delved into the applications of geoscience in the future, with modules on the role of geoscience in climate change, energy production, and resource management. Additionally, students were introduced to various software and tools used in the field of geoscience, including geospatial analysis software, geological modeling software, and data visualization tools.
This course was a great opportunity for students interested in pursuing a career in geoscience or for those who simply wanted to expand their knowledge in this area.
The SEG ASOIU Student Chapter recently conducted a 4-week course named "Greenergy," which covered various topics related to renewable energy and job opportunities. The course also included group projects and presentation skills. The need for these natural sources is becoming more urgent, and the course aimed to provide a detailed understanding of the different types of renewable energy sources and their potential as alternatives to conventional energy sources. The speakers, who were professionals in their respective fields, shared their knowledge on renewable energy sources and their usage.
1. Renewable Energy and Job Opportunities: This topic focused on the concept of renewable energy, its importance in the current scenario, and the various job opportunities available in this field. The speaker discussed different job roles and skills required to pursue a career in renewable energy.
2. Solar Energy and its usage: The topic of solar energy covered the working of solar panels, its usage in different industries, and the advantages and disadvantages of solar energy. The speaker also discussed the latest developments and advancements in solar energy technology.
3. Wind Energy and its usage: This topic covered the basics of wind energy, how it is harnessed, and its applications in various industries. The speaker also discussed the advantages and limitations of wind energy and its potential for future growth.
4. Biomass, Geothermal Energy, and their usage: The topic of biomass and geothermal energy covered their working, advantages and disadvantages, and potential usage in different industries. The speaker also discussed the challenges associated with the commercialization of these energy sources.
The course also included group projects that aimed to provide hands-on experience to the participants in the field of renewable energy. The participants were divided into groups, and each group was assigned a project related to one of the topics covered in the course. The participants had to work together to research and develop a solution or proposal related to their project topic.
The group projects were designed to enhance the participants' critical thinking, problem-solving, and teamwork skills. They also provided an opportunity for the participants to apply the knowledge gained during the course to a real-world scenario. At the end of the course, each group presented their project to the rest of the participants and received feedback from the speakers and fellow participants.
Fluid Flow Modeling with Python course
The "Fluid Flow Modeling with Python" course was conducted by the SEG ASOIU Student Chapter, and the speaker for the course was a Reservoir Simulation Engineer with experience in fluid flow modeling.
Over the course of 6 weeks, the participants were introduced to various important topics related to fluid flow modeling using Python programming language. The speaker provided an overview of basic flow equations and introduced the participants to Python programming language. The course also covered the implementation of finite difference methods for fluid flow modeling, which is a widely used technique in reservoir simulation engineering.
The participants also had the opportunity to engage in practical sessions during the course. They were given group projects that allowed them to apply the concepts and techniques they learned in the course. This helped the participants to gain hands-on experience in fluid flow modeling and understand how to use Python to solve real-world problems.
Furthermore, the course delved into single-phase and two-phase solutions for 1D models of fluid flow, as well as multi-dimensional solutions. This involved learning techniques for modeling the behavior of fluids in complex geometries and analyzing simulation results. The speaker provided guidance and insights on how to approach complex fluid flow problems and interpret the simulation results.
Field & Company trips
Field trip to "Yasamal" Valley
During the geological field trip to Yasamal Valley, the students were able to explore the Upper Productive Series geology in the South Caspian Basin. The South Caspian Basin is a well-known petroleum-rich basin located in the region. The Upper Productive Series is an important stratigraphic unit within the basin, and it is composed of sedimentary rocks that were deposited during the Miocene epoch.
The students were able to observe the different rock formations that make up the Upper Productive Series, including sandstones, shales, and limestones. They also learned about the depositional environment of these rocks and how they were formed through the accumulation of sediment in a marine environment.
The field trip provided the students with an opportunity to develop their geological knowledge through hands-on learning. They were able to practice identifying different rock types and interpreting the geological history of the area. They also learned about the different types of geological structures that are present in the region, such as faults and folds, and how they can impact petroleum reservoirs.
Excursion to the Geology Museum
The SEG ASOIU Student Chapter organized an amazing excursion to the Geology Museum, which proved to be both informative and exciting. As the students entered the museum, they were immediately drawn to the beautifully crafted displays of rocks, minerals, and geological formations.
The tour began with an overview of the geological map of Azerbaijan, which provided insight into the country's rich geological history. The students were fascinated to learn about the various layers of sedimentary rocks, the fault lines, and the different types of mineral deposits that could be found in the region.
Next, the students explored the various exhibits showcasing rocks of different colors and compositions. The tour guide explained the geological processes that led to the formation of each type of rock, and how the composition of the rock determined its color and texture. The students marveled at the intricate patterns and textures of the rocks, and were surprised to learn that many of them were formed millions of years ago.
As the excursion continued, the students were introduced to the fascinating world of mineralogy. They learned about the different types of minerals and their properties, and how they were used in various industries. The tour guide demonstrated how to identify minerals based on their physical properties, such as their hardness, color, and crystal structure.
The students also had the opportunity to examine samples of various mineral deposits, including gold, silver, copper, and iron. They learned about the mining process and the impact it has on the environment, as well as the economic importance of these minerals.
SLB company field trip
The SEG ASOIU Student Chapter recently organized a thrilling field trip to the SLB company, providing a fantastic opportunity for all participants to learn about the company's operations, tools, and working environment first-hand. The visit was an eye-opening experience that gave the students valuable insights into the industry and the technical skills required to succeed in it.
During the visit, the students were exposed to the day-to-day workings of the company, witnessing how the team members utilized various tools and techniques to carry out their tasks. They were able to interact with the engineers and ask questions about the different aspects of their work, getting a real sense of what it's like to work in the industry.
The excursion wasn't all business, though, as the students were also able to have some fun and build connections with the engineers during lunch. The meal provided an excellent opportunity for networking, and the students were able to connect with the engineers on a more personal level, learning about their experiences and career paths.
Natural history museum
The SEG ASOIU Student Chapter recently arranged a field trip to a prestigious natural history museum, which encompasses two distinct departments: geological and zoological.
The students who participated in the excursion were treated to a fascinating and informative experience. They were able to explore the museum's extensive collection of geological specimens, which included minerals, rocks, and fossils from all over the world. In the geological department, the students learned about the formation of rocks and minerals, the history of the Earth's geology, and the methods used to study the Earth's structure.
The zoological department of the museum was equally impressive, featuring a wide range of living organisms and specimens from various habitats and ecosystems. The students were able to observe specimens up close, learning about the diversity of animal life on our planet, their behaviors, and adaptations to their environment.
Workshops & Masterclasses
24hours - "My Dream Future" workshop
The SEG ASOIU Student Chapter recently organized a series of seminars titled "My Dream Future" which were conducted for four consecutive days. Each day's seminar lasted for six hours. The keynote speaker for these seminars was Parviz Hasanov, an accomplished international engineer who has worked with reputed companies like SLB (Schlumberger), Baker Hughes, and Weatherford. He has also authored the book "My Dream Future" and frequently conducts mentoring sessions.
Currently, Parviz Hasanov works as a Completion Engineer at Halliburton. During the seminars, he shared his experiences and insights with the attendees, guiding them on how to achieve their dream careers. The seminars were aimed at motivating and inspiring students to work towards their goals and aspirations.
- On the first day, the seminar covered an introduction to the oil industry and what it entails. Parviz shared his personal experiences working in the industry and provided insights on what it takes to succeed. He also discussed how to apply for jobs in the oil industry, including tips on writing an effective CV and motivation letter.
- On the third day, the seminar covered technical training and life in the oil fields. Parviz provided information on how to become a professional in the industry, including the importance of practical experience and continuous learning. He also shared insights on what it is like to work in the oil fields and how to adapt to the challenging and demanding work environment.
- The final day of the seminar series focused on pursuing a career in foreign countries and how to promote oneself in the job market. Parviz provided tips on how to build a strong professional network, develop new skills, and stay up to date with industry trends. He also discussed the personal life of a petroleum engineer and how to balance work and personal life.
- Throughout the seminar series, attendees had the opportunity to participate in group work and practical exercises to enhance their learning experience. The seminar was designed to motivate and inspire students to pursue their dream careers in the oil industry with a clear understanding of what it takes to succeed.
- The seminar series was a huge success, with over 200 students and professionals attending the sessions. The event provided an excellent opportunity for attendees to network with like-minded individuals who share a passion for the oil industry.
- Throughout the seminar series, attendees were able to connect with peers, exchange ideas and experiences, and build valuable professional relationships. They were also able to connect with Parviz Hasanov, who provided mentorship and guidance on how to achieve success in the industry.
- The seminar series created a supportive and collaborative environment, which allowed attendees to learn from one another and expand their professional networks. The discussions and group projects promoted teamwork and encouraged attendees to work together to find solutions to real-world problems.
"Net Zero Emissions" workshop
SEG ASOIU Student Chapter recently organized an online workshop on "Net Zero Emissions" with a young specialist who has been working in the renewable energy sector since 2019. The specialist is particularly interested in sustainability and is passionate about working towards a better future through the production of wind and solar energy. In the workshop, the specialist discussed two important topics - "Smart Grids" and "Renewable Energy Generation."
- The first topic, "Smart Grids," focused on how to develop a more reliable distribution grid that is better equipped to handle the challenges of renewable energy. The specialist talked about the importance of using advanced technology to monitor and manage the grid in real-time, which can improve its efficiency and reduce the risk of power outages. The specialist also highlighted the need for a more interconnected grid, which can help balance the supply and demand of electricity more effectively.
- The second topic, "Renewable Energy Generation," focused on the decarbonization of the energy sector. The specialist discussed various renewable energy projects, including wind power projects, and emphasized the importance of investing in environmentally sustainable projects. The specialist also talked about the benefits of renewable energy, such as reduced greenhouse gas emissions and lower energy costs.
12 hours- "Well Control" Masterclass
The "12 hours- Well Control Masterclass" organized by SEG ASOIU and SPE Khazar Student Chapters is an exceptional training program that offers an in-depth understanding of one of the most critical aspects of drilling operations, well control.
The masterclass runs for two days and includes a wide range of activities to enhance the learning experience. Participants engage in individual practical calculations to test their knowledge of well control procedures. They also work in teams to develop solutions to real-world well control scenarios. These activities help to reinforce the participants' understanding of well control and build their problem-solving skills.
In addition to the practical sessions, the masterclass also includes a quiz at the end, where participants can put their knowledge to the test. This provides an opportunity to evaluate their understanding of the subject matter and identify areas for improvement. Upon completion of the training, participants receive a certificate, which is a testament to their newfound expertise in well control.
The "12 hours- Well Control Masterclass" has a strong connection to geophysics as it is crucial for geophysicists to understand the basics of drilling operations. Well control is a crucial aspect of drilling operations that helps prevent blowouts and other dangerous situations. Geophysicists play a critical role in identifying the presence of hydrocarbons and determining the optimal drilling locations. As such, a strong understanding of well control procedures is essential for geophysicists to ensure that drilling operations are conducted safely and efficiently.
Basics of Offshore to Oil & Gas Industry masterclass
The SEG ASOIU organized a session called "Basics of Offshore to Oil & Gas Industry", which focused primarily on safety rules and regulations in offshore operations. The session was conducted by a trainer who is certified in NEBOSH HSE and offshore survival training and specializes in training and development in the field of offshore safety.
The session was likely aimed at providing attendees with a comprehensive understanding of safety procedures and best practices in offshore operations. In addition to the theoretical aspects of safety rules and regulations, the session may have also included practical training and team-working activities related to offshore safety. This would have helped attendees develop the skills required to work safely and effectively in offshore environments.
In relation to geophysical engineering, the session has provided insights into the specific safety considerations for seismic exploration and other geophysical surveys in offshore environments. The oil and gas industry relies heavily on geophysical exploration to identify and evaluate potential oil and gas reserves. However, conducting these surveys in offshore environments requires special safety considerations due to the challenges posed by the marine environment.
Webinars & Events
Initial Steps in GIS
An event titled "Initial Steps in GIS" was organized to provide attendees with an introduction to Geographic Information System (GIS). GIS is a system that involves collecting, storing, analyzing, and graphically visualizing geographic data and information related to specific objects. It is a powerful tool used in various fields, including geography, geology, urban planning, and natural resource management.
During the event, participants learned about the basic concepts and applications of GIS. They were introduced to the different types of geographic data, such as vector and raster data, and the software tools used to create and manage them.
The event aimed to provide a comprehensive understanding of GIS and its practical applications. Attendees were able to gain a foundation in the subject and understand how GIS can be used to solve real-world problems.
Introduction to Renewable Energy
The Renewable Energy team of SEG ASOIU organized an info session on "Introduction to Renewable Energy." The session aimed to provide participants with an overview of renewable energy and its applications, as well as its connection to geology and geophysics.
During the session, the Renewable Energy team discussed the importance of renewable energy as an alternative to fossil fuels, which are a finite resource and contribute to environmental pollution. They also highlighted the various types of renewable energy sources, such as solar, wind, hydro, and geothermal energy, and explained their advantages and limitations.
The team also emphasized the role of geology and geophysics in the development and implementation of renewable energy projects. They discussed how geological and geophysical surveys are used to identify suitable sites for renewable energy projects, assess the availability of resources, and determine the feasibility of the project.
In addition to providing theoretical knowledge, the Renewable Energy team also shared practical examples of renewable energy projects that have been successfully implemented in different parts of the world. They also encouraged participants to explore and pursue careers in the renewable energy sector, which is expected to grow significantly in the coming years.
Must Knows in Geoscience
The SEG ASOIU Student Chapter organized a technical session titled "Must Know in Geoscience," which provided an opportunity for participants to gain insights into important concepts and techniques in the field of geoscience. The session was led by Zohra Hajizada, a former president of the SEG ASOIU Student Chapter in 2018-19, and currently working as a PPFG trainee for BP.
During the session, the speaker shared her extensive knowledge and experience in the field of geoscience with the participants. She provided insights into various aspects of geoscience, including exploration and production, geology, geophysics, and reservoir engineering. The participants were able to gain a deeper understanding of the key concepts and techniques in these areas, as well as how they can be applied in practice.
The speaker also provided an overview of the latest developments and trends in the field of geoscience, including emerging technologies and tools that are being used to improve exploration and production efficiency. This helped the participants to stay up to date with the latest advancements in the field and understand how they can incorporate these advancements into their work.
the participants were also given a group project to work on during the session.
The group project involved applying the concepts and techniques covered in the technical session to a real-world problem in the field of geoscience. The participants were divided into groups and were given a specific problem to solve related to exploration and production, geology, geophysics, or reservoir engineering.
Throughout the project, speaker provided guidance and feedback to the participants, helping them to understand how to apply the techniques and concepts they had learned in the technical session to the problem at hand. The participants were able to work collaboratively and share their insights and perspectives, which helped to foster a deeper understanding of the problem and the approaches that could be used to solve it.
At the end of the project, the participants presented their findings and solutions to the rest of the group, which provided an opportunity for them to receive feedback and insights from their peers. The group project allowed the participants to apply their knowledge in a practical setting, gain hands-on experience, and develop critical thinking skills that can be applied in their future careers.
Work and Travel program
SEG ASOIU Student Chapter recently hosted a non-technical session on the Work and Travel program, which proved to be a great success. Two volunteers from the student chapter, Fidan Ibrahimova and Murad Gaffarov, shared their personal experience of successfully getting selected for the program from a pool of 1,300 applicants and receiving full scholarships to go to America. The event was designed to provide students with valuable information about the program and its various aspects.
During the session, the volunteers of the student chapter provided comprehensive details on the program, including its cost, visa application process, required documentation, and what the program offers. The students were given an opportunity to ask questions and clarify their doubts regarding the program. The session was interactive, and the volunteers did a great job of engaging the students and providing them with valuable insights.
The event proved to be beneficial for the students who were interested in the Work and Travel program. They gained a better understanding of the program's requirements and how to apply for it. The volunteers also shared their personal experiences, which provided a unique perspective and helped the students prepare for their journey to America.
Pore Pressure and Wellbore Instabilities Basics
The SEG ASOIU Student Chapter recently organized a session on "Pore Pressure and Wellbore Instabilities Basics," which provided students with a broad understanding of several important topics related to drilling and subsurface exploration.
During the session, students learned about pore pressure terminology, including the different types of pore pressure (e.g., normal, abnormal, and overpressure) and how they are measured. The causes of overpressure in the subsurface were also discussed, including mechanisms such as compaction disequilibrium, hydrocarbon generation, and fluid expansion.
Students also learned about subsurface stresses and how they contribute to pore pressure, as well as the concept of pressure gradient and how it affects drilling operations. The use of pressure-depth plots (PPFG plots) to analyze subsurface pressures was also covered.
Another important topic covered during the session was wellbore instability, which refers to the potential for the walls of a drilled borehole to collapse or become damaged during drilling operations. The different mechanisms of wellbore instability were discussed, including mechanical failure, chemical degradation, and formation damage.
Students learned about the causes, consequences, and costs of wellbore instability, as well as potential solutions to minimize or prevent it. Group exercises and projects were also included to reinforce the learning objectives and provide students with opportunities to apply the concepts learned during the session.
Data and coding skills in energy industry
The "Data and coding skills in energy industry" session organized by SEG ASOIU Student Chapter was a well-planned and executed event. The participants of the session were mainly students pursuing their education in the field of energy industry. The session aimed to provide them with a comprehensive understanding of the significance of coding in the fields of geophysical and petroleum engineering.
The session began with an introduction to the importance of coding and data analysis in the energy industry. The speaker discussed how coding and data analysis have transformed the energy industry in recent years and how these skills are becoming increasingly essential for professionals working in the field. The participants were then given an overview of the necessary coding languages, such as Python and MATLAB, which are commonly used in the industry.
In addition to the theoretical aspect, the event included various interactive activities that enabled the participants to apply their newly acquired knowledge in practical scenarios. The participants were divided into groups, and each group was given a project to work on. These projects were designed to replicate real-world scenarios that professionals in the energy industry might encounter. The participants had to use their coding skills to solve the problems presented in the projects.
The group projects were followed by a Q&A session, where the participants had the opportunity to ask questions related to the topics discussed during the event. The session ended with a summary of the key takeaways and a discussion on how the participants could further improve their coding skills.
The SEG ASOIU Student Chapter recently organized a session on "Machine Learning" with a professional data scientist who had extensive experience in the field of data science. The aim of the session was to provide the students with an introduction to the Python programming language, which is widely used in the field of data science. The students were taught the basics of Python programming, such as data types, variables, operators, control structures, functions, and modules. They were also introduced to various Python libraries that are commonly used in data science, such as NumPy, Pandas, Matplotlib, and Scikit-Learn.
In addition to learning Python programming, the students were also introduced to the fundamental concepts of artificial intelligence (AI) and how it can be applied to geophysics. The instructor explained how machine learning techniques can be used to solve problems in the field of geophysics, such as seismic imaging, well log analysis, and reservoir characterization. The students learned about supervised learning, unsupervised learning, and reinforcement learning, and how these techniques can be used to analyze and interpret geological data.
The instructor also provided examples of real-world applications of AI in geophysics, such as predicting the lithology of rocks, identifying hydrocarbon reserves, and optimizing drilling operations. The students were able to see how AI is transforming the field of geophysics and how it can help geoscientists make better decisions.
In light of the recent unfortunate events in Turkey, the SEG ASOIU Student Chapter organized a session on plate tectonics, which was conducted by a newly recruited volunteer. The session provided valuable insights into the occurrences of natural disasters such as earthquakes and helped the attendees to comprehend the movement of tectonic plates, the potential consequences of their movements, and the process by which earthquakes occur. This knowledge is crucial not only in the current times but also for future years, and it is essential for everyone to have a fundamental understanding of plate tectonics.
Sequence & Seismic Stratigraphy in Geosciences
The technical session on "Sequence & Seismic Stratigraphy in Geosciences," organized by the SEG ASOIU Student Chapter, featured a highly knowledgeable speaker who delved into the intricacies of geophysics-related topics. The session provided a platform for participants to gain valuable insights from the distinguished speaker, who shared his expertise on the subject matter.
During the session, the speaker shed light on the key aspects of geophysics, with a particular focus on sequence and seismic stratigraphy. The discussion was not only informative but also engaging, making the event more interesting for the attendees.
The participants had the opportunity to interact with the speaker, asking questions and seeking clarifications on various aspects of geophysics. The session was indeed an invaluable learning experience for all those who attended, leaving them with a better understanding of the subject matter and a deeper appreciation of the role of geophysics in the geosciences.
Seismic Acquisition Technologies
SEG ASOIU Student Chapter recently organized a session called "Seismic Acquisition Technologies" at the BP Khazar Centre office, which was conducted by a highly experienced geophysicist with nine years of experience in the energy industry. The session aimed to educate students on how sound waves are used to generate seismic data for the exploration of hydrocarbon (HC) reserves and other purposes.
During the session, the geophysicist provided detailed information about various seismic acquisition technologies and their applications. The students gained valuable insights into the process of seismic data acquisition, including how sound waves are generated, transmitted, and recorded. They also learned about the different types of seismic surveys, such as 2D, 3D, and 4D, and how they are used to gather data on HC reserves and other geological structures.