The traditional International Youth Scientific Conference «SeverGeoEcoTech-2016» kicked-off on the 23rd of March 2016 in Ukhta State Technical University lasting for two days. For the fourth consecutive year, undergraduate and postgraduates students of leading Russian universities submitted their reports to the section of "Offshore Oil and Gas engineering on the Arctic shelf".
Organizers of the scientific forum are; Ukhta State Technical University, the SPE Timan-Pechora Professional Section and USTU SPE Student Chapter which contribute significantly to the development of the oil and gas industry.
In the section "Offshore Oil and Gas engineering on the Arctic shelf", nineteen papers were presented this year on various topics - from the process for producing a synthesis gas from hydrocarbon feedstock to geotechnical monitoring of linear structures. Among the participants were undergraduate and postgraduate students from Ukhta, St. Petersburg, Arkhangelsk and Vorkuta.
President of Ukhta State Technical University SPE Student Chapter Vyacheslav Ovchinnikov noted that each year the standard of the reports was increasing, while also marking this year’s conference as great. As the conference progressed, the participating youths began to feel more confident, hence listening to their work was also interesting as noted by the jury. It is worth noting that the works were well researched and not mere abstracts as it sometimes happens at student conferences. For students participating in such a significant scientific forum this was a great opportunity for them to evaluate their work and acquire valuable research experience. Thanks to the existing USTU index system, each participant could earn extra points to their scores in the mentioned system as a result.
Of course, such large-scale work with young student researchers is always in need of strong support, and because of that the “Research and Design Institute of Oil and Gas USTU” always comes to the rescue; allocating the necessary funds and staff to work with the students and supervise their scientific research.
The support rendered by Society of Petroleum Engineers(SPE) is additionally expressed by the fact that work of the section was chaired by the Chairperson of the SPE Timan-Pechora Professional Section Georgiy Viktorovich Buslaev, with assistance from his colleague and co-chair Aleksandr Salnikov who was also the advisor to the young students.
The results of the SPE sponsored section “Offshore Oil and Gas Engineering on the Arctic shelf” were announced on the 24th of March 2016. The winning paper; "Development of composite fiber-optic material based coupling equipment for the repair of pipelines in the Arctic shelf" belonged to the participant Aleksandra Valasova a student of Ukhta State Technical University. Second place went to Nadezhda Titova and Gulshat Shakirov both students of Ukhta State Technical University who presented a paper titled; "Method for analyzing the rate of corrosion of steel offshore structures in the Offshore Russia". Third place went to Srbuyi Bagdasaryan (Ukhta State Technical University) for her work titled "Development of magnetic cleaning scraper to remove solid deposits from offshore export pipelines". Laureates winners Pavel Kiyan, Maria Kiyan, Aleksandr Moroz, Trukhonin Kirill and Knyazev Vladislav (all members of Ukhta State Technical University SPE Student Chapter) also got recognition and awards. Each and every participant was awarded with diplomas and memorable gifts of LLC "Research and Design Institute of Oil and Gas UGTU". The scientific works of the young scientists which stood out will be published in the print materials of the conference.