SPE Student Chapter Leoben
PetroBowl Qualifier at East Meets West
19. 04. 2017
Markus Hofmeister, Michael Nirtl, Alexis Koulidis, Robert Nitsche, Mathias Bayerl
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  • About a week ago, the “East meets West” conference took place for the 6th time. It was organized by AGH University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Drilling, Oil and Gas as well as the AGH UST Student Chapter and was located in Krakow in Poland. The good reputation of the AGH University and the success of the EMW conference in previous years was already promising a great event.

    About a week ago, the “East meets West” conference took place for the 6th time. It was organized by AGH University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Drilling, Oil and Gas as well as the AGH UST Student Chapter and was located in Krakow in Poland. The good reputation of the AGH University and the success of the EMW conference in previous years was already promising a great event.

    Dozens of students from all over the world came to see and attend interesting and inspiring paper and poster presentations from different fields of study as well as different study levels. Entertaining Panel discussions about HSE aspects and women in O&G industry were held together with industry’s professionals. Several companies such as MOL Group, Schlumberger and Baker Hughes took their chance and came to present their companies and fields of business in an exciting career session. And last but not least there was this one quiz about petroleum industry – the regional PetroBowl Qualifier for Europe, North Sea, Russia and Caspian SPE Sections.

    Markus Hofmeister, Alexis Koulidis, Robert Nitsche, Michael Nirtl, and Mathias Bayerl (left to right) proudly represented MUL at the PetroBowl Regional Qualifier at the EMW Congress in Krakow

    Markus Hofmeister, Alexis Koulidis, Robert Nitsche, Michael Nirtl, and Mathias Bayerl (left to right) proudly represented MUL at the PetroBowl Regional Qualifier at the EMW Congress in Krakow

    The arrival and welcome at the accommodation was well organized and the conference kicked off with a meet-and-greet session or simple said a pub-crawl in the city center of Krakow. On Tuesday, the first official day of the event more and more students arrived and the conference was opened by Mr. Stanislaw Nagy, representative of AGH university and Mr. Mathias Meister, SPE representative and regional director.

    Later on, the first student paper contest for undergraduates started and several students presented their research work about various topics of technical and economic nature. As part of the contest, our colleague from SPE Student Chapter Oliver Spenger held a great presentation on Big Data in which he explained why less data is sometimes more. For his excellent performance, he was awarded with the second place. Congratulations Oliver!

    On Wednesday morning, the preliminaries of the PetroBowl Qualifier were scheduled. Twenty teams had to compete against each other in head-to-head quiz rounds in order to reach the best 16. Six teams were already set for the next round due to good performance in the previous year. The team from Montanuniversität Leoben participated for the first time ever in the PetroBowl tournament and had to start off against Aberdeen University in their preliminary round. Ignoring mathematics here, every team was 150% motivated and the atmosphere was overwhelming. With a sound performance, our team won and went to the next round where University of Miskolc waited for them. After another win in the afternoon session, Leoben proceeded to the quarterfinals and finished its PetroBowl business for that day.

    A room full of tension during the match between Montanuniversitaet Leoben and the team from Politecnico di Torino

    A room full of tension during the match between Montanuniversitaet Leoben and the team from Politecnico di Torino

    After a more or less short night out – priorities first – Leoben competed against Politecnico di Torino on Thursday afternoon. It was a thrilling match but in the end we won and qualified for the PetroBowl finals in San Antonio Texas. From there, all the pressure was gone and we had won dozens of fans already. In the semifinals, the last four teams competed against each other: Heriot Watt vs. AGH University & MU Leoben vs. Gubkin University. Additionally to those four teams, our friends from Stavanger University have qualified as well for the PetroBowl finals due to the Lucky Loser regulation. Congratulations!

    With a solid performance, our colleagues managed to win against Gubkin University and made it to the final! In the other semifinal, AGH University defeated Heriot Watt University so that the final was made up of the host AGH University and our team from Leoben.  The atmosphere was loaded and everyone in the audience was cheering for their favorite team. In the end, our colleagues lost against a great prepared team from Krakow quite close, so that only one question made the difference. Congratulations to both of them, you did a great job!

    On Friday, the last student paper contest for PhD students was scheduled and an interesting Panel about women in O&G industry was held. After that and another lunch break with good food the closing ceremony started. As part of it, the winners of the different contests and competitions were awarded and our colleagues from AGH University and AGH UST Student Chapter earned some well-earned applause including standing ovations. Also our Chapter represented by Oliver Spenger got the chance to speak about current SPE activities and to thank the organizers for their efforts and hard work for creating such a fantastic conference.

    Concluding the East meets West conference and the PetroBowl Qualifier, there is only one question left to answer: Was it a great event with possibilities to learn new things, connect with other students and professionals and make new friendships? – Absolutly! This answer is correct, 10 points! Stay tuned and see you in San Antonio!

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