The 2018-2019 competition was held in both Houston and Celle in May and June. Judges will also visit MST on 29 June to examine their work. Judges will meet in late June to determine the winning teams, and the results will be announced immediately afterwards.
There are many individuals who contributed to these two successful events. First of all, thank you to all the team members who worked long hours to design and build their rigs. Some had technical difficulties, and some learned more than they ever wanted to know about international customs paperwork. But teams still came to the competition to present what they learned this year, and words from many of the judges revealed how impressed they were. Apparently the students liked the new format, too. “On behalf of our entire team, it is an understatement to say that everyone are very pleased with the event; in particular the chance to socialize and learn from both colleagues and the judges, and to see the tremendous work that all teams have put into their projects this year.”
Next on the list, we wish to thank the judges who gave their time and effort to do more than just evaluate each team. Every judge brings expert knowledge that is shared during the Q&A and during the physical test. Some students may not realize that the judges’ work started last summer updating the guidelines and again in January for reading and commenting on the design reports.
Thanks to our sponsors who provide funds directly to individual teams and to the overall program. Look elsewhere in these posts to learn more about these companies who allow us to continue this program each year.
Finally, we want to recognize the efforts of our hosts. In North America, Halliburton did a great job. Shashi Talya lead the effort, but the support team in the shop, in marketing, in engineering and the security staff were courteous and helpful for all things big and small. The same can be said of the two co-hosts in Celle. Thank you to John Macpherson and Christopher Dalton at Baker Hughes GE who hosted the presentations. Joachim Oppelt and Lydia Rosandic at Drilling Simulator Celle took care of so many behind the scenes preparations and hosted the physical test. Don’t forget Rolf Horsdal of NOV who stepped up to steer the overall effort in Europe.
Congratulations to everyone of you.