CGG GeoSoftware has made a significant software donation to Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) as part of its commitment to help train the next generation of geoscience graduates joining the energy industry. Following an initial software donation in 2012, CGG has made a second larger donation to UTP, this time of both its Hampson-Russell and Jason reservoir characterisation suites.
As a sign of its appreciation of this historic donation, UTP held an official ceremony for the handover of the donation today attended by representatives from PETRONAS, CGG and UTP.
As an internationally renowned university wholly owned by PETRONAS, the national oil company of Malaysia, UTP places strong emphasis on maintaining excellence in research and development to bring innovation and value to the energy sector. Students in its Geosciences and Petroleum Department and also in its Centre of Excellence in Subsurface Seismic Imaging & Hydrocarbon Prediction Department will be able to use the software to become more proficient at oilfield reservoir assessment and advanced analyses.
CGG GeoSoftware is accompanying the software donation with a comprehensive support programme. Students will be offered rigorous training and mentoring to ensure they are fully skilled users of the software by the time they graduate and also given the opportunity to do internships at CGG to gain exposure to real-world scenarios. UTP lecturers and faculty staff will also benefit from training in the donated software which has been routinely used by many E&P companies in Malaysia since the 1990’s.
UTP Vice Chancellor, Datuk Ir (Dr) Abdul Rahim Hashim said: “The software donation initiative will pave the way for value realisation in UTP in terms of enriching student experiences, improving research capabilities and academic delivery and achieving operational excellence. It will also empower UTP to meet today’s education industry needs while anticipating tomorrow’s innovation. With this new platform, there will be increased productivity and customer satisfaction which sets UTP in the path of becoming a prominent private university.”
Sophie Zurquiyah, Chief Operating Officer & Senior Executive Vice President, Geology, Geophysics & Reservoir, CGG, said: “CGG GeoSoftware is delighted to strengthen its ties with UTP through this new software donation by our University Donation Program. The aim is to give more professionals entering the Malaysian oil and gas industry advanced knowledge and practical experience of performing quantitative interpretation to help them achieve their objectives of exploring and exploiting new reserves. Over the past forty years we have worked together with PETRONAS to build an excellent relationship. Today, we are honored to further our relationship through this donation that will support UTP in developing industry-leading talents”.