Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) emerged as the champion in the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) Asia 2018 University R&D Showcase and Challenge for its project entitled "Poseidon: An Autonomous Structural Health Monitoring System for Offshore Facilities".
UTP's project was selected as the winner as it complied with the challenge's theme on how we can make future offshore development more cost competitive in the global energy market. In addition, the technology proposed by UTP team was relevant with the current oil and gas trends of automation, unmanned facilities and data analytics to support decision making.
This was indeed a major achievement for UTP since it had to compete against top-ranking world universities such as National University of Singapore, Kyoto University Japan, Monash University Australia, University of Western Australia and Chulalongkorn University Thailand.
The OTC Asia 2018 University R&D Showcase and Challenge was held in conjunction with OTC ASIA 2018. It provides universities the opportunity to share with attendees their current and planned R&D projects that are relevant to offshore technology and collaborate with industry professionals to develop innovative ideas to address challenges facing the offshore energy industry.
UTP team was represented by Lee Hsiu Eik, Muhammad Imran, Dr Ahmad Mahamad Al-Yacouby and Ir Lim Eu Shawn (postgraduate and researchers from Offshore Engineering Centre UTP).
The team was further supported by key industry professionals. They are PETRONAS' Malaysia Petroleum Management Head of Planning and Control Asset Decommissioning Ir M Nasahie Akbar Ali, PETRONAS Group Technical Solutions Civil Technical Custodian Ir M Nazri Mustafa, IEV Malaysia Sdn Bhd Managing Director Juzer Norman and Merit Composites Sdn Bhd Technical Director Jeffrey de Jong.
UTP offers a wide spectrum of postgraduate courses that are designed to provide an excellent opportunity for in-depth study in specialised areas of science, engineering and technology.
The university is focused in developing its postgraduates to become competent professionals trained to solve real world issues relevant to the industry's needs. Graduates have the opportunities to work on exciting projects and work with the experts. With strong linkages to industry, UTP provides opportunities for the integration of academic research and industry applications.