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Abdul Aziz and Tom McKeon

Unearthed Hackathon - Winners of the Young Innovators Award

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Abdul and Tom along with their 'No Returns' team mates were awarded the Young Innovators Award at the Unearthed 54 hour Hackathon .

‘No Returns’ had five team members: Ashwin D’Cruz, Research Assistant with System Health Lab (2nd year hackathon winner); three students from the Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics - Tom McKeon and Abdul Aziz 2nd year students in the Masters Professional Engineering (MPE) and CEED students; Rohan Mehra BPhil, 2nd year MPE student; and Professor Melinda Hodkiewicz, the BHP Fellow for Engineering for Remote Operations.

The team developed the NoReturnsDT tool which is a SAP to screen solution to predict in real-time, which parts will be returned in logistics supply chains. There are three parts to the tool: data parsing; analytics; and web visualisation. It would be used to support continuous improvements in logistics.

‘No Returns’ Tom McKeon said he didn’t know what to expect going into the competition as he had never competed before.

"It was a great opportunity - my coding skills massively increased in a few days together with my logical thinking and networking skills.

“About three quarters of the way through, we thought we weren’t going to find a solution but just in the last four hours – it all came together and Woodside was very interested in our results,” Mr McKeon said.  

Samuel Cleary

Water Corporation Final Year Project Prize

Awarded to Samuel Cleary who gained the higest mark for a final year project related to the water industry, across the whole Faculty

In March 2010 Samuel Cleary won the AWA National Undergraduate of the Year Award at Ozwater with his CEED paper titled Targeting strategic tree and perennial plantings to reduce stream salinity in the Warren River Catchment which he did in conjuction with the Department of Water.

Thursday, 18 March 2010

ECM Faculty Focus – Issue 4

The Faculty is delighted to offer our congratulations to Samuel Cleary, final year Environmental Systems Engineering student, who has won the AWA National Undergraduate of the Year Award at Ozwater 2010, with his paper 'Targeting strategic tree and perennial plantings to reduce stream salinity in the Warren River Catchment'.

"I expanded on the last couple of presentations as I had more time, so included such concepts as the broader application of the modelling process and the methodology of strategic planting as well as the next steps in the process to understanding more of the knowledge required for correct implementation of the planting scenarios. Well, the judges seemed to like it as I was presented with the National Title at the Gala Dinner last night" said Samuel.

Winthrop Professor Keith Smettem, Samuel's supervisor commented on the achievement "This is a great result and follows on from Ali Barrett-Lennard's success last year. Both Ali and Sam were winners of the State Award and Ali was placed nationally."

Whilst at the conference, held in Brisbane, Samuel met 2003 SESE Graduates Tung Nguyen and Sabina Tariq who were finalists in the National AWA Young Water Professionals Award.

The Undergraduate Water Prize is open to all final year students whose final year project is on a water related topic.

This prestigious award aims to encourage and reward students for excellence in the field of water studies and research. It provides a forum for students to display their academic excellence and research findings to future employees, clients and the water industry.

This is a fantastic achievement from this young engineer in this early stage of his career.

Pictured in the attached photo is Samuel collecting his award from AWA President Peter Robinson.

David Panic

In 2009 David Panic sucessfully complete his CEED Project with Chevron Australia Pty Ltd titled Challenging the conventional erosional velocity limitations for high rate gas well.  The following article was posted in the Chevron Intranet.

Research paves the way to boost productivity
A research project recently undertaken at the University of Western Australia (UWA) on behalf of Chevron Australia has enhanced understanding of the fundamental principles associated with a well respected but yet conservative industry guideline - American Petroleum Institute’s Recommended Practice for Design and Installation of Offshore Production Platform Piping Systems (API RP 14E). 

During phase 2 of the Wheatstone Project, the team identified the need to invest in research to determine the maximum allowable extraction rate for a big bore gas well to achieve maximum productivity without compromising safety.

Through Chevron’s strategic alliance with WA:ERA*, Andrew House, Senior Petroleum Engineer, Wheatstone Project, kick-started the research by investing in the resources available in UWA’s Cooperative Education for Enterprise Development (CEED) program.  The CEED program enables companies to initiate contact with UWA researchers and students where the research student is appointed an academic supervisor and industry mentor once the scope of the research is defined.
The nine-month study undertaken by David Panic, a mechanical engineering student at UWA, analysed the flow through the tubing retrievable subsurface safety valve (TRSSSV) during early and later field life utilizing computational fluid dynamics.  Based on adopted tolerable erosion rate criteria and produced solids properties, the maximum acceptable flow velocity within the TRSSSV exceeded the recommended erosional velocity determined by the API RP 14E for all flow rates modeled.

The research also indicated that while the later field life erosion rate increased significantly, the permissible late-life extraction rate of 210 MMSCF/d (using the same tolerable erosion rate criteria) still exceeded the 110 MMSCF/d recommended using the API RP 14E guideline. 
With this information to hand the research results can reap many rewards not only for the Wheatstone Project but for Chevron operations globally, such as:

• Chevron has the capability of extending operating limits of big bore wells
• Chevron has a greater understanding of erosion mechanisms within a typical big bore gas well which will enable the development of practices that maximize productivity while still maintaining well reliability and safety.
• Chevron’s development well count and capital expenditure can potentially be reduced or deferred.

“I am delighted with the outcome of the study.  Chevron’s investment in the CEED program has given us an insight into the pool of talent available and I would encourage others to participate in it.  Perhaps it could form part of Chevron’s recruitment strategy one day,” said Andrew House.
Having graduated from UWA with a Bachelor in Engineering major in mechanical engineering with first class Honors, David Panic looks back on his role in a challenging and interesting research project.
“Conducting research on one of Chevron’s major capital projects that can have a significant impact has been a very rewarding and great learning experience,” said David. 

For more information on WA:ERA*, please email Lisa Hawker, Chevron Energy  Technology Company: LisaHawker@Chevron.com
For more information on the CEED program, please email Jeremy Leggoe, CEED Director at UWA: Jeremy Leggoe@uwa.edu.au
Bronagh Reddington
22 January 2010
*WA:ERA is a joint venture between CSIRO, Curtin University of Technology and The University of Western Australia. The alliance draws together specialised skills in all science and technology areas to address challenges concerning the discovery, development, recovery, transportation & refinement of subsurface energy sources.


Jared Fitzclarence

Jared Fitzclarence was nominated in the final 3 for the OF Blakey Award and on the night won the Audience Award for his presentation based on his CEED Project with the Water Corporation titled Sustainable concrete asset disposal optimisation.

Young structural engineer wins the O. F. Blakey Award
Graduate member and structural engineer Tim McMinn has won the O. F. Blakey Public Presentation Competition at a special Engineers Australia Christmas Dinner last night.

His presentation titled “Designing Sustainable Structures” was awarded the top honour ahead of those given by other young engineers Jarvis Anderson of Aurecon and Jared Fitzclarence from Arenko.

Tim wins a $2,000 cash prize as well as the O. F. Blakey Award.

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