IFP School on the podium of the 2022 Laurie Dake Challenge

15 June 2022
Winners of the 2022 Laurie Dake Challenge

IFP School came second in the 2022 Laurie Dake Challenge final, behind the University of Miskolc (Hungary) and ahead of the Petroleum University of Technology (Iran).

This year's final took place from June 6 to 9 in Madrid, Spain, during the 83rd European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE) conference.

The IFP School team, composed of Nicolas Diaz (Spain), Gideon Kibirige (Uganda), Orlane Loukassoye (Gabon), Daniel Sejas (Bolivia) and Marwa Shmeis (Lebanon), distinguished itself amongst 26 other teams from around the world.

In front of a panel of experts, our students presented a development plan for an offshore field in the Gulf of Cardiz based on data provided by Repsol.

"In the final round, the six finalists were invited to present their results to a panel of experts. We presented our comprehensive field development plan, focused on extending the life of production by taking into account all environmental and social aspects as well as the commitment to achieve zero carbon emissions by 2050," summarizes Marwa Shmeis.

"Throughout the conference, I was pleased to interact with many professionals and experts in the energy sector. I learned a lot from the presentations, workshops and posters on topics such as artificial intelligence, Deep Learning and data analytics, as well as new approaches in reservoir modeling. In addition, working in a multidisciplinary team and completing a remarkable project has given me professional fulfillment. I feel more motivated and equipped as an engineer to work and find solutions for a sustainable energy future" says Gideon Kibirige.

"On behalf of the team, I would like to thank Karine Labat who was present at the final in Madrid; as a member of the jury, she could not intervene for ethical reasons, but her presence contributed to the team's morale. We would also like to thank our teachers: Jérôme Laval, as "educational advisor" throughout the challenge; Arnaud Torres for helping us understand the gas system and Carla Castillo for her advice during the evaluation of the field development plan" concludes Marwa.

The Laurie Dake Challenge pits EAGE student chapters against each other each year to promote the interdisciplinary integration of geosciences and engineering within higher education institutions.

Congratulations to our team for this great performance!