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 UWC students win the African leg of the the Imperial Barrel Award (IBA)

UWC students win the African leg of the the Imperial Barrel Award (IBA)


Our UWC MSc Petroleum Geology team won the African leg of the Imperial Barrel Award a Petroleum Geology competition held in Lagos for the second year in a row. They are headed to the USA later in the year for the world finals.

The American Association of Petroleum Geologists, AAPG is the world's largest professional geological society. The purpose of the organization is to foster scientific research, advance the science of geology, promote technology and inspire high professional conduct. The AAPG has six international regions including AAPG Africa (regional office located in Lagos, Nigeria).

The imperial barrel award (IBA) competition is among the programs organized by AAPG towards the technical development of geoscience students. It is an annual basin evaluation competition where graduate geoscience teams from universities around the world compete to win scholarship funds towards postgraduate geoscience development at their universities. In this global competition, university teams analyse a dataset (geology, geophysics, land, production infrastructure, and other relevant materials) in the eight weeks prior to their local competition. Each team delivers their results in a 25 minute presentation to a panel of industry experts. Students have the chance to use state of the art technology on a real dataset, receive feedback from an industry panel, impress potential employers in the audience, and win cash awards for their school. The judges will select the winning team on the basis of the technical quality, clarity and originality of presentation.

In 2015, more than 160 universities/schools applied to participate in the IBA event across the 12 Sections / Regions in the world. Universities compete at the Regional or Sectional semi-final competitions. The top team from each Region/ Section will compete at the Imperial Barrel Award competition at the AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition (ACE) to be held in Denver, Colorado USA 29th May – 3rd June 2015 .For Africa region, twenty (32) teams from various African universities registered to participate in the 2015 AAPG IBA competition. Each team consists of not more than five (5) student members and their faculty advisor.  

The North Africa semi-finals of the competition was held in Cairo Egypt on 18th March 2015. Southern Africa division finals and Africa region finals took place in Lagos, Nigeria on the 23rd and 24th March 2015. The University of the Western Cape emerged winner and will represent the Africa region in the global competition in Denver Colorado, USA. The second place winner is the Faculty of Science of Tunis and the third place winner is Nnamdi Azikiwe University Nigeria.

The key benefit is the awareness it creates in the global oil and gas community. This will  also showcase our university as the centre for training quality petroleum geoscientists and attract  players in the sector to invest and collaborate with us.

The UWC team members are: Ms Sylvia Mabitje,  Mr Teddy Raphiri,  Mr Muazzam Hashim,  Mr Amansure Giovanni and Dr. Mimonitu Opuwari , the Faculty Advisor.


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