Third-year students of the Higher School of Theoretical Mechanics of the Institute of Applied Mathematics and Mechanics Artem BAKUTA, Igor LARUSHIN, Vladislav LESHUK, and Andrey DURNEV took part in the educational program “Application of Information and Communication Technologies in the Oil and Gas Industry”, organized by “Sirius” Univerisity and Gazpromneft Science and Technology Center (Gazpromneft STC). In Sochi, the students studied the application of IT technologies in the oil and gas industry and carried out their own projects that could be useful for the company.
To enter courses at Sochi’s Sirius, the students passed a qualifying stage in hackathon format at the Gazpromneft STC. They had to develop a methodology for predicting the absolute permeability of rock samples based on the porosity profile. The students used machine-learning methods, in-depth knowledge of mathematics, programming, and physical and mathematical modeling to solve the task successfully. As a result, the four polytechnic students were among 25 students from all over Russia who were able to get to Sochi for an educational program dedicated to IT technologies in the oil industry.
Throughout three weeks at Sirius, students got to know the most relevant oil industry problems and carried out real projects from Gazpromneft. During the introductory lectures, the students learned the basics of oil and gas production and geology and the application of IT to oil and gas problems.
“During the first week of study, we were given lectures on geology, oil and gas engineering, and machine learning. These were exciting lectures, and I especially enjoyed the course “Geology for Non-Geologists”, and I found it useful. We learned a lot about how exploration, drilling, and field development takes place. And for the next two weeks, we worked on projects,” said Artem BAKUTA, aт HSTM Mechanics and Mathematical Modeling student and participant in the Sirius educational program.
The guys carried out their projects in groups. For example, Artem BAKUTA, in a team with Igor LARUSHIN and Margarita YANKOVA, a student from Moscow State University, predicted the permeability of a digital core twin. This technology can be helpful for Gazpromneft to calculate the profitability of a new field, reduce calculation time, and obtain more accurate data when conducting express analysis of the permeability of the digital core twin.
Andrey DURNEV and Vladislav LESHUK at Sirius worked on an ontology project: they developed a system for evaluating an employee’s competencies based on the techniques they use. This project could be useful for the company to create a corporate system of competency assessment and individual selection of online courses for employees, as well as for a more convenient classification of documents.
“The projects helped us explore new areas for us and think about different problems,” − explained Artem BAKUTA. – “All the topics that we were offered were related to the actual tasks of Gazpromneft STC. And it’s always much more interesting to work with a real problem than with that from a textbook.”
The students successfully completed the educational program, and now they have the opportunity to do an internship at Gazpromneft STC and receive post-program support from mentors (industry experts) in implementing new projects for the oil and gas industry.