Applied Geosciences students and professors participate in the International Oman Drilling Project

HALBAN Worldwide Oman is renowned for its ophiolite rocks. To study their composition, age and possible impacts on climate change, a large group of international geoscientists from various universities around the globe have been conducting the Oman Drilling Project. GUtech is on-site partner during the three year project. “The Oman Drilling Project will sample the whole ophiolite sequence in Oman, from the crust through to upper mantle, in a series of boreholes. Data collection includes analysis of rock core, geophysical logging, fluid sampling, hydrological measurements and microbiological sampling,” said Prof. Dr. Michaela Bernecker, Head of the Department of Applied Geosciences at GUtech.

“We will develop research related with the aims and using the core samples or other data such as water and geophysical data of the project. Four female GUtech geosciences students have been involved on site recently,” said Prof. Ana Jesus a Petrologist from GUtech. Prof. Ana and Prof. Dr Ekkehard Holzbecher, Hydrologist of the Department of Applied Geosciences at GUtech are members of the scientific team and the main persons for liaison for student involvement. GUtech students were involved in the processes that are necessary for the curation of the rocks. “It was a great opportunity for them to learn these procedures within an international team”, said Dr. Ana. The four GUtech students, Maisa Al Busaidi, Nidhal Al Jahwari, Maria Al Balushi and Zahra Al Lawati worked on a drill hole in Wadi Gideah close to Ibra. “They accompanied the core flow, which are all the steps since the core comes from underground until it is finally packed for shipping involving, washing, measuring, photographing, curating, labelling, sketch and logging having participated directly on  most of those operations as well,” said Prof. Ana. The project leader of the Oman Drilling Project, a renowned geoscientist Prof. Dr. Peter Kelemen, Head of the Earth and Environmental Science Programme at Columbia University took the GUtech students to a field-trip. He showed them the so-called core flow on site and the local geology while discussing scientific questions.

In addition, scientists from other universities in the region and worldwide participate in the project, that was launched this year and is scheduled to take another two years. To finalize the full geological and geophysical characterisation of the drill cores that were obtained this winter in Oman, Prof. Ana will travel to Japan and work on board the Chikyu ship with an international scientific team end of this year. More than 40 natural scientists from different continents and a broad spectrum of disciplines will use these new datasets to address a diverse range of scientific questions relating to the formation, hydrothermal alteration and biotic and abiotic weathering of oceanic lithosphere.

(c) Text & Photo: GUtech

Measurement Techniques Laboratory Course at RWTH Aachen in September 2017

The Engineering Department at GUtech organizes an excursion to Germany every year so in September 2017, 36 Semester 7 Students from the Process, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering Degree Programs of the Engineering Department at GUtech, will travel to Aachen in Germany to complete the Measurement Techniques Laboratory Course and to go on some Industrial Excursions to see the Industry in the surrounding area. Dr.-Ing. Najah Al Mhanna, the Head of Engineering Department, has been coordinating and organising the excursion since 2015. His aim is to give the chance to the engineering students to participate in practical courses and to visit some well-known companies in Germany. This Trip is being funded by the Engineering Department at GUtech and DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service).

Dr.-Ing. Najah Al Mhanna, the Head of the Department of Engineering, will accompany the students during the first week which is planned to be for the industrial excursions.  The Students will be supervised throughout the trip by Dr. Hind Barghash (Assistant Professor), Dr. Roghaieh Parvizsedghy (Assistant Lecturer) and Dr. Thomas Lattimore (Research Assistant and Coordinator for the Department of Engineering). This experience will provide Students with first-hand experience of the German University-Level Education system and it will provide them with some experience of Industry in Germany. In addition, it will help them learn more about the German and European Cultures. Overall, it is hoped that this will strongly encourage these mid-high achieving Students to pursue Masters and PhD studies in Germany and Europe once they graduate from GUtech. (Below: picture from last year’s trip in October 2016).

GUtech signs MoU with German Water Treatment Company

HALBAN The German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with HARTMANN LLC, a German company, specialized in membrane technology for water treatment . “We are pleased to sign the agreement with Hartmann so that our Engineering students can learn how water treatment systems are functioning and how the systems are operated,” said Prof. Dr. Ing. Michael Modigell, Rector of GUtech. The University and Hartmann LLC. agreed to collaborate on establishing a training and research facility at GUtech. “We will equip GUtech Engineering laboratories with Water Treatment Technology from Hartmann, in order to assist the students and enrich their knowledge,” said Dieter Hartmann, Managing Director of Hartmann Technology LLC that was founded in 1983 and has grown rapidly since then, employing a total of 67 employees. In addition, Hartmann will offer internships and training support for GUtech students in their main offices in Germany.

The additional purpose of the collaboration will be a close relationship for educating GUtech students in water treatment technology and to train Hartmann customers from the GCC region at the GUtech facility. The company has several customers in Abu Dhabi.

GUtech offers BEng programmes in Process Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Environmental Engineering. As part of the study-programme all students have to conduct internships.

(c) GUtech / Manuela Gutberlet

Geosciences students visit the old lead-zinc mine of Mechernich in Germany

MUSCAT To explore the geology of Germany, a group of Omani geoscience students and their professor from the German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech) have conducted a geological study-excursion to Germany. During the two weeks trip the fifteen 3rd year students visited the Eifel region, located in the Western part of Germany, close to the city of Cologne. In addition, the students visited different cities like Cologne, Bochum, Xanten, and Aachen.

“The goal was to familiarize the students with different aspects of applied geology such as the development of natural resources or the usage of ground- and sub-surface water as well as natural stones in the lower Rhine district. With a focus on the presentation of thermal springs, coal and base metal deposits as well as volcanic rocks, we gave the students an overview of topics that cannot be presented in Oman, due to its geoglogical composition,” said Prof. Dr. Wilfried Bauer, Associate Professor at the Department of Applied Geosciences at GUtech who organized and headed the excursion.

The Eifel region is famous for its magnificient geology and many historical mines that were closed around 50 years ago.  Therefore the group from the GUtech had the chance to visit the old lead-zinc mine of Mechernich in the Eifel region. “Despite the fact that the deposit with 125 million tons ore is the largest lead resource in central Europe, mining stopped in 1957 due to very low commodity prices. Other aspects of applied geoscience like the coal mining in the Ruhr area, cold natural springs of Spa in Belgium and the hot springs of Aachen are further highlights of this trip,” said Prof. Wilfried Bauer. Furthermore, the students had the opportunity to attend various lectures at the Department of Geosciences at RWTH Aachen University, GUtech’s partner-university in Germany. A number of GUtech alumnis are currently studying in MSc programmes at RWTH Aachen University.

Group photo: GUtech 3rd year Applied Geosciences students and Prof. Dr. Wilfried Bauer (right) as well as mine guide Mr Willy Krämer (left)

(c) Text: GUtech/Manuela Gutberlet; Photo: GUtech/Department of Applied Geosciences

Towards a Sustainable Environment, Monday 15th May, 2017

Towards a Sustainable Environment” Environmental Engineering Event on Monday 15th May 2017, under the Patronage of HE Eng. Salim bin Nasser Al Oufi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Oil and Gas