Colorful National Day Celebrations held at GUtech

HALBAN Under the patronage of HH Sayyid Faris bin Fatik bin Fahar Al Said, students and staff of the German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech) have celebrated the 47th Omani National Day at the university campus.

The official part of the celebrations started in the evening with the Omani National Anthem, followed by a welcome speech by the Rector of GUtech, Prof. Dr. Michael Modigell as well as Omani music performances, a student video, a traditional band and poetry. Prior to the event students showcased a photo and arts exhibition along with a bazaar with various food stalls. In addition, a traditional Omani shuwa dish (lamb meat with spices) was cooked in the ground.

Third International Symposium on Flash Floods in Wadi Systems to be held at GUtech, 5 – 7 December

HALBAN Flash floods which are caused by extreme weather conditions have created severe damages to the infrastructure and agriculture in recent years in many parts of the world including the Sultanate of Oman. The Third International Symposium on Flash Floods in Wadi Systems entitled “Disaster Risk Reduction and Water Harvesting in the Arab Region” will be held between the 5-7 December at the German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech) in Halban.

“Our international symposium aims at creating awareness about flash floods and increase research in efficient flash flood forecasting through hydrological models that predict rainfall and runoff processes and simulate the flood routing,” said Prof. Dr. Ekkehard Holzbecher, Hydrologist at GUtech, who is heading the local organizing committee of the symposium. The Symposium is held in cooperation with the Ministry of Regional Municipalities and Water Resources in the Sultanate of Oman, Water Resource Research Center in Kyoto (Japan), the Global Alliance of Disaster Research Institutes (GDRAI) of the Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI), Kyoto University.

According to the researchers, their occurrence is highly random. “Because of climate change, flash floods will occur more frequently in future. Therefore, there is an urgent need for further flash flood protection and risk reduction. In addition, the rain water can be harvested and used for example for agricultural purposes. This has been done in other parts of the world, e.g. in Africa,” said Prof. Dr. Ekkehard Holzbecher.

In previous years the Symposium was held in Kyoto (Japan) and in Campus El Gouna (Egypt). Around one hundred experts from all over the world are expected to attend the symposium, that will also include a Training Workshop on “Flow and Sediment Transport Modelling in Rivers and Wadi System using TELEMAC 2D and 3D numerical codes”.

The International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research (IAHR), COMSOL, Hölscher Wasserbau GmbH, Al Bustan Construction and Gulf Lake are the silver sponsors of the symposium. For further details and registration please check out the conference website: http://issf2017.gutech.edu.om/ or contact ISFF2017@gutech.edu.om.

© Text: GUtech / Manuela Gutberlet and Dr. Ahmed Hadidi
© Photo: GUtech/ Applied Geosciences Department

Caption:

members of the organizing team, from left to right:

Prof. Dr. Tetsuya Sumi, WRRC, Desaster Prevention Research Institute, Kyoto University, Japan

Prof. Dr. Ekkehard Holzbecher, GUtech, Oman

Prof. Dr Sameh Kantoush, WRRC, Disaster Prevention Research Institute, Japan

Dr. Saif Al-Hinai, Duqm Special Economic Zone Authority, Oman

 

GUtech and Siemens partner on mechatronics certification

  • Highly specialized program is first of its kind to be offered in Oman
  • Collaboration allows GUtech students to benefit from real-world tools from industry
  • Agreement meets the needs of increasingly-digitalized industry

Digitalization is key to increasing productivity and competitiveness in the manufacturing industries. It is also creating completely new business and growth opportunities for companies, as well as new jobs. To train the engineers of the future and to strengthen the collaboration between industry and academia, the German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech) and Siemens have announced a new academic collaboration that will provide advanced learning and certification opportunities for engineering students and professionals. Beginning 2018, GUtech will offer the Siemens Mechatronics Systems Certification Program (SMSCP) to all students interested in advancing their skills in automation and manufacturing.

Announced at a signing ceremony hosted at the GUtech campus in Halban, Muscat, the partnership is designed to boost students’ digital skills to meet the needs of an increasingly-digitalized industry sector. The signing was witnessed by the German Ambassador to Oman, H.E. Thomas Schneider, as well as other business leaders and academia experts.

The German Ambassador H.E. Thomas Schneider in his address congratulated Siemens and GUtech on the agreement and stressed “This cooperation gives GUtech access to a global network of advanced technology partners working with Siemens, linking the Sultanate of Oman to the top level of industrial research and education. This is an initiative which we wholeheartedly welcome and which we would like to see become a model for cooperation in other fields. Therefore I consider this ceremony today not only as the conclusion of the MoU, but as a starting point for an ever closer cooperation between the various branches, such as science and business.”

“Education is a long-term investment. We are very thankful for the support of Siemens, one of the global leaders in engineering. We are grateful that our engineering students will be able to use a special mechatronics laboratory here at GUtech, featuring the Siemens Mechatronics Systems Certification Program,” said Professor Dr. Eng. Michael Modigell, Rector of GUtech. “This program will also enhance our close cooperation with the German and Omani industry. In the long run, the certification of our students will enhance their employability.”

Mechatronics is the combination of mechanical, electrical and computer engineering integrated to build complex systems. This holistic, hands-on approach to engineering can improve efficiency, productivity and quality and ultimately decrease time to market. Industries that benefit greatly from mechatronics systems include aerospace, materials processing, water desalination, machine building, automotive, transportation, building technologies and mining.

“Today’s industrial sectors are undergoing rapid change. Manufacturing systems are becoming increasingly complex and digitalized and these systems require qualified highly-skilled individuals with the knowledge required to design, operate and maintain them,” said Markus Strohmeier, CEO of Siemens in Oman. “We are honoured to collaborate with GUtech to bring mechatronics training to Oman, offering students the opportunity to pursue this globally recognized certification that will ultimately help them succeed in top industries upon graduation.”

Siemens is the only global industrial company to offer the internationally-recognized program in cooperation with partner colleges and universities throughout the Middle East, Europe, North America, Asia and Africa. Under the agreement, GUtech will be the first university in Oman to offer the training and join an international network of advanced technology partners in education and industry working with Siemens to deliver the SMSCP program.

Upon completion of the program, participants will obtain mechatronics systems certification directly from Siemens. The course will be offered to students in two levels, and taught by the GUtech’s instructors who will be trained at the Siemens Technik Academy in Berlin, Germany. Each level is based on a job profile – a comprehensive description of the tasks that the certified individual should be able to perform. Job profiles are developed by Siemens in collaboration with other industry and public sector partners.

PSI Computer Laboratory opens at GUtech

HALBAN The German company PSI Software Group has opened a specialized Computer Laboratory and Training Center at GUtech, located in Barka. The University and PSI Software Group signed a MoU a few months ago.

“We are delighted to open a specialized PSI Computer Laboratory at our university today. GUtech students who are enrolled in Mechanical, Process and Environmental Engineering will benefit from this unique laboratory as well as our academic staff. To familiarize themselves with the SCADA software the Engineering professors of GUtech were trained at the PSI head offices two months ago,” said Prof. Dr. Ing. Michael Modigell, Rector of GUtech. The PSI Software Group will also utilize the GUtech laboratory as a Training Center for its customers in the GCC region.

“The PSI Control system will be introduced from January onwards. We are looking forward to training GUtech students in the simulation of the operation of gas and oil pipelines and water networks. Our software with an extended technology simulation core specifically helps to understand better the fluid transportation process within a pipeline. Therefore, it is a high-end tool to increase efficiency and safety of pipeline operations,” said Wolfgang Klüber, PSI Sales Manager Oman. PSI also plans to introduce an internship programme for the best Engineering students at GUtech.

““We want to train our students in specialized laboratories that give them the skills to implement the practical experience in their future work. Therefore, offering an industrial software like PSI’s SCADA in our engineering programmes will give the opportunity to our students to be trained in Energy Management and Oil and Gas Pipeline Management. Also, this will enrich the engineering programme,” said Prof. Dr. Najah Al Mhanna, Head of the Engineering Department.

 

The PSI Software Group is the European market leader for supervision and control systems for gas, oil, electricity, heat and energy transmission and trading. PSI Group develops and integrates complete solutions for energy management (gas, oil, electricity, heat, energy planning, transmission, and trading), production management (mining, metals, automotive, mechanical engineering, logistics) and infrastructure management for transport and safety. The PSI was founded in 1969, it is based in the German capital Berlin and employs more than 1,600 persons worldwide, in projects in the US, Europe and Southeast Asia.

Previous prestigious projects in the area of gas management applications include such ambitious and sophisticated installations as GAZPROM control systems for the onshore gas transmission pipeline system supporting Nord Stream and for the entire onshore/offshore gas Blue Stream Pipeline System in Russia. On the Arabian Peninsula, PSI has delivered the leak detection and location system to the Kuwait Oil Company, for its countrywide gas and condensate pipeline system.

 

Caption: Group photo with Prof. Dr. Ing. Michael Modigell, Rector of GUtech (second row, center) and Prof. Dr. Najah Al Mhanna, Head of the Engineering Department (second row, right), Dr. Aleksej Lisunkin, Technology Development Manager of PSI (first row, center) and Rüdiger Schulz, Business Development Middle East/Oman (second row, center), Elena Lvova, Project Software Engineer of PSI (second row, left) as well as GUtech professors and engineering students.

(c) Text & photo: GUtech/ Manuela Gutberlet