Environmental Engineering students visit a Desalination Plant

HALBAN To learn more about desalination processes and power generation in Oman, a group of students of the Department of Environmental Engineering and their professor visited the NOMAC/ACWAPOWER  sea water desalination plant in Barka recently. On site the students were introduced to two different chemical processes such as the Multi Stage Flash (MSF) process as a thermal desalination process and the Reverse Osmosis (RO) as a membrane process. Overall, the visit was very fruitful and the group would like to thank NOMAC for receiving them on site.

“Our students were introduced to the main functions of a desalination plant prior to their visit to the site, they received a safety induction session which was delivered by one of the NOMAC staff from the safety and health department. After the induction students were divided into four groups and each group was guided by one of NOMAC engineers to follow for the site visit. The students were excited throughout the visit as it was a great opportunity for them to improve the theory with the practice through an industrial site visit,” said Prof. Dr. Hind Barghash, from the Department of Environmental Engineering at GUtech.

This industrial field-excursion is integrated within the course of Sea Water Desalination which is one of the mandatory courses taught to Environmental Engineering students in the third year of their Bachelor study-programme.

(c) GUtech; Text and Photo: Dr. Manuela Gutberlet and Prof Dr. Hind Barghash

 

 

Zero Emissions Car: GUtech team participated in the Shell Eco-marathon 2019

HALBAN The GUtech team ‘Megalodon’ participated in the annual Shell-Eco-Marathon Asia competition ‘Make the Future’ that took place at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia between 29 April 29 and 2 May. The Shell Eco-marathon Asia is an annual competition held for student teams in the Asia Pacific and Middle East regions. Over 100 teams from Asia and the Middle East demonstrated their self-built, energy-efficient, eco-friendly cars. The challenge is to use the least amount of energy for a long distance. In the past four years GUtech teams participated in the diesel category.

“This year, the team Megalodon made its debut as the first student team from the Middle East participating in the Prototype Category with a Hydrogen Fuel Cell three-wheel vehicle,” said Prof. Dr. Emmanouil Bouzakis from the Mechanical Engineering Department at GUtech and supervisor of the team. “The competition is always very demanding, especially for all the hydrogen teams, having to meet high safety standards as well an advanced technical level. In my view, our GUtech team has gained important technical experience with Zero-Emissions Automobile Technologies during this competition and we all are very optimistic for great future achievements in this field,” said Prof. Bouzakis.

The GUtech team is grateful to all their sponsors and supporters: INFINITI Oman and PAINTGREE as well as Shell Oman and GUtech.

GUtech ‘Megalodon Team’ members:

Neeraj Krishnan Gopikrishnan, team manager

Hussam Al Siyabi, deputy team manager

Iman Al Maawali, driver

Al Jaziya Al Nazwani, reserve driver

Anoud Al Wahaibi, team member

Fatma El Sheibany, team member

Sadiyah Manidhar, team member

Sulaiman Al Shaaili, team member

Zamzam Al Farsi, team member

(c) GUtech

Current Situation and Future Direction of Mineral Resources Education in Oman discussed during the Oman Mining Expo

During the Oman Mining Expo 2019 which is currently held at the Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre, Prof. Dr. Wilfried Bauer, Head of the Department of Applied Geosciences at GUtech and Prof Dr. Frank Mattern from Sultan Qaboos University gave a presentation entitled: ‘Current Situation and Future Direction of the Mineral Resources Education in Oman’.

“With a growing mineral resources industry in Oman the demand for well-trained graduates and post-graduates in the field of geosciences will increase over the next years” said Prof. Dr. Wilfried Bauer. Therefore, applied geoscientists play a key role through the lifetime of a mining project that can take up to 20 years. Graduates in Applied Geosciences as well as specialist in Economic Geology, Geophysics, Geochemistry, and Geoengineering will have ample opportunities in the mining sector.

Over the next 5 years, approximately 70-80 graduates will graduate from both universities in Oman each year. According to internal surveys conducted at GUtech , up to 30% of these graduates consider continuing with Master studies abroad or in Oman. However, this number strongly depends on the availability of financial support for Master degrees. In countries with a developed mining industry, e.g. in the United States, the ratio between academically trained workforce in the mineral industry is 1 PhD-holder versus 2.2 Masters versus 6.5 Bachelor graduates. Taking into consideration that Oman’s basement is still underexplored, it is recommended that a high number of post-graduates can adjust standard mining methods and develop exploration programmes in largely greenfield settings.

“From a higher education perspective, a lack of mining engineers has been identified. This could be a bottleneck for future developments of the industry. During the last years, global employment rates of mining engineers were above 95%  which means there are limited open job opportunities on the global job market. From the side of the job seekers, Omani graduates are currently focusing on jobs in the oil and gas industry. It will be a challenge to create more interest in jobs in the mineral industry and attract the brightest minds” said Prof. Wilfried Bauer.

Currently only two higher education institutions in Oman, Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) and the German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech), provide advanced education for the mining industry. The education in the mineral resource sector covers principal courses in Mineralogy, Mineral Resources and Mineral Exploration at the bachelor level. Courses in Ore Mineralogy, Orebody Modelling, Mineral Production & Processing are part of a recently introduced or running Master curricula at GUtech.

The objective of the two-day mining conference is to provide a venue for the industry as well as regulators to discuss various issues and challenges as well as to explore emerging opportunities and latest developments in Oman’s mining and minerals sector.

 

GUtech and Outward Bound Oman are conducting joint Life Skills Courses for Engineering students

HALBAN To enhance the student’s overall life skills, the German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech) and Outward Bound Oman (OBO) have jointly conducted a theoretical and practical course for twenty GUtech Engineering students. The main aim of the course is to develop to students’ personal and professional skills. ”Life skills courses have become a key parameter to prepare the students for their future work environment while achieving their highest level of performance. The Engineering Department has taken the opportunity to offer this special course to our students. While preparing them for their employment, we believe that such courses are very important in driving our graduates to achieve their goals and to be successful engineers in the future,” said Dr. Najah Al Mhanna, Head of the Engineering Department.

A Collaborative Agreement (CA) was signed between GUtech and OBO in September last year. In the first part of the course, GUtech staff delivered the theory, whilst the OBO team organized the relevant field-based elements outside the university, during an excursion to Wadi Al Abyad. Throughout the seminar, key-life skills such as taking responsibility, active engagement in learning and work, creative thinking and problem solving, innovative thinking, leadership, time management, study attitude towards mistakes, planning, communication and teamwork skills were discussed. “The course helps students to enhance their future employment, as well as to equip them with vital project management skills,” said Ali Al-Humairi, Senior Lecturer in the Computer Science Department and the leading coordinator of the programme. “The main objective of the theoretical course is to provide students with basic employment skills like leadership, teamwork and work ethics,” said Prof. Dr. Ayham Al Rahawi from the Engineering Department who was responsible for the theoretical part.

“We are very glad to have partnered with GUtech and to conduct the first practical part of the course for their outstanding Engineering students. Our carefully designed course helped the students to be ready and willing to make a positive contribution to society, ensures they are exposed to the key life skills sought by leading employers in Oman, and to have a greater appreciation of the natural environment,” said Mark Evans, General Manager of OBO. OBO is a non-profit organisation that operates under the Ministry of Social Development. The company was founded in 2009, and further established by a Ministerial Decision in 2014.

(c) GUtech

Creating Awareness on Electric Transportation – The eMobility Forum held

HALBAN To create awareness on electric mobility in Oman and to bring together various stakeholders from the public and private sector, the eMobility Forum Oman was held at the Hormuz Grand Hotel in Muscat today. GUtech was the official Academic Partner of the event, which was organised by GlobalEVRT.

The electrification of the transport system is seen as one of the best ways to improve the overall quality of the environment, to increase the air quality and to lower global CO2 emissions. Dr. Oualid Ali, Director of Training and Smart Solutions Centre (TSSC) at GUtech and Founder and President of the Future Cities Council gave one of the keynote speeches entitled “Electric vehicles for future smart and sustainable cities: opportunities and challenges for Oman”. In his talk he mentioned some of the challenges facing Oman, such as the implementation of governmental regulations, the citizen’s adaptation of electric vehicles as well as the infrastructure upgrade including charging stations that need to be set up all over the country. According to Dr. Oualid, there are currently twelve existing charging stations for electric cars between Dubai and Muscat. “The network of charging stations is a very important factor,” said Sam Alawiye, CEO of Green Parking while adding that Dubai has one of the largest numbers of charging stations worldwide. “Our company’s goal is to provide charging stations all over the GCC region along with parking facilities so that it is possible to drive from Riyadh to Salalah within a network of charging stations based in commercial centres and hotels,” said Alawiye. On the sidelines of the event, the participants had the chance to test-drive one of the latest electric car models from Renault, GM, Chevrolet and Tesla.

© GUtech/ text & photo: Dr. Manuela Gutberlet

 

GUtech will partner with the eMobility Forum in Muscat

HALBAN To enhance awareness on electric cars and the electric mobility in the region, the German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech) is proud to be the official Academic Partner of the second annual eMobility Forum Oman to be held on 20 January in Muscat.

When asked about the collaboration with GUtech, Ben Pullen, CEO of Global EVRT, said: “We are thrilled to be partnering with GUtech for our second eMobility Forum Oman. The event is designed to help business and government leaders understand the coming wave of disruptive innovation being unleashed by electric vehicles. The global shift to electric mobility is an inevitability and the forum will help ensure that Oman does not get left behind.”

Dr. Oualid Ali, Director of Training and Smart Solutions Centre (TSSC) at GUtech will give one of the keynote speeches on smart cities entitled “Electric vehicles for future smart and sustainable cities: opportunities and challenges for Oman”. “In my talk I will present the challenges and opportunities of the adoption of electric vehicles in the capital Muscat and overall in Oman. As examples of such challenges, I would like to mention the so-called ‘government buy-in’, in terms of regulation and the ‘citizen buy-in’ and adoption of electric vehicles and the infrastructure upgrade such as charging stations.” Said Dr. Oualid. In addition, students from the Mechanical Engineering Club at GUtech will have the chance to test-drive some of the latest electric car models from Renault, GM, Chevrolet and Tesla.

For more information check out the following links:

Register here: https://www.evrtmiddleeast.com/forum-tickets

Media pass: https://www.evrtmiddleeast.com/press-registration

 

© GUtech/ Text: Dr. Manuela Gutberlet, photo: provided by GlobalEVRT

The Dean’s List Award Ceremony – 55 students awarded

HALBAN The Dean’s List Award Ceremony was held in the large GUtech amphitheatre to celebrate the achievements of 55 GUtech students and to commemorate the 6th anniversary of His Majesty’s visit to the university. “We only recently introduced the Dean’s List as a way to recognize outstanding academic achievements. The Dean’s List is a very enviable accomplishment that is only given to our top students” said Prof. Dr. Armin Eberlein, Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs.

The criteria for the award were an outstanding academic achievement, the top 10% of the students, a minimum GPA of 3.5, registered for a minimum of 25 credit points, no incomplete or failing grades, no disciplinary written warning letters and an IELTS 6.0 or equivalent. Dr. Armin congratulated the students along with the Head of each academic Department. “You should be proud of the award. You worked hard, attended many lectures, and in addition spent many hours studying on your own or in groups. And it paid off. Your efforts were worth it. However, efforts alone are not sufficient to get on the Dean’s List. You also need to have the intellectual abilities that are needed for this distinction. You need to have the skills to work through complexities, solve problems, find solutions and communicate them well. Today you are being recognized for this combination of your efforts and your skills,” said Dr. Armin. Moreover, the Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs stressed that the university commemorates the 6th anniversary of the visit of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said to GUtech. On the 24th of December His Majesty honoured the university with a special private visit. “We are proud of His Majesty’s recognition of our achievements. It shows how His Majesty values us as individuals, our university, our educational ethos, and the benefits that we as an institution bring to the country of Oman. Ultimately, it is through you, our students that GUtech contributes to Oman. You get a superb education here at GUtech. In a few years when you join the workforce, you will be the ones who add value to the Omani economy. And this is what makes me proud of being part of GUtech. It allows me to not only educate individuals for the sake of getting a degree, but I can help develop the future leaders of Oman. This is a real privilege,” said Dr. Armin Eberlein. Many GUtech students and friends attended the ceremony. Finally one GUtech student mentioned that this award ceremony serves as a motivational event for other students to study hard in order to be part of the list next year.

(c) GUtech: Text Dr. Manuela Gutberlet; Photo: Fatma Al Balushi

The following GUtech students were awarded for their outstanding achievements:

Majd Al Kayyal
Murooj Mohammed Al Busaidi
Mohammed Salim Al Haddabi
Jawaher Said Al Ghadani
Maram Mudather Mohamed
Maha Surur Al Busaidi
Halayel Ahmed Al Saadi
Aisha Salim Al Balushi
Arwa Saud Al Zadjali
Firdaus Nabil Al Barwani
Reem Said Al Mushikhi
Mohamed Saleh Al Alawi
Shadhan Hamood Al Rashdi
Sara Haroon Al Bartamani
Loay Imad Al Lawati
Husam Yaqoob Al Siyabi
Khamis Hassan
Fatma Fuad El Sheibany
Zoudat Mohamed Al Aufi
Ahmed Juma Abdulla
Khuzama Salim Al Shezawi
Badria Humuod Al Mauly
AL Ghaith Ali Al Ghaithi
Anwar Rashid AL Hajri
Fatema Nour Al Din Al Farsi
Belqees Ali Al Hinaai
Riyan Yahya Al Wahshi
Sara Tariq Al Bulushi
Maisa Mohammed Al Hinai
Lora Awadh Al Alawi
Maryam Abdul Razzaq Al Raisi
Haitham Anwar Al Rawas
Taif Mohamed Al Kindi
Eilaf Khalid Al Busaidi
Marah Khalfan Al Aufi
Abir Talib Al Kharusi
Ghazalah Nabi Baksh Al Balushi
Shurooq Mohammed Al Busaidi
Nama Yousuf Al Bulushi
Manaf Mohamed Al Raisi
Alaa Mohsin Al Ajmi
Fatema Jamal Al Busaidi
Sanad Sulaiman Al Rawahi
Mallak Yousuf Al Senani
Shaima Hilal Al Jahwari
Fatma Mohammed Al Farsi
Noorin Adil Al Busaidi
Fatma Ali Al Barwani
Ammar Abdulhameed Al Kiyumi
Sara Hamood Al Naamani
Melika Naderi
Juhaina Abdullah Al Salmi
Qatr Al Nada Abdul Rahman Al Hinai
Samahram Is’haq Al Hashli
Melina Naderi

 

A simulation center for oil and gas operations launched

HALBAN The German company PSI Software AG has started this week its training sessions for Engineering students at the German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech). A specialized Computer Laboratory and Training Center was opened at GUtech last year, after signing a MoU with PSI Software AG. The laboratory showcases a small-scale sample industrial pipeline that is connected to an operation desk.

“Our software helps to understand the fluid transportation process within a pipeline. It is a high-end tool to increase efficiency and safety of pipeline operations,” said Dr. Aleksej Lisunkin, Technology Development Manager of PSI Software AG who is currently conducting the block seminar at GUtech. GUtech students who are enrolled in Mechanical, Process and Environmental Engineering will benefit from this unique software as well as our academic staff. PSI Software AG also plans to introduce a thesis programme for Engineering students.

“Today’s experiment shows the students an example of a real engineering work, where they are going to detect a leakage in pipelines. This PSI training centre is a unique centre here at GUtech. It will contribute to the capacity building of the Omani society. The new centre connects the simulation theory with industrial applications. The students will have the opportunity to learn an industrial software “PSIpipelines”, and they will practice the application of simulation techniques” said Prof. Dr. Najah Al Mhanna, Head of the Engineering Department at GUtech.

The PSI Software AG is the European market leader for supervision and control systems for gas, oil, electricity, heat and energy transmission and trading. PSI Software AG develops and integrates complete solutions for management of energy flows (gas, oil, electricity, heat, energy planning, transmission, and trading), production processes (mining, metals, automotive, mechanical engineering, logistics) and infrastructure for transport and safety.

The PSI Software AG is planning to use the GUtech laboratory as a Training Center for its customers in the GCC region in future.

The PSI Software AG 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. 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. 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.

© GUtech/ Text: Dr. Manuela Gutberlet; Photo: Umaima Al Zadjali.

GUtech’s Engineering Club: Arrive & Drive Karting Event

On Tuesday 13th November, Dr. Thomas Lattimore, a lecturer of mechanical engineering at GUtech and supervisor of the Engineering Club, visited the Muscat Speedway Karting Circuit with 17 students, mostly from the engineering department, for an Arrive & Drive Karting Event. During the event, 8 of the students along with Dr. Thomas and Mr. Nabi Traore (Junior Intern in the Department), completed a 15 minute race, which was followed by another 15 minute race, with 13 of those students, along with Dr. Thomas and Mr. Nabi. Overall, the students found the event a very good break from their studies, giving them the time to socialize with other students from the engineering faculty, and other departments, and time to have fun doing something related to engineering outside of the classroom. This event was organized by Dr. Thomas Lattimore with the Executive Board of the Club (Chaudhry Taimoor Niaz, Sadiyah Manidhar, Taima Al Hashimi & Shadhan Al Rashdi). A similar event is planned for Tuesday 19th March.

GUtech signs MoU with German Company Hydrogen Rise AG

HALBAN To introduce new hydrogen technologies to Oman as part of a ‘Hydrogen Initiative’, the German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the German company Hydrogen Rise AG (Hydrogen Rise) recently. The MoU was signed by Dr.-Ing. Bernd Wiemann, CEO of Hydrogen Rise, Olav Carlsen, Chief Financial Officer (CEO) and by Prof. Dr.- Ing. Michael Modigell, Rector of GUtech. “Hydrogen produced with renewable energy is now increasingly part of the global vision to create new businesses and new solutions to address climate change. We look forward to working together with GUtech. The final goal of our cooperation is a more detailed plan to introduce hydrogen based energy solutions and to support the building of academic, technological and economic hydrogen expertise here in Oman,” said Dr.-Ing. Bernd Wiemann. Hydrogen can store and provide energy in a widely useable form, and it is one of the most promising alternative fuels for future energy applications. It can be produced pollution-free and without carbon dioxide emissions. Most recently, the summit of the European Union energy ministers was dedicated to hydrogen and energy storage solutions and the ministers highlighted the potential of hydrogen technologies for the energy transition.

The cooperation between GUtech and Hydrogen Rise focuses on the joint development and execution of hydrogen technologies in Oman. This initiative includes the analysis, presentation and communication of the suitability of hydrogen based energy solutions for Oman. The joint activities address the evaluation and description of specific hydrogen applications while raising the overall awareness of the potential of hydrogen. “Hydrogen technologies play an essential role in the future of the global energy, metal, chemical and mobility industry. Our cooperation with Hydrogen Rise focuses on the research and communication of the potential contribution of hydrogen to Oman`s economic diversification efforts and the new employment opportunities that come with it. At the same time we are interested in the analysis of new academic fields in the area of Hydrogen Technology and Economics,” said Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Modigell, Rector of GUtech. “Germany is one of the leading countries in the field of hydrogen – in academic research, hydrogen production processes, storage and applications,” said Dr. Bernd Wiemann while adding: “We are pleased that governments and industry leaders around the world develop programs, new processes and applications for hydrogen.”

“Around the world, new projects, policies and investments are initiated in response to the role that hydrogen will play in the energy sector,” said Dipl.-Kfm. Olav Carlsen, CFO of Hydrogen Rise.

“We are very interested in participating in these technological and academic developments around hydrogen and its diverse potential applications in Oman,” said Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Modigell. “It is essential to understand the economic and social benefits of a hydrogen economy around the world and specifically for Oman. With its potential for renewable energy production, our country is very well positioned to play a leading role in the future energy transition and we are looking forward to working with Hydrogen Rise in analyzing and presenting these opportunities in the coming months.”

Together with technology expert companies Hydrogen Rise AG develops solutions for the complete hydrogen value chain from its production, storage, distribution and usage. The company focuses on the development of hydrogen industries in combination with the building of technological and academic competencies as well as continuous research in all fields of the Hydrogen Economy. This includes the planning and testing of pilot systems for the hydrogen production, distribution and usage. The mission of Hydrogen Rise is to develop the technical, academic and economic solutions in partnerships with the industry and the academia of those markets in which hydrogen value chains are established. The company headquarters are in Munich, (Germany) and a representation office in Muscat will be established next year.

(c) Text and photo: GUtech & Hydrogen Rise