GUtech Sets To Take Part In Shell Eco-Marathon next year

MUSCAT Shell Oman and the German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech) inked an agreement that will allow a student team from GUtech to participate in the eighth round of Shell Eco-marathon Asia taking place in early 2018. This will be the fourth time for Team Megalodon from GUtech to participate in Shell Eco-marathon with an energy-efficient vehicle in the diesel prototype category. They will be racing alongside students from universities, colleges and technical institutes across 16 other countries from across Asia, Middle East and Africa.

“Shell Eco-marathon is one of the initiatives we support that are focused on the transition in the world’s energy system. Shell Eco-marathon provides the students with the opportunity to tackle serious world challenges – such as energy efficiency – in a fun and educational manner. It promotes technical, leadership and teamwork skills, pushes students’ boundaries and gets them thinking on their feet to overcome a variety of obstacles creatively. We are very excited to see Team Megalodon from GUtech team participate in Shell Eco-marathon for the fourth consecutive. I am especially proud of the diversity this team brings to the competition that ultimately contributes to the success of the team.” Said Muna Al Shukaili, General Manager, External Relations.

“I would like to express my gratitude to Shell Oman, who will financially support our GUtech team during the Eco-marathon 2018. GUtech teams have been participating in the Shell Eco-marathon since 2015. We have witnessed the impact of this international initiative on our students, who work long hour, trying to plan and solve engineering problems in their free time. During the competition, they must work and manage the team and their resources, it is a huge task for young students. The Shell Eco marathon provides an immense value for young engineers, who work in a team and manage their entire project in a timely and precise manner. The new GUtech team has already started the planning of the project and the design of the next eco-friendly car. I wish them innovative ideas and a lot of success for the coming months and the competition in March next year,” stated Prof. Dr. Ing. Michael Modigell, Rector of GUtech.

“I have been involved in robotics and programming competitions, but I have never worked on manufacturing a car. I think it is good to work in a team on an actual physical process and to apply the theoretical knowledge. We are in the process of building the car. I think, the experience gained by our team working on a diesel car will be very useful to our future endeavours,” said Neeraj Krishnan, team member and a mechanical engineering student from GUtech.

Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2018 will see 24 On-Track awards with prize money of US $2,000 for Winners in both Prototype and Urban Concept categories. In addition, teams will also be competing for five Off-Track awards: Communications, Vehicle Design, Technical Innovation, Safety and Perseverance and Spirit of the Event.

(c) Text and photo: GUtech and Shell 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

Student Team ‘Megadalon’ celebrated during special Shell Eco-marathon 2017 Ceremony

MUSCAT Shell Oman organized a special ceremony today at the Oman Convention and Exhibition Center to recognize the two student teams from Oman that represented the country during the Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2017 held in Singapore in March this year. GUtech teams have been participating in the competition since 2014. Since that year a total of 65 students from Oman participated in the annual competition. This year the teams from GUtech and Sultan Qaboos University competed with their eco-friendly and fuel-efficient cars among 120 teams from Asia, Middle East and Australia.

The GUtech team ‘Magadolon’ is a very diverse, multi-national team having the first female driver, Alshifaa al Hadi. “Regardless various challenges we faced such as a damaged brake cable and a faulty fuel pump, we learnt a lot during the competition. We had to work hard within our team and manage the entire project,” said GUtech Mechanical Engineering student Navaneeth Sadasivan during a passionate presentation to the audience. Chris Breeze, Shell’s Country Chairman said: “Shell Eco-marathon is an opportunity which involves young people tackling a series of world challenges, in a fun and constructive way. I am delighted by the progress in the performance and diversity of the Omani teams represented at the Shell Eco-marathon Asia this year, with two Omani women participants from GUtech contributing to the success of the team.”

Oman Air sponsored the transportation of the vehicles and the flight tickets of the teams.

The GUtech Team ‘Megadalon’:

Mohammed Salman (team leader)

Alshifaa al Hadi (driver)

Arjwan Al Hajri

Tejas Janardhan

Adhir Kalingapuran

Navaneeth Sadasivan

Yousef Dab Al Bab

Ayman Al Yatim

Supervisors:  Prof. Dr. Emmanouil Bouzakis, Prof. Dr. Najah Al Mhanna (Engineering Department of GUtech) and Ali Al Humairi (Computer Sciences of GUtech).

Text & photo: GUtech/Manuela Gutberlet

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

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

GUtech students invent a machine that produces biodegradable plastic

HALBAN To reduce garbage in our environment, a group of five GUtech students has invented a bioplastic injector molding machine that can produce biodegradable plastic. “The aim of the project is to reduce the use of non-recycled plastic which causes environmental damage,” explained Ghadeer Al Lawati, Process Engineering Student at GUtech. The team comprising Ghadeer Al Lawati, Manar Al Hamdani, Samira Al Subhi, Tejaz Janardhan, Wafa Al Akhami won the 3rd place in the 7th Engineering Students Exhibition held recently in the College of Engineering at Sultan Qaboos University. Their project was supervised by Prof. Dr. Najah Al Mahanna, Head of the Engineering Department at GUtech. 45 different teams from twelve universities in Oman participated in the Students Exhibition.

“The competition required an idea that adds something new to the industry while expressing both our engineering and entrepreneurial skills. With our idea we want to avoid harming the ecosystem. We proposed an alternative starch based biodegradable plastics that is renewable and can be recycled by adding plasticizer,” said Ghadeer. The students’ project was split into two stages. Stage one relied on producing biodegradable plastics using a type of corn that has a fast growing rate thus not competing with food resource. “By then adding plasticiser we gave it the thermoplastic characteristics and allowed it to be recycled,” she said. In stage 2 the aim was to construct a small injector molding machine in order to change the amount of plastics obtained in the first step. The student teams’ future ideas are to produce a high quality bioplastic product and to promote the invention in the plastics industry in Oman and abroad.

 

Megalodon team prepares for Shell eco-marathon

SINGAPORE The Megalodon team from GUtech is preparing their car named ‘Diesel Meister’ for the Shell eco-marathon Asia 2017 at the Changi Exhibition Center in Singapore. A seven-member student team participates in the diesel category. GUtech participates for the third time in the Eco-marathon. For the first time Al Shifa Al Hadi, an Omani female Computer Science student will drive the eco-car. On Saturday the Megalodon team successfully passed the inspections.

Last year, after passing all technical checks the students drove a specific fuel consumption of 0.6 l per 100 km.