Licenses for Roxar software solutions for petroleum mapping and modeling have been donated by Emerson Process Management to two of Thailand’s leading universities in this field; Chulalongkorn and Chiang Mai Universities. The donations are a part of an agreement aimed to further improve research and education within the field of petroleum and geology engineering in Thailand.
The Roxar RMS integrated software modules have been used to increase oil and gas production in Norway and in the North Sea as a whole. Roxar is used for mapping, reservoir modeling, well planning, reservoir simulation and uncertainty modeling.
Roxar is owned by Emerson Process Management and is used by an increasing amount of operators world-wide. Thailand’s oldest university, Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, has its own Petroleum and Petrochemical College. Chiang Mai University was Thailand’s first provincial university to provide graduate diploma programs in geology. The two universities will through the agreement with Emerson be able to give students access to the Roxar software as well as training and internships provided by Emerson.
Signing of the agreement took place in Bangkok 27th of November 2010 at the Grand Hyatt Erewan Hotel. Norwegian Ambassador to Thailand, Ms Katja Nordgaard, was present at the ceremony, as was Axel Blom from Innovation Norway, over 120 members of the Geological Society of Thailand (GST), representatives from PTTEP as well as guests, executives and students from the two universities.
Morten Tønnesen, Regional Manager of Roxar Software Solutions Asia Pacific said in his speech, “With Asia Pacific operators facing ever more complex fields and geologies as well as the pressing need to maximize investment returns, it is essential that they create accurate reservoir models that generate vital information on oil in place and that can handle all types of geologies.
It’s through investing in the petroleum engineers of the future that we can ensure that the Asia Pacific oil and gas industry has the right skills and knowledge to meet these challenges going forward. We are delighted to be teaming up with Chulalongkorn and Chiang Mai Universities at a time when the Thai oil and gas sector continues to grow. The partnership today is also reaffirmation of the growing levels of cooperation in the oil & gas sector between Thailand and Norway in the fields of education, research, services and technology sharing.”