YOUNG PROFESSIONALS

YP Mission

As the DGS-Young Professional section provides a great variation of activities targeting different objectives, DGS-YP is subdivided into 3 groups: the Career Advancement Program, Challenges and Competitions, and the Networking Program.

The DGS-YP sector is committed to provide the tools to inform, to connect and to empower the young professionals to help them become more productive and innovative in the work place.

DGS-YP Officer:

Salma Sinan

Upstream Hackathon

Co organized with EXPEC Advanced Research Center

Established in 2017, Upstream Hackathon is a 2.5 day competition targeting young Saudi Aramco professionals collaborating in teams to solve real upstream challenges. In this competition, young professionals from different departments will get a chance to work in cross-disciplinary teams and get exposure to a wide range of fields of Upstream. This event promotes knowledge sharing, technical skills development, and networking between young professionals. At the end of the competition, a winning team will be awarded with exciting and valuable prizes.

The event is composed of three different stages: challenges, hacking, and solutions.

Challenges: the first stage takes place during the morning of the first day. During this stage, each participating department will present one challenge by a subject matter experts to all participants. Following the challenge presentations, the participants will get to interact with the subject matter experts to ask any question or inquire further about existing solutions. Then, each participant will sign up for one challenge to work on. Finally, the organizing committee will form teams of people with a shared targeted challenge. Each team will have up to five members and be as diverse as possible in terms of backgrounds and skills.

Hacking: the second stage takes placed between the afternoon of the first day until the end of the second day. During this stage, each team will tackle its selected challenge and will attempt to come up with creative and practical solutions. During this stage, the participants are free to work at their preferred location. Towards the end, each team will prepare a short presentation with their solutions and results.

Solutions: the third stage takes place during the morning of the last day. During this stage, each participating team will present their solutions to the panel of judges and subject matter experts. The judges (SMEs) will score each solution based on its creativity,novelty and practicality. Once all scores are recorded, the winning team will be announced and rewarded.

Guidelines and rules

Challenges: Each department participates with one real challenge that it is currently facing. The challenge should target young professionals of all upstream departments without requiring extensive knowledge and expertise of a specific topic. A good challenge needs to be: 1) intuitive to understand, not intuitive to solve, 2) focused more on hands-on and practical solutions than specialized theories, 3) can be scaled down to small datasets that are easy to share, and 4) encourages new and out-of-the-box approaches.

Participants: Each participating departing nominates up to 7 young professionals to participate as hackers. The participants must be 35 years old or younger and are interested to learn and tackle problems from different fields. The participants must be present and fully engaged throughout all stages of the event. Each participant is expected to meaningfully contribute to the final team presentation.

Judges: Each participating department nominates up to 2 subject matter experts to play two important roles. During the first stage, the experts will present their departments’ challenge to the participants and provide any necessary information/data. During the last stage, the experts from all the departments will serve in the judging panel to evaluate all the teams’ solutions. Each expert is required to attend the first and third stages of the event. Additionally, the experts must be reachable during the second stage to answer any questions or provide any data necessary to the hackers.

Evaluation Guidelines: Each judge will evaluate each team based on their presented solution during the third stage of the event. The scoring criteria are: 25% on creativity, 25% on presentation skills, timing and slide quality, and 50% on the validity and practicality of the idea.

2017 Challenges:

  • Downhole Stratified Flow Measurement Challenge
  • ESP
  • Improve Recovery with Responsive Nano-Materials
    • Winning team: Fahd A. Almalki, Nour O. Baqader, Bashayer S. Aldakkan, and Bilel Hamzaoui.
  • Liquid Loading In Depleting Gas Wells
  • Hack-a-thon proxy simulation
  • Wavelet Estimation Challenge
  • Evaluation of different LCM shapes
  • Unconventional prospect generation using Organic Geochemistry
  • Multi-parameter joint inversion
  • Accelerating Knowledge Transfer in an Integrated Multidisciplinary Environment
  • Automated Core Description & Interpretation
  • Downhole Water Detection and Inflow Control in Horizontal Wells

DGS Ideation Challenge

Sponsered by Exploration Operations Support Department (EOSD)

Introduction:

Challenge and prize competitions are one tool to drive innovation and solve problems whether technical, scientific, or creative. One type of competition is ideation, which allows you to collect ideas from a wide and diverse population to solve a particular business problem. Ideation is the process of generating and developing new ideas to solve a problem or improve a product, process, or service. Ideas could include suggestions, approaches, plans, proposals, designs, or other proposed solutions in written, graphic, or video form. The ideation phase is the first of several stages, where Ideas will be implemented in later phases. This competition was established in 2018.

Description and Agenda (2018): New Core lab Facility Challenge

The event is composed of four different stages: presentation of challenges, ideation process, presentation of solutions and idea implementation.

  • Presentation of Challenges: (Morning Session)
    • EOSD subject matter experts present the different challenges to the participants
    • Participants select challenges of interest after Q&A session with the SMEs
    • Participants choose their team members
    • Each team will have up to three members
    • EOSD will lead a core lab tour to show case the challenges
    • Lunch will be served to the participants at EXPEC Auditorium
  • Ideation Process: (Afternoon session and continues to the morning session of the 5th day)
    • Teams collaborate to address their challenges, at their location of preference
    • Each team is required to prepare a short presentation illustrating their solutions and proposed designs in a format of their choice (written, graphic, video etc.)
  • Presentation of Solutions (Morning Session of 5th day)
    • Participating teams will present their solutions to a panel of judges and SMEs
    • Judges will evaluate each solution based on its creativity, novelty and practicality
    • The audience vote will contribute to each team overall score
    • Judges will announce the 3 winning teams and award the participants
  • Implementation of Idea:
    • The winning team will present their proposal to Exploration management and help incorporate their design in the new core-lab facility

Guidelines and rules:

  • Challenges:
    • EOSD will present a set of challenges regarding their new core facilities
    • The challenge should target professionals of all upstream departments without requiring extensive knowledge and expertise of a specific topic
      • Participants:
        • Each professional needs to secure his or her management endorsement to participate
        • Participation is open for both young and senoir professionals
        • The participants must be present and fully engaged throughout all stages of the event
        • Each participant is expected to contribute to the final team presentation
  • Judges:
    • In addition to the SMEs from EOSD, invited judges, whom are frequent users of the core facility will serve in the judging panel to evaluate all the teams’ solutions
    • Each expert is required to attend the first and last stages of the event
    • The experts from EOSD must be reachable during the ideation stage to answer any questions or provide any data necessary to the participants
  • Evaluation Guidelines:
    • Each judge will evaluate each team based on their presented solution during the third stage of the event
    • The scoring criteria are 25% on creativity, 20% on presentation skills, timing and slide quality, and 35% on the validity and practicality of the idea, 10% on Safety and 10% is from the audience vote.
    • The audience vote will contribute to the overall score
  • Winning Team:
    • Three winning teams will be announced
    • The winning teams will present their idea in front of Exploration management and help incorporate it in the new facilities design.
    • This idea can be developed further after the competition to meet all necessary requirements before deployment.
  • Challenges (2018):
    1. Cuttings Archival, Viewing & Sampling
    2. Core Cage & Core Boxes
    3. Core Processing V-table

 

  • Winners (2018):

             First Place: Challenge 2– Fatimah Alsinan, Salma Saif, Fawwaz Khaldi

             Second Place: Challenge 3– Talal Mutairi, Hassan Hulaily, Mohammed Altuwaijri

            Third Place: Challenge 1- Waheed Basrawi, Hani Boukhamsin, Andrew Henderson

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DGS Mystery Hunt

Established in 2018, The Mystery Hunt is a puzzle hunt competition that challenges each participating team to solve a number of puzzles leading to a hidden object. This challenge is based on the MIT Mystery Hunt, which is held every year and attracts many players. Challenges range in difficulty and are suitable for ages 12 and older and teams of family and friends are welcome to join.

DGS mystery hunt is inspired by MIT’s popular Mystery Hunt that has more than 2,000 people participating every year. The DGS mystery hunt had 80 people in 20 teams solving challenges like crossword puzzles, 2D and 3D mazes, and Sudoku as well as physical activities like hopscotch, giant Jenga blocks, and “how do old things work”. The 20 teams were engaged in a fierce competition for the chance to reach the final stage and hunt for the hidden coin.

The DGS mystery hunt started with the teams being divided into six tracks that took on the challenges at different times to avoid congestion at the physical games’ stations. After completing all challenges, the teams were given a riddle to solve that would lead them to the location of the hidden treasure. The first-place winners of the DGS mystery hunt and the team that found the hidden coin were Michael Jones, Azlan Mohaideen, Shamsul Anuar, and Ferry Firmansyah. The second place winners were Saftar Kuliev, Basma Orri, Meshal Alhazmi, and Rail Kuliev, and at third place were Rahul Jain, Neha Gupta, Sauvik Das, and Sonata Hait.

Innovation Challenge

Established in 2014, this challenge is a three-month period program that encourages young professionals to become more proactive in the working environment through addressing real present-day conflicts within the oil and gas industry. At the end of the three months, team members will complete their work, present the solution and implementation methods in the closing ceremony. Predesignated teams are presented a challenge they will propose their solutions, which will be shared with the organizations that issued the challenge.

Examples of Challenges:

2013-2014:

  • Technical Project:
    • Developing a unified world-class seismic data process workflow
    • Removing multiples from seismic utilizing efforts of the VSP group and processing division
    • Unifying Aramco formation tops between departments for all wells
      *winning team topic
  • Non-technical Projects:
    • Improving publication approval process
    • Breaking communication barriers and encouraging knowledge sharing within exploration
    • Overcoming career growth hurdles and tackling issues related to mentorship, recognition, SDP goals and advanced degrees

2016-2017

  • Encourage YPs to read and share technical articles to keep up with recent technological advances.
  • Optimize YPs onboarding time (Geo-train program efficiency, workflows for transition between train program and department’s selection, toolkit to help new hires navigate and find data).
  • Standardize weekly updates by exploration professionals to their direct report.
  • Strategies for better engagement with senior professionals: Well-defined YP mentorship program, specific for each department.
  • Adjust existing counterintuitive workflows and procedures.
    • Classify and sort incoming and existing departmental databases (i.e. shared folder, petrel projects, cores and seismic data).
    • Improve communication channels between service departments and proponents to provide desired products and proper feedback, vice versa. (i.e. platform to advertise recent technologies and offered services, and prevent unused products).

*winning team: Zaid Al Musallam, Jose Johnson, Mohammed Arfaj

Mission

YP Mission

As the DGS-Young Professional section provides a great variation of activities targeting different objectives, DGS-YP is subdivided into 3 groups: the Career Advancement Program, Challenges and Competitions, and the Networking Program.

The DGS-YP sector is committed to provide the tools to inform, to connect and to empower the young professionals to help them become more productive and innovative in the work place.

DGS-YP Officer:

Salma Sinan

Upstream Hackathon

Upstream Hackathon

Co organized with EXPEC Advanced Research Center

Established in 2017, Upstream Hackathon is a 2.5 day competition targeting young Saudi Aramco professionals collaborating in teams to solve real upstream challenges. In this competition, young professionals from different departments will get a chance to work in cross-disciplinary teams and get exposure to a wide range of fields of Upstream. This event promotes knowledge sharing, technical skills development, and networking between young professionals. At the end of the competition, a winning team will be awarded with exciting and valuable prizes.

The event is composed of three different stages: challenges, hacking, and solutions.

Challenges: the first stage takes place during the morning of the first day. During this stage, each participating department will present one challenge by a subject matter experts to all participants. Following the challenge presentations, the participants will get to interact with the subject matter experts to ask any question or inquire further about existing solutions. Then, each participant will sign up for one challenge to work on. Finally, the organizing committee will form teams of people with a shared targeted challenge. Each team will have up to five members and be as diverse as possible in terms of backgrounds and skills.

Hacking: the second stage takes placed between the afternoon of the first day until the end of the second day. During this stage, each team will tackle its selected challenge and will attempt to come up with creative and practical solutions. During this stage, the participants are free to work at their preferred location. Towards the end, each team will prepare a short presentation with their solutions and results.

Solutions: the third stage takes place during the morning of the last day. During this stage, each participating team will present their solutions to the panel of judges and subject matter experts. The judges (SMEs) will score each solution based on its creativity,novelty and practicality. Once all scores are recorded, the winning team will be announced and rewarded.

Guidelines and rules

Challenges: Each department participates with one real challenge that it is currently facing. The challenge should target young professionals of all upstream departments without requiring extensive knowledge and expertise of a specific topic. A good challenge needs to be: 1) intuitive to understand, not intuitive to solve, 2) focused more on hands-on and practical solutions than specialized theories, 3) can be scaled down to small datasets that are easy to share, and 4) encourages new and out-of-the-box approaches.

Participants: Each participating departing nominates up to 7 young professionals to participate as hackers. The participants must be 35 years old or younger and are interested to learn and tackle problems from different fields. The participants must be present and fully engaged throughout all stages of the event. Each participant is expected to meaningfully contribute to the final team presentation.

Judges: Each participating department nominates up to 2 subject matter experts to play two important roles. During the first stage, the experts will present their departments’ challenge to the participants and provide any necessary information/data. During the last stage, the experts from all the departments will serve in the judging panel to evaluate all the teams’ solutions. Each expert is required to attend the first and third stages of the event. Additionally, the experts must be reachable during the second stage to answer any questions or provide any data necessary to the hackers.

Evaluation Guidelines: Each judge will evaluate each team based on their presented solution during the third stage of the event. The scoring criteria are: 25% on creativity, 25% on presentation skills, timing and slide quality, and 50% on the validity and practicality of the idea.

2017 Challenges:

  • Downhole Stratified Flow Measurement Challenge
  • ESP
  • Improve Recovery with Responsive Nano-Materials
    • Winning team: Fahd A. Almalki, Nour O. Baqader, Bashayer S. Aldakkan, and Bilel Hamzaoui.
  • Liquid Loading In Depleting Gas Wells
  • Hack-a-thon proxy simulation
  • Wavelet Estimation Challenge
  • Evaluation of different LCM shapes
  • Unconventional prospect generation using Organic Geochemistry
  • Multi-parameter joint inversion
  • Accelerating Knowledge Transfer in an Integrated Multidisciplinary Environment
  • Automated Core Description & Interpretation
  • Downhole Water Detection and Inflow Control in Horizontal Wells
DGS Ideation Challenge

DGS Ideation Challenge

Sponsered by Exploration Operations Support Department (EOSD)

Introduction:

Challenge and prize competitions are one tool to drive innovation and solve problems whether technical, scientific, or creative. One type of competition is ideation, which allows you to collect ideas from a wide and diverse population to solve a particular business problem. Ideation is the process of generating and developing new ideas to solve a problem or improve a product, process, or service. Ideas could include suggestions, approaches, plans, proposals, designs, or other proposed solutions in written, graphic, or video form. The ideation phase is the first of several stages, where Ideas will be implemented in later phases. This competition was established in 2018.

Description and Agenda (2018): New Core lab Facility Challenge

The event is composed of four different stages: presentation of challenges, ideation process, presentation of solutions and idea implementation.

  • Presentation of Challenges: (Morning Session)
    • EOSD subject matter experts present the different challenges to the participants
    • Participants select challenges of interest after Q&A session with the SMEs
    • Participants choose their team members
    • Each team will have up to three members
    • EOSD will lead a core lab tour to show case the challenges
    • Lunch will be served to the participants at EXPEC Auditorium
  • Ideation Process: (Afternoon session and continues to the morning session of the 5th day)
    • Teams collaborate to address their challenges, at their location of preference
    • Each team is required to prepare a short presentation illustrating their solutions and proposed designs in a format of their choice (written, graphic, video etc.)
  • Presentation of Solutions (Morning Session of 5th day)
    • Participating teams will present their solutions to a panel of judges and SMEs
    • Judges will evaluate each solution based on its creativity, novelty and practicality
    • The audience vote will contribute to each team overall score
    • Judges will announce the 3 winning teams and award the participants
  • Implementation of Idea:
    • The winning team will present their proposal to Exploration management and help incorporate their design in the new core-lab facility

Guidelines and rules:

  • Challenges:
    • EOSD will present a set of challenges regarding their new core facilities
    • The challenge should target professionals of all upstream departments without requiring extensive knowledge and expertise of a specific topic
      • Participants:
        • Each professional needs to secure his or her management endorsement to participate
        • Participation is open for both young and senoir professionals
        • The participants must be present and fully engaged throughout all stages of the event
        • Each participant is expected to contribute to the final team presentation
  • Judges:
    • In addition to the SMEs from EOSD, invited judges, whom are frequent users of the core facility will serve in the judging panel to evaluate all the teams’ solutions
    • Each expert is required to attend the first and last stages of the event
    • The experts from EOSD must be reachable during the ideation stage to answer any questions or provide any data necessary to the participants
  • Evaluation Guidelines:
    • Each judge will evaluate each team based on their presented solution during the third stage of the event
    • The scoring criteria are 25% on creativity, 20% on presentation skills, timing and slide quality, and 35% on the validity and practicality of the idea, 10% on Safety and 10% is from the audience vote.
    • The audience vote will contribute to the overall score
  • Winning Team:
    • Three winning teams will be announced
    • The winning teams will present their idea in front of Exploration management and help incorporate it in the new facilities design.
    • This idea can be developed further after the competition to meet all necessary requirements before deployment.
  • Challenges (2018):
    1. Cuttings Archival, Viewing & Sampling
    2. Core Cage & Core Boxes
    3. Core Processing V-table

 

  • Winners (2018):

             First Place: Challenge 2– Fatimah Alsinan, Salma Saif, Fawwaz Khaldi

             Second Place: Challenge 3– Talal Mutairi, Hassan Hulaily, Mohammed Altuwaijri

            Third Place: Challenge 1- Waheed Basrawi, Hani Boukhamsin, Andrew Henderson

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DGS Mystery Hunt

DGS Mystery Hunt

Established in 2018, The Mystery Hunt is a puzzle hunt competition that challenges each participating team to solve a number of puzzles leading to a hidden object. This challenge is based on the MIT Mystery Hunt, which is held every year and attracts many players. Challenges range in difficulty and are suitable for ages 12 and older and teams of family and friends are welcome to join.

DGS mystery hunt is inspired by MIT’s popular Mystery Hunt that has more than 2,000 people participating every year. The DGS mystery hunt had 80 people in 20 teams solving challenges like crossword puzzles, 2D and 3D mazes, and Sudoku as well as physical activities like hopscotch, giant Jenga blocks, and “how do old things work”. The 20 teams were engaged in a fierce competition for the chance to reach the final stage and hunt for the hidden coin.

The DGS mystery hunt started with the teams being divided into six tracks that took on the challenges at different times to avoid congestion at the physical games’ stations. After completing all challenges, the teams were given a riddle to solve that would lead them to the location of the hidden treasure. The first-place winners of the DGS mystery hunt and the team that found the hidden coin were Michael Jones, Azlan Mohaideen, Shamsul Anuar, and Ferry Firmansyah. The second place winners were Saftar Kuliev, Basma Orri, Meshal Alhazmi, and Rail Kuliev, and at third place were Rahul Jain, Neha Gupta, Sauvik Das, and Sonata Hait.

Innovation Challenge

Innovation Challenge

Established in 2014, this challenge is a three-month period program that encourages young professionals to become more proactive in the working environment through addressing real present-day conflicts within the oil and gas industry. At the end of the three months, team members will complete their work, present the solution and implementation methods in the closing ceremony. Predesignated teams are presented a challenge they will propose their solutions, which will be shared with the organizations that issued the challenge.

Examples of Challenges:

2013-2014:

  • Technical Project:
    • Developing a unified world-class seismic data process workflow
    • Removing multiples from seismic utilizing efforts of the VSP group and processing division
    • Unifying Aramco formation tops between departments for all wells
      *winning team topic
  • Non-technical Projects:
    • Improving publication approval process
    • Breaking communication barriers and encouraging knowledge sharing within exploration
    • Overcoming career growth hurdles and tackling issues related to mentorship, recognition, SDP goals and advanced degrees

2016-2017

  • Encourage YPs to read and share technical articles to keep up with recent technological advances.
  • Optimize YPs onboarding time (Geo-train program efficiency, workflows for transition between train program and department’s selection, toolkit to help new hires navigate and find data).
  • Standardize weekly updates by exploration professionals to their direct report.
  • Strategies for better engagement with senior professionals: Well-defined YP mentorship program, specific for each department.
  • Adjust existing counterintuitive workflows and procedures.
    • Classify and sort incoming and existing departmental databases (i.e. shared folder, petrel projects, cores and seismic data).
    • Improve communication channels between service departments and proponents to provide desired products and proper feedback, vice versa. (i.e. platform to advertise recent technologies and offered services, and prevent unused products).

*winning team: Zaid Al Musallam, Jose Johnson, Mohammed Arfaj

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