Asia Geoscience Student Conference & Exhibition (AGSCE) is a platform for networking, presenting and exchanging new and innovative ideas between students as well as notable industry veterans around the Asia-Pacific region. This event was held on September 23-24, 2019 at Universiti Teknologi Petronas, Malaysia. There was more than 200 student that participated in this event, they were from Malaysia, Thailand, and mostly from Indonesia.
On the first day, there were a bunch series of events, started by an opening ceremony at 9 am and then continued by a Keynote Address. The first Keynote Address was delivered by Muhammad Yusof Abdullah as Petronas Carigali with the theme “Digitalization in Geoscience”. The second Keynote Address started at 10 am with the theme “Industry 4.0 – The Next Generation of Technology and Industry Professionals” by Saad A. AlQahtani as a representative of Aramco Overseas Malaysia.
The technical session started at 11 am with the theme “Machine Learning Applications in Seismic Interpretations” by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mohamed Elsaadany from Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS. Besides technical sessions, there were also Carrier and Company sessions started at 11.30 and the topic was “Life as a Petroleum Geoscientist at Beicip-Franlab Asia” by Grandika S. Primadani a representative of Beicip-Franlab Asia. The 2nd technical session started at noon and the speaker was Nikita Bukhanov from Gazpromneft Science & Technology Centre with the theme “Benchmark Cases in Teaching Machine Learning for Geoscience Students”. And then after a lunch break, there was a forum session with theme “Future Outlook of Geoscience” by Muhammad Yusof Abdullah from PETRONAS, Shivaji Maitra from CGG, Patrick Ravaut from TOTAL, and Abdul Rahim Abdul Aziz from ConocoPhillips, and the moderator was Noor Azahar Ibrahim from Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS.
The second career path started at 3.40 pm and the topic was “Play-Based Exploration: An Overview” by Fithra Harris Darmawan from PETRONAS. And then the 3rd technical session started at 4.15 pm with the theme “Embracing Innovation in Geoscience for Sustainability & Resilience of Future Geoscientists” Eddy Kamaruddin from Beicip-Franlab Asia. Alongside the technical session and career path, there was also an outcrop exhibition competition at 3.40-4.15 pm. And then closure for the first day before the Cultural Night at 8 pm.
Day 2 started with two Keynote Addresses. The theme of the first keynote address was “Shells’s Emerging Upstream Technologies & Workflows” by David M. Alexander from Kebabangan Petroleum Operating Company Sdn Bhd at 9 am. The second one was “Digitalization in Geoscience – Digital Natives in the Subsurface” by John Chapman from Halliburton – Landmark at 9.35 am. The technical session that was delivered by Dr. Salahuddin Husein from Universitas Gadjah Mada started at 10.25 am with the theme “Sedimentary Basin Formation in Sundaland – The Play of Oroclinal Tectonics and Their Impacts on Hydrocarbon Exploration”. Then continued by carrier and company session at 11 am with the topic “What’s in Store for a Digital Geoscientist?” by Charmyne Buenviaje Mamador from Iraya Energies. Then at 11.35 am the second technical session was started at 11.35 am with the theme “The Principle of Geological 3D Static Model” and was delivered by Marianny Ismail from Repsol Oil & Gas. And the last carrier and company session started at 12.10 pm with the topic “Geophysics: From Textbook to Industry Practices” by Gan Wei Di from Repsol Oil & Gas. After lunch, there was the last session called forum session. The theme of the forum session was “Women in Geoscience: Challenges & Opportunities” by Dr. Nursufiah Sulaiman from Universiti Malaysia Kelantan, Cindy Simba Ngumbang Kadir from Repsol Oil & Gas, Low Wan Ching from PETRONAS, and the moderator was Roodra Manogaran from Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS. That was the last session in the seminar room.
At 3 pm there was a geoscience tour. Some participants got a chance to strolling around at Universiti Teknologi Petronas. We went to their laboratories, saw some various stone samples, and they were sharing about the research that they have done in some locations either in Malaysia or Indonesia. While some students went to the Geoscience tour, there were also some students that competed in Geoquiz competition at the seminar room 6.
The oral and poster presentation were divided into 3 sessions, oral presentation at the seminar room 3 while the poster presentation at the exhibition room. Our team represented by Nurul Azizah Haris and Ismira Luthfia was in the 3rd session, which in day 2 at 11.40 am. We presented our poster entitled “Shallow Groundwater Identification Using Resistivity Method to Facing Drought in Lopi-Lopi Village, Maros, South Sulawesi” in front of 3 judges and a bunch of audiences. That was quite crowded back then, there were 22 posters and 19 oral presentations In total.
After all the series of the event were done, the last one was a closing ceremony that started at 4.30 pm. The winners of all competitions were announced, unfortunately, we didn’t make it. But this was one of our milestones to do something better in the future. Overall, Asia Geoscience Student Competition was a very good event and we hope some of Geophysics students would join this event next year!