PetroChallenge is a two day educational event for either university or senior high school students, with the purpose of developing the students’ knowledge of the oil and gas industry and their interest in pursuing professional careers in the industry or relevant higher education choices.
PetroChallenge utilizes the upstream learning simulator, OilSim, in which teams compete and collaborate to discover and develop hydrocarbons. OilSim is also used by industry to train professionals in technical and non-technical disciplines like geology, geophysics, project management, strategy, decision making and teamwork.
University students participate in challenges involving the whole upstream value chain, whereas events for schools have a one day training day and then an intense competition on day two involving the exploration challenges.
About OilSim: upstream learning simulator
The OilSim* upstream learning simulator takes users through the entire exploration and production business process—from acquiring a block to its development, production, and abandonment.
OilSim is used to train multidisciplinary courses at NExT
More than 40,000 participants have been instructed in disciplines covering exploration, development, and production activities using OilSim.
The audience includes new hires to middle management and functions. Clients trained on OilSim include ADCO, Exxon Mobil, PDO, ENI, BG Group, Statoil.
What makes PetroChallenge Unique?
- The simulator can take users through the entire exploration and production business process—from acquiring a block to its development, production, and abandonment unlike other competitions which only focus on a particular discipline.
- This event bridges the industry with academia and offers hands-on engagement with potential employees.
- It involves educational institutions and helps them to demonstrate their continued commitment to embrace new learning technologies that help prepare students for industry.
- PetroChallenge offers sponsors the opportunity to use the event publicity to help deliver a broader appreciation of the industry to the participants, wider communities, and wider society.
- It offers a platform for an excellent team working experience, developing collaborative skills and understanding competition in a simulated ‘real-life setting’.
- Participating in this event encourages students to demonstrate the need for both specialized technical and team based skills in an environment that requires thinking across different knowledge domains
- Students’ teams are created by organizers, encouraging networking and communication skills.
- Each event is led by trained PetroChallenge instructors, there to encourage peer-to-peer knowledge and skill transfers amongst the teams.
- Even though it uses an online simulator, no downloads are required
PetroChallenge utilizes the upstream learning simulator OilSim in which teams compete and collaborate to discover and develop hydrocarbons.
Students can participate in one regional PetroChallenge competition per year. Teams are not allowed to have non-team members do PetroChallenge work for them during the competitions.
The datasets provided in the OilSim simulator are synthetic and do not represent any real world geological locations.
The datasets may only be used during the PetroChallenge competition, and must not be retained after the competition.