UGM Safari team takes win in Petrolida 2021

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UGM Safari team wins 1st place in the 2021 Petrolide paper competition category.

IO, Yogyakarta – Petrolida, an international competition organized by the Society of Petroleum Engineers of Institute Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember (ITS) Surabaya was held again in 2021. Those students of Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) Yogyakarta who participated in this competition successfully brought home a 1st Place award in the paper competition category. 

The Chemical Engineering student group, consisting of Sasa Aulia, Farah Octaviani and Thariq Arian Khalfani, contributed their efforts at every stage of this competition, starting from submission of an abstract to the full paper; presentation by ten finalists took place in March 2021. Official results for the competition – in any field – were announced on 11 April 2021. 

Sasa explained that it was a very competitive international scale competition, because universities from abroad, such as Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, also became finalists. Universitas Indonesia, Institute of Technology Bandung (ITB) and ITS were also engaged in the competition. UGM has submitted literacy research papers with the theme of “Achieving Sustainable Development in Oil and Gas Sector through Eco-Friendly Practices Utilizing New and Applicable Innovations”. 

“We wrote a paper about the wastewater treatment techniques produced from the exploration and production of petroleum and gas, using an integrated system approach of Heat Treatment and filtering. The name of our product is Smart Integrated Futuristic Electro-Pyromesoling System Reservoir,” Sasa explained, as quoted on Ugm.ac.id on Monday (19/4/2021). 

Competing in the midst of a pandemic, according to Sasa, was considered another challenge, because the team could not discuss the problem straightforwardly, managed time for studying, engaging in the organization, and competition. Besides, conducting research was also considered a challenge since it required data from different areas. 

“We were often struggling in managing our time. Moreover, it took place during our mid-term tests. However, motivation from friends in this team was effective,” she said. 

Safari Team hoped for other teams to continue their path and encouraged others not to be afraid to start and even fail. “This pandemic is not a reason for us to give up, to be productive, and to gain achievements. There are plenty of opportunities out there for UGM students to express their ideas. Please don’t make our four years here go in vain. At this young age, take all the benefits from every opportunity offered to be productive, for the sake of this country’s advancement,” Sasa concluded. (est)