Transneft Urals and Transneft Metrology helped Ufa State Technical University (USTU) equip an Automation and Meteorological Support of Liquid Hydrocarbons Metering practical training classroom.
The classroom opening ceremony held on 30 May 2018 was attended by Askar Aminov, Deputy Director General of Transneft Urals, Oleg Zolotukhin, Director General of Transneft Metrology and Ramil Bakhtizin, Rector of USOTU. The event was timed to coincide with the Development Prospects of Automated Complexes for Oil and Gas Production, Transportation and Refining International Science and Technology Conference.
“We are opening a new lab as a stronghold of dual education. Here can you see software-driven equipment that meets cutting-edge requirements. Given that oil and petroleum products transportation is a sophisticated process, a sufficiently hi-tech environment is required to train experts in this field,” Ramil Bakhtizin, Rector of USOTU, stated at the opening ceremony. He thanked the companies for the new classroom, stressing that this event is a royal gift to the university’s 70th anniversary.
The classroom is outfitted with a large set of specialised equipment (measuring and computing and programmable logical controllers, secondary metering equipment checking devices etc). Part of the equipment was manufactured by Transneft Upper Volga. Also provided are automated workplaces for a teacher and ten students. Teachers have taken specifically developed refresher courses.
Not only does the classroom equipment allow students to acquire the skills of equipment tuning, programming and configuring, but they may also use the classroom as a production lab to test new technical solutions.
As was noted by Mr Aminov, the new classroom will be used for teaching the Metrological and Informational Support of Production Master’s programme. This programme has been taught since 2016, which meant that the first group of experts in this field will graduate this summer. The interaction between Transneft Urals and USOTU is called to raise the quality of students’ training as well as to bring the educational programme into conformity with Transneft’s high standards, since a significant number of the university’s alumni work in the system of pipeline transportataion of hydrocarbons.
Apart from the new hands-on training classroom, USOTU also has other facilities equipped with the financial assistance of Transneft Urals: two laboratories of computer-aided design and mathematical modeling of pipeline systems as well as an Oil Pumping Stations pipeline transportation lab. Also functioning is a laboratory for technical inspection of pipeline systems whose repair and outfitting were financed by Transneft Urals and Transneft Kama Region.