University in Delta invents software simulation for oil Industry

Nigeria’s quest to commence the incubation of technological ideas for economic development have started yielding fruit, as the Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun, Delta has invented a software game for training students and others to stimulate their interests in the oil and gas industry.

The software game is among the inventions the institution displayed at the just-concluded 2018 Science and Technology Expo organised by the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology in Abuja.

Other inventions displayed are Pneumatic (air powered) Electric Power Generator and Multichannel Smart Energy Meter.

Mr Christian Uwagwuna, a lecturer with the university said the software game was designed by the university to educate students with interest in the oil and gas industry to familiarise themselves with the environment.

He said instead of students to engage in playing social games, the software game for training in the oil industry would  stimulate real life industrial field games.

“Even without going to the field, while playing the game one would learn and have a better knowledge of what happens in the oil rigs and fields.

“It took the institution a few years to develop this game and it was tested last year.

“Presently, it is just being used at inter and intra department level and other institutions are willing to partake in a competition with our school.

“The game cannot be downloaded online yet because we are working to improve it to meet world standards,’’ he said.

Uwagwuna said the game “is a five level game which urges its users to proffer solutions to the problems identified in the rigs.’’

He said problems include areas such as leakages and delays in loading petroleum products on the field and “the game raises an alarm to point out such areas.’’

Some students of the university also took time to explain the painstaking efforts the university took to produce the inventions to NAN.

Paul Ugoji, a 300 Level student of Research Engineering in the institution told NAN that “our lecturers at school encourage us to think and invent products out of the box’’.

“We are told to invent things that can be beneficial to the economy and can be commercialised and globally accepted.

“Apart from being encouraged, we are also representing the university to display the enormous work going on in the university.’’