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Dibrugarh boy wins first prize in US science contest

Jorhat, Aug. 9: Nitin Lahkar, a petroleum engineering student of Dibrugarh University, has brought laurels to the state by winning the first prize at the Third International Conference on Earth Science and Climate Change held at San Francisco, California in the US, from July 28-30.

Nitin won the best poster award in the presentation of an innovative technology titled Robotic Logging Technology: the future of oil well logging.

Scientists, professors, students, academicians and industrialists from interdisciplinary areas, especially geoscience, engineering, energy resources, climatology and environment, were invited to discuss their ideas on the recent developments in geosciences and changes in the environment and climate in the recent times.

Students had to present their innovative research ideas through posters.

Nitin told this correspondent over phone from Dibrugarh that the new technology was a Gen-Next one that would be easier to operate than the present one.

Explaining the technology, Nitin said at present when a well is drilled, an electronic device is lowered in.

This device mapped on a graph the location of the gas, oil andthe type of rocks and other physical parameters.

To lower the device one had to use either a pipe or wire.

“My concept does not use a pipe or wire but is lowered and brought up by remote control. This is a next generation device that is very feasible for the oil industry,” he said.

Nitin said he had not presented any physical model “as creating a robotic model would cost lakhs of rupees, maybe even a crore,” but had presented a few two and three-dimensional images.

Subrata Borgohain, professor of the department, said she had perused the research work prior to the presentation and had been impressed by the simplicity and feasibility of the idea.

“Nitin is a student who has shown that he can think out of the box. I would like to see him do his doctorate at Stanford University or some other university where he can further prove his intelligence. He has done us all proud,” she said.

Borgohain said even if the university or some other organisation sponsored the creation of the robotic model, an oil major would have to provide a well for the testing.

Nitin, a first year post- graduate student of the petroleum engineering department is the son of Rubul Lahkar and Nirmali Lahkar of Guwahati.

Rishiraj Goswami, a seventh semester student of petroleum engineering at Dibrugarh University, who was a co-author of this paper, could not go to the US because he had a project training.


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