Seminar on "Upstream Oil & Gas Sensing Challenges" - Dr. Muhammad Arsalan (Saudi Aramco)

29th, March 2017

Oil and gas will continue to be the backbone of the global energy supply. The industry’s challenge is to create, discover and deploy the right technologies to ensure reliable, efficient and sustainable production. Saudi Aramco’s EXPEC Advanced Research Center is creating innovative and high impact solutions in wide upstream domains including Drilling, Production, Reservoir, Geology, Geophysics and Computational modelling. The need for timely, accurate, and reliable information is important in optimizing the production from oil and gas fields. However, when it comes to downhole monitoring applications, oil and gas industry is dealing with extremely harsh and restrictive environments. For this, advanced technologies with new capabilities are needed for sensing a wide range of parameters, such as pressure, temperature, salinity, viscosity, resistivity, flow, and others.  In production applications, EXPEC ARC is developing advanced sensors and actuators to economically complete, control, monitor, and sustain well production. In this talk the upstream oil & gas sensing applications will be briefly reviewed, followed by examples of the ongoing developments within and supported by EXPEC ARC, concluded by a few exciting and challenging far reaching ideas.

Subject: Upstream Oil & Gas Sensing Challenges

Speaker: Dr. Muhammad Arsalan (Saudi Aramco)

Day/Date: Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Time: 1100 - 1200 hrs (required to be seated at 1055 hrs)

Venue: SEECS Seminar Hall

Mandatory for: BEE-5AB & BEE-6BC (interested students may also attend)


Dr. Muhammad Arsalan received his B.Eng. degree from Institute of Industrial Electronics Engineering (IIEE), NED University of Engineering and Technology, Karachi, Pakistan in 1999 and his M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees both in electronics engineering from Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, in 2004 and 2009, respectively.

In 2004, he was an Invited Researcher and Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council–Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (NSERC–JSPS) Summer Fellow with the Tokyo Institute of Technology. From 2005 to 2008, he was an NSERC Alexander Graham Bell Graduate Scholar with Carleton University. From 2009 to 2010, he was a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Postdoctoral Fellow with the University of Maine. In 2010, he joined King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia, as an NSERC Postdoctoral Research Fellow. Since 2011 he is an adjunct research professor with Carleton University. In 2013 he joined Saudi Aramco’s EXPEC Advanced Research Center as senior research scientist and is still working here.

Dr. Arsalan is a researcher and entrepreneur who is actively involved in crafting innovative solutions for current and next generation of real-world challenges using cost-effective platforms. The focus of his research is energy harvesting, wireless communication, on-chip antennas, and wireless sensors and systems for applications in oil & gas, environment, and healthcare. He is the recipient of a number of national and international awards in recognition of his academic, research, and entrepreneurial achievements.