University of Gadjah Mada (UGM) receives software aid worth $4 million from PT Schlumberger Geophysics Nusantara. This software is the latest technology and used in industry of international geological and geophysical companies.
Chairman of PT Schlumberger Geophysics Nusantara, Ahmad Subarkah Yuniarto, says this software is in-house equipment of the company that was established since 1927. This software equipment is related to technical geoscience which is used for geology and geophysics. Such software is used to interpret the data of oil and gas reservoirs. "This is our latest technology creation, used in the oil and gas industry around the world," he said in the Multimedia Room of the Central Office of UGM, Friday (11/11), after the MoU signing between his party and the UGM.
Ahmad Subarkah said that the assistance was given in hopes of helping teaching process of teachers in the classroom. In addition, UGM students are expected to operate the equipment so they could use the latest technology when they actually enter the work market. This year, the company only provides software assistance to the UGM. Previously, such assistance had been given to the Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB), University of Indonesia (UI), University of Trisakti, and UPN Yogyakarta. "We support the education and science with the latest technology and the most fitting is university that has faculty of geology and geophysics," he added.
The French company was founded in 1927 and started to enter to Indonesia since 1930 and engaged in the oil and gas business. Currently, the company began developing the renewable power industry and water resources development. "So far, 25 percent of Indonesian workers who are recruited are graduates of UGM," he said.
UGM Rector, Prof. Ir. Sudjarwadi, M. Eng., Ph.D., said that his office had established various forms of cooperation with the company, but only this time a Memorandum of Understanding has been produced. The signing of the MoU is expected to be the new era of further cooperation. "This MoU will be a legal base for further cooperation," he said
Related to the aid worth USD4 million, Sudjarwadi said it would be used to pave the way for researchers and students in finding new ways of managing resources. He expected that the technology can be used to develop gas industry in the countryside with a small capacity. It is expected that it can add value to the economy and welfare of communities. "If it could be developed on a small scale, we expect rural communities do not have to go to town, because it has already high economic value," he added.