Plant Design Laboratory Donated to University of the Philippines

The school and others in the Philippines are recent beneficiaries of Fluor’s Global University Sponsorship Program.
Thursday, August 18, 2016 8:18 am EDT

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For several years now, Fluor’s Global University Sponsorship Program (GUSP) has reached out to university students and faculty members both in Manila and Cebu.

With the goal of making students industry ready when they graduate, the Fluor Plant Design Laboratory was inaugurated June 16 at the Department of Chemical Engineering of the University of the Philippines (UP).

The laboratory houses six computers equipped with Aspen HYSYS, a process simulation software used by engineering, oil and gas companies for process optimization.

“Students will have the chance to learn how to use this software while still in university, and through the Fluor Plant Design Laboratory, will be well positioned after graduation to join our team and help us execute projects anywhere in the world,” said Fluor Philippines General Manager Jim Wilkins. “To be successful in reaching our goals in the Philippines and around the world, we absolutely need the best people, and we are excited that this partnership will help bring UP’s most talented students to Fluor." 

Aura Matias, dean of UP’s College of Engineering, said, “we would like to thank Fluor for your continued support for our pursuit for providing a better educational experience for our students. We appreciate this gesture and we commit to making sure that we will make best use of the laboratory.”

Seven chemical engineering professors from the college were recently engaged in a Faculty Immersion Program (FIP) at the Manila office. For two months, these professors underwent a series of training on process engineering as applied during project execution. This is the third Process Technology FIP sponsored by Fluor in the Philippines to date. The pilot program was held in 2015 with two professors from the University of San Carlos in Cebu, and one professor from the Mapua Institute of Technology in Manila.

“We are very enthusiastic for facilitating this knowledge transfer,” said Karl Pilario, one of the faculty members in the immersion program. “We hope to successfully institute a new elective in our college this coming academic year that will use the resources given by Fluor to make our students industry ready, especially for Fluor’s business.”

At the Mapua Institute of Technology, the Fluor Computer Laboratory, which opened in 2014, has been similarly helpful to engineering students. To date, it has catered to more than 600 students of elective subjects in chemical engineering, and to more than 60 students of electives in electrical engineering. Those electives were designed by the institute’s faculty members in chemical and electrical engineering who underwent the FIP in 2015.

Meanwhile in Cebu, a Memorandum of Understanding among Fluor, University of San Jose Recoletos – Main Campus, and Intergraph was renewed June 7.

The agreement includes a Fluor-donated laboratory equipped with 30 computers installed with Intergraph SmartPlant 3D, a next-generation 3D design solution employing a breakthrough engineering approach that leverages real-time concurrent design and automation used by most industries. The same computers are also installed with SmartPlant Review, a complete visualization environment for interactive review and analysis of large, complex 3D models.

Since its inception in 2013, 429 students have graduated from the Competence in Intergraph Smart3D Application elective program, of which 17 have been employed in the Cebu office after graduation. There are 59 students enrolled in this elective in the current semester.

Module development and workbook and training materials preparation are also currently underway for a proposed Auto Pipe Stress elective subject. This project aims to maximize the use and increase utilization of the Fluor laboratory and also serve as the starting point for development of the pipeline of future stress engineers.

“Being able to influence an improvement in the curriculum in the university is always a very rewarding experience. What we do for our GUSP partner schools may also lead to a step change in the academe as they shift their focus more on outcome-based education,” said Fluor Cebu Operations Manager May Cambaling. 

Fluor also donated new electronic bulletin boards for USJR – Main Campus to help modernize the dissemination of information and announcements within the College of Engineering. A blessing and ribbon cutting ceremony officiated by USJR President Rev. Fr. Christopher Maspara was held July 27.

A new GUSP school in the Philippines will soon be identified in Mindanao, the southernmost major island in the country, strengthening Fluor’s GUSP presence in the three major Philippine islands: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

Fluor donates additional funding to the UP Engineering Research & Development Foundation, Inc.

Fluor, Intergraph, and USJR representatives during the Memorandum of Understanding renewal signing ceremony.

Fluor and USJR representatives during the ribbon cutting ceremony of the electronic bulletin boards.

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