Vanier scholar could help engineers extract oil through use of a computer software program

Extracting and storing oil in a safe and environmentally-friendly way has become a priority for Canada and many nations throughout the world.

Thanks to the support of a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship, Ahmed Mostafa is analyzing whether his virtual reality tool, JackVR, can help engineers to build simulated off-shore oil rigs, enabling them to test whether their designs are safe. JackVR allows engineers to virtually install metal legs into a sea floor, to determine if an oil rig can be safely used as a base of operations.

“In order for this to be successful,” said Ahmed, “the engineers will ‘virtually’ have to take into consideration the weight of the ship, different angles of the sea floor, and strong changes in weather patterns.”

Through the use of virtual reality glasses, JackVR’s software can relay to the engineers any problems with their proposed oil rig structure.

“In the future, this could help engineers and organizations extract oil in a cost-effective manner with less environmental impact,” added Ahmed.

Ahmed received his bachelor’s degree in Systems and Computers engineering at Al-Azhar University (Egypt) in 2009, and his master’s degree in computer science at the University of Calgary, in 2013. He is now pursuing his PhD in computer science at the University of Calgary.

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