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Research Laboratories

  1. Enhanced Oil Recovery Laboratory
  2. Rock Mechanics and Cement Laboratory
  3. Environmental Laboratory
  4. Sand Production Control Laboratory
  5. Formation Damage Laboratory
  6. PGED-Schlumberger Computer Laboratory

Contribution to SOs

The department’s laboratories and the activity therein contribute towards achieving the following students learning outcomes:

  • SO2:  An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
  • SO5: An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
  • SO6: An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgement to draw conclusions.

Laboratory Safety Guidelines

The College of Engineering offers these guidelines for improving laboratory safety. The department believes that having an understanding of inherent hazards and learning how to be safe should be an integral and important part of the educational process.  To insure safe practices in laboratories, the College of Engineering has adopted a risk management plan.  This plan is published in the College website in Arabic and English to be available for all personnel working in the College. They will be consistently enforced. Non-compliance will result in suspension from the laboratory.


  • Personal Safety
  1. Experiments, tasks or job in the department facilities are to be done according to directions.
  2. No student is allowed to work alone in a laboratory.
  3. When working with hazardous materials gloves, safety glasses or face shields be worn.
  4. Entrance in laboratories is not allowed without laboratory coats and shoes.
    1. Shorts and sandals should not be worn in the laboratories
  5. No equipment to be used without Instructor’s permission.
  6. Food or beverages in the laboratory are forbidden.
  7. Hats are required to cover long hair that can entangle the equipment.
  8. All accidents should be reported to the faculty/staff member supervising the laboratory.
  9. Students entering the lab must be aware of the location of all safety equipment and must learn how to use them.
  10. Students entering the lab must be aware of the available exit location.

  • General Laboratory Safety
  1. Aisles are kept clear all the times.
  2. Access to all exits is maintained unobstructed as well as fire extinguishers, electrical panels, emergency showers, and eyewashes.
  3. Corridors must not be used for storage or work areas.
  4. In unattended labs, all ignition sources must be turned off and doors are locked.
  5. Storage of heavy items above table height is not allowed. Any overhead storage of supplies on top of cabinets should be limited to lightweight items only.
  6. Spills should be cleaned up immediately.

  • Electrical Safety
  1. Electrical equipment must be grounded when used near any water source.
  2. If water or fluid is spilled in or around electrical equipment, FIRST shut off circuit breaker, then unplug the equipment before cleaning up the spill.
  3. Maintain an unobstructed access to all electrical panels.
  4. Avoid using extension cords whenever possible. If you must use one, obtain a heavy- duty one that is electrically grounded, with its own fuse, and install it safely. Extension cords should not go under doors, across aisles, be hung from the ceiling, or plugged into other extension cords.

  • Chemical Safety
  1. Make sure all chemicals are clearly and currently labelled with the substance name, concentration, date, and name of the individual responsible.
  2. All pressurized containers (e.g. gas cylinders) will be moved and installed only by staff personnel.
  3. Secure all gas cylinders and label all chemicals to show nature and degree of hazard.
  4. Use volatile and flammable compounds only in a fume hood.  Procedures that produce aerosols should be performed in a hood to prevent inhalation of hazardous material. Be sure the fan is on at all times when using a fume hood. Fume hoods should not be used for storage.
  5. Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) shall be provided for all hazardous chemicals before use. MSDS shall be kept in a predetermined area for each laboratory.
  6. Clean up of large spills should not be attempted by students or teaching assistants. Ask a faculty member for help evacuation of a laboratory should be conducted in event of a large chemical spill.
  7. Know the proper use of chemicals and proper disposal of waste.