I.T. Co has completed a technical equipment of 13 classrooms of Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas with interactive systems to support the work of the university dissertation councils. The system allows broadcasting events, record and store multiformat media information and is able to support interaction (including remote) of unlimited number of users.
The initiative of classrooms equipment with modern high-end solutions was launched by the management of Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas in early 2012. The project was implemented in accordance with the requirements of the dissertation councils meetings, specified in the Order of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation No 2817 as of December 12, 2011 “On approval of the Regulation on dissertation council for thesis defense in candidacy for the degree of Candidate of Sciences, in candidacy for the degree of Doctor of Sciences”. The executor was required to provide broadcast and recording of meetings, implement storage of electronic materials and media data, as well as support the work using up-to-date audio-visual equipment for both presented and remote participants of the dissertation councils.
I.T. Co has won the tender to implement interactive hardware and software system, designed specifically for educational and scientific establishments.
I.T. Co specialists provided a full range of services, including the installation and commissioning of the equipment, as well as client’s employees training, allowing implementing ready-to-use solution.
Interactive system consists of the following subsystems:
- Information display
- Interactive input of information
- Sound support
- Closed circuit TV
- Web conferencing
- Audio and video logging
- Integrated system management
- Web portal
- Work/presenter place
Interactive systems, created in Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas, allow showing digital presentation materials and other video from various video sources, provide an online video broadcast of the meetings, make it possible to connect remote participants, including the webinar format, support audio and video recording of the events. Broadcasting system is based on the Adobe Connect, while communication modules and other subsystems were designed by I.T. Co experts exclusively for Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas.
To create a quality sound in the audience, a sound subsystem is used, including sound amplification in music-and-voice mode using microphones and other audio sources. In addition, the presenters offered a handy notes and annotations handwriting feature on top of the demonstrated materials and interactive graphical display of information (pictures, graphs, formulas) created directly at the event.
The system includes central storage of electronic copies of documents and presentations with local and remote access. An important advantage of the solution is an automated schedule of the theses defense in electronic form. Moreover, integrated management system for all presentation equipment within one touch panel was implemented allowing using a specialized graphical user interface with a variety of devices as a single solution.
“As part of the liberalization and transparency in thesis defense system, all the dissertation councils meetings will now be broadcasted online over the Internet with the ability to remotely ask questions. These meetings can selectively include representatives of the State Commission for Academic Degrees and Titles, monitoring the presence of a quorum, course of the meeting, answers to the questions by the defender of thesis, existence or non-existence of rules violations, presence of all participants at the time of voting, etc. This new high-tech environment for the meetings is possible due to the modern interactive system equipment in our conference rooms created by I.T. Co." – stated Yuri Klochko, head of the IT department of Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas.
In the future, the University management plans to use the interactive hardware and software systems not only for dissertation councils meetings, but also implement them directly in the educational process for student projects and theses defense, to hold conferences and seminars, and use for collaboration with foreign educational institutions.
About Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas
Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas is the principal higher educational institution of petroleum engineering. Established on April 17, 1930 on the base of the Faculty of Petroleum at the Moscow Mining Academy, called the Moscow Institute of Oil. In 1945 it was awarded The Red Banner of Labour medal, in 1980 – the Russian (October) Revolution medal, in 2000 – the Friendship of Peoples of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam medal. In 2010, it has won the status of the National Research University. Priority areas of the University: energy efficiency and energy saving in the exploration and use of hydrocarbon resources, expansion of the fuel-and-energy system resource base: exploration and development of hydrocarbons deposits on the shelf plate, reserves difficult to recover and unconventional sources of hydrocarbons; environmental and industrial safety of oil and gas production. This program will be implemented in 2011-2019 in the framework of the University Development Program as a National Research University.