Students compete to design Offshore Awards trophy

Six students from Gray’s School of Art are competing for the chance to design a trophy for a major oil and gas awards ceremony.

The Offshore Achievement Awards (OAA), run by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Aberdeen, look to celebrate success within the UK offshore industry, in categories which include safety innovations, new technologies, collaborative working and individual achievement.

The 3D Design students are taking part in an annual competition to produce the trophies which will be presented on the evening of the awards and have now unveiled prototypes of their designs. A winner will be selected by judges ahead of the awards ceremony.

SPE Aberdeen board member Ian Phillips, director of business consultancy Pale Blue Dot Energy Limited, said: “SPE Aberdeen is committed to encouraging young people to take an interest in the oil and gas industry and this is a fantastic way to engage with students who aren’t normally involved with the sector.

“The awards design competition has proven to be extremely successful since it was launched in 2011 by SPE Aberdeen to coincide with the re-launch of the OAA awards. The standard is very high this year and will make choosing the winners difficult. The judges are very much looking forward to seeing the designs progress to the next stage of the competition.”

Simon Ward, 3D Design lecturer at Gray’s, said: “The competition is a great opportunity for our students to showcase their skills and gain experience in working to a design brief for a high profile client. The students involved always rise to the challenge by coming up with unique ideas and this year looks set to be no exception.”

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Jenny Rush

Communications Officer | Design and Technology

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