Design takes centre stage at Offshore Achievement Awards

A student at Gray’s School of Art will see a trophy she designed being presented to some of the oil and gas industry’s biggest names tonight (Thurs, March 20).

Kayleigh Cumming (20) won an annual competition for 3D Design students at the art school to design the trophy for the Offshore Achievement Awards (OAA), run by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Aberdeen.

The awards, which will be held at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC), look to celebrate success within the UK offshore industry, in categories which include safety innovations, new technologies, collaborative working and individual achievement.

Kayleigh’s winning design was selected from the entrants and will be presented to this evening’s award winners as part of the glittering black tie ceremony.

SPE Aberdeen board member Ian Phillips, director of energy business consultancy Pale Blue Dot Energy Limited and chair of the organising committee, said: “SPE Aberdeen launched the awards trophy design competition in 2011, with the aim of encouraging young people to take an interest in the oil and gas sector, and of supporting local talent.


“Each year the competition has been a great success, providing students from Gray’s School of Art with the opportunity to showcase their talent and design skills in front of influential industry professionals.

“The calibre of designs in this year’s competition was outstanding. The standard was high and each student had clearly put a lot of effort into developing their design concept. We were faced with an incredibly difficult decision in choosing the overall winner.

“Kayleigh impressed the panel of judges with the time and thought that went into the research and creation of her trophy design. She demonstrated an understanding of the offshore industry and the other design criteria such as where the trophy might be displayed, the safety of the trophy design and our desire for a top quality final trophy.”

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Jenny Rush

Communications Officer | Design and Technology

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