Trophy revealed for the 2018 Offshore Achievement Awards

Published:  23 February, 2018

After months of competition, hard work and anticipation, the sought-after trophy that will be presented to winners at this year’s Offshore Achievement Awards has been revealed.

Robert Gordon University student Robin Pioche, designed the trophy for the prestigious event which is taking place next month.

Robin, a Three Dimensional Design student at Gray’s School of Art, won a competition set by the organisers of the awards, the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Aberdeen Section, to design and create the 2018 trophy.

Robin has cleverly represented the passage of geological time with his design, using metals that will gradually corrode and oxidise and change colour over time.

Brenda Wyllie, SPE Aberdeen vice-chair, said: “Robin’s design really impressed our judges, particularly with his clever use of metals. He has done a wonderful job creating this year’s trophy, which really incorporates the ethos of the Offshore Achievement Awards.

“It will be a great award for our 2018 OAA winners to proudly display in their workplaces, and we look forward to presenting it on the night.”

Principal sponsor and long-standing supporter of the awards, TAQA, has championed the trophy design competition as a prime opportunity to involve students in industry initiatives, even those studying subjects not directly related to the energy sector.

Angela Hudgell, hydrocarbon accountant at TAQA, said: “It is fantastic to see Robin’s final award in the flesh, having been part of the judging process and seeing it from the initial idea, through to the prototype, and then the final award.

“A lot of hard work and time goes into the design and final manufacture of the OAA awards and those who pick up one on the night are getting something very special and distinctive to celebrate their successes.”

The awards ceremony will take place on Thursday March 22 at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC). Finalists from both the offshore oil and gas and renewables sectors were revealed in January, with categories covering technical innovation, company performance and individual achievement.

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