Petrotechnics team up with Aberdeen College


17 June 2008

Petrotechnics is an active member of the Aberdeen community and continually partake in local events, such as the Race For Life, the annual JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes in September and a Business Education Partnership with local Kincorth school, Kirkhill Primary.

Our recent venture saw us head to Aberdeen College to assist the 2nd Year Visual Communication Students in their ‘client initiated project’. The project sees Petrotechnics staff presents a ‘briefing’ to the students based on our requirements for an Offshore Europe stand. The students were divided into teams (or ‘design companies)’ and chose themselves a name¿ from Pear Shaped to CrossHair and the Colossal Squid!

The first session with the teams or ‘companies’ was to discuss their initial ideas based on the original brief and the second one was to review the ideas based on our feedback from the first session.

The third and final session was held in the middle of June and the students had to present their final ideas in a situation made to resemble a client and potential design company meeting. The groups were judged on presentation skills, team work, communication and their ability to produce artwork based on the initial brief.

As the afternoon wore on it became apparent that each group had elements of a good design and the Petrotechnics team became despondent that they would ever be able to choose only one winner! However, the very last group, Punky Badger, displayed all the qualities they were looking for in a winning team and had been consistent in their presentations from the very first session, taking on board the recommendations and incorporating them into their own works of art. It would seem the winning team was chosen¿

Nevertheless, one of the competing groups were worthy of a prize and a mention for their Petrotechnics Advert they had produced. This particular team, New Found Arts, visited the company’s E-Learning centre one Friday afternoon to film some shots, then re-located to a make-shift rig floor (in the form of a friend’s farm) and proceeded to film some ‘action’ shots of a maintenance worker. The effect was phenomenal and very effective!

The final design concepts were displayed at the Graduate Design Show at the college, alongside the photography, art and fashion students’ final work. The winning team was announced on the opening night and presented with a book token and a Petrotechnics-laptop bag for their individual and group efforts.

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