Outstanding Service Award

Oil & Gas Division
2 Oct 2018

The Oil & Gas Division Board and The Council of The Mining Institute of Scotland (MIS) are proud to announce that Craig J Durham has received an Outstanding Service Award from the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining in recognition his service given, over a number of years, to MIS and the Oil & Gas Division. Craig has been an active Council Member of The Mining Institute of Scotland (MIS) since 2007 also a hard-working board member for IOM3 Oil and Gas Division for the same length of time. He was MIS President in session 2010-2011 when MIS won Local Society of the Year Award. He initiated publication of Hidden Riches (history of the MIS) and co-authored the book. As well as playing a leading role in organising joint technical meetings with other professional bodies associated with the oil & gas industry (IMechE, ICorr, Energy Institute) he promotes continuing education courses for oil & gas engineers. His great enthusiasm in regard to IOM3 membership and professional registration has led to addressing meetings of students at different universities. He has also addressed engineers in the oil & gas industry on the importance of achieving CEng registration and presented to Women in Materials events. As MIS President, he organised IOM3 presence at the biannual Offshore Europe Conference held in Aberdeen.

Craig is a keen supporter of Techfest, an Aberdeen charity which promotes STEM subjects to young people. He is a STEM Ambassador for the charity and has talked to many young people to show just how fascinating these subjects can be. As part of the Techfest Festival, twice in conjunction with the National Mining Museum Scotland, he ran an IOM3 stand and an exhibition The Black Stuff to illustrate that hydrocarbons are much more than just fuels to be burned. He organised the IOM3 Scottish Local Societies R W Thomson Lecture presented at Techfest 2010.

A major accomplishment was his writing of the column Material Matters for Materials World from 2010 to 2014. Sometimes serious, sometimes humorous, but always very relevant. He has also made other contributions to Materials World.
Last year, Craig organised the very successful Oil & Gas Division one-day conference on UKCS Decommissioning Obligations and Opportunities at IOM3, 297 Euston Road, London on 12 October 2017.

For more than a decade, Craig has been an active member of this local society and continues to do so. His dedication to industry and our professional body has been exemplary. Future generations of engineers will benefit from his STEM activities.

[Text courtesy of MIS]