MacPhail School of Energy unveils energy artwork installation
The Energy Walk Display — an artwork installation spanning three floors of the Johnson-Cobbe Energy Centre and representing 100 years of oil and gas history — was unveiled at a MacPhail School of Energy (MSE) faculty and staff meeting on Monday, Aug. 29.
The display is a gift from The Display Centre Inc., a Calgary full-service tradeshow company. The artwork dovetails with SAIT's centennial and our enduring history of providing energy industry training.
The one-of-a-kind display was originally developed in 2005 as an Alberta centennial project to showcase 100 years of oil and gas history in the province — an initiative of Devon Canada, Enerplus, Imperial Oil, Petro-Canada, Schlumberger and the Telus Convention Centre.
The Display Centre Inc. was contracted to create a series of large-scale panels highlighting industry milestones through the years. The project was on view in downtown premises (Fifth Avenue Plaza, Petro-Canada and Bankers Hall) until late 2005. It then became property of the Display Centre and has since been in storage.
Right place, right time
Bob Schneider, Display Centre president and GM, hoped he would someday find a fitting venue to resurrect the panels. That happened this spring when he picked up a copy of LINK magazine while on campus for other business.
"I read about SAIT's centennial plans, and it just clicked right then," says Schneider. "With 2016 being SAIT's 100th anniversary, I thought this educational piece of historic information might find a fitting home in the MacPhail School of Energy. I was immediately excited about the possibility of this happening. And I believe with a passion it's an ideal fit."
And right he was. Inquiries were made, MSE was thrilled, and the panels now have a new lease on life.
As Canada's first school of energy and one of only a handful in North America, The Energy Walk Display is a rich and valued addition to MSE facilities, says the school's Dean, Lynne Allan.
"It's going to be educational, not just for our students and faculty, but also for the many visitors we have through MSE tours and industry meetings. With this new display, we can start our tours with Alberta's oil and gas history, and then move into the labs to show how we teach students with hands-on modern equipment they'll use when they enter the workforce.
"It's a very engaging and high calibre display," Allan adds. "We are so appreciative of The Display Centre's generosity and honoured to be stewards of this historical legacy."
Come check it out
Stroll on over to Johnson-Cobbe to take in this impressive depiction of Alberta's proud energy heritage.
- Ground level: Era 1 — From first discovery in 1902 until 1947
- Second level: Era 2 — From 1949 post-war demand to 1978 tar sands mining and production
Third level: Era 3 — From 1982 Lodgepole Sour Gas Blowout to 2003 directional drilling breakthroughs and start of oilsands megaprojects