BP Exploration; Whipp & Bourne, a division of FKI Engineering; Pilkington Optronics; and the University of Surrey are shortlisted for the 1997 Royal Academy of Engineering MacRobert Award.
Pilkington Optronics has been shortlisted for its development of head-up displays for use in civil aircraft. The system projects information, such as airspeed and altitude, on to the pilot’s forward view, avoiding the need to look down.
BP’s entry is for its development of the Wytch Farm oil field, 1.6km beneath Poole Bay. It has used extended reach drilling to find the reservoir without upsetting the environment.
Other finalists are the University of Surrey, Surrey Satellite Technology, the only UK-owned entry-point into space, and Whipp & Bourne for its gas-filled vacuum recloser.