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Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) 2015 Recap

By: , Posted on: July 13, 2015

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I’m not going to lie……I’m always excited to pack up and attend this show. Not just because it’s in my hometown of Houston and I get to devour Tex-Mex and BBQ for four days straight, but OTC always connects me with lots of new and the not-so-new authors and consistently overflows (yeah, pun intended) in current technology and equipment surrounding the offshore oil and gas industry.

I traveled to the energy capital of Houston, TX May 4-7 to attend the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) at NRG Park and even though current oil prices remain on the low end and more layoffs are in the works at the major O&G operators and service providers, OTC remained a robust and expansive venue by the numbers:

94,700 attendees (down 13% from last year’s high of 108,300)

130 countries gathered

695,005 square feet of exhibition (up from last year’s 680,025 sq ft)

2,682 exhibitors this year (up from last year’s 2,568)

5,566 steps averaged per day (seriously, check my pedometer)

The fact that the numbers of exhibitors have increased sums up the story – offshore is moving on with business as usual despite onshore projects slowing substantially. Papers included extending the life of current facilities, SEMS compliance in a Post-Macondo world (poignant with 2015 as the 5 year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon incident), and even some out-of-the-box forward thinking with NASA’s robotics and remote sensing technology possibly aiding in offshore capabilities, especially in hazardous environments.

I also had the privilege of catching up with several current and upcoming authors during the show and tried my Elsevier best to explain to them the definition of a selfie – you can see my attempts failed miserably:

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Breakfast with Christine Ehlig-Economides and Ibrahim Abou-Sayed discussing unconventional resources book due to publish in 2017

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Lunch with Yong Bai and Qiang Bai reviewing their next book proposal on subsea risk and integrity management

Check out these successful subsea engineering books with Elsevier:

Subsea Pipeline Design, Analysis, and Installation

Subsea Pipeline Integrity and Risk Management

Subsea Engineering Handbook

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Catching up with William Lyons and Tom Carter on upcoming 2015 books, Standard Handbook of Petroleum and Natural Gas, 3rd edition and

Formulas and Calculations for Drilling, Production, and Workover, 4th edition

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Coffee with Boyun Guo, discussing a second edition proposal for his successful book, Petroleum Production Engineering

Other titles from Boyun Guo include:

Natural Gas Engineering Handbook, 2nd edition

Offshore Pipelines, 2nd edition

About the Editor

Katie Hammon Head Shot croppedKatie has been publishing in energy for over 10 years in journals, books, and data, and she joined Elsevier almost 3 years ago. Originally from Texas, Katie is no stranger to the oil and gas sector, and she loves to learn about the latest emerging technologies, market trends, and figuring out how her authors can answer the needs of this constantly-evolving industry. Residing with her husband and young daughter in Florida, Katie enjoys watching American football, cooking, red wine, music, and going back home to Texas to visit friends and family (often!).

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