HOUSTON – The 2015 Offshore Technology Conference in Houston May 4-7 drew 94,700 attendees from 130 countries and featured 11 panel sessions, 29 keynote speeches, and about 300 technical papers, says the Society of Petroleum Engineers.
The conference’s focus on bridging technology was exemplified by the “Pumps and Pipes: Innovation in the Oil Field and Cardiovascular Medicine” technical session. Leaders from two of Houston's major industries—medicine and oil and gas—discussed advances that could be shared to add value, reduce risk, and improve efficiencies.
Safety also continued to be a focus, said SPE. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) announced the launch of the SafeOCS program, an initiative aimed at collecting and analyzing “near miss” data to learn more about potential problems offshore and prevent them from becoming an issue. In addition, BSEE released its first-ever Annual Report, which presented the agency’s analysis of offshore activities and revealed an encouraging decline in incidents since the organization was created in 2011.
OTC 2016 is scheduled to takes place on May 2-5, 2016, at NRG Park.