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Offshore Technology Conference Open to Industry Professionals, Students Alike

Offshore Technology Conference Open to Industry Professionals, Students Alike

The 2016 installment of the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) is coming to Houston next month, showcasing the best of the offshore energy industry.

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The 2016 Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) brings together more than 100,000 leaders and buyers in the offshore energy industry from more than 130 countries to discuss offshore resources and environmental matters. It will take place May 2-5 in Houston, Texas at NRG Park. The annual conference was nominated by the Trade Show Network for the “Best Show Award” this past year. It is the biggest conference that features offshore resources in the fields of drilling, exploration, production, and environmental protection.

Attendees are encouraged to stay an extra day for the second annual d5: The Next Big Thing event, an industry-wide discussion and panel of speakers that discusses new technologies and trends in other industries with relevancy to the offshore and energy industries. The event drew thousands of attendees last year, receiving positive ratings from professionals in a range of industries and backgrounds.

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Thousands of energy and offshore technology professionals and students gathered at the OTC 2015 conference. More are expected to attend this year.

The reviews proclaim its effectiveness for surfacing practical solutions in offshore and energy businesses, along with sparking creativity and resourcefulness in a dynamic industry through interactive discussions and brainstorming with industry professionals. d5 will be held at Rice University in Houston, approximately three miles from the conference site. Tickets are sold separately. To register, click here.

In addition to the show and after-show event, a range of training courses will be offered on Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1. Topics covered will include marine broadband technologies; how to recognize catastrophic-incident warning signs; additive manufacturing processes, materials, and applications; and managing risks.

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Students of all ages are invited to attend OTC to learn at the Energy Education Institute and show off their projects in the University R

“Next Wave” is the kickoff program on May 4 at 8 a.m. It takes place after the topical breakfast at 7:30, and is aimed at young professionals who are new to the energy industry. Speakers with technological, operational, academic, and political backgrounds will discuss their experiences and consider the political aspects of the industry. This is followed by the exhibition and University R&D showcase at 9 a.m., which provides universities the opportunity to share their current and planned R&D projects that are relevant to offshore technology.

Event exhibitors (click image to enlarge).

Technical sessions begin at 9:30. Main topics include “continued operations,” where experts discuss ways to extend the useful life of aging fields and improve production rate while enhancing oil-recovery factors. A second topic, “new and emerging markets,” highlights the burgeoning Mexican market.  Experts will also discuss the “current environment” of today’s offshore atmosphere, operating costs, and case studies. Next, “protecting our resources” looks at cyber security, process safety, and risk management. Finally, “looking back to move forward” studies foundational areas and technologies that will impact future developments.

At 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3, the Houston Astros will play against the Minnesota Twins at OTC Night at the ballpark at Minute Maid Park. Book the best seats by calling Christian Liebenow at (713) 259-8315.

Other exciting features of this year’s show and at the NRG center include the Energy Education Institute on May 5, where 100 Houston-area classroom teachers can attend the free workshop to educate students grades 4-12 about scientific concepts, energy, and its relevancy to the oil and natural gas industry. Registration for the student event closes April 15. There are also 200 openings for high school students above the age of 15 to attend OTC for free. Registration for these students concludes April 8.

Registration for professionals, exhibitors, and students is available online.

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