Offshore Technology Conference 2017 preview

Offshore energy industry experts and leaders will gather at NRG Park in Houston, May 1-4 for the oil and gas industry’s biggest event.

Photo courtesy of OTC
Photo courtesy of OTC

Offshore energy industry experts and leaders will gather at NRG Park in Houston, May 1-4, for the 2017 Offshore Technology Conference (OTC).

Billed as the largest event in the world for the oil and gas industry, OTC features more than 2,300 exhibitors and attendees representing 100 countries. In fact, more than 68,000 attendees from 120 countries gathered at the annual conference last year, placing OTC 2016 among the top 15 highest attended in its 48-year history, regardless of the price of oil per barrel. The exhibition floor was sold out before the conference and was the third largest in show history at 672,300 square feet, including outdoor exhibits.

OTC showcases the latest and most advanced technologies that are leading the industry into the future. More than 2,400 exhibitors will be showing their products and solutions at this year’s event.

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In addition to the exhibition, OTC offers key insights by global experts on technological advances, safety and environmentally focused solutions, and economic and regulatory impacts. This year’s technical program will center on the following themes:

  • Updates on world-class projects: Low oil prices create the demand for game-changing, lower-cost methods, resulting in an environment rich for breakthrough technologies. These advancements will be presented at OTC.
  • Strategies for adapting to a lower-priced environment: Sessions will address the effective use of technology and standardization to reduce costs.
  • New developments in major offshore basins: Major changes are underway in Mexico and Brazil concerning regulation and development of offshore resources.
  • Safety and risk management: While the transition to a lower cost is critical to the industry, safety and environmental responsibility remain the cornerstones of success.
  • Offshore renewable energy: Designing and developing offshore renewable energy structures and infrastructure will be discussed.
  • Digital revolution: Sessions will look closely at big data and the growing importance of cybersecurity.

Other OTC events include The Next Wave, a program for young professionals; d5: The Next Big Thing, an event designed to inspire leaders and innovators to drive exponential growth in the offshore energy sector; the STEM Technical Session; the University R&D showcase, which will allow researchers to present the latest scientific and engineering findings for the offshore industry; the Spotlight on New Technology presentation recognizing innovative technologies of the year; and the Distinguished Achievement Awards Luncheon, recognizing both individuals and companies for their industry contributions.

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