are some big meetings in the oil industry, but the Offshore Technology
Conference (OTC), set for May 2-5 at the Reliant Center in Houston,
may be the Big Daddy of them all.
by 23 professional and technical societies, including AAPG, OTC
focuses on the technology and science that impacts the offshore
oil and gas industry.
first week of May every year, this year's May OTC will be impressive
in its scale, said Dan Orange, AAPG's Program Committee chairman.
Attendance at the 2004 meeting was 50,900, the highest attendance
in 19 years, with attendance having climbed steadily for the last
said over the last few years the AAPG program committee has made
a concerted effort to carve out a set of topics that are relevant
to offshore E&P but would not necessarily compete with AAPG's
annual, international or regional meetings.
Orange said, "we have chosen to make OTC the premier venue for offshore
geohazards. This is a topic that's never been regularly showcased
at an annual meeting. Because of the centralization of the offshore
oil industry in a few major cities, and principally in Houston,
this topic is of high interest to our potential client base."
of the AAPG technical program include:
- Petrotechnical Visualization (two-part session begins at 9:30
a.m. Monday, May 2): Highlights the use of visualization in E&P,
featuring real-time visualizations by geoscientists flying through
their data, and explaining what it means and why it's important.
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Electromagnetics (joint session with SEG begins at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday,
May 3). CSEM has given control of the source to the geophysicist
such that they can evaluate the resistivity contrasts of thin
beds. This session is the first technical session devoted to this
important new technology for E&P at any national or international
Risk and Uncertainty in Geohazard Site Assessments for Facility
Engineering (begins at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 3). Incorporating
probabilistic models and uncertainty in translating G&G to
economics, risk and decision making.
Hydrates as a Potential Drilling Hazard (begins at 2 p.m. Tuesday,
May 3). This will be the first dedicated technical session that
addresses an issue that is not widely recognized (or widely admitted).
Assessment of Field Developments (joint session with SEG and MTS
begins at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 4). Big discoveries, extensive
seafloor infrastructure, big bucks, active geologic processes,
the Terrible (joint session with SME begins at 9:30 a.m. Thursday,
May 5). Details of the aftermath of Hurricane Ivan are just beginning
to seep out, and those in the geohazard industry know the extent
of the impact.
amazing is that a 1,000-year storm came straight through the heart
of the oil industry in the Gulf of Mexico, caused an impressive
amount of destruction, yet resulted in no significant environmental
or safety disaster," Orange said.
is AAPG's technical session vice-chair. Susan Cunningham is AAPG's
representative on the OTC board of directors.
information and details on the technical sessions, see http://www.otcnet.org.