Offshore Technology Conference (OTC), held annually each spring
in Houston, is probably the largest E&P convention most of our
members have as an opportunity to attend -- and to benefit from
in more than one way. This year OTC runs May 2-5.
organized in 1968 by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) under
the initiative of executive secretary Joe B. Alford following a
stimulating article by Lewis G. Weeks in t he June 20, 1967, Offshore
magazine (E.R. Turner, 1994, in "A History of AAPG 1965-1991").
AAPG joined SPE and eventually 10 other sponsoring scientific, engineering
and professional organizations in conducting the first conference
in Houston in 1969.
from a 4,200 attendance, the event has grown with over 50,000 registrants
in 2004. Six supporting and two endorsing organizations also help
build participation. Currently Susan Cunningham serves as our representative
on the OTC board of directors.
OTC Technical Program Committee, chaired by Dan L. Orange of AOA
Geophysics, is responsible for the highly regarded geoscience program
in cooperation with the Society of Exploration Geophysicists.
23, 2004 I took time out (skipped the golf game!) from the AAPG
Trustee Associates meeting in the Carmel, Calif., area and visited
Dan at his office in Moss Landing. We picked up Technical Program
Committee vice-chair R. Craig Shipp, of Shell International, on
a teleconference and discussed their well-developed plans for geoscience
sessions to be held every day from Monday, May 2 through Thursday,
May 5, at Reliant Center in Houston (see 3-D visualization).
I was impressed
with what they had in store, including a 3-D visualization course,
with special glasses available for the audience.
the geoscience program at OTC was THE outstanding session by all
understand why you have to see OTC! Please go to www.otcnet.org/2005
for more details including registration and lodging options.
the way, I did write "members ... benefit in more than one way."
By attending OTC as an AAPG member and noting that on the registration
form you can demonstrate AAPG's support of the OTC program.
our share of the OTC surplus made it possible for the Executive
Committee to indirectly pay for several major initiatives without
drawing on dues revenues.
attendees benefit from the learning and networking experience and
generate substantial funds for several of our outreach programs.
to see you there!