April 3, 2014
The first Asian edition of Offshore Technology Conference concluded last week with as much fanfare and innovation it promised. My involvement with the OTC started about a year ago when I was invited to be a member of its subcommittee. The subcommittees consist of peers in the industry who do much of the leg work in developing technology themes, review, rank, and select papers that aim to make a dent in innovation and smart design.
Of the eight hundred plus papers received, over four hundred were accepted, and about three hundred from those selected for presentation over a course of four days. Of those, I reviewed and ranked about two hundred of them, limited primarily by my area of knowledge. I must say it was a privilege to be a cog in the wheel of the OTC machinery for a greater part of last year — in preparation to be part of the very first OTC in Asia.
In the end, despite the invitation to attend the entire event, I chose to attend only key technical talks and paper presentations relevant to my professional areas of interest: deepwater floating structures (TLPs, FPSOs, Spars, and Semi-submersibles), riser, mooring, tendon and anchor design, hydrodynamics, and metocean. I saw some great work presented, and very interesting products showcased such as the rocksteady mooring connector, and mooring integrity monitoring system, riser and cellular tendon design.
Update (Aug 2015): I’ve agreed to be a subcommittee member for the second OTC Asia conference, which will be held in March 2016 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.