Edited by Mary C. Gannon
Senior Associate Editor

Photo courtesy of Barchfeld Photography

As the world’s largest event for the development of offshore exploration and production resources, the Offshore Technology Conference is the place where the oil and gas industry introduces new technology. It is slated for May 2-5 at Reliant Park, Houston, and features approximately 587,000 ft2 of exhibit space, the largest in nearly 30 years. More than 100 fluid power component and related companies will exhibit at the show, featuring key technology used in offshore drilling and pumping. OTC is a scientific and technical conference for industry professionals, sponsored by 12 professional societies representing every aspect of the offshore exploration and production industry.

Addressing global technology
Last year’s events drew more than 72,900 attendees from more than 120 countries from all over the world. This year’s conference will focus on “Diversity in Energy, People and Resources,” presenting solutions for a wide range of topics such as projects, management, and health, safety, and environment. In addition to 300 technical presentations, OTC offers panel sessions where industry leaders will discuss a variety of current challenges and future directions.

For OTC 2011, the highest profile will be on impacts to oil and gas developments in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico following the Macondo oil spill. In the post-spill regime, there is a new era of government regulation and oversight, as well as evolving impacts. Several panels of experts and high-level government officials will address issues related to risk, drilling safety, energy development, and spill response for future oil and gas developments.

OTC 2011 also will discuss major projects and the management of large projects around the world. In addition, new topics and those that have not been recently presented at OTC will include enhanced oil recovery; marine archaeology; deployment of subsea equipment; welding; computational fluid dynamics; and shale gas developments. Green topics include OTC technical sessions that highlight new developments in wind energy and carbon sequestration. A panel of experts will address the advances and limitations to all of the leading alternative energy sources. This year’s invited organization is the American Meteorological Society.

Innovation on display
With more than 2400 exhibitors, OTC ranks among the largest annually held trade shows in the US. According to Susan Cunningham, 2011 OTC chairperson, “This is an amazingly high tech industry that creates technology that can end up in a NASA space vehicle. Incredible technology is required to drill miles under the ocean, which has been compared technologically to putting a man on the moon.

“OTC has become such an important event for the industry. This year, we continue to innovate and offer even more for attendees. Participants will see new products and technology that can improve their results and also can gain a greater understanding of issues facing the industry,” Cunningham explained.

Key new fluid power components to be introduced include hydraulic pumping units, hydrostatic power packs, accumulators, and more.

See a complete schedule and register for the conference and purchase tickets for special events at www.otcnet.org/2011.

Exhibitor Booth Number
Altra Industrial Motion 4871
AMETEK 3577
Applied Sensor Technologies 7407
Ashcroft Inc. 2157
Atlas Copco Compressors LLC 2707
Autoclave Engineers 4109
Bal Seal Engineering Inc. 3605
Bardex Corp. 1453
Barksdale Control Products 4067
BEI Sensors 2602
Bosch Rexroth Corp. 2605
Cat Pumps 5201
CEJN Industrial 7643
Celesco Transducer Products 6512
Continental ContiTech 8425
Curtiss-Wright Flow Control, Sprague Div. 1277
Custom Safety Products Inc. 3517
Daikin America Inc. 6804
Dixon Valve & Coupling Co. 1077
Douce Hydro SAS France 3541
Dow Corning Corp. 7228
Dynex/Rivett Inc. 7228
Dynex/Rivett Inc. 1501
Eaton Corp. 4075
Emmegi Heat Exchangers Inc. 4569
Endress & Hauser 7602
Enerpac 5501
Famic Technologies Inc. 6637
Farris Engineering 6215
Federal-Mogul GmbH 4517
Flodraulic Group Inc. 8657
Fluke Corp. 3480
G.W. Lisk Co. 7742
Gardner Denver Inc. 5849
Gates Corp. 9208
Gear Products 8852
GS-Hydro U.S. Inc. 2149
Hagglunds Drives AB 2605
Haskel International Inc. 3917
HAWE Hydraulics 5504
Hayden Corp. 6336
Hercules Sealing Products 6529
Honeywell Sensotec 3721
Houghton Offshore 1720
HYDAC Technology Corp. 2905
Hydradyne Hydraulics 3000
Hydraquip Distribution Inc. 4569
HydraTech Engineered Products 7431
Hydratight-Cortland 4923
Hydraulics International Inc. 1724
Hytorc, A Division of Unex 4929
igus Inc. 6018
Innovative Pressure Technologies 8834
ITT Neodyne/Conoflow/Enedine 4117
John Deere Power Systems 5955
Kracht Corp. 6712
The Lee Co. 2309
Magnet-Schultz Worldwide 6640
Marsh Bellofram 3635
Martin Fluid Power 4772
Midland ACS 4117
Mobil Industrial Lubricants 359
Moog 4405
MSO Seals & Gaskets 9932
MTS Sensors 6227
National Instruments 2368
NBB Controls Inc. 7639
Noshok Inc. 2202
PacSeal Hydraulics Inc. 1609
Panolin America Inc. 4473
Parker Hannifin Corp. 4317
Pepperl+Fuchs 7736
Rota Engineering Ltd. 2241
Rotary Systems Inc. 6705
RYCO Hydraulics Inc. 6001
Schroeder Industries LLC 4569
Smalley Steel Ring Co. 3704
Snap-tite Quick Disconnect & Valve Div. 4109
Spir Star 3001
Sprague Products 6215
SPX 4263
Staubli Corp. 3505
Stellar Technology Inc. 3481
Stucchi Inc. 6115
Sullair Corp. 3917
SunSource 6216
Swagelok 4131
Thermal Transfer Products 7731
Tobul Accumulator Inc. 5273
Trelleborg 5217
Tube-Mac Industries 315
Twin Disc Inc. 8757
Utex Industries Inc. 3474
Viatran Corp. 1605
Viatran Corp. 4219
Voith Turbo Inc. 4219
WAGO Corp. 6125
WIKA Instrument Corp. 4928
Winters Instruments 5875
Womack Systems L.C. 1353