OTC 81

May 4-7, 1981-Houston The Offshore Technology Conference is the definitive international forum on ocean resources exploration and production. OTC attained this distinction early in its 12-year history and continues to build on its own success by annually creating the most conducive atmosphere for the open discussion of virtually every aspect of the technology, products, and services associated with the offshore industry.

This year the 13th Offshore Technology Conference will be held on May 4-7, 1981 in the Astrodomain in Houston, Texas.

The medium of OTC '81—220 t e c h n i c a l paper presentations with discussions, coupled with a technical exhibition of more than 483,000 square feet — will draw professionals from all over the world to create the annual forum.

Last year, 87,000 scientists, managers, engineers, and government representatives from 90 nations attended OTC. It is expected that this year's attendance will exceed that of last year.

The C o n f e r e n c e ' s Program Committee has created the ideal forum by assembling the world's foremost scientific minds to reveal the latest insights and developments in technology. Participants will have the opportunity to share in open discussions of theories and practical applications of offshore resource development, including deep-water drilling, offshore safety, subsea mining, and ocean thermal-energy conversion. As an added feature, the Conference this year will present two special sessions of particular significance. One general session examines "Offshore Oil and Gas Operations—Assessment for the 1970s and Forecast for the 1980s." Industry representatives will discuss the achievements for the 1970s and the challenge for the 1980s. The other special session addresses the legal uncertainties involved in the deepsea mining of manganese nodules.

The technical exhibition demonstrates the i n d u s t r y ' s latest technological advances through 2,200 participating exhibitors.

Company representatives from 23 nations explain the equipment and services in such areas as drilling, completion, production, navigation, pollution control, and power generation.

Awards Luncheon The 1981 OTC Achievement Awards for Individuals and Organizations will be presented during the Awards Luncheon, Tuesday, May 5. This year's recipients of the prestigious awards — Dr.

Lyle S. St. Amant and Gulf Universities Research Consortium — were selected in recognition of their outstanding achievements in the field of offshore technology.

Dr. St. Amant, assistant director of the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission, receives the award for his work on coastal and estuarine environments and for his objective counsel to the offshore resources industry on methods to improve the compatibility of industrial and natural activities. Dr. St. Amant, a noted scientist and conservationist, has authored numerous articles dealing with the effects of petroleum production on the marine environment.

His research is viewed as a valuable contribution to the development of the offshore industry.

Gulf U n i v e r s i t i e s Research Consortium (GURC) is being honored for its extensive study of offshore ecology during the period of 1971-79. The conclusions of the study, which culminated in the p u b l i c a t i o n "The Offshore Ecology Investigation," provide a sound understanding of the effects of petroleum operations on the ecology of estuarine and offshore waters. Without GURC's efforts, many experts feel that U.S. leasing and offshore operations would be at a considerably lower level than they are today.

Message Center A Message Center will be operated by Southwestern Bell in the lobby of the Astrohall during the Conference. The Message Center will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Monday, 8:00 a.m.

to 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, and 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

on Thursday. All messages for persons attending the Conference should be telephoned to (713) 791- 0949. No paging system is available in the Astrodomain complex.

Transportation OTC will provide its registrants complimentary shuttle-bus service between the Astrodomain complex and all hotels and motels listed with the OTC Housing Bureau and the official travel agents during the Conference, May 4-7.

Bus schedules will be available in the registration areas at the participating hotels and motels.

OTC-TV Coverage Throughout its 12-year history, OTC has sought to reach beyond the technical community to explain and interpret the spectrum of ocean resources development to the lay audience. The Conference will continue this publicoutreach program again in 1981 with the airing of OTC-TV over KUHT-TV, Channel 8, Houston's Public Broadcasting Service affiliate, during the week of OTC.

Programs to be aired will concentrate on the issues of today that reflect the growth and the challenges of the offshore industry.

The noncommercial, publicinterest program will parallel the Conference itself by calling on the worldwide experts attending OTC to translate into layman's terms the significant and fascinating achievements of industry and academia.

For the third year, KUHT has donated 11 broadcast hours to OTC over a five-day period (including the Sunday before OTC).

And while the program is specifically designed for a public audience, registrants at OTC will be able to broaden their total understanding of the diverse offshore industry by tuning in to OTC-TV.

Broadcast times and program descriptions will appear in the Houston media TV sections during the week of OTC. During Conference hours, OTC-TV will broadcast closed-circuit in the Astrodomain Complex information on technical sessions and other items of interest to Conference registrants.

Accommodations The OTC Conference Committee reports that rooms have been reserved in 88 hotels/motels in the Houston area. During OTC '81 these accommodations will be booked to capacity. Room requests are filled by the OTC Housing Bureau in order of receipt by mail. No rooms are available f o r arrival on Monday, May 4.

Registrants who desire accommodations for Monday should plan to arrive on Sunday, May 3. Any housing requests indicating an arrival on Monday will automatically be changed to reflect an arrival on Tuesday, May 5.

Requests for accommodations should be made through the OTC Housing Bureau and they will notify you of your hotel assignment.

The hotel will then confirm to you directly. Unless arrangements are made directly with the hotel from which you receive confirmation, reservations will not be held past 6:00 p.m.

Rooms are available for students.

Each student housing request should be mailed to the Housing Bureau along with a cover letter identifying it as a request for a student.

The OTC Housing Bureau is located at 1522 Main Street, Houston, Texas 77002.

Registration Registration for the 1981 Offshore Technology Conference are based on two registration alternatives: 1. A four-day registration allowing access to both conference and exhibition f or the duration of OTC '81, or 2. Daily registration allowing access to the conference and exhibition for a single, specified day.

Registration for college or university students with valid registration cards from their respective schools is complimentary.

Advance registration by mail may be made with Offshore Technology Conference before April 10. This may be done by contacting OTC, 6200 North Central Expressway, Dallas, Texas 75206.

For early-bird registration for the convenience of Houston residents and out-of-town visitors who plan to be in Houston Wednesday, April 29, through Sunday, May 2, there will be three advance registration sites located at the Hyatt Regency's Ebony Room, the Astro Village's Forum Five Room, and the Stouffer's Greenway Plaza's Poinsettia Room.

During OTC registration counters will be open at three locations in the Astrodomain Complex during Conference hours.

However, registration lines during the Conference may be long so registration by the other methods is recommended.

NASA Tours Tours are scheduled for Tuesday, May 5, and Wednesday, May 6, to the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, departing from the Astrohall.

Reservations may be made at the NASA tour desk in the International Center in the Astrohall.

The Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center is one of the newest and May 2, there will be three advance registration sites located at the Hyatt Regency's Ebony Room, the Astro Village's Forum Five Room, and the Stouffer's Greenway Plaza's Poinsettia Room.

During OTC registration counters will be open at three locations in the Astrodomain Complex during Conference hours.

However, registration lines during the Conference may be long so registration by the other methods is recommended.

NASA Tours Tours are scheduled for Tuesday, May 5, and Wednesday, May 6, to the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, departing from the Astrohall.

Reservations may be made at the NASA tour desk in the International Center in the Astrohall.

The Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center is one of the newest and to order copies of either the 1981 Proceedings (four-volume set) and/or the Proceedings Index, contact the Offshore Technology Conference at 6200 North Central Expressway, Dallas, Texas 75206.

Sets of Proceedings from previous Conferences and past editions of the indexes—listing subjects and authors for papers presented at the 1969-80 Conferences — can be obtained at the same address.

Food Service The Astrodomain provides the OTC registrant with many choices of food at one of the many snack stands, or at a sit-down meal in one of four restaurants. A Houston restaurant guide will be available at all registration areas in each of the three buildings.

Post-Conference Education Four OTC sponsoring societies will offer continuing education programs on Friday and Saturday, May 8-9. Registration and additional information on all courses may be obtained from the contact person listed for each course. These are: 1. American Society of Civil Engineers. Course title: Arctic O f f s h o r e Engineering. Contact: Patricia Irmen, manager, Continuing Education Services, ASCE, 345 East 47th Street, New York, N.Y. 10017.

2. American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Course title: Compliance Requirements for ANSI/ ASME Surface and Subsurface Safety Valves Used in Offshore Oil and Gas Operations Including Code Procedures, Repairs, and Remanufacturing. Contact: Joy Collier, a d m i n i s t r a t o r , ASME, Professional Development Program/ OTC, 345 East 47th street, New York, N.Y. 10017.

3. Society of Exploration Geophysicists.

Course title: The Application of Synthetic Sonic Logs to the Development of Offshore Hydrocarbon Reservoirs. Contact: Robin Dixon, continuing education coordinator, SEG, P.O. Box 3098, Tulsa, OK 74101.

4. Institute of Electrical and E l e c t r o n i c s Engineers. Course title: Basic Project Management —Planning, Scheduling and Control.

Contact: Carolyn A. Yankoski, IEEE, 445 Hoes Lane, Piscataway, N.J. 08854.

OTC Program Committee The Program Committee for OTC '81 consisted of: Daniel G.

Godfrey, program chairman, Shell Development Co.; Arthur O. Beall Jr. (AAPG), Conoco Inc.; Gale L.

Hubred (AIChE), Chevron Research Co.; James E. Dailey (ASCE) , Brown & Root, Inc.; Norman A. Nelson (ASME), N.L. Rig Equipment; Glen N. Williams (IEEE), Texas A&M U.; Comdr.

Don D. Wells (MTS), Naval Electronics System Command; Margaret Welch (SEG), Exxon Production Research Co.; John W.

Padan (SME), NOAA, Office of Marine Materials; James Magill (SNAME), Diamond M Co.; Carroll D. Hudson (SPE), ARCO Oil and Gas Co., and John A.

Straatmann (TMS), Climax Molybdenum Co.

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