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Brownwood: From Neighborhood to Nature Center

With hurricanes regularly striking the Texas Gulf Coast, experiencing multiple hurricanes and tropical storms in one’s lifetime has become a rite of passage and a life marker for coastal residents. Even though Texans know how to prepare for these events, each storm has a unique trajectory and damage path, as Hurricane Harvey demonstrated in August […]

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The Power of Voices: Narratives of Offshore Energy

History comes from stories, often told in grand narratives, and one of this nation’s grand narratives is the rise of the offshore energy industry. History tends to be written from documents, but oral history collections preserve the memories of ordinary and extraordinary people. Where could one find answers to the question: Who were the people […]

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Letter from the Editor – OTC: A Golden Past, A Brighter Future

Anniversaries By Joe Pratt, Editor Emeritus As the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) celebrates its golden anniversary, we look back at its activities and reflect on how they have helped Houston emerge as “the energy capital of the world” while boosting the region economy. Anniversaries are obviously all around us, while I worked on this issue […]

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OTC at 50: Bold Vision Led to Unimagined Success

By Joel Parshall Visionaries possess an extraordinary power to imagine what could be. Yet when a future unfolds that validates them, it may so exceed the original vision that even an extraordinary power of imagination is proved inadequate. The reality that happens vaults well beyond one’s wildest dreams. That could be said of the original […]

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The Offshore Industry, Houston, and the Creation of OTC

By Joseph A. Pratt The time was ripe for the creation of the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in 1969. The offshore industry was nearing the end of a long and productive era from 1946 to 1969, when ambitious and innovative industry pioneers and their companies laid the foundation for the future development of offshore technology. […]

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Deeper through the Decades, An Interview with Carl Wickizer

Edited by Joe Pratt The Offshore Technology Conference has been a central forum for sharing information on the extraordinary technical changes that have allowed the offshore industry to expand its operations into deeper waters and harsher environments. Much of the early development of deepwater technologies can be seen through the career of Carl Wickizer (1931-2007), […]

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Houston, TX - OTC 2016 - Attendees browse the booths during the Exhibition at the Offshore Technology Conference here today, Wednesday, May 4, 2016. The OTC hosts the meeting at the NRG Park which has over 90,000 attendees from around the world to see the latest technology in the energy industry. Photo by © OTC/Dinah Rogers 2016 Contact Info: todd@corporateeventimages.com Keywords: Attendees browse the booths

Connecting the World: OTC as a Platform for Global Exchange

For the last fifty years, the Offshore Technology Conference has served as a platform for industry professionals to present and exchange advances in offshore technology. Due to its success and demand from a globally expanding industry, OTC has created three separate events to address region specific challenges. Starting with the Arctic Technology Conference, OTC has […]

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“A Love Affair 50 Years and Counting”: OTC’s Economic and Cultural Contributions to Houston

By Debbie Z. Harwell The first OTC met at the Albert Thomas Convention and Exhibit Center downtown (now Bayou Place) with 4,200 in attendance, 125 papers presented, and 38,500 square feet of exhibit space occupied by 200 exhibitors. In need of more space, in 1973 OTC moved to the Astrodome complex, now NRG Park, where […]

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Houston, TX - OTC 2015 - Solange Guedes accepts the OTC Distinguished Achievement Award for Companies during the OTC Annual Awards dinner at the Offshore Technology Conference here today, Sunday May 3, 2015. The Society of Petroleum Engineers hosts the meeting at the NRG Park which has over 100,000 attendees from around the world to see the latest technology in the energy industry. Photo by © OTC/Rodney White 2015 Contact Info: todd@corporateeventimages.com Keywords:

OTC Distinguished Achievement Awards

The Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) recognizes major technological, humanitarian, safety and environmental, and leadership contributions to the industry each year. In recognition of peer-nominated truly outstanding accomplishments or achievements, the OTC Board honors an individual and an organization as recipients of the prestigious OTC Distinguished Achievement Award. In some years, OTC also awards a Special […]

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