Live From the 2011 Offshore Technology Conference

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Yesterday was the first day of the annual Offshore Technology Conference, the largest offshore exploration and drilling trade show and conference in the world.  Celebrating it’s 42nd year, OTC is a five-day conference held in the Energy Capital of the World each year in May.

Despite worldwide economic setbacks, this year’s show is expected to have the highest attendance since 1982; the current average attendance at the show is around 70,000.  Notably, following Sunday’s raid on the compound of Osama bin Ladin, security at the conference is stepped up in a variety of ways – eerily reminiscent of activity at this and many other conferences in the years immediately following 9/11.  In the wake of last year’s catastrophic explosion at Macondo Field, so far the focus of this year’s show has been a renewed enthusiasm for safer operations – new tools and procedures to help prevent similar and other types of accidents in the future.

ImpactWeather is exhibiting on the tradeshow floor at booth 3104 and our theme this year is superior meteorological support no matter what type of operation, no matter where in the world.

Chris Hebert presenting at the press conference. All photos: Fred Rogers, ImpactWeather.

In addition to our booth presence on the floor of the tradeshow, ImpactWeather meteorologist George Harvey will present a technical session entitled Winds, Waves and Sea Ice during the 1999-2007 Open Water Seasons of the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas today in room 606 at 1422CDT (that’s not a typo – OTC runs a notoriously tight ship when it comes to scheduling the technical sessions).

We started the week yesterday with a joint press conference with our loop current forecasting allies, Horizon Marine.  Later, ImpactWeather Lead Hurricane Forecaster Chris Hebert presented the 2011 Atlantic Hurricane Outlook – more on that next week, including a video – and was besieged by reporters after the presentation.  Horizon Marine president Patrice Coholan presented an equally compelling review of the incredible savings realized by some of our joint clients as they utilized the new Route Watch service – again, more on that later – during their operations.

Chris answering reporters' questions.

After the press conference, Oil Online magazine conducted an interview with ImpactWeather president Mark Chambers about the high activity expected in the tropics and Gulf of Mexico in the upcoming season.  I’ll post the interview later today after it’s made available.

If you’re in town for OTC, drop by and say hello and if you have any questions about the conference or any of ImpactWeather’s services, email me or visit


ImpactWeather president Mark Chambers being interviewed by Offshore Engineer (Oil Online) Managing Editor Jennifer Pallanich.



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