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ASME & OTC: a partnership based on sharing knowledge and leading-edge technology.

The character of the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) is a true reflection of the industry it serves. The worldwide oil and gas industry is dependent upon a wide variety of scientific and technical disciplines. OTC, its flagship conference, is the result of the cooperative effort of 12 professional societies and organizations, including the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and its international industry segment--Energy Sources and Processing (formerly IPTI)--and its four divisions, the Petroleum Division, the Pipeline Systems Division and the Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering Division, and the Pressure Vessels and Piping Division. ASME was, in fact, one of the conference's founding societies.

According to Joe Fowler, Vice President and Co-Founder of Stress Engineering Services and Chair-Elect of the OTC Board of Directors, and long-time ASME member and Past Chair of the Petroleum Division and the South Texas Section, many ASME members have been involved since the early days of the conference back in 1969 with members on the Executive Committee (now the Board) and on various program committees.

"OTC is a great example of the power of inter-society cooperation," remarked Mr. Fowler, "All offshore projects are interdisciplinary and a conference that mirrors that dynamic is quite useful to attendees."


Speaking from his many years of experience as the organizer of the Arthur Lubinski Best Technical OTC Paper competition, Jean-Francois Saint Marcoux, past chair of the ASME-OTC Programming Committee and former Engineering Expertise Director for Subsea 7, elaborated on ASME's participation.

"Typically, ASME organizes up to a dozen sessions, thus providing a series of well-written technical papers that help define the state-of-the-art on major, noteworthy projects. This effort gives us the opportunity to build sessions in our fields of expertise while interacting with other specialists in other disciplines ... in a free exchange of knowledge not bound by contractual restrictions."

Another committed OTC participant is Barbara Thompson, Senior Vice President Front End Spectrum at Aker Solutions. She has given the ASME OTC Subcommittee more than a decade of her time and now serves as its Program Chair. She believes that ASME has been a leader in driving safety through design specifications in pressure vessels, pipelines and other offshore equipment.

"The art of mechanical engineering is to design equipment and systems that perform efficiently, accurately and safely for both the operators and the public, and the benefit of working in OTC technical session committees is partnering with key thought leaders in our industry to help bring their ideas and innovations forward to benefit the integrity of the industry," she explained.


Bobby Voss, Chief Consulting Engineer-Subsea Production for GE Oil & Gas, who is involved in OTC-Brasil as ASME subcommittee chair, said that ASME's professional development infrastructure is also key to maintaining focus on building the next generation of mechanical engineers who will positively contribute to industry innovation through participation in conferences such as OTC.

"It's where we can disseminate mechanical engineering subject matter to the energy industry, leverage member knowledge and professional experience to the benefit of both industry and society, stay current with the latest technology, and give back to our industry while networking with professional associates," he stated.

But most importantly, ASME's commitment to OTC benefits both the energy industry and ASME's current and future members.

As Joe Fowler explained, "OTC is about technology. Participants get to experience the latest developments through technical papers, exhibits and networking. The latest safety advances and products are on display and the 'Spotlight on Technology' contest is conducted to recognize the most innovative and important technologies and products exhibited at OTC. In addition, manufacturers, service companies, oil exploration and production companies, educational institutions and government agencies are all participants."

So his advice to young mechanical engineers is shared by his fellow ASMEOTC subcommittee members and summarized best by Barbara Thompson.

"Meet as many people as you can, see as many paper presentations as your schedule and interests allow. Ask lots of questions of those who have been around. And have fun doing it."

The OTC organization currently consists of four major conferences--the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC), the Arctic Technology Conference (ATC), OTC Brasil and OTC Asia. Each event is tailored to the needs of the offshore energy professional and supported by the core 12 non-profit sponsoring organizations in addition to regional and supporting organizations worldwide.


* Founded in 1969

* One of the largest 200 tradeshows & conferences held annually in the United States

* Named one of the top 100 "Gold Standard" shows of 2014 by Trade Show Executive

* 108,000 attendees (2014)

* 2,500 exhibitors (2014)

* More than 120 countries represented (2014)

2015 OTC Events

March 23-25

OTC-Arctic Technology



May 4-7

Offshore Technology


NRG Park, Houston

October 27-29


Rio de Janeiro

March 22-25,2016

OTC Asia

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Joe Fowler

Vice President and Co-founder, Stress Engineering Services, Inc. OTC Board of Directors, Chair-Elect ASME IPTI Petroleum Division, South Texas Sector, past Chair

Barbara Thompson

Senior Vice President Front End Spectrum, Aker Solutions, Inc. ASME-OTC Subcommittee, Program Chair

Bobby Voss, Jr.

Chief Consulting Engineer Subsea Production, GE Oil & Gas OTC-Brasil Program Committee ASME Subcommittee Chair

Jean-Francois Saint Marcoux

Engineering Expertise Director (retired), Subsea 7 ASME-OTC Programming Subcommittee, past Chair ASME Petroleum Division Executive Committee
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Date:Apr 1, 2015
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