Junior Class Attends 2011 International Offshore Technology Conference
By Matthew Groff ’12
On April 30, 2011, the Junior Class was fortunate enough to travel to the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston, Texas. This conference is the largest gathering of offshore oil industry leaders internationally, and this year the conference hosted some 2,000 vendors with more than 84,000 attendees from around the world.
Members of the Class of 2012 had the opportunity to visit a good number of these vendors over the course of the conference, and they were astounded by the variety of technologies represented, many of which they had never even heard of. Several students seized the occasion to secure jobs for the summer with companies such as ABS, and in places as exotic as Gdansk, Poland.
Junior Steve Guglielmoni said, “In all I thought it was an awesome learning experience. Naval architecture and marine engineering is just one tip of the iceberg that is the offshore industry, and with our packed schedules we’re not afforded much time to study the industry’s other facets. OTC gave us a chance to explore the sides of the field that we were interested in, but hadn’t yet studied."
At the trip’s culmination, Lars Henriksen of Viking Systems and Keith Michel of Herbert Engineering hosted a discussion highlighting the multitude of unique challenges for marine engineers and naval architects in the offshore industry, with a focus on the importance of teamwork between colleagues and corporations.
When Webbies were not at the conference, they could be found relaxing at the beach just off the coast from Galveston, go-karting, or attending any of a variety of shows in downtown Houston. All in all, it was a successful and informative trip.