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May 5, 2010 / Dave Gorham

Offshore Technology Conference in Full Swing

The Offshore Technology Conference, “the world’s foremost event for the development of offshore resources in the fields of drilling, exploration, production, and environmental protection” is underway this week.  Founded in 1969, OTC is held annually at Reliant Center in Houston and this year we’re at booth number 1505.  ImpactWeather and/or our parent company started exhibiting at the show in the mid ‘70’s.

Among other things, ImpactWeather debuted our new PennEnergy Global Offshore Weather Report.  Produced each business day – with plans to expand to a 7-day format – the GOWR is the first daily broadcast weather forecast video that covers the nine busiest offshore development and transit regions in the world:  the Middle East / South Asia, Asia Pacific / Far East, the Arctic, Brazil, the Mediterranean, the North Sea, West Africa, the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico.

The weather information included each day for each region include satellite and satellite animations, current conditions, 24-hour forecast charts in 6-hour increments and customized combined wind and seas graphics.  The Global Offshore Weather Report is easily accessible from the ImpactWeather page at


Dave Gorham on the podium at the 04 May OTC press conference announcing the debut of the PennEnergy Global Offshore Weather Report.  Also shown: PennEnergy’s Stacey Schmidt and ImpactWeather’s Lauren Whisenhunt.
Photo: OTC

Hosted by veteran forecasters and marine weather experts Dave Gorham and Lauren Whisenhunt, the video is accessible by anyone around the world and is posted daily by 11:00CDT.


According to the OTC, the Conference is among the 10 largest meetings in the United States in terms of attendance.  According to the Houston Business Journal, more than 72,000 attended in 2009 and according to OTC, 2,532 companies participated in the exhibition. OTC attracts attendees from around the globe with 134 countries represented last year.

Numbers aren’t yet available for this year but it’s definitely jam-packed with attendees.  Testament to the vigor of offshore development across the globe, my 4.2-mile, 9-stoplight drive from home to Reliant Center yesterday morning was 55 minutes . . . each way.

And starting this year, OTC will be adding 2 new conferences to its portfolio of events.  The OTC model, which brings together a dozen professional societies and associations to create a comprehensive technical conference, will serve as the basis for the new Offshore Technology Conference – Brazil in Rio this October and the Arctic Technology Conference (ATC) in Houston next February.






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