OTC 2016: A Tour of Technologies on Display

This year’s Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) offers a look at new and current technologies available to the oil and gas industry to enhance the efficiency, productivity and safety of their operations.

These technologies range from the latest in blowout preventer technology to glass bubbles that enhance production to harnesses that allow workers laboring atop high structures to rescue themselves in case they become stranded. Other offerings include drillbits, wearable virtual reality devices for training, and providing control for subsea riser systems.

According to BP Plc’s Technology Outlook 2050 report, technology will play a critical role in allowing access to the primary energy resources, including fossil and non-fossil fuels, needed to meet future energy demand.

Digital technologies such as data analytics and automation enabled by supercomputing offer the greatest potential to drive far-reaching change in the short-term, according to BP. These technologies offer multiple opportunities to make energy supply and consumption safer, more cost-effective and more reliable.

Technology: OTC2016 Style

Karen Boman has more than 10 years of experience covering the upstream oil and gas sector. Email Karen at kboman@rigzone.com

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