OES Electronic Newsletter Volume 3, Number 9, March 20, 2006

2006 OTC Awards Luncheon

The 2006 OTC Distinguished Achievement Award for Individuals is being awarded to Peter Marshall for his significant contributions to the evolution of the offshore industry from shallow water, fixed platforms into ultra-deepwater floating facilities, particularly for advancements in the selection, welding and inspection of steels for offshore structures, and the development of reliability-based designs.

OTC's 2006 Distinguished Achievement Award for Companies, Organizations, and Institutions recognizes DORIS Engineering of Paris, France, for its sustained and pioneering innovations in the design and construction of offshore facilities for nearly four decades. A medium-sized, niche company, DORIS has addressed special and difficult problems in frontier areas, including harsh environments, remote locations and very deep waters. DORIS has participated in important advancements in technologies for concrete platforms, subsea facilities, floating production/storage systems and living quarters that have reduced risk and costs. DORIS' work has helped open the way for other companies to develop their own products.

OTC will award a special citation to Matt Simmons for his contributions to educating the world about the energy industry and his participation in numerous insightful presentations for OTC. Simmons is chairman and chief executive officer of Simmons and Company International, a specialized energy investment banking firm he founded in 1974. Simmons graduated cum laude from the University of Utah and received a master's degree with distinction in Business Administration from Harvard Business School. He also served on the faculty as a research associate for two years. He has published numerous energy papers for industry journals and speaks frequently at government and energy conferences.

The keynote address at the awards luncheon will be "New Challenges for the Petroleum Industry," presented by Guilherme de Oliveira Estrella, managing director for exploration and production at Petrobras. The OTC Awards Luncheon is a ticketed event at US $40 per ticket. For more information about OTC, including registration, visit www.otcnet.org/2006.

2006 OTC Highlights

For the first time, OTC is helping attendees select the presentations they want to see by offering a preview of the papers being presented. Visit http://www.otcnet.org/2006/tech_prog/index.html to check it out.

OTC Night at the Ballpark is being held on a new night, Wednesday, 3 May. The National League Champion Houston Astros play the St. Louis Cardinals. Half-price tickets can be ordered by visiting http://www.otcnet.org/2006/activities/astros.html.

For other links to OTC 2006 browse to http://www.oceanicengineering.org, select Conferences and Workshops from the navigation list, and select OTC 2006 from the flyout menu.

For information on other OES activities, go to http://www.oceanicengineering.org

Send comments regarding this newsletter to the editor, Dr. Diane DiMassa, ddimassa@ieee.org