The coolest technology we’ve seen at OTC
From thermal-vision cameras to massive deep-water “Christmas trees,” the Offshore Technology Conference has filled Houston’s Reliant Center with all kinds of cool technology. Here are a few of our favorites:
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Drones are all the rage in the military world right now, and the energy industry is slowly embracing the technology. This drone can autonomously inspect subsea systems.
FLIR Systems demonstrated a thermal imaging system at OTC. Whether you are an energy nerd or just a geek, you'll love playing around with this simulator.
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This Survival Systems International life boat isn't anything remarkable, but the general public rarely sees these unique safety devices.
West Drilling Products made a drill that is fully robotized. It might sound freaky or scary, but it is a big advancement for the industry.
Fuel efficiency is a major factor for people buying news cars. Energy companies are no different. The Caterpiller Tier 4 is the Prius for the energy world.
This gizmo might not look interesting, but it could save us from the drought. This machine is used to take salty water and make it fresh.
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The Claw is used to recover topside wells underwater, but it seems to take its cues from a candy machine. It was a big hit at OTC in 2012.
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The Hardsuit Quantum II is a diving suit that allows you to work in 1,200 feet of water. However, it also looks suited for the moon.