Frans Johansson speaks during the d5 Conference here today, Friday May 8, 2015 on the campus of the University of Houston. The d5 conference is held in conjunction with the OTC meeting which has over 90,000 attendees from around the world to see the latest technology in the energy industry. (Courtesy OTC/Todd Buchanan)

OTC’s smaller d5 lineup looks for a big change

D5’s focus is on ideas, said event host Helge Haldorsen, a Statoil and industry group executive, and d5 looked for some of the biggest ones outside of the oil and gas industry.
Categories: Offshore, OTC, People
A gas well on the Payne lease, operated by Vantage Energy, burns during a thunderstorm after severe weather and lightning moved across North Texas, Thursday, May 7, 2015, in Denton, Texas. (David Minton/The Denton Record-Chronicle via AP)

Video: Lightning strike sparks huge natural gas blaze in Denton

Denton city spokeswoman Lindsey Baker says firefighters extinguished the blaze early Friday. Nobody was hurt.
FMC Technologies elaborate booth in the Offshore Technology Conference at the NRG Center Wednesday, May 6, 2015, in Houston, Texas. (Gary Coronado/Houston Chronicle)

Dealmaking declines at OTC

Lower oil prices turned the tide at the 2015 Offshore Technology Conference, as attendance and enthusiasm for bargaining ebbed from last year’s highs.
Brian Salerno, director of the federal Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement   at the Offshore Technology Conference at the NRG Center Thursday, May 7, 2015. (Gary Coronado / Houston Chronicle )

OTC: Offshore drilling regulators want industry input on ‘next steps’ for safety management programs

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement will hold a workshop on the issue on July 29 in Houston aimed at getting ideas for how to strengthen the safety and environmental management systems required of companies operating offshore.
Ryan Maynus, left, of Siemens, Ohio, with from left, Stefan Tabacaru, Josephj Muscat, Matthew Harrington, Braden Howell, Courtlynn Jackson, Blake Mitchell, all freshmen at Barbers Hill High School, Mont Bellview, in the Siemens booth at the Offshore Technology Conference at the NRG Center Thursday, May 7, 2015, in Houston, Texas. ( Gary Coronado / Houston Chronicle )

High school students get a glimpse of the oil and gas life at OTC

Students from nearby high schools enjoyed a morning off of their regular studies to see the opportunities in oil and gas.
Categories: OTC
Oceaneering International displays its remotely operated underwater vehicle at the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston on Monday. Oceaneering's ROVs took part in repairing damage at a blown-out well during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill five years ago.

OTC: Robots and automation offshore create new safety and cyber risks

Increasing computerization and automation offshore open up the possibility of dangerous disruptions, driven by errant software updates and plugged-in flash drives. One incident has already taken place.

OTC attendance falls by 14,900 amid oil slump

About 140,000 oil and gas workers have lost their jobs since the price of oil began to fall from its high in June 2014.
Categories: OTC

Drilling simulators the hot seats at OTC

The two were controlling one of the many simulations at the conference that allows attendees to step off the conference floor and into some of the most technical jobs in the oil industry, ranging from the driver’s seat of a drilling to positioning a massive platform at sea.
The dismantling of the Offshore Technology Conference at the NRG Center Thursday, May 7, 2015, in Houston, Texas. ( Gary Coronado / Houston Chronicle )
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As OTC winds down, movers gear up to put it all away

“We have about two weeks to set it up and, essentially, four days to take it out,” said the general manager of the company that sets up and breaks down OTC.
Categories: OTC

The oil downturn is good for one sector of the industry: Automated drilling equipment makers

Manufacturers of automated drilling and down-hole equipment, sensors and oil field monitoring devices say they’re getting more equipment orders and more oil executives are swinging by their booths to talk about replacing drilling processes once run by technicians with automated tools.