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OTC: Company focuses on getting crews to offshore fields

The Offshore Technology Conference is all about the hardware, and it’s assumed that if companies deploy the technology, workers will be there to use it.  More »
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Twitter, Facebook are still flooded with OTC chatter

Twitter, Facebook are still flooded with OTC chatter.  More »

Some career tips for women from Rice Energy Forum head Amy Jaffe

Rice University energy expert Amy Myers Jaffe shared some career tips at an OTC session called Women in the Industry Sharing Experiences.  More »
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Unrelenting demand for oil and gas employees

The oil and gas industry has created about 100,000 new jobs during the past two years, and the industry is working hard to attract the next generation of workers, according to John Modine, director of Global Industry Services at the American Petroleum Institute.  More »

Sixel: “Passive” job candidates

In a tight labor market, smart companies are always on the lookout for passive job candidates. Those are the folks who are happy where they are and not really thinking about a new job. But they’re also savvy enough to pay attention when someone mentions they’ve got opportunities.  More »
FMC members set up their displays on Friday, April 29, 2011 as they ready for the start of the Offshore Technology Conference at Reliant Park in Houston. (Photo: Karen Warren/Houston Chronicle)

Offshore Technology Conference photos

Photos from the massive convention at Reliant Park in Houston.  More »

Career skills offer perks with future benefits

Raises are good and so are bonuses. But one way companies are trying to hold on to their employees is by offering leadership training for their up-and-coming engineers, project managers and computer scientists.  More »
A polar bear in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. (AP file photo/Subhankar Banerjee)

Ice roads and polar bears among challenges offshore Alaska

Ice roads over frozen swaths of ocean aren’t typically a part of offshore drilling operations. In Alaska, they are.  More »

Trash talk at the OTC

Before I actually walked the unbelievably massive exhibit hall at Reliant Center for the Offshore Technology Conference, I didn’t understand why the event is such big draw for professional pole swingers (aka strippers) and working girls from all over the world.  More »
U.S.  Rep. Bill Flores, R-Bryan, speaks during the 2012 Offshore Technology Conference at Wednesday, May 2, 2012, in Houston. ( Brett Coomer / Houston Chronicle )

OTC: Texas Congressman serves political tripe for breakfast

Rep. Bill Flores’ breakfast discussion at the Offshore Technology Conference was supposed to be about U.S. energy policy: “realities, fantasy and rhetoric.” But the only item on the menu seemed to be rhetoric.  More »

OTC winner: The Claw can rescue submerged topsides from ocean floor

When Chevron asked Versabar Inc. to create a technology that would help reduce the reliance on human divers in decommissioning and salvage work on underwater topside rigs, the company quickly got a grasp on the situation — a very large grasp.  More »

Statoil sponsors first major event at Dynamo’s new home

Long before Statoil wowed their Offshore Technology Conference guests with a breathtaking laser display, BBVA Compass Stadium turned quite a few heads as well Tuesday night at the first major event at the Dynamo’s new home.  More »

Recruiters, job seekers meet on OTC exhibit floor

Kyle Harris is looking for a job. He is about to graduate from Texas A&M University in Galveston with a bachelor’s degree in marine engineering, and he spent Tuesday walking the floor at the Offshore Technology Conference talking to exhibitors about openings.  More »
U.S.  Rep. Bill Flores, R-Bryan, speaks during the 2012 Offshore Technology Conference at Wednesday, May 2, 2012, in Houston. ( Brett Coomer / Houston Chronicle )

Follow live as Rep. Bill Flores talks at OTC

Follow live as Rep. Bill Flores talks at OTC.  More »

Q&A: Noble Energy executive on independents and major offshore projects

Keith Elliott oversees strategies and objectives for Noble Energy’s major projects. He joined the independent producer in 2009 after 25 years with BP Exploration.  More »