Photos: OTC through history

The popularity of the Offshore Technology Conference has ebbed and flowed with the health of the oil and gas industry. Last year, attendance soared above 100,000 people for the first time since 1982, reflecting growing global interest in deep-water discoveries. This year is expected to be another big one as technology pushes the limits of offshore drilling.

Take a journey through the Offshore Technology Conference’s 45-year history:

Source: Offshore Technology Conference