Attending OTC? - Required Reading for Structural Engineers Only

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Do you get sick of hearing the offshore industry buzz words, like asset integrity, over and over again? Like many of us, offshore structural engineers are regularly caught up in buzz words which lack the real technical, high-level application which is critical to their role.

In an industry environment where time is more precious than ever before, Upstream Intelligence have announced a focused 2-day program designed specifically for structural engineers to cut through the buzz words and deliver a robust structural engineering strategy that focuses on extending field life, eradicating failures and applying the newly released ‘SIM’ standards.

Unlike OTC’s ‘appeal to all’ program, the Structural Integrity Management Conference, Gulf of Mexico (June 2-3, Houston) has been developed by structural engineering executives, for structural engineering executives - including leaders representing ISO, BP, Shell, Chevron, Petronas and ExxonMobil.

Aging facilities are causing major concerns for Gulf of Mexico operators who, at this time of low oil prices, are withholding new development projects to get the most from late life production. Combine this with the release of brand new structural integrity guidelines (API RP2SIM) and 150-person high-level technical gathering couldn’t have come at a better time.

The Gulf of Mexico Structural Integrity Conference explores the strategies required for operators to extend field life, eradicate failures and benefit from a lifecycle approach to reap long term benefits across the portfolio of offshore assets – from greenfield projects to brownfield projects and from fixed structures to floating structures.

It will feature updates on cutting-edge structural integrity best-practices, drawing from ISO and API standards – with a wealth of experience to be shared from BP, Chevron, Shell, Hess Corporation and Petronas technical authorities. Not to mention the top-level keynote from the renowned ISO SIM Committee Chairperson, Pat O'Connor.

Collaborative roundtable sessions will bring together discussion groups addressing inspection strategies, monitoring technologies, mooring line integrity issues, life extension approaches and much more.

“With operators switching the focus to core producing assets at this time of financial constraint, there is a risk that offshore structures will be pushed beyond their limits,” said conference director Phil Chadney. “This presents huge integrity concerns for operators in the Gulf of Mexico – and so a thorough lifecycle approach to structural integrity management is required.”

“Taking practical examples and developing a strategy around the recently released API RP2SIM standards will be absolutely essential,” he added. “This is why the conference is drawing such a high-level crowd of 150 structural engineering executives – who are all tackling SIM challenges in the Gulf.”

For more information about the Structural Integrity Management Conference, visit: or contact:
Phil Chadney
Senior Project Director
Upstream Intelligence
1 800 814 3459 ext 4341 (UStf)
+44 (0) 207 422 4341 (Global)

Why now is a critical time for you to address your Structural Integrity Management (SIM) strategy:

  • The release of API RP2SIM: Leading operators in the Gulf of Mexico are championing a new recommended practice to reduce failure and maximize life extension of offshore structures (API RP2SIM) - at a time of low oil prices, this presents a huge opportunity for operators to improve efficiencies
  • From fixed to floating: With the shift from shallow water shelf to deepwater production activity in the Gulf of Mexico, the increase in floating structures presents an increased risk of mooring line failures - minimizing these risks with a robust SIM strategy will be critical to eradicating downtime
  • Getting more from aging assets: At this critical time, operators are withholding new development projects to focus on getting the most from late life production - to achieve this without failure or production deferral, operators will need to maximize integrity of structures
  • Gulf of Mexico's hurricane trends: Extreme environmental events in the Gulf of Mexico present major concerns for operators, as such, ensuring offshore assets from jackets to mooring lines are structurally sound is of paramount importance
  • Drive to turn data into decisions: With a wealth of structural monitoring, inspection and other data capture tools entering the market, the challenge for operators will be turing the data into effective decisions to maximize production

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