Houston, Texas, USA (12 November 2018) – More than 250 industry leaders highly involved in Arctic E&P gathered for the 2018 Arctic Technology Conference (ATC) at Hilton Americas in Houston. There were 14 countries represented at the conference with 23 exhibiting companies showcasing their latest products and innovations to specialized decision-makers focused on finding unique solutions for successful operations in this area.
Supported through OTC’s network of renowned scientific and professional societies, ATC provided a platform for collaboration among colleagues, vendors, and academia to reveal new innovations, solutions, ideas, and emerging technologies for both onshore and offshore activities in the Arctic basins.
The conference presented a highly specialized program that included more than 70 technical presentations, six-panel discussions, and four topical breakfasts and luncheons.
The Distinguished Achievement Award ceremony took place Monday, 5 November to recognize the major technological, humanitarian, environmental, and leadership contributions of an individual and an organization as recipients of the award. Due to his contributions and extraordinary accomplishments in the industry, Kenneth Bird was awarded the Distinguished Achievement Award for Individuals. As a petroleum geologist, Bird led assessment teams to produce a series of scientifically sound, methodologically rigorous, and policy-neutral products widely accepted in Alaska and the global Arctic regions. Since the 1980s, Bird has been at the forefront of resource-assessment projects that have been executed by the United States Geological Survey. The National Research Council of Canada will be presented with the Distinguished Achievement Award for their involvement in the development of Arctic tools and technologies. For more than 60 years, NRC Canada has provided regulatory, operational, and engineering design support to clients.
Discussion on the seventh ATC was underway prior to the end of the sixth edition of the conference with thought-provoking discussions of what the next big things in drilling and data capture in the Arctic will be.