Following a recent meeting of the Programme Committee for UTC 2013, Trond Olsen, Chair of the Committee, is pleased to report that everything is running on schedule.
The preparatory work for UTC 2013 is well underway, and a number of the key elements are already in place.
– We can reveal that the renowned David Liddle from the Society for Underwater Technology (SUT) has agreed to act as moderator for the conference, says Trond Olsen.
Liddle has almost 40 years’ experience in the oil and gas sector, and has played a key role in the formation and development of the Scottish Subsea Technology Group (currently Subsea UK), NSRI (the National Subsea Research Institute) and the Aberdeen Branch of the Society for Underwater Technology (SUT).
Work is underway to complete the list of speakers. A record high number of papers have been submitted, and are currently being reviewed by the Programme Committee.
Furthermore, some sought-after contributors are being contacted directly. Among the speakers already confirmed are chairman and the major owner of Subsea 7, Kristian Siem, and the VP in GE and the CEO for Subsea Systems, Rod Christie.
– These are people with long experience and broad expertise. We are very pleased they have accepted, says Olsen.
Efforts are also being made to attract representatives from the subsea giant, OneSubsea, which is a joint venture company comprising Cameron and Schlumberger.
Growing international interest
Other companies that hopefully will be providing speakers are BP, Petrobras, ExxonMobil, Aker Solutions, FMC Technologies and DNV. In other words, there is every indication that the positive development experienced this year will continue for next year’s conference.
– Our aim is to arrange and provide the best subsea conference in the world, with highly attractive and qualified speakers and a focus on topical themes of current interest, says Olsen.
The conference is attracting an increasing number of international attendees, and this is a sign it is heading in the right direction. For the past three years, the rise in international participation has been 31%, 47% and 26% accordingly.
– This indicates that the conference is hitting a nerve globally. For UTC2013 we aim to strengthen this international focus even further, says Olsen.