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Offshore Technology Conference Names 2021 Distinguished Achievement Award Recipients

The honorees will be recognized later this year at the OTC Distinguished Achievement Awards Luncheon.


The 2021 Offshore Technology Conference (OTC), to be held 16–19 August in Houston, will honor this year’s Distinguished Achievement Award recipients during an awards luncheon on 16 August. The conference will recognize Joe Fowler for individual achievement, ADNOC's Panorama for institutional achievement, and Russell Hoshman and Edward Heerema for the Heritage Award.

Joe Fowler will be honored with the Distinguished Achievement Award for Individuals for his extraordinary technical leadership in risers and pipelines, industrial leadership and entrepreneurship, significant contributions in higher education, and his substantial contributions to the societies that organize OTC. As principal investigator for the American Gas Association and Gas Research Institute, his achievements in offshore and land pipelines specifically focus on the collapse behavior of pipelines, the effects of dents on pipeline life, strength of tee and elbow fittings, repair procedures for damaged pipelines, and the development of a diverless pipeline repair clamp.

As cofounder of Stress Engineering Services in 1972, and president from 1984–2015, Stress Engineering was selected twice on the Aggie 100 for the fastest-growing companies run by a Texas A&M alumni, best place to work in Texas by the Texas Association for Business in 2011, best place to work in Ohio from 2012–2014, best place to work in Houston in 2011, and best place to work in New Orleans from 2013–2015.

Fowler and his Stress Engineering teammates were instrumental in the development of DERP, a pioneering software program that recognizes critical riser design and operations problems. For more than 40 years, DERP has played a major role in the development of marine risers ultimately inducting this team into the Offshore Energy Hall of Fame in 2014.

Fowler was on the OTC Board of Directors from 2010–2017, serving as the chairperson in 2016–2017.

The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) will be presented the OTC Distinguished Achievement Award in recognition of its Panorama digital command center. Established in November 2017, the fully integrated platform provides ADNOC with the capability of allocating and centralizing more than 200 dashboards representing the entire value chain of ADNOC Group of 14 companies, while displaying 250,000 real-time data points from all operational sites and plants. The platform also provides a complete integration of data between offshore and onshore facilities.

Considered the only global platform of its kind in the oil and gas sector, Panorama provides an AI-based analysis with complete visibility of production facilities, providing advantages in data integration, speed, and accessibility across operations. Panorama has generated over $1 billion in business value for the company over its 3-year life span. A single run of the Integrated Production Planning Model enables bottom-line value of millions of dollars, by providing integrated optimized production plans covering the ADNOC value chain from upstream operations to fleet management, including midstream and downstream operations. The platform has the capability to identify value across all planning horizons, from daily to a strategic horizon of more than 30 years.

The Heritage award will be presented to Edward Heerema in recognition of his long-term continuous, distinguished service in management and leadership of offshore installation for the deepwater industry and Russell Hoshman for his long-term continuous, distinguished service in safety and environmental stewardship for the offshore industry.

Heerema’s lifetime contributions to offshore marine construction have been paramount. He developed the concept of dynamically positioned subsea pipelay with the introduction of Lorelay. In 2007, his vision set the world record for ultradeepwater advanced pipeline installation in 9,100 ft of seawater with an S-Lay installation method. As president and CEO of Allseas, he is also credited for creating employment for more than 4,000 global workers and building offshore pipelines that provide energy for millions of people. In 2016, Heerema was honored as a Fellow Chartered Engineer by the Royal Netherlands Society of Engineers.

Hoshman is being recognized for his leadership and guidance in ensuring the offshore sector achieves superior standards and processes for safer operations. His significant contributions and technical knowledge have helped bridge the industry and regulatory bodies. He has more than 43 years of industry experience working as an engineer, researcher, mentor/instructor/communicator, technical advisor, and government representative.

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16-19 August 2021

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