For almost 40 years Hart has been awarding innovations in upstream technology through our Meritorious Engineering Awards, or MEAs. These are highly prestigious awards because they are judged by industry experts, not by E&P editors, and are completely independent of a company’s ability to advertise in our magazine. There is also no fee. All of these things set us apart from some of our competitors.

But you can’t win if you don’t enter. And the deadline is fast approaching. This year all entries must be submitted no later than Dec. 31. It’s not a hugely onerous process, but it does take some time.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Go to There’s also a link through our website,
  2. Click on “2010 Online Form.” This page lists all of the categories.
  3. If you have not entered before, click on “Create an Account” in the upper right-hand corner. You will fill out a form and submit it, and you will then be cleared to continue the entry process once we’ve reviewed the request. Then you can continue to step 4.
  4. If you have entered before, click on “Personal Entry Page.” You will be asked for your log-in information. (If you have forgotten your log-in or password, send me an e-mail at Once you’ve logged in, you can view anything you’ve already entered as well as create new entries. A new entry consists of a 500-word abstract, a 500-word case study, and up to three additional files. These files can be additional documents, product brochures, image files, videos, etc. Entries may be edited or modified at any time up to the deadline.

Once the deadline has passed, our judges will view all of the entries and make their selections. In early March both winners and losers will be notified. Most of the awards will be presented during the Offshore Technology Conference in May, although other arrangements are also available for those who will not be attending or exhibiting at the show.

If you have any questions, please e-mail me or call me at +1-713-260-6459. We hope to have a broad representation of the best the industry has to offer.