Reliant Park has again been transformed into a haven showcasing the latest and greatest in the world of offshore technology as OTC 2013 returned to Houston. As a first-timer to this massive conference, billed as the industry’s largest, I was warned to wear comfortable shoes and be prepared for a deluge of offerings as well as human traffic jams along the corridors of Reliant Center. The advice was well worth heeding as I learned that OTC 2013 is just as the picture painted by those who attended before. More than 80,000 people from countries across the world flowed into Houston taking in knowledge and gaining insight into technology, drilling, E&P, and regulation among other areas. It’s a chance to see the equipment that you read or write about up close and to hear from the leaders and other professionals who keep the industry running. Rigs, top drives, pipeline equipment, pressure pumpers, seismic equipment, and wellheads were just a few of the items featured in displays outside. Step inside on the exhibit floor, and participants found even more. Name a company with dealings in the industry, and chances are highly likely it has a booth at OTC. The event truly has something for everyone, including a chance to check out a Grand Prix race car or dine at The Waffle Bus. Need a guide to help sort through the lengthy schedule of events? OTC has an app for that. The four-day event ends May 9, when those in attendance have a chance to learn more about: • Oil and gas opportunities in Myanmar’s Bay of Bengal. Myanmar government officials and representatives from the offshore industry are set to discuss E&P challenges and opportunities in Myanmar and the country’s role as a regional gas exporter; • The latest on the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BESE) policies and Safety and Environmental Management Systems (SEMS) from James Watson, director of BSEE; • More on SEMS when Charlie Williams, executive director for the Center for Offshore Safety, speaks during a breakfast added to the day’s lineup; and • Lessons learned from the Deepwater Horizon incident. Christopher Smith of the US Department of Fossil Energy is scheduled to give an update, according to the OTC website. The conference also will offer technical sessions on topics that include advances in riser technology and offshore mooring systems, subsea systems technology, offshore heavy lifting operations, HP/HT, and innovations in ROV/AUV technology. OTC provides a wealth of information, and it is well worth attending for anyone looking to gain insight into the offshore industry. Contact the author, Velda Addison, at vaddison@hartenergy.com.