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OTC Names Award Honorees

The Offshore Technology Conference will honor its 2021 Distinguished Achievement Award recipients at an Aug. 16 luncheon in Houston.

At the awards ceremony, Joe Fowler will be honored with a Distinguished Achievement Award for Individuals for 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.

OTC will also present a Distinguished Achievement Award to the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company in recognition of its cutting-edge Panorama digital command center. Panorama, the only global platform of its kind in the oil and gas sector, provides an AI-based analysis with complete visibility of production facilities. As a result, Panorama provides a unique advantage in terms of data integration, speed, and accessibility across operations. Panorama has generated over $1 billion in business value for the company over its three-year life span.

OTC will present Heritage Awards to Edward Heerema and Russell Hoshman.

Heerema will be awarded in recognition of his management and leadership of offshore installations for the deepwater industry. Heerema developed the concept of dynamically positioned subsea pipelay with the introduction of Lorelay. In 2007, his vision set the world record for ultra-deepwater advanced pipeline installation in 9,100 feet of sea water with an S-lay installation method. 

Russell Hoshman will be recognized for leadership and guidance in ensuring the offshore sector achieves superior standards and processes for safer operations. His significant contributions and technical knowledge helped bridge 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.

For more information, visit www.otcnet.org.

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