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    Two-day conference to examine offshore surveying

    News // August 8, 2006

    A major two-day conference to examine the future of offshore surveying is being launched by TMS International Ltd in partnership with Intelligent Exhibitions Ltd.

    The conference is being presented as the year’s most important gathering of the offshore survey industry and will be held in March 2007 at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, UK, concurrently with the Ocean Business 2007 event at the same location.

    The conference programme will include an examination of the consequences of the demand for surveyors outstripping their availability and the impact that this will have upon the timing, cost and feasibility of oil and gas industry projects.

    The conference is being offered as a rare opportunity for surveyors in the offshore industry and for those associated with their work, to analyse the survey problems that oil operators, contractors and the survey services providers are likely to encounter in offshore developments.

    OS07 has been devised to fill a gap that is believed to exist in the global conference programme by providing surveyors in the offshore oil, gas and power generation industries with an opportunity to maintain and develop their professional awareness.

    With the title; “Be Prepared for the Future – Now”, the Offshore Survey 07 conference will be used to present and debate some serious issues that the surveying industry will face as the need for its services intensifies in the near future.

    These include the new demands that will be placed upon surveyors as the introduction of E-fields gains momentum. This will be put into perspective by another paper that will highlight the imminent demographic decline in the number of surveyors available to undertake such work.

    An ageing professional base combined with a shortfall in new surveyors is predicted to create significant problems for contractors and operators needing their expertise on major new projects.

    Twenty detailed technical papers will be presented during the conference. Together they will provide a broad perspective on the future of the offshore surveying profession with speakers from major oil operators, survey companies and leading contractors. Project managers will present case studies that introduce the realities of the latest technical developments and survey techniques. Speakers will also include representatives of the civil and government hydrographic communities including representatives from navies, and ports and harbour authorities.

    The event will be opened with an address by John Westwood, managing director of leading market research organisation Douglas-Westwood Ltd, who will present the factors and influences predicted to shape the future of the offshore survey business.

    In the light of the serious challenges and difficulties that the survey industry will soon be sharing with field operators, the Offshore Survey 07 conference is expected to attract a wide audience.

    It is aimed at personnel in the ocean industry involved in: oil and gas exploration, production, development and decommissioning; offshore energy renewables – wind and wave power generation; ports and harbours. This will include surveyors and business development executives working in the offshore sector who want to maintain their professional expertise and develop effective long- term business strategies to cope with the expected changes.

    The conference will also be an important event for technology specialists in the fields of positioning and offshore survey sciences who need to ensure that their awareness of the latest technologies is up to date.

    The Offshore Survey Conference, together with the presence of the major equipment manufacturers at the Ocean Business co-event, provides an unparalleled focus on the survey sector. With panel discussions and networking opportunities the OS07 conference is expected to generate the year’s liveliest exchange of professional expertise within the surveying community.

    Offshore Survey 07 will take place at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, UK on 27-28 March 2007. For more information go to

    Conference enquiries:   Alastair MacDonald
    TMS International Ltd
    Langford, Lechlade, Glos GL7 3LW
    Tel: 01367.860304  Fax: 01367.860110  Mobile: 07889.469.197


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