editorial O Your Marine Technology One-Stop-Shop www.seadiscovery.com Log on everyday and receive: · Daily News · Exclusive Product & Technology Reports · New Job Listings n a recent Sunday afternoon, one devoid of children running amok, I had the opportunity to do something that I rarely find myself able to do: browsing the Sunday paper at leisure while watching TV. Being that this particular Sunday was the end cap of a particularly hellish work week, I nearly changed the channel when a Discovery Channel program on subsea construction in the offshore industry came on. In retrospect, I'm happy that I did not. This particular program detailed efforts to secure a broken rig leg in the face of an approaching hurricane. Though over-dramatized -- as these programs usually are, at least to my taste -- the visual of watching a group of divers working in 150 ft. of water, trying to accurately fit and weld a piece of metal that weighed in excess of two tons, truly drove home the importance of strides made in the subsea technology industry every single day, in an effort to make subsea operations of every variety and depth more efficient, cost-effective and safe. I had the opportunity last month to investigate an innovative project now going on in the Gulf of Mexico: Tyco Telecommunication's project to connect a series of rigs in the Gulf of Mexico with its 'long haul' communication technology, the first reported use of this technology in the offshore Oil & Gas environment. The concept is simple, really, and closely mirrors consumer trends, in that we all strive for better, faster and cheaper means of communication. While I'll leave the assessment of 'better' and 'cheaper' to those that are writing the checks in this case, there is no question that physically connecting the rigs with wires will provide a communications pipeline that is unrivalled in speed or capacity by satellite or microwave means. In fact, BP is connecting an initial seven rigs -- the system can be expanded to support up to 64 rigs -- to one of its new, cutting-edge technology centers in Houston, where it will dramatically increase the number of rig monitoring and functions that can be conducted remotely. The system is touted by both companies as a boon to safety as well as the bottom line, as it will allow rigs to be shut down later and restarted sooner in the face of another hurricane. www.seadiscovery.com Or, join thousands of your colleagues and sign up for our weekly NEWS & JOB Updates via E-mail. It's Fast ... and FREE! Vol. 50 ISSN 1559-7415 USPS# 023-276 No. 4 1 1 8 E a s t 2 5 t h S t re e t , N e w Yo r k , N Y 1 0 0 1 0 tel: (212) 477-6700; fax: (212) 254-6271 Marine Technology Reporter is published monthly except for February, August, and December by New Wave Media, 118 E. 25th St., New York, NY 10010-2915. Periodicals Postage at New York, NY and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to MARINE TECHNOLOGY REPORTER, 118 E. 25th St., New York, NY 10010-2915. Postmaster send notification (Form 3579) regarding undeliverable magazines to Marine Technology Reporter, 118 East 25th Street, New York, NY 10010. Publishers are not responsible for the safekeeping or return of editorial material. ©2007 New Wave Media. Member All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise without the prior written permission of the publishers. Business Publications Audit of Circulation, Inc. May 2007 Subscription: To subscribe please visit www.seadiscovery.com/subscribe 6 MTR
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