NOTE: This is OMAE 2017
check out OMAE 2018


36th International Conference on Ocean,
Offshore & Arctic Engineering

Clarion Hotel & Congress Trondheim, Trondheim, Norway

June 25-30, 2017

Program - Symposia


SYMP 1 Offshore Technology

The offshore industry has been very active recently in deep waters, where oil & gas resources are abundant. Innovations and industry know-how have bloomed over the last few decades. Fixed platforms reach multiple thousands feet of water depths using compliant towers. Spars and TLPs have allowed dry trees in up to 5,000 feet; drill ships are stationed for weeks on DP, and we currently drill in over 10,000 feet of water depth.  
Areas of activities have increased as well! The North Sea and the Gulf of Mexico are no longer the epicenter of offshore activities. Oil reserves are now coming significantly online from West Africa and Brazil, while gas from Australia and Qatar is being transported worldwide in tankers that have tripled their capacity over the past couple of decades. The offshore industry's move into the deeper waters has created a need for innovation. We are however only at the forefront of the challenges. In the next decades, we will be active in harsher environments, including icebergs, even deeper waters, and will have to deal with more and more stringent legislations. We will need to continue improving our safety records, and be more environmentally aware. GHG and LCA will become common acronyms in our PowerPoint presentations, and we will discuss carbon footprint levels just as much as the trading price of an oil barrel. 
OMAE's Offshore Technology (OFT) Symposium continues to stand ready to provide the necessary forum to link the present and the future of our industry. As in its previous editions, traditional and new sessions will be available this year in key areas of current and future interest in the offshore field. Design methodology, analytical tools, experimental techniques, structural and hydrodynamic modeling, applications in deepwater technology, and challenges for safe operations are some of the key topics discussed in the OFT symposium.

Symposium Coordinator:  R. Cengiz Ertekin, University of Hawaii
Location: Township of Washington, NJ, USA

List of TOPICS for SYMP 1:

  • Floating Platforms: Semis, Spars, TLPs
  • Floating Platforms: Ship-Shaped Vessels 
  • Fixed Platforms
  • Station Keeping: FPSOs and Turret Mooring
  • Station Keeping: Mooring Technology and Reliability
  • Station Keeping: Mooring System Design and Analysis
  • Station Keeping: Dynamic Positioning Systems
  • Hydrodynamics: Floating Bodies in Waves
  • Hydrodynamics: Nonlinear Waves and Wave Effects
  • Hydrodynamics: Numerical Methods
  • Hydrodynamics: Wave Run-up, Greenwater and Water Impact
  • Model Testing
  • Numerical Tools for Design and Analysis
  • Metocean
  • Installation and Commissioning
  • Subsea Deployment and Development
  • Cargo Transfer Operations
  • Risk Analysis and Mitigation
  • LNG Challenges
  • Offshore Renewable Synergies
  • Risers and Pipelines

SYMP 2 Structures, Safety and Reliability

This symposium addresses probabilistic methods that allow the description of loading and strength variables, which constitute the basic information necessary for the assessment of the reliability of structures.

Symposium Coordinator:  Carlos Guedes Soares, Technical University of Lisbon, Centre for Marine Technology and Engineering
Location: Lisbon, Portugal

List of TOPIC for SYMP 2:

  • Abnormal or Rogue Waves
  • Probabilistic and Spectral Wave Models
  • Probabilistic Response Models
  • Fracture and Fatigue Reliability
  • Reliability of Marine Structures
  • Lifeboat Performance
  • Reliability of mooring and riser systems
  • Reliability of Renewable Energy Systems
  • Extreme Loading and Responses
  • Collision and Crashworthiness
  • Ultimate strength
  • Structural Analysis and Optimization
  • Risk Analysis and Management
  • Risk Based Maintenance

SYMP 3 Materials Technology

With the continued pressure on oil and gas prices, materials technology is playing an ever increasing role in ensuring the economic development and safe operation of the offshore and arctic industry. The symposium addresses topics such as improvement in weld metal and heat-affected zone properties, new technology in underwater welding and inspection, recent advances in steel technology, application of aluminum and titanium in offshore structures, fatigue life prediction, threaded and tubular joints, fracture control, oil-field elastomers, and composite materials.

Symposium Coordinator:  Mamdouh Salama, ConocoPhillips
Location: Houston, TX, USA

List of TOPIC for SYMP 3:

  • Fracture Assessment and Control
  • Fatigue Performance and Testing
  • Integrity Assessment and Life Extension
  • Environmental Effect on Materials Performance
  • Fatigue Performance and Assessment
  • Welding Technology and Construction Methods
  • Performance and Application of Non-Metallics
  • Residual Stress Measurement and Analysis
  • Advances in Steel Technology
  • Deformation and Structural Performance

SYMP 4 Pipelines, Risers, and Subsea Systems

PRSS provides a forum for sharing recent experiences, innovative designs and analyses, novel inspection, repair, and monitoring techniques related to offshore pipelines, flow lines, risers, and subsea equipment. Technical sessions will cover topics such as design and installation issues, mechanics of pipelines, rigid risers and flexible pipes, pipe-soil interaction, and flow assurance.

Symposium Coordinator:  Theodoro Netto, COPPE-Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
Location: Rio de Janeiro-RJ Brazil

Symposium Co-Coordinator:  Duane DeGeer, Intecsea
Location: Houston, TX, USA

List of TOPIC for SYMP 4:

  • Flexible Pipes and Umbilicals
  • Rigid Risers
  • Rigid Pipelines
  • Subsea Structures and Equipment
  • Flow Assurance
  • Innovative Technologies for Deepwater Low-Cost Production

SYMP 5 Ocean Space Utilization

The Oceans represent the next frontier to provide sustainable food, energy, resources and land space for humanity. This symposium was initiated to cover the emerging technologies. Technical areas currently covered by Ocean Space Utilization Symposium are quite broad, and they are very large floating structures, deepsea mining, ocean renewable energy, underwater vehicle, food production, ocean environment, ocean management and new concept for ocean space utilization. New developments and novel concepts related to these areas are presented, and associated problems and challenges are identified and discussed.

Symposium Coordinator:  Hideyuki Suzuki, University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, Department of Ocean Technology, Policy, and Environment
Location: Kashiwa, Chiba, JAPAN

List of TOPIC for SYMP 5:

  • New Concepts for Ocean Space Utilization
  • Aquaculture and Related Technology
  • Deepsea Mining and Ocean Resources
  • Underwater Development and Technology
  • Floating Systems for Renewable Energy
  • High Tide and Tsunamis
  • Environmental Assessment for Marine Renewable Energy
  • Utilization of Seawater
  • Coastal Zone Management

SYMP 6 Ocean Engineering

This symposium is first initiated during the 21st OMAE 2002 Conference in Oslo, Norway. The purpose of the OCEAN ENGINEERING symposium is to bring together representatives of the ocean engineering community to discuss results of their work on design technology, linear and nonlinear phenomena and the development of experimental, observational and computational tools. The field of ocean engineering is very broad, encompassing from wave mechanics to underwater technology to advanced ship hydromechanics to marine environmental engineering and aquacultural engineering This symposium is an opportunity for the engineers in industry, university, and government to develop and foster collaborations in their endeavors to improve ocean technology.

Symposium Coordinator:  Jon Mikkelsen, University of British Columbia
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada

List of TOPIC for SYMP 6:

  • Advanced Ship Hydromechanics and Marine Technology
  • Wave Mechanics and Wave Effects
  • Model Tests
  • Towed and Undersea Cables and Pipes, Mooring, and Buoy Technology
  • Advanced underwater vehicles and design technology
  • Unsteady Hydrodynamics, Vibrations, Acoustics and Propulsion
  • Computational Mechanics and Design Applications
  • Fluid-Structure, Multi-body and Wave-body Interaction
  • Marine environment and very large structures
  • Offshore Industry: Aquaculture, Mining, etc.
  • Offshore Industry: Structures and Design
  • Ocean Engineering Technology
  • Ocean Measurement and Data Interpretation
  • Ocean Measurement and Data Interpretation
  • Coastal Engineering

SYMP 7 Polar and Arctic Sciences and Technology

It is estimated that the Arctic contains more than one third of the world's undiscovered oil and gas. Although some development has already occurred, the region remains one of the last energy frontiers. But the region is also one of the most difficult areas in the world to work, due to its remoteness, the extreme cold, dangerous sea ice, and its fragile environment.  
A key challenge will be developing and deploying solutions, which are currently at the cutting edge of technology. Transportation of gas and oil from such remote parts of the globe are also a huge challenge to the energy industry with high technology demands on structures, vessels and pipelines.
The Polar and Arctic Sciences and Technology Symposium promotes the understanding of the cold regions of the earth through environmentally compatible design and construction, safe operation, maintenance, and integrity of both offshore and onshore structures in these fragile regions. Going towards the Arctic is one of the most challenging and fascinating topic for engineers, researchers and environmentalists of various disciplines. Not alone, but only together we can make this happen.

Symposium Coordinator:  Walter L. Kuehnlein, SEA2ICE Ltd. & Co. KG
Location: Hamburg, Germany

List of TOPIC for SYMP 7:

  • Arctic Frontier Regions 
  • Arctic Sea Transportation
  • Structures in Ice
  • Vessels in Ice
  • Maneuvering in Ice
  • Full Scale Measurements in Ice
  • Ice Management
  • Evacuation in Ice
  • Operations in Ice
  • Oil Spill Prevention/Recovery, Evacuation and Rescue in Ice
  • Ice Model Tests
  • Numerical Ice Modeling
  • Structure-Ice-Interactions

SYMP 8 Prof. Carl Martin Larsen and Dr. Owen Oakley Honoring Symposia on CFD & VIV

The CFD and VIV symposium focuses on expanding international cooperation, understanding and promotion of efforts and disciplines in the areas of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), Vortex-induced Vibrations (VIV) and Fluid Structure Interaction (FSI). This symposium addresses issues associated with the use of CFD and advanced analysis methods in offshore applications, with an additional focus on VIV and FSI. While the topics are similar to many of those in other symposia, the emphasis is on the development and implementation of advanced computations, improvement of modeling capabilities, acquisition of validation data, experimental investigations, understanding and modeling of fluid structure interaction and demonstrations of the power of advanced simulations.

Symposium Coordinator:  Yiannis Constantinides, Chevron
Location: Houston, TX, USA

Role: Symposium Co-coordinator
Name: Kjetil Skaugset
Company/University: Statoil ASA
Company/University Address: Statoil Research Centre, Arkitekt Ebbells veg 10, Rotvoll
City/State/Country: Ranheim, Norway
Postal Code/Zip Code: 7053

List of TOPIC for SYMP 8:

  • Ship & Floating Systems
  • Free Surface Flows
  • Risers & Pipelines
  • VIV Physics & Suppression
  • Advanced Computation - hardware
  • Advanced Computation - software
  • Advanced Computation - V&V
  • Advanced Computation - Optimization

SYMP 9 Ocean Renewable Energy

Ocean renewable energy has taken on an ever greater significance in achieving the goals that have been set for renewable energy developments worldwide. To achieve these goals, various technology, regulatory, and environmental challenges must be addressed and resolved by the engineering and scientific communities to enhance and exploit the tremendous energy resource available. The objective of this Symposium is to provide a forum for the presentation of relevant research, developments and views on technology and regulatory issues to enhance the exploitation of ocean renewable energy resources. In general, the Symposium will cover all related ocean renewable energy issues of interest to the ocean energy industry and regulatory agencies.  Typical topics will address:   Offshore energy resource policies and regulatory issues, Offshore wave energy technologies, Offshore wind energy technologies, Offshore current energy technologies, Ocean thermal energy conversion, Economic risk assessment of offshore energy projects, Offshore hydrogen generation, Offshore energy project environmental issues 

Symposium Coordinator:  Krish Thiagarajan, The University of Maine
Location: Orono, ME, USA

List of TOPIC for SYMP 9:

  • Wind Energy – Analysis & Design
  • Wind Energy – Operation & Maintenance
  • Wave Energy – Analysis & Design
  • Wave Energy – Operation & Maintenance
  • Current Energy – Analysis &Design
  • Current Energy – Operation & Maintenance
  • Ocean Renewable Energy – Regulatory & Environmental Considerations
  • Ocean Renewable Energy – Others
  • Hybrid Energy – Concepts/Analysis/Design/Installation/Operations

SYMP 10 Offshore Geotechnics

The Offshore Geotechnics session presents recent scientific and engineering developments in geotechnical engineering with a focus on offshore applications. Topics include, but are not limited to: shallow and pile foundations, suction caissons, drag and plate anchors, centrifuge modeling, geohazards, site investigations, seabed mechanics, fluid-soil-structure interaction, geotechnics of pipelines, trenching, geoacoustics for seafloor characterization, in situ testing and sampling.

Symposium Coordinator:  Horst Brandes, The University of Hawaii at Manoa
Location: Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

List of TOPIC for SYMP 10:

  • Seabed Properties
  • Fluid-Soil-Structure Interaction
  • Anchors
  • Pile Foundations
  • Bucket Foundations and Suction Caissons
  • Spudcans and Pipelines
  • Seabed Processes

SYMP 11 Petroleum Technology

The Petroleum Technology Symposium is a technical event providing forum for researchers, engineers to share recent advances, discuss problems, and identify challenges associated with the "upstream" petroleum industry involved in extracting oil and natural gas from subsurface reservoirs. The ASME Transactions - Journal of Energy Resources Technology is the designated journal for the Symposium.
Technical program of the Symposium covers theoretical and field studies, best practices, and emerging technology in few areas of petroleum engineering having most of recent advancement. The focus is on methods used for assessing and designing operations in petroleum wells drilling and production in deep water, conventional and unconventional petroleum reservoirs engineering and management, methods for enhancing petroleum recovery, subsurface sequestration of carbon using injection wells, multiphase petroleum transport in pipelines, and environmental implications of these operations.

Authors may also consider other topics in petroleum engineering such as operations in the hostile environments, oil and gas production, artificial lift; subsea production systems and processing; and well integrity control.

Symposium Coordinator:  Andrew Wojtanowicz, Louisiana State University
Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA

List of TOPICS for SYMP 11:

  • General Petroleum Technology
  • Drilling Mechanics
  • Coalbed Methane, Gas Hydrate, and CO2 sequestration
    Petroleum Production Systems Design and Analysis
    Petroleum Reservoir Engineering and Management
  • EOR(Enhanced Oil Recovery) and Reservoir Modeling
  • Well Drilling Fluids and Hydraulics
  • Petroleum Wells - Production and Operation
  • Unconventional Hydrocarbon Reservoirs
    Injection Well Operation
    Innovations in Drilling, Production and Transport
    Petroleum Production Systems Design and Operation

SYMP 12 Torgeir Moan Honoring Symposium

The 36th International Ocean Offshore and Arctic Engineering (OMAE) 2017 Conference is proud to dedicate a Special Symposium in honor of Professor Torgeir Moan of Marine Technology at NTNU. He has been the Director of a centre of research excellence:  Centre of Ships and Ocean Structures (CeSOS)   and is currently senior advisor to another centre: Centre for Autonomous Marine Operations and Systems (AMOS).

Professor Moan's main disciplines are structural analysis and design and, with a focus on integrated dynamic analysis and safety assessment – using numerical and experimental methods as well as in-service information. He has carried out research as well as engineering design and analyses of innovative concepts of high speed vessels, LNG and FPSO ships, oil and gas platforms, floating bridges as well as offshore wind turbines and wave energy convertors.

Professor Moan has authored or co-authored approximately 650 journal and peer-reviewed conference publications (20 % of which are OMAE publications), and a book on "Stochastic dynamic analysis of marine structures", at the Cambridge University Press (2012), together with professor Næss.  He has supervised more than 400 students in their MSc thesis work and 78 candidates that have graduated with a PhD degree. Since 2001 Moan has been editor of the Journal of Marine Structures and serves on the editorial board of several other journals.

The symposium   addresses safety of marine structures and operations. Experience shows that safety that safety essentially depends on proper design codes, the attitude and competence of those doing the engineering, fabrication and operations, and the quality of the methods applied as well as quality assurance and control. Design codes should refer to ultimate and fatigue limit states and address robustness by accidental collapse or progressive collapse limit states, in connection with accidental events and deterioration due to cracks and corrosion. Moreover, in view of the increasing availability of advanced and accurate tools – if applied with insight – there is a need to develop and validate simplified methods to save time and efforts. The uncertainties of methods and data need to be accounted for in the design by using load and resistance factors or direct reliability or risk analysis. The goal of the symposium is  to share knowledge about theoretical methods and operational experiences that be used to ensure future safe and efficient design and operations of various types of marine structures; such as oil and gas platforms; ships; very large floating structures like bridges, terminals ;  wave- and wave energy convertors.  Assessment of marine operations associated with sea transport and installation or decommissioning of   marine structures or other marine operations is an emerging area of significant importance.

Role: Symposium Coordinator
Name: Carlos Guedes Soares
Company/University: Technical University of Lisbon, Centre for Marine Technology and Engineering
Company/University Address: Instituto Superior Tecnico Av. Rovisco Pais
City/State/Country: Lisbon, Portugal
Postal Code/ZIP CODE: 1049-001

List of TOPIC for SYMP 12:

  • Stochastic dynamic response analysis of marine structures
  • Modelling and analysis of marine operations
  • Uncertainty assessment of response analysis methods
  • Prediction of accidental loads and their structural effects
  • Assessment of the structural effects of accidental loads
  • Accuracy of finite element structural analysis
  • Fatigue analysis
  • Operational experiences relating  to fatigue cracks and corrosion
  • Accident investigations
  • Assessment of structural robustness or damage tolerance
  • Inspection, monitoring, maintenance and repair
  • Reassessment of existing structures; service life extension.
  • Reliability analysis of marine structures and operations.
  • Design codes for planning of marine operations
  • Innovative marine structures or installation procedures