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Houston: Deep Offshore Technology International #DOTIntl 2015

This is not the dot-com or dot-and-carry kind of dot, DOT is the acronym for Deep Offshore Technology International, which explains why the show picks an oil town like Houston. DOT International aims to enhance its position as the worldwide leading industry forum dedicated to “confronting the technical challenges related to the lifecycle development of oil and gas in deepwater basins, by sharing collective experiences and new technologies to improve the quality, safety, and economics of current and future deepwater endeavors”. DOT showcases the most innovative technologies in the deepwater oil and gas industry, and provides a forum to discuss the specific challenges associated with hostile and ultra-deepwater environments, shaping the future of the deep and ultra-deepwater industry, from the initial well spud through to platform installation and operation. Heyyyy. Deep, man…. #DeepOps

Dallas: Corrosion – NACE

The phrase “Welcome to Corrosion 2015” sounds a little bit off-putting, doesn’t it?  Like it was going to be a corrosive experience or something?  Corrosion experts needn’t have worried, the NACE show was more interested in treating and preventing corrosion than promoting it.  Conference attendees had the opportunity to learn the latest in regulations and standards impacting the ‘corrosion industry’.  More than 6,000 corrosion professionals from around the world convened in Dallas for the show, and NACE Expo featured more than 380 companies displaying the latest in corrosion control products and services. In addition, the popular cathodic protection test field returned to the exhibit floor for the fourth year, and the NACE Foundation’s Annual Silent Auction featuring gift items and collectibles was a big draw.  Hey, you with the auctioneer’s gavel, my collectible seems to be kinda corroded… #CORROSION2015

San Antonio: Clean Gulf

The explosive growth in domestic oil and gas production has dramatically altered the oil and gas production and transportation industry in North America. It is estimated that the U.S. has now surpassed Russia and Saudi Arabia as the world’s largest producer of oil and natural gas. According to EIA, oil production grew by 1.1 million barrels a day last year to 8.1 million barrels a day total, and continues to grow. Over 2,000 attendees converged on San Antonio Texas for the CLEAN GULF Conference & Exhibition. Key professionals and decision makers from throughout the Gulf Coast and beyond came together to discuss the latest trends and best practices in response operations. Attendees came away with viable solutions they could incorporate to safely produce and transport petroleum products, and effectively respond when a spill occurs. In addition to the conference sessions, the exhibit floor featured more than 150 companies ready to assist with finding new oil-pollution solutions and technologies.  Hey, careful with that sample, you’re spilling oil on my shirt…. #CleanGulf2014

Fort Worth: AWT Conference

AWT is the Association of Water Technologies, and they deal in a product none of us can do without.  AWT focuses on helping members — that’s typically companies and suppliers who specialize in heat transfer in industrial and commercial processes and for comfort heating and cooling — to succeed in the water treatment industry. This year’s event was held at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, so delegates got to tour the stadium, walk the field, and celebrate the achievements of the recipients of the Ray Baum Memorial Water Technologist of the Year and the Supplier of the Year Awards.  Topics flowing through the event included “Legionella testing — dispelling myths and misinformation” and all the latest on heat-exchanger technology.  Do you have a boiler or cooling tower that needs service? Do you need a consultant to help you assess your situation? Do you need chemicals to treat a problem yourself?  Then you would have been up for “Tips for selecting a water treater”.  Why did the show go so well?  It’s something in the water…..   #AWTannual

Houston: BreakBulk Transportation Conference & Exhibition

BreakBulk Transportation Conference & Exhibition says it’s the largest exhibition & educational forum in the Americas addressing the needs of traditional breakbulk and project cargo logistics professionals.  Nearly 4,000 participants attended BreakBulk Americas, where they could meet with over 330 international exhibitors.  These included specialized ocean carriers, freight forwarders, ports and terminals, logistics providers, ground transportation, heavy air, export packers, equipment companies, and more.  Wait, wait.  Heavy Air?  Say what?  Wouldn’t that be a contradiction in terms?  Okay, let me explain.  “Heavy air” transport, for the uninitiated, refers to aircraft capable of takeoff weights of 300,000 pounds or more. (Aircraft capable of takeoff weights more than 41,000 pounds but less than 300,000 pounds are just considered Large).  Anyway, if you’re an air traffic controller and one of those babies flies in, remember to apply your special wake turbulence separation criteria….  #BBAM14

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San Antonio: Nursery & Landscape Expo – TNLA

TNLA is the Nursery & Landscape Expo — the initials stand for Texas Nursery & Landscape Association.  Half a million square feet of the Henry B Gonzalez Convention Center played host to an impressive one thousand vendor booths.  Among the attractions were the Gift & Garden Marketplace, the 2014 Parks & Patio Display, and countless new product innovations.  After a hectic day plant-spotting, delegates could wander at leisure along San Antonio’s riverside walks, take in the old Spanish Governor’s Palace (“the only remaining example in Texas of an aristocratic 18th-century Spanish Colonial townhouse”), historic Mission Churches, and of course the star turn of Old San Anton’s attractions, The Alamo.  Okay, I’m back at the show now.  Which booth has the famous Yellow Rose of Texas?  #TNLAEXPO2014

San Antonio: American Industrial Hygiene Association – AIHce

The American Industrial Hygiene Conference & Exposition (AIHce) could be considered the most important event of the year among occupational and environmental health types. So what would they be there to talk about?  Well, things like Biological Monitoring and Occupational Medicine: You are as Healthy as What You Absorb.  Other hot topics included   History of industrial hygiene occupational safety: the building blocks for the future;  Fundamentals of Laboratory Biosafety;  Factors Influencing Hand-to-Face Contact;  and a riveting look at Welding Fume Exposure Studies.  Keynoter Scott Nova talked up Globalization and the Cost of Worker Health & Safety Worldwide, a hot topic in emerging markets with low-paid workforces.  Hey, buddy, I’m trying to concentrate here… would’ya keep your welding fumes to yourself, please…?  #aihce