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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

Phoenix: APWA 2015 Congress & Expo

APWA is the American Public Works Association, and the APWA International Public Works Congress & Exposition has always drawn thousands of public works professionals from all over the world. When it comes to public works, one size apparently does not fit all, so defining the term can be problematic. Even APWA members have trouble arriving at a common definition; because of the multi-faceted, ever-evolving nature of public works, we may never arrive at a comprehensive idea of what PW quintessentially is. Yet Public Works is the heartbeat of any city, developing and maintaining buildings, roads, water systems, solid waste handling and administration. The people who work in PW are solving some of the toughest problems faced by our communities, our country, and our world. The gathering also provides public works departments with much-needed community outreach resources. There were more than 125 technical and professional development sessions presented by experts and industry vendors. The thing about Public Works? Well, when you do it in Public, it has to Work…. #APWAExpo #PWX

San Diego: DistribuTECH

The DistribuTECH Power Transmission Conference was electric…  at least it was electricity distribution that occupied most delegates’ attention.  Discussion strands included metering, grid communications, smart grid operation, big data and analytics, distributed energy resources and renewables, substation integration and automation, water utility technology, geospatial and mobile solutions, customer strategies, and defending the grid. Each year, the editors at POWERGRID International magazine (the official publication of DistribuTECH Conference and Exhibition) announce  the magazine’s Projects of the Year during the Electric Light  and Power / POWERGRID International Awards Dinner.  DistribuTECH is apparently the largest U.S. event that covers the utility industry from end-to-end, with 10,000 attendees and more than 480 exhibitors. The 2015 show in San Diego turned out
to be the largest ever. Powerful stuff….

Orlando: POWER-GEN International

POWER-GEN International is the world’s biggest power generation event, focusing on the industry’s latest innovations, technical trends and business strategies. The show attracts a broad range of qualified power professionals with impressive purchasing power. Over the years POWER-GEN International has provided a world stage for the innovations, ideas and solutions that have informed the power generation industry.  What industry trends and developments were up for discussion?  Well, things like demand response, emissions control, gas turbine technologies, hybrid solutions, on-site power, plant performance, project financing, competitive power generation, fossil technologies…  The experts were there to share their insights and experiences with industry colleagues, and to help attendees take an in-depth look at specific industry hot topics by teaching a half-day, one-day or two-day workshop. Wait, what was that about fossil technologies?  You mean POWER-GEN was already going in the Cretaceous Era?  #POWERGEN

Las Vegas: Ground Water Expo – NGWA

The NGWA (National Ground Water Association) Ground Water Expo was held in Las Vegas for the first time since 2012 — not inappropriately, since the Desert City is one of many Western population centers worried about where their water supply will come from in future.  Over 5,200 registered delegates put in an appearance during the show.  The Expo’s 309 exhibitors occupied 71,600 square feet of exhibit hall space, and there were, we were told, 41 first-time exhibitors, which is ten more than in 2013.   The NGWA Activity Area made its debut in the exhibit hall, with 30-minute offerings for attendees to learn skills applicable to their job. The sessions were divided into five stations: The Office, The Well, The Aquifer, The Pump, and Safety Through Leadership. The show offered a diverse collection of educational offerings with, 10 professional development categories. Many of the educational sessions were standing-room only and featured lively discussions.  So hey, what is “ground water”, anyways?  Same difference as “ground coffee”, maybe…?  #groundwater

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

Las Vegas: Solar Power International – SPI

SPI is Solar Power International, designed to serve and advance the solar energy industry by bringing together the people, products, and professional development opportunities that drive the solar industry.  SPI’s primary mission is to deliver on the objectives of both SEIA (the Solar Energy Industries Association) and SEPA (Solar Electric Power Association) in ways that strengthen the solar energy industry domestically and globally, through networking and education, and by creating an energetic marketplace to connect buyers and suppliers.  Who was there?  Savvy solar industry professionals who wanted to learn, grown, connect, and compete.  Specifically, though?  Well, architects, builders, contractors, engineers, entrepreneurs, government types, installers, investors, legal eagles, manufacturers, policymakers… even the military, apparently.  So what would the military be there for?  Maybe they were checking out potential ideas for solar ray-guns or something…?? #SPIcon