Way Ahead In Corrosion Control

Polatrak’s RUSS system showcased at Deepwater Operations 2012

Every first Tuesday in November, people all across the nation take time from their normal schedules to participate in an honored tradition: Attending the Deepwater Operations conference and exhibition in Galveston, Texas, of course. The conference celebrated its tenth anniversary this year, and – typical of a 10-year-old – my, how it’s grown. 1,092 attendees from 13 countries (and 25 other states) brushed past the turnstiles this year to view 76 exhibitors’ wares, up from a mere 23 exhibitors and four sponsors at that first show in 2003.

Companies (other than Deepwater Corrosion Services) making the trek to exhibit their wares at the Moody Gardens Hotel and Convention Center included Champion Technologies, Gate, Noble Denton, Konigsberg, National Oilwell Varco, Nighthawk and Wood Group. Among the attendees we met were folks from Shell, Chevron, Baker Hughes, Anadarko, Murphy Exploration, Williams and scads of others.

The Deepwater Corrosion booth, manned by our crack contingent of experts, presenters and hangers-on, was showcasing a demonstration of its newly-developed RUSS software that creates a real-time digital record of cathodic-protection survey results. The operator is able to log and select in real-time the most accurate CP stab measurement, allowing operators to get the correct reading the first time rather than waste valuable offshore time. When the ROV or diver takes a CP reading, the database is instantly updated, resulting in lower labor costs, less human error and greatly reduced reporting time.

We hope to see everyone again amidst the pyramids and palm trees of Moody Gardens when Deepwater Operations commences in 2013. And if you’ve forgotten when that’ll be, it’s the first Tuesday in November.