Frontiers and contrasts

The oil and gas industry has many contrasting realities, from operations in hostile environments and remote frontiers to the local project, and from the latest high-tech tool to the tried-and-true.Amazing industryThe 2002 Offshore Technology Conference held last month presented the Individual Distinguished Achievement Award to Bruce G. Collipp for developing the first semisubmersible floating platform.During his 33-year career with Shell Oil Co., he and his colleagues paved the way for new mobile drilling vessels designed to float and remain nearly motionless in the most severe weather.Collipp paid tribute to the offshore petroleum industry as he accepted the award, saying that it had the...

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