Research and Technology Needs for Deepwater Development - Addressing Oil Recovery and Effective Cleanup of Oil Spills Forum

The recent incident involving the Deepwater Horizon underscores the needs to address critical aspects of deepwater developments. RPSEA will hold a forum at the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC) to identify the critical issues and priorities related to deepwater development. The forum will focus on identifying and prioritizing research and technology development required in four main areas:
  • Enhance Technologies to Minimize Incidents – What is needed to prevent incidents from occurring?
  • Brainstorming Session on "What Else Can Go Wrong?" in Ultra-Deepwater?
  • Identify, Develop and Improve Proactive and Reactive Response Procedures and Processes – What is needed to minimize the time to respond to an incident? What is needed to minimize the environmental impact? 
  • Develop Understanding of the Value of Ecosystem Services and Identify Locations of High Value in a Seasonally Dynamic Ecosystem – what is needed to understand the movement of marine life/wildlife that may be affected by an incident? What is needed to understand the impact on ecosystems? What is needed to understand the value of ecosystems at risk?
Preliminary Agenda

0900 – 0930

Registration and Coffee

0930 – 0940

Welcome, introductions

0940 – 1000

The Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America: Refocused and Responsive

Dr. Steve Holditch, Chairman

1000 – 1030

Keynote: Observations from The Deepwater Horizon Incident

Dr. Edward Overton, Professor Emeritus, Dept. of Environmental Sciences, Louisiana State University

1030 – 1045


1045 – 1200

Panel Discussion – What’s Going On? What Else Can Go Wrong? - Hearings, Briefings and Other Items

Tom Williams/Nautilus: The Dept. of Interior’s Response (see:

Greg Anderson/Moody International: The Safety Mindset in Well Control (see:

Quenton Dokken/Gulf of Mexico Foundation: Valuation of Ecosystem Services (see:

David Dietrich/AcuSea, Inc: Oil Spill Modeling (see:

followed by other items and discussion/brainstorming session

12:00 – 1245


1245 – 1300

Overview of Breakout Sessions There will be three simultaneous breakout groups – one for each of three areas (preventive technologies, response technologies, ecosystem monitoring/valuation). Two sessions will be held to allow participants to have input into more than one area.

1300 – 1400

Breakout Session I – Defining the Needs – first brainstorming round to identify needs and prioritize.

1400 – 1415


1415 – 1500

Breakout Session II – Prioritizing the Needs – review the needs and confirm prioritization.

1500 – 1545

Plenary Review of Breakout Sessions (Breakout Session Reports)

1545 – 1600

Where do we go from here? Recapping the Day

Who Should Attend? Service providers, researchers, environmental scientists, operating companies, engineering firms, research universities and others that are interested in helping to identify and define the technology needed to ensure the development of deepwater reserves in a safe and environmentally sensitive manner.

Expected Outcome: Prioritization of technology needs related to deepwater developments.
Attendance Limit: 100 participants (first come, first served; you must register by July19)

Organizer Danette Mozisek


Thu, July 22, 2010
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
(GMT-0600) US/Central

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Houston Advanced Research Center
4800 Research Forest Drive
The Woodlands, TX 77381