Oceans '81, the annual conference and exhibition sponsored by the IEEE Council of Oceanic Engineering and the Marine Technology Society, will be held September 16-18 at the Sheraton Hotel, Boston, Mass.
A record 300 technical presentations will be made by eminent persons from academe, research organizations, industry, and government agencies. There will be 85 exhibitions — representing a wide range of marine products, equipment, and services.
The international theme of the annual event—"The Ocean—An International Workplace"—is reflected by both the exhibits and by the authors of many of the technical papers. Scientists from countries such as Canada, China, India, Japan, West Germany, and the United Kingdom, as well as from the United States, will make their presentations at a record 60 sessions.
According to Stanley G. Chamberlain, the general chairman of Oceans '81, the conference "will be an unsurpassed forum for the presentation of the technologies, especially the new technologies, of those who work in, on, and under the oceans of the world, and those applying technology to the problems of the ocean." He said the committee expects the largest turnout in conference history. The keynote address will be delivered by Rear Adm. Leland F.
Kolmorgen, chief of research, U.S. Navy, at the plenary session. Mr. Chamberlain, the conference general chairman, will give the address of welcome.
At the IEEE/COE president's luncheon on Wednesday, September 16, the featured speaker will be Dr. John Byrne, head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Dr. Harold Edgerton, professor of electrical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a founder of EG&G, will be the main speaker at the conference banquet to be held on Thursday evening, September 17.
The leadoff for the technical program is scheduled to be given on Wednesday morning at the plenary session by Dr. Ira Dyer, professor of ocean engineering at M.I.T.
The technical presentation, some of which are to be rendered in poster formats as well as by traditional lectures, will be organized into sessions covering topics such as acoustics, coastal zone management, instrumentation, marine biology and fisheries, ocean energy and engineering, research vessels, seafloor engineering, and wave measurements. An unusual feature of Oceans '81 will be the holding of a oneday primer on Outer Continental Shelf Petroleum Operations. The session will cover the technology and the constraints of exploration, site selection, development, and production of oil and gas resources from the sea.
The primer is designed to provide an introductory technical background for the engineering and scientific community, as well as policymaking groups. Specific areas covered by the primer include: offshore p e t r o l e um resources as part of the energy mix for 1990; geologic, geophysical, and geochemical exploration technology; economic and technology dictates in determining high potential and high development interest prospects; the OCS leasing process; the exploratory drilling phase of offshore operations ; development drilling and production operations; pipeline and marine transportation systems, and marketing of OCS crude and natural gas resources,