37th International Conference on Ocean,
Offshore & Arctic Engineering

Madrid Marriott Auditorium Hotel & Conference Center, Spain

June 17-22, 2018

Program - Symposia


SYMP 1 Offshore Technology

Symposium sponsored by VICINAY MARINE.

The offshore industry has been very active recently in deep waters, where oil & gas resources are abundant. Innovations and industry know-how have bloomed over the last few decades. Fixed platforms reach multiple thousands feet of water depths using compliant towers. Spars and TLPs have allowed dry trees in up to 5,000 feet; drill ships are stationed for weeks on DP, and we currently drill in over 10,000 feet of water depth.

Areas of activities have increased as well! The North Sea and the Gulf of Mexico are no longer the epicenter of offshore activities. Oil reserves are now coming significantly online from West Africa and Brazil, while gas from Australia and Qatar is being transported worldwide in tankers that have tripled their capacity over the past couple of decades. The offshore industry's move into the deeper waters has created a need for innovation. We are however only at the forefront of the challenges. In the next decades, we will be active in harsher environments, including icebergs, even deeper waters, and will have to deal with more and more stringent legislations. We will need to continue improving our safety records, and be more environmentally aware. GHG and LCA will become common acronyms in our PowerPoint presentations, and we will discuss carbon footprint levels just as much as the trading price of an oil barrel.

OMAE's Offshore Technology (OFT) Symposium continues to stand ready to provide the necessary forum to link the present and the future of our industry. As in its previous editions, traditional and new sessions will be available this year in key areas of current and future interest in the offshore field. Design methodology, analytical tools, experimental techniques, structural and hydrodynamic modeling, applications in deepwater technology, and challenges for safe

operations are some of the key topics discussed in the OFT symposium.

Symposium Co-Coordinator:  R. Cengiz Ertekin, University of Hawaii
Location: Township of Washington, NJ, USA

List of TOPICS for SYMP 1:

  • Floating Platforms: Semis, Spars, TLPs
  • Floating Platforms: Ship-Shaped Vessels 
  • Fixed Platforms
  • Station Keeping: FPSOs and Turret Mooring
  • Station Keeping: Mooring Technology and Reliability
  • Station Keeping: Mooring System Design and Analysis
  • Station Keeping: Dynamic Positioning Systems
  • Hydrodynamics: Floating Bodies in Waves
  • Hydrodynamics: Nonlinear Waves and Wave Effects
  • Hydrodynamics: Numerical Methods
  • Hydrodynamics: Wave Run-up, Greenwater and Water Impact
  • Model Testing
  • Numerical Tools for Design and Analysis
  • Metocean
  • Installation and Commissioning
  • Subsea Deployment and Development
  • Cargo Transfer Operations
  • Risk Analysis and Mitigation
  • LNG Challenges
  • Offshore Renewable Synergies
  • Risers and Pipelines

SYMP 2 Structures, Safety and Reliability

This symposium addresses probabilistic methods that allow the description of loading and strength variables, which constitute the basic information necessary for the assessment of the reliability of structures.

Symposium Coordinator:  Carlos Guedes Soares, Technical University of Lisbon, Centre for Marine Technology and Engineering
Location: Lisbon, Portugal

List of TOPIC for SYMP 2:

  • Abnormal or Rogue Waves
  • Probabilistic and Spectral Wave Models
  • Probabilistic Response Models
  • Fracture and Fatigue Reliability
  • Reliability of Marine Structures
  • Lifeboat Performance
  • Reliability of mooring and riser systems
  • Reliability of Renewable Energy Systems
  • Extreme Loading and Responses
  • Collision and Crashworthiness
  • Ultimate strength
  • Structural Analysis and Optimization
  • Risk Analysis and Management
  • Risk Based Maintenance

SYMP 3 Materials Technology

With the continued pressure on oil and gas prices, materials technology is playing an ever increasing role in ensuring the economic development and safe operation of the offshore and arctic industry. The symposium addresses topics such as improvement in weld metal and heat-affected zone properties, new technology in underwater welding and inspection, recent advances in steel technology, application of aluminum and titanium in offshore structures, fatigue life prediction, threaded and tubular joints, fracture control, oil-field elastomers, and composite materials.

Symposium Coordinator: Mamdouh Salama, ConocoPhillips Location: Houston, TX, USA Email:

List of TOPIC for SYMP 3:

  • Fracture Assessment – Analytical Methods
  • Fatigue Performance and Improvement
  • Fatigue and Fracture Assessment
  • Fatigue and Fracture Performance in Corrosive Environments
  • Materials Selection & Performance for Arctic Application
  • Impact of Steel and Construction Technologies on Structural Integrity
  • Inspection Methods and Application of Data Analytics
  • Advances in Life Extension Analysis
  • Engineering Critical Assessment – Guidelines and Applications
  • Application and Integrity of High Strength Steels
  • Structural Integrity Management Standards and Calibration
  • Threaded Connections

SYMP 4 Pipelines, Risers, and Subsea Systems

PRSS provides a forum for sharing recent experiences, innovative designs and analyses, novel inspection, repair, and monitoring techniques related to offshore pipelines, flow lines, risers, and subsea equipment. Technical sessions will cover topics such as design and installation issues, mechanics of pipelines, rigid risers and flexible pipes, pipe-soil interaction, and flow assurance.

Symposium Coordinator:  Theodoro Netto, COPPE-Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
Location: Rio de Janeiro-RJ Brazil

Symposium Co-Coordinator:  Duane DeGeer, Intecsea
Location: Houston, TX, USA

List of TOPIC for SYMP 4:

  • Flexible Pipes and Umbilicals
  • Rigid Risers
  • Rigid Pipelines
  • Subsea Structures and Equipment
  • Flow Assurance
  • Innovative Technologies for Deepwater Low-Cost Production

SYMP 5 Ocean Space Utilization

The Oceans represent the next frontier to provide sustainable food, energy, resources and land space for humanity. This symposium was initiated to cover the emerging technologies. Technical areas currently covered by Ocean Space Utilization Symposium are quite broad, and they are very large floating structures, deepsea mining, ocean renewable energy, underwater vehicle, food production, ocean environment, ocean management and new concept for ocean space utilization. New developments and novel concepts related to these areas are presented, and associated problems and challenges are identified and discussed.

Symposium Coordinator:  Hideyuki Suzuki, University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, Department of Ocean Technology, Policy, and Environment
Location: Kashiwa, Chiba, JAPAN

List of TOPIC for SYMP 5:

  • New Concepts for Ocean Space Utilization
  • Aquaculture and Related Technology
  • Deepsea Mining and Ocean Resources
  • Underwater Development and Technology
  • Floating Systems for Renewable Energy
  • High Tide and Tsunamis
  • Environmental Assessment for Marine Renewable Energy
  • Utilization of Seawater
  • Coastal Zone Management

SYMP 6 Ocean Engineering

This symposium is first initiated during the 21st OMAE 2002 Conference in Oslo, Norway. The purpose of the OCEAN ENGINEERING symposium is to bring together representatives of the ocean engineering community to discuss results of their work on design technology, linear and nonlinear phenomena and the development of experimental, observational and computational tools. The field of ocean engineering is very broad, encompassing from wave mechanics to underwater technology to advanced ship hydromechanics to marine environmental engineering and aquacultural engineering This symposium is an opportunity for the engineers in industry, university, and government to develop and foster collaborations in their endeavors to improve ocean technology.

Symposium Coordinator:  Jon Mikkelsen, University of British Columbia
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada

List of TOPIC for SYMP 6:

  • Advanced Ship Hydromechanics and Marine Technology
  • Wave Mechanics and Wave Effects
  • Model Tests
  • Towed and Undersea Cables and Pipes, Mooring, and Buoy Technology
  • Advanced underwater vehicles and design technology
  • Unsteady Hydrodynamics, Vibrations, Acoustics and Propulsion
  • Computational Mechanics and Design Applications
  • Fluid-Structure, Multi-body and Wave-body Interaction
  • Marine environment and very large structures
  • Offshore Industry: Aquaculture, Mining, etc.
  • Offshore Industry: Structures and Design
  • Ocean Engineering Technology
  • Ocean Measurement and Data Interpretation
  • Coastal Engineering

SYMP 7 Polar and Arctic Sciences and Technology

It is estimated that the Arctic contains more than one third of the world's undiscovered oil and gas. Although some development has already occurred, the region remains one of the last energy frontiers. But the region is also one of the most difficult areas in the world to work in, due to its remoteness, the extreme cold, dangerous sea ice, and its fragile environment.

A key challenge will be developing and deploying solutions, which are currently at the cutting edge of technology. Transportation of gas and oil from such remote parts of the globe are also a huge challenge to the energy industry with high technology demands on structures, vessels and pipelines. The Polar and Arctic Sciences and Technology Symposium promotes the understanding of the cold regions of the earth through environmentally compatible design and construction, safe operation, maintenance, and integrity of both offshore and onshore structures in these fragile regions. Going into the Arctic is one of the most challenging and fascinating topic for engineers, researchers and environmentalists of various disciplines. Not alone, but only together we can make this happen.

Symposium Coordinator:  Walter L. Kuehnlein, SEA2ICE Ltd. & Co. KG
Location: Hamburg, Germany

Symposium Co-Coordinator: Soeren Ehlers, Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH)
Location: Schwarzenbergstrasse 95 (C)
Hamburg, Germany 21073

List of TOPIC for SYMP 7:

  • Arctic Frontier Regions
  • Arctic Sea Transportation
  • Structures in Ice
  • Vessels in Ice including Maneuvering
  • Full Scale Measurements and Ice Model Tests
  • Ice Management and Operations in IceEvacuation in Ice
  • Oil Spill Prevention/Recovery, Evacuation and Rescue in Ice
  • Numerical Ice Modeling including Structure-Ice-Interactions


The CFD and FSI symposium focuses on expanding international cooperation, understanding and promotion of efforts and disciplines in the areas of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and Fluid Structure Interaction (FSI). This symposium addresses issues associated with the use of CFD and advanced analysis methods in offshore applications, with an additional focus on FSI and Vortex-induced Vibrations (VIV). While the topics are similar to many of those in other symposia, the emphasis is on the development and implementation of advanced computations, improvement of modeling capabilities, acquisition of validation data, experimental investigations, understanding and modeling of fluid structure interaction, demonstrations of the power of advanced simulations, validation and verification (V&V), development of best practices and guidelines.

Symposium Coordinator:  Yiannis Constantinides, Chevron
Location: Houston, TX, USA

Role: Symposium Co-coordinator
Name: Kjetil Skaugset
Company/University: Statoil ASA
Company/University Address: Statoil Research Centre, Arkitekt Ebbells veg 10, Rotvoll
City/State/Country: Ranheim, Norway
Postal Code/Zip Code: 7053

List of TOPIC for SYMP 8:

  • Ship & Floating Systems
  • Free Surface Flows
  • Risers & Pipelines
  • VIV Physics & Suppression
  • Advanced Computation - hardware
  • Advanced Computation - software
  • Advanced Computation - V&V
  • Advanced Computation - Optimization

SYMP 9 Ocean Renewable Energy

Symposium sponsored by Principle Power Inc.

Ocean renewable energy has taken on an ever greater significance in achieving the goals that have been set for renewable energy developments worldwide. To achieve these goals, various technology, regulatory, and environmental challenges must be addressed and resolved by the engineering and scientific communities to enhance and exploit the tremendous energy resource available. The objective of this Symposium is to provide a forum for the presentation of relevant research, developments and views on technology and regulatory issues to enhance the exploitation of ocean renewable energy resources. In general, the Symposium will cover all related ocean renewable energy issues of interest to the ocean energy industry and regulatory agencies.  Typical topics will address:   Offshore energy resource policies and regulatory issues, Offshore wave energy technologies, Offshore wind energy technologies, Offshore current energy technologies, Ocean thermal energy conversion, Economic risk assessment of offshore energy projects, Offshore hydrogen generation, Offshore energy project environmental issues 

Symposium Coordinator:  Krish Thiagarajan, The University of Maine
Location: Orono, ME, USA

List of TOPIC for SYMP 9:

  • Wind Energy – Analysis & Design
  • Wind Energy – Operation & Maintenance
  • Wave Energy – Analysis & Design
  • Wave Energy – Operation & Maintenance
  • Current Energy – Analysis &Design
  • Current Energy – Operation & Maintenance
  • Ocean Renewable Energy – Regulatory & Environmental Considerations
  • Ocean Renewable Energy – Others
  • Hybrid Energy – Concepts/Analysis/Design/Installation/Operations

SYMP 10 Offshore Geotechnics

The Offshore Geotechnics session presents recent scientific and engineering developments in geotechnical engineering with a focus on offshore applications. Topics include, but are not limited to: shallow and pile foundations, suction caissons, drag and plate anchors, centrifuge modeling, geohazards, site investigations, seabed mechanics, fluid-soil-structure interaction, geotechnics of pipelines, trenching, geoacoustics for seafloor characterization, in situ testing and sampling.

Symposium Coordinator:  Horst Brandes, The University of Hawaii at Manoa
Location: Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

List of TOPIC for SYMP 10:

  • Seabed Properties
  • Fluid-Soil-Structure Interaction
  • Anchors
  • Pile Foundations
  • Bucket Foundations and Suction Caissons
  • Spudcans and Pipelines
  • Seabed Processes

SYMP 11 Petroleum Technology

The Petroleum Technology Symposium is a technical event providing forum for researchers, engineers to share recent advances, discuss problems, and identify challenges associated with the "upstream" petroleum industry involved in extracting oil and natural gas from subsurface reservoirs. The ASME Transactions - Journal of Energy Resources Technology is the designated journal for the Symposium.
Technical program of the Symposium covers theoretical and field studies, best practices, and emerging technology in few areas of petroleum engineering having most of recent advancement. The focus is on methods used for assessing and designing operations in petroleum wells drilling and production in deep water, conventional and unconventional petroleum reservoirs engineering and management, methods for enhancing petroleum recovery, subsurface sequestration of carbon using injection wells, multiphase petroleum transport in pipelines, and environmental implications of these operations.

Authors may also consider other topics in petroleum engineering such as operations in the hostile environments, oil and gas production, artificial lift; subsea production systems and processing; and well integrity control.

Symposium Coordinator:  Andrew Wojtanowicz, Louisiana State University
Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA

List of TOPICS for SYMP 11:

  • General Petroleum Technology
  • Drilling Mechanics
  • Coalbed Methane, Gas Hydrate, and CO2 sequestration
    Petroleum Production Systems Design and Analysis
    Petroleum Reservoir Engineering and Management
  • EOR(Enhanced Oil Recovery) and Reservoir Modeling
  • Well Drilling Fluids and Hydraulics
  • Petroleum Wells - Production and Operation
  • Unconventional Hydrocarbon Reservoirs
    Injection Well Operation
    Innovations in Drilling, Production and Transport
    Petroleum Production Systems Design and Operation

SYMP 12 Honoring Symposium for Professor Carlos Guedes Soares on Marine Technology and Ocean Engineering

Symposium sponsored by CoreMarine

The 37th International Ocean Offshore and Arctic Engineering (OMAE) 2018 Conference is proud to dedicate a Special Symposium in honor of Professor Carlos Guedes Soares of Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon, Portugal. He has been contributing in an exceptional way for many years to the scientific development of different topics in the field of Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering and had a leading role in several areas of research at national and international level.

Professor Guedes Soares graduated from the Portuguese Naval Academy in 1971 and completed his master studies in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering and in Civil Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from where he also received an Ocean Engineer degree in 1976. He received his Ph.D. from the Norwegian Institute of Technology, University of Trondheim, Norway in 1984 and Doctor of Science from the Technical University of Lisbon in 1991.

Professor Guedes Soares joined the Technical University of Lisbon as Lecturer in 1980, and since 2000, he is Professor and Coordinator of the Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering area at Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon and he is Coordinator of the postgraduate, Master and Doctoral Degrees in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. Since 1994, he is also Scientific Coordinator of the Center for Marine Technology and Ocean Engineering (CENTEC) of Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon.

Professor Guedes Soares has performed a wide and diversified set of international functions, including: President of IMAM (International Maritime Association of the Mediterranean) during the period 2005-2011; Founding Member, Secretary, Vice-President and President of ESRA (European Safety and Reliability Association) during the period 1987-2004; and, Chairman of the International Ship and Offshore Structures Congress during the period 2012-2015. Professor Guedes Soares has supervised 35 postdoctoral researchers, 45 PhD students, 74 Master's students and currently supervises 11 postdoctoral researchers and 12 PhD students.

Professor Guedes Soares has coordinated a large number of national and international research projects focused on the marine environment (16 projects), ship dynamics and hydrodynamics (19 projects), marine structures (18 projects) and safety, reliability and maintenance (6 projects). He has also participated in several other national and international projects dealing with the marine environment (10 projects), ship dynamics and hydrodynamics (20 projects), marine structures (27 projects), maritime transportation (19 projects) and safety, reliability and maintenance (25 projects).

Role: Symposium Coordinator
Name: Yordan Garbatov
Company/University: University of Lisbon
Company/University Address: Instituto Superior Tecnico Av. Rovisco Pais
City/State/Country: Lisbon, Portugal
Postal Code/ZIP CODE: 1049-001

List of TOPIC for SYMP 12:

  • 12-1 Wave Spectral and Probabilistic Models
  • 12-2 Floater Dynamics and Hydrodynamics
  • 12-3 Ship Maneuvering and Control
  • 12-4 Renewable Energy Offshore
  • 12-5 Ultimate and Fatigue Strength
  • 12-6 Collision and Crashworthiness
  • 12-7 Structural Reliability and Risk-Based Maintenance
  • 12-8 Maritime Safety and Human Factors
  • 12-9 Offshore Structures

Symp 13 Honoring Symposium for Professor Bernard Molin on Marine and Offshore Hydrodynamics

Symposium sponsored by Bureau Veritas.

The 37th International Ocean Offshore and Arctic Engineering (OMAE) 2018 Conference is proud to dedicate a Honoring Symposium on Marine and Offshore Hydrodynamics to Professor Bernard Molin from Ecole Centrale Marseille/IRPHE.

Professor Bernard Molin graduated from Ecole Polytechnique of Paris in 1974, obtained his Master of Science in Naval Architecture from University of California – Berkeley in 1975, and his Doctor of Engineering from ENSM Nantes in 1981. He was awarded the 'Habilitation à Diriger les Recherches' by Aix-Marseille University in 1996. Bernard Molin was a research engineer at Institut Francais du Petrole (IFP) from 1975 to 1994. He has been a professor at Ecole Centrale Marseille/IRPHE since 1994.

Professor Molin’s research activities have been mainly concerned with nonlinear hydrodynamics (drift forces, slow drift motion, high frequency loads and response), and development of computer models for the French offshore industry. Recent involvement has included hydrodynamics of perforated structures, Vortex Induced Vibrations, slamming, moon-pool resonances, hydroelastic responses, sloshing in tanks and motion coupling, third-order run-up effects and slow-drift excitation. Professor Molin was 22nd Georg Weinblum Memorial Lecturer (1999-2000).

Professor Molin has authored over 150 journal and conference papers. He is the author of one book 'Hydrodynamique des Structures Offshore' published in French and in Chinese.

Role: Symposium Coordinator
Name: Oliver Kimmoun

Role: Symposium Coordinator
Name: Yves-Marie Scolan

Role: Symposium Coordinator
Name: Pierre Ferrant

List of TOPIC for SYMP 13:

  • Nonlinear wave body interaction
  • Springing and ringing
  • Slow-drift motion and damping
  • Floating wind turbine
  • Hydroelasticity
  • Hydrodynamics of perforated structures
  • Gap and moonpool resonance
  • Slamming and water entry
  • Sloshing in tanks
  • Coupling between sloshing and sea-keeping