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Aqua Air Attends Offshore Technology Conference - Thursday, May 26, 2016

Recently, several Aqua Air employees traveled to Houston, Texas to attend the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC). Since 1969, OTC is where energy professionals meet to exchange ideas and opinions to advance scientific and technical knowledge for offshore resources and environmental matters.

This year, more than 68,000 attendees from 120 countries gathered at the annual conference, which hosted more than 2,600 exhibiting companies from around the world.

The conference's Energy Education Institute was attended by 100 Houston-area classroom teachers and 200 students. Teachers learned about scientific concepts of energy and its importance in a fun and informative way. Participating students saw firsthand the exciting opportunities the energy industry can offer.

One of the key themes of the show this year focused on ways of increasing efficiencies throughout the industry while ensuring safe operations. Sessions covered new technologies which not only reduce costs to the operator but enhance the overall safety of the operations; cost-effective advances in well cementing technologies; and use of RFID to precisely track drill pipe for enhanced safety and efficiency.

During the conference Aqua Air employees visited the OTC University R&D Showcase. The program featured projects from universities in the United States as well as Germany, Nigeria and Japan. Some of the leading-edge projects that were demonstrated included drones used in a wave prediction system; coatings which can improve drill bit efficiency; and recalibration of drilling data from all the major ocean basins.

Another highlight of the event was meeting with several 'Spotlight on New Technology Awards' winners. The program showcased some of the latest and most advanced hardware and software technologies that are leading the industry into the future. After meeting with some of the recipients, it was gratifying to experience their pioneering spirit as offshore energy operations will continue to play a key role in supplying the world with energy in a more sustainable manner.

Overall, attending the event was a great way for Aqua-Air's management team to build valuable relationships, collect and share offshore industry knowledge and sharpen their skills with professional development programming. For example, training programs, organized by several of OTC's sponsoring organizations included Deep Foundations: Design, Construction and Quality Control; Subsea Production and Technologies; Deepwater Drilling and Production Technology; and Petroleum Geology for Engineers.

Aqua Air Industries, registered with the U.S. Small Business Administration as a woman owned business, is a worldwide supplier of commercial diving equipment, complete saturation systems, sat tankage components, and ancillary equipment. We design and build more than 75 of our own brand name products as well as supply many other of the major brands in the diving equipment industry.

We design/construct state of the art diving and saturation equipment that is safe and efficient in order to meet the demands of the diving industry and to maintain the accelerated pace towards greater operational depth.

Founded more than 40 years ago by Rodney A. Cruze (1942-2005) Aqua-Air Industries designed and built the first 1250 air filtration system, now standardized by the U.S. Army.



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