60 YEARS OF OFFSHORE
Seventeen years ago, the late Editor-in-Chief Leonard LeBlanc and Sales Manager David Davis of Offshore magazine wel- comed a proposal from Mustang Engineering (now Wood Group Mustang) to publish a worldwide survey of offshore pipelay vessels. Offshore agreed to publish the survey as a
visually graphic poster to represent the information.
This poster started the series in June 1997, and now, 115 posters
have been published, and more than four million printed copies have
been distributed as supplements inside the magazine, and at numerous global industry conferences.
Initially, the posters began as a graphical summary of offshore
equipment. However, the Offshore team quickly learned that the
posters provided educational information about the industry’s technology, so the concept shifted.
Each poster provides a snapshot of key issues and trends relative
to offshore technology. Although there is a great deal of information
compressed in each poster, it is meant to provide a quick overview
of the subject.
The graphs and tables shown in each poster are meant to answer
questions often asked during the development of an offshore proj-
ect. For example:
• Where is the technology being deployed?
• Who are providers of the technology?
• Is the technology feld proven?
• Where can I fnd additional information about the topic?
Offshore’s posters now include supplier information and/or a technology chart to summarize the providers. A great example of this is
the subsea supplier matrix for the Offshore mooring poster that was
prepared by the University of Houston. This chart provides a quick
reference of key companies that specialize in offshore mooring, or a
“macro overview” of the market.
E. Kurt Albaugh
17 years of posters
Offshore’s Deepwater Solutions & Records for Concept Selection poster, with data provided by Wood Group Mustang.