The afternoon of the last day of conferences is usually quiet. Many attendees have already left, and those left behind to go to sessions are “the people who are really into it,” as I overheard a facilities person say at the Offshore Technology Conference earlier this week. He was warning a colleague not to try to rush out the final session attendees—they were serious about being there, and their conversations may run over the allotted time, but leave them be and let them cover their ground in their own time.
Thursday, the final day of the 45th OTC, was following the usual routine, but there was one incident that disrupted the quiet. During an afternoon panel about offshore megaprojects, a Q&A break in the middle of the session seemed to point to major rifts inside the industry: the new professionals versus the old guard, transparency versus a culture of quiet, ideals versus reality, and where to expect voices of dissent.
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