For the first time, ATC 2015 opened nominations for the Arctic Technology Distinguished Achievement Awards. Modeled after the prestigious Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) Distinguished Achievement Awards, the ATC Awards Committee considered nominations for major technological, humanitarian, environmental and leadership contributions to the industry.

The Distinguished Achievement Award for Individuals recognizes distinguished achievement by an individual, or individuals, in the field of arctic technology. To be eligible for nomination and consideration by the Awards Committee, an individual shall have made significant achievement in, or contributions to, any field of arctic technology. Examples include, but are not limited to, contributions to the knowledge and literature of arctic technology, the design or invention of equipment, tools, or technical services, humanitarian or environmental efforts, outstanding leadership, or outstanding service to governments, companies, and organizations. Learn more.

Nominations for ATC 2016 open early fall 2015 and the deadline is 1 March 2016.

The ATC 2015 Awards Committee recognized Dan Masterson for Individual Achievement, and the Chukchi Sea Environmental Studies Program and its supporting entities—Olgoonik-Fairweather, ConocoPhillips, Shell and Statoil—for the Companies’ Achievement.

Dan Masterson

ATC Distinguished Achievement Award for Individuals

Dan Masterson

Recently retired ice scientist and ice engineer Dan Masterson will be honored for his significant advancements to the ice sciences and also to the design and construction of pioneering Arctic projects.

Dan’s career achievements started in the 1970’s with pioneering engineering work for Panarctic Oils through the design and construction of floating ice platforms to support both drilling operations and floating airstrips for large aircraft.

Dan has been a leader in ice science research programs and major offshore Arctic projects. He has combined good science with sound practical engineering experience to be able to define ice loads on structures and also to implement the use of ice as an engineering material.

In more recent years, Dan has also played a lead role in the development of ice load criteria for Arctic standards including the Canadian Offshore Standard S-471, API RP2N and the new ISO Standard 19906 for Arctic Offshore Structures.

Dan Masterson has provided engineering leadership and mentoring support for younger engineers which is the hallmark of a professional engineer.

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Chukchi Sea Environmental Studies Program

ATC Distinguished Achievement Award for Companies, Organizations or Institutions

This award recognizes the co-design and safe operation of one of the largest, most robust multidisciplinary science programs in the world – the Chukchi Sea Environmental Studies Program (CSESP). Going on its seventh year in 2015, the CSESP is operated by Olgoonik-Fairweather and supported by ConocoPhillips, Shell and Statoil. The CSESP aims to characterize pre-exploration baseline information on the ecology of the region and, despite innumerable potential logistical and natural hazards, has operated with zero recordable injuries with over 395,000 man-exposure hours and across 13,000 vessel miles. The CSESP covers 37,000 square kilometers of the northeastern Chukchi Sea and the program focuses on nine main science disciplines including: seabirds, marine mammals, plankton, physical oceanography, sediments, benthic studies, acoustic monitoring, chemical oceanography and fisheries.

Over two hundred presentations, posters and papers have been presented so far using data collected from the CSESP. The historic unprecedented data sharing agreement with NOAA, signed by the three sponsoring companies, has enabled all CSESP environmental data to be shared freely with the public through NOAA and the Alaska Ocean Observing System (AOOS) websites.

Olgoonik-Fairweather, supported by ConocoPhillips, Shell and Statoil, has built an unparalleled program with their safety record, project extent and determination to make all research and data transparent and public. They are environmental leaders and have created a program that should be considered a case study in best practices for environmental baseline studies.

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