Improving offshore safety and operational integrity through both technology and processes weaved its way through many of the panel and technical sessions at this year's Offshore Technology Conference, held in May in Houston. The annual conference continues to grow; this year's attendance reached a 30-year high of 89,000, and the exhibition was the largest in the event's history. "OTC 2012 was the most successful event we have had since the early 1980s," said Steve Balint, chairman of OTC. "In terms of strength of the technical sessions and technology on display, OTC reached a record-breaking number of people and offered the most ways to connect, educate, and conduct business. The industry is on the rise and challenges are ahead, making it more important than ever to collaborate and share best practices with colleagues all over the world." Two years after the Macondo accident in the US Gulf of Mexico, the impact of that disaster is still being felt as the industry grapples with new regulations and works to create new technology that will make operations safer and efficient. These issues dominated many sessions and discussions during the 4-day conference.