All technology focus areas, plus regulatory interface and administration, within the DeepStar project have been organized into Technical Committees. Each technical committee is headed by a Chairperson.
Geosciences Committee (x000) forms a partnership between government and industry to research, develop and optimize techniques, technologies and tools that enable us to overcome geoscience challenges, including subsalt imaging, reservoir characterization, fluid characterization, economics, high pressure/high temperature, and geomechanics.
Regulatory Committee (x100) provides liaison between the DeepStar technical committees and governmental regulators such as the Minerals Management Services and the US Coast Guard. The objective of the committee centers on the exchange of technical information between the working technical groups in DeepStar and regulatory representatives of the MMS and USCG. The Regulatory Committee also works and communicates with leading industry organizations, such as the OOC, API, and others. The objective of this interface between DeepStar and other parties is the expedient full review of relevant issues involved in the deployment of new tools or processes in the development.
Flow Assurance Committee’s (x200) goal is to assure reliable and economic production in deepwater by the appropriate design and operation through prediction, management remediation of deposition and line plugs.
Subsea Systems Committee (x300) goal is to develop technology and qualify equipment to enable the deployment of “subsea facilities for 60 mile tie-backs from 12,000 foot water depth.”
Floating Systems Committee (x400) role is to further technology and fill gaps related to deepwater floating systems and their associated moorings and risers.
Drilling and Completion Committee (x500) members share their experiences and data to improve deep water drilling operations.
Administration and Technical Support (x600) - The Program Director heads this committee and oversees DeepStar’s leadership and administration responsibilities.
Reservoir Engineering Committee (x700) looks at trends that are of significant generic interest to the industry, while avoiding detailed reservoir issues where participants have competitive concerns. The committee has assembled the best available public domain information for use in learning the global characteristics of deepwater GOM reservoirs.
Met-Ocean Committee’s (x800) goal is to improve knowledge and modeling capabilities of the GOM circulation, which will provide more accurate facility design criteria and reduce downtime during deepwater drilling operations.
Systems Engineering Committee (x900) has the responsibility for analyzing existing and/or potential technology gaps and bringing them to the attention of the committee best suited to carry out further work in the specific technology area.