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post #1 of 9 Old 01-07-2006, 10:42 PM Thread Starter
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my son leaves for Houston on the morrow.

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post #3 of 9 Old 01-08-2006, 01:58 PM
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Is he going to go see anyone I know?

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A week course in dynamic positioning.

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post #5 of 9 Old 01-09-2006, 06:08 PM Thread Starter
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Now he is in Houston having fun it that great city near the ocean, 75 miles away. He tells me it is interesting. That is good.

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...dynamic positioning.

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Sounds like nude "Twister" :lol:

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Sounds like nude "Twister" :lol:
Not nearly as exciting. Nude "Twister" is something you might pay to participate in. Dynamic Positioning is something you get paid to participate in.

Dynamic Positioning is a means of geographically fixing a ship's position by means of her propellors and thrusters in lieu of anchoring. Anchoring in ultra-deep water (greater than 7,500 feet) is a very expensive and time consuming proposition (time is money). By measuring the ship's position via GPS or subsea beacons and calculating the external forces acting on the vessel (wind, current, etc.) you can utilize computer commands to the ship's thrusters to counter-act these forces and maintain position. As technology progresses we are moving into deeper and deeper water where anchoring just isn't feasable. The next well I'll be drilling is going to be in 9,600 feet of water.

Bart's son is trying to break into this field. It is not just the exploration rigs that are using DP, the supply boats that service the rig are also on DP now, There are some floating DP production platforms, DP shuttle tankers to offload the oil, DP pipelaying ships, DP dive boats, etc. You can even put a beacon on a submersible vehicle and program the ship to follow it. The cruise ship industry is getting into DP also, they can bring their big ships into exotic places and utilize DP for positioning rather than tearing up the seafloor and coral reefs with a great big anchor.

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Cool. Thanks.

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It is not just the exploration rigs that are using DP
Ghehe... please stop using the abbrev. DP :P It's very confusing :green:
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