Engineering Innovation Podcast and Radio Series

Ocean Oil

PostedMay 2, 2010

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Randy Atkins: The damaged Gulf well is in 5 thousand feet of water, then drills about 3 miles down.  But offshore industry consultant Ken Arnold says wells have been drilled almost twice as deep.

Ken Arnold: It’s within the realm of known, current technology, well-proven by many, many applications.

Randy Atkins: Still, such operations involve very complex engineering in extreme environments that some have likened to the challenges of space travel.  Arnold stresses that, even so, it’s been more than 40 years since such a major U-S oil rig blowout.

Ken Arnold: We have improved the technology, we have improved the inspection capability, we have improved our understanding of safety.

Randy Atkins: And he says new improvements will certainly result from the current tragedy.  With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, 103 point 5 F-M and WTOP-dot-com.