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The activities of the OMAE Division started in the form of an annual conference. The first symposium was affiliated with the Energy Resources Technology Conference & Exhibition (ETCE), held in February 1982 in New Orleans. With time, the symposium rapidly grew into a major technical conference in offshore and arctic engineering with broad international support. Currently, the main event of the OOAE Division is the annual international conference, which is held in venues around the world.
The first OMAE conference held outside North America was in Tokyo in 1986, and it was a huge success. Since then, the conference venue has included sites in Europe, South America and Asia, in addition to multiple North American sites (for a complete table of all OMAE conferences, please click here). With the merger of the OMAE and OE Divisions of ASME into the OOAE Division, the Ocean Engineering Symposium was added to the venue starting with OMAE '02 in Oslo.
As of 2009, the OMAE conference series is now known as the "International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering. However, the acronym OMAE was kept because of its name recognition in the engineering community.
Compared to the single symposium in 1982, recent conferences have nine regular symposia and often one or two special symposia. The conference has matured into a week long program. In fact, the co-sponsorship of many international professional societies shows that the OMAE Conference is recognized by the international technical community as an outstanding event.
Local Sponsor and Local Organizing Committee Roles
Each OMAE conference is jointly managed by the OOAE Division and a local organising committee, whose members will include the conference chair(s). The LOC must have the backing of a local organization or institution (the Sponsor) to be able to hold the conference. The Sponsor and Conference Chair(s) are required to sign a formal Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that stipulates roles and responsibilities and the financial terms and conditions under which the conference will be held. Included in the MOU are financial liabilities and rewards that may arise from holding the conference. The MOU is co-signed by the Sponsor, the OOAE Chair, and ASME’s Chief Financial Officer. A full package explaining the roles of the LOC are included here (Agreement, Proposal Guidelines)
The annual conferences are organized into nine regular symposia focus on interdisciplinary innovative technical developments in the ocean, offshore and arctic areas. The regular symposia are:
A collection of proceedings is published from each annual conference to include all the papers presented at the conference. These proceedings can be ordered from ASME's web site http://www.asme.org/Publications/ConfProceedings/ . Each paper published in the proceedings must successfully go through a peer review process. The conference proceedings have been recognized for their quality and accepted for indexing by the Engineering Index and Compendex.Search conference proceedings.