To ensure the safety of offshore oil and gas operations, a presidentially appointed 2010 Gulf oil- spill commission has called for a new oversight and enforcement agency at the Dept. of the Interior and offered a long list of other recommendations for government and industry. Agencies and the private sector could adopt some of the changes on their own. Other steps would require new federal legislation. Photo: Courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard In a comprehensive, 398-page report released on Jan. 11, the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling issued 15 recommendations. Leading the list
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.