As petroleum exploration and exploitation move to ever deeper waters, the focus on riser technology is sharpening. As water depth increases, the cost of the riser system and the technological challenges both increase rapidly. While much focus is given to the challenges of designing and manufacturing riser systems for extreme deep waters, the challenges are certainly not less when one tries to push the limit at the other end of the spectrum in very shallow water. The objective of this website is to report on previous and latest research and applied technologies which enhance the effective and sustainable use of flexible pipeline and risers for the offshore industry. The website (in progress) will highlight the contributions to the international market from Coflexip in 1972, Wellstream Corporation in late 80's, Wellstream International Ltd. in mid 90's, and DeepFlex & FlexSteel Technologies in the last decade. The impact of Technip and Coflexip merger is highlighted. Copyright January 2012
______________________________________________________________________________________ * Dr. Ismail, a Ph.D graduate from the University of California at Berkeley in 1981, joined Wellstream Corporation in its R&D Office in Corte Madera, California. in 1990. Thereafter, he acted as Manager of Technology in Wellstream main office in Panama City, Florida and then Director of Engineering & Technology in 1991 until he joined Hydro-Engineering Technologies, currently Costamarine, in San Francisco Bay Area in 1993. Prior to Wellstream, Dr. Ismail was employed with Bechtel Petroleum in San Francisco as Senior and Project Engineer. Currently, he is serving as Professor of Coastal Engineering at the Maritime Academy in Alexandria, Egypt and continues his international activities with EU and US research & professional associations: (www.theseusproject.eu, http://soundwaves.usgs.gov/2010/05/meetings.html , www.nwrc-egypt.info/, http://content.asce.org/conferences/copricoastal2011/steering.html ) .