Disaster Inspires Brilliant Answers

A possible tool for preventing oil spills like last year’s Gulf disaster arrived on the floor of Houston’s Reliant Center this week, courtesy of an auto industry refugee and a jackknife can opener.

T-3 Energy Service unveiled a new kind of pipe-cutting device at the Offshore Technology Conference, running through Thursday at Reliant Park. The design came from some late-night thinking by Doug Jahnke, a company engineer who came to Houston after the automotive industry took a dive several years ago.

The design is just one of many products unveiled this week at the annual Offshore Technology Conference that were developed in response to last year’s deadly blowout of BP’s Macondo well.

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