Forecasting Service Vessel and Helicopter Trips Related to OCS Development

Mark Kaiser, David Dismukes, and Allan Pulsipher. Funded by the U.S. Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service and the LSU Coastal Marine Institute. Project Funding: $144,085.

The purpose of this proposal is to expand and update the current MMS descriptions related to service vessel and helicopter trips and to develop methodologies (and usable equations) to forecast the trips required to support a given level of oil and gas activity as represented by MMS exploration and development (E&D) scenarios.

The level of diversity and the magnitude of offshore activity in the GOM requires a reasonably precise description of the operational requirements associated with various activity classes to preserve the general nature of the approach and the level of decomposition necessitated by EIS studies.