Testing oil spill containment equipment is a critical part of BSEE's mission protecting safety and the environment on the Outer Continental Shelf. Some testing is done at Ohmsett National Oil Spill Response Research Facility in BSEE's 2.6 million-gallon salt water tank for simulating ocean conditions.
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Technology Assessment Programs (TAP)

BSEE's Technology Assessment Programs provide a research element encompassed by BSEE Regulatory Program. TAP supports research associated with operational safety and pollution prevention. TAP (formerly known as Technology Assessment & Research (TA&R) Program) was established in the 1970's to ensure that industry operations on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) incorporated the use of the Best Available and Safest Technologies (BAST) subsequently required through the 1978 OCSLA amendments and Energy Policy Act of 2005. TAP is comprised of two functional research activities:

Operational Safety and Engineering Research (OSER) Other
Air Quality  Renewable Energy and Alternate Use
Arctic Research Hurricane Andrew
Decommissioning Hurricane Ivan
Deepwater Hurricanes Katrina/Rita
Drilling Hurricane Lili
Geotechnical International Activities
Human Factors  
Moorings and Anchors  
Offshore Technology Research Center (OTRC)  
Production Measurement  
Seismic Research  
Master List of Technology Assessment Programs (TAP) Projects


The TAP Program has four primary objectives:

  • Technical Support
    Providing engineering support to the Bureau decision makers in evaluating industry operational proposals and related technical issues and ensuring that these proposals comply with applicable regulations, rules, and operational guidelines and standards.
  • Technology Assessment
    Investigating and assessing industry applications of technological innovations and promoting the use of the best available and safest technologies in Bureau regulations, rules and operational guidelines.
  • Research Catalyst
    Promoting leadership in the fields of operational safety and pollution prevention in offshore energy extraction activities.
  • International Regulatory
    Providing international cooperation for Research and Development initiatives to enhance the safety of offshore energy extraction activities and the development of appropriate regulatory program elements worldwide. For more information about international research coordination efforts, see the BSEE ICRARD page or visit ICRARD.org.

The TAP Program operates through contracts with universities, private firms, and government laboratories to assess safety-related technologies and to perform necessary applied research.

The TAP fact sheet is available here.

Please visit the Submitting Research Proposals page for more information.