Professor Richard Laing, from Aberdeen's Robert Gordon University is currently in Houston for the World Energy Cities Partnership (WECP) conference.
From the moment north-east business men and women arrived at Aberdeen Airport to head off to OTC, the positive vibe and buzz hit them and that upbeat mood will increase as this week goes on.
Design and engineering business PD&MS Energy is highlighting its capabilities at the show.
Business people from across the world are travelling to the US for the annual OTC meeting - the world's most important oil and gas show, being held in Houston from April 30-May 3.
Preparations for the largest oil and gas show in the world are well under way, with Scottish firms showing a high level of interest in joining the annual trip to the Offshore Technology Conference in the US.