Part I: The first challenge: Creation of the modern offshore industry in the Gulf of Mexico. Before the dawn. Beyond the horizon. A maturing system: the Gulf of Mexico in the 1950s. New sophistication: Platform design and pipelining innovations during the 1960s. Wading into deep water: The evolution of platforms during the 1960s and 1970s. Part II: The challenge of new and extreme environments: Depth, earthquakes, ice, and fire. Brown & Root Marine goes abroad. Mind stretcher of the century: Project mohole. Inner space pioneer: Taylor Diving & Salvage. Offshore California and Alaska. A crash program in Mexico's Bay of Campeche. Part III: The North Sea's challenge: Rough waters, hostile conditions. Confronting a monster: The early natural gas industry. Ekofisk and the challenge of early North Sea oil. Ring master at the Forties Field. Project management in a boom era. Epilogue. Index.