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  • SIPES Member/ Associated Member* On or before May 1 $350 After May 1 $400
  • Non-Member On or before May 1 $375 After May 1 $425

*SIPES Member rates apply to members of the following societies: AAPG#, SEG#, and SPEE#.

Note: Price Includes Icebreaker, technical sessions, ethics course, Tuesday luncheon & refreshments 

  • Spouse/Guest On or before May 1 $150  After May 1 $200

Note: Price Includes Icebreaker, and ability to register for optional tours & events

Hotel Information

The Fredericksburg Inn & Suites
201 S. Washington Street

The SIPES 2020 Convention will be held at the Fredericksburg Inn & Suites located on Barons Creek, and only a five-minute walk from historic downtown Fredericksburg.

Amenities include a complimentary hot breakfast, soft drinks and coffee available 24 hours, fresh cookies made daily, two swimming pools and a hot tub.

SIPES Group Rate — The SIPES Group rate for Sunday through Thursday nights is $129 plus tax per night. Friday and Saturday night stays, excluding tax, are $179, or $229 for a suite upgrade.

Check-in time is 3:00 pm. Check-out time is 11:00 a.m.

Reservations — Individual reservations should be made by calling the Fredericksburg Inn & Suites at 830-997-0202 and mentioning that you are with the SIPES Group. The group rate will not be honored for online reservations. Reservations must be secured with a credit card at time of booking. There is a 48-hour cancellation policy.

**Please note: This is a two-story hotel and Second floor rooms are only accessible by stairs**

Reservation Deadline Date — This rate will be in effect until 5:00 p.m. Central Time on April 30, 2020.

Parking — The hotel offers complimentary parking.

Travel Information

The two major cities closest to Fredericksburg are Austin (78 miles) and San Antonio (70 miles). Ground Transportation — Stagecoach Shuttle Service provides transportation to and from both Austin and San Antonio airports. For scheduling and pricing information, please contact them directly at 830-385-7722, info@stagecoachtaxiandshuttle.com or www.stagecoachtaxiandshuttle.com. Reservations are required.

2020 Technical Program and Events

Monday, June 1 — SIPES Foundation Seminar — 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Members: $70 ($90 after 5/1/20) Non-Members: $80 ($100 after 5/1/20) Spouses/Guests: $40 ($60 after 5/1/20)

Location: Nimitz Ballroom at the National Museum of the Pacific War, 340 E. Main Street (at the corner of Main & Washington)

Petroleum in World War II: The Lifeblood of Modern Warfare by C. Paul Hilliard — Badger Oil, Lafayette, Louisiana

Energy 101 —by Jory A. Pacht, #3054 — Altair Resources, LLC, Sugar Land, Texas

Note: If you wish to see the museum on your own before the seminar, a discounted, group-rate ticket is available for purchase on Monday, June 1 only. The cost is $10 per ticket and it is valid for 48 hours from time of purchase. The museum opens at 9:00 a.m.

Monday, June 1— Icebreaker — 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Meet with friends and colleagues while enjoying hors d’oeuvres and drinks at the 2020 Convention Icebreaker. Each registrant will receive two complimentary drink tickets. A cash bar will also be available. Convention registration is required to attend.

Tuesday, June 2Technical Program

  • 8:00-8:40 a.m. — C. Randy Bissell, #3547 — Headington Energy Partners, LLC, Corpus Christi, TX “Wellsite Utilization of Diagnostic Fluorescence in Oil-Based-Mud Filtrate RFT Samples”
  • 8:40-9:20 a.m. — Sam LeRoy — Earthview Associates, Houston, TX and Yury Lyasch — JYL, LLC, Houston, TX “‘Side-View’ and ‘FracSeis Passive’ Seismic Imaging of Fracture Intensity and Hydrocarbon Saturation”
  • 9:20-10:00 a.m. — Patrick A. Nye, #3105 — Nye Exploration & Production, Corpus Christi, TX “What’s a Wind Deal??”
  • 10:00-10:15 a.m. — Break
  • 10:15-10:55 a.m. — Dwayne C. Purvis, #3470 — Dwayne Purvis, P.E., Fort Worth, TX “New Dynamics of the Natural Gas Market”
  • 10:55-11:35 a.m. — Barry J. Rava, #3198 — Icarus Oil and Gas, Inc., Houston, TX “Subtle Structural Trap Prospects: Is There a Place for Them in the 21st Century?”


Tuesday, June 2 — All-Convention Luncheon & Annual Business Meeting — 12:00-1:15 p.m.

Three Paleo Human Mysteries by Neil Bockoven

  • Mystery One: Did we mate with Neanderthals and have viable off- spring? If so, what genetics did we get from them?
  • Mystery Two: Neanderthals lived in Europe for more than 250,000 years.
  • When we (Homo sapiens) arrived on the scene about 45,000 years ago, they disappeared quickly — forever. What happened?
  • Mystery Three: Why is an Australian aborigine genetically more similar to a Scandinavian than an African tribesman is to a member of a different African tribe?
  • In addition to answering these and other intriguing questions, we’ll discuss the huge break-throughs coming from ancient DNA analysis, and the different information we get from the three types of DNA.

The SIPES All-Convention Luncheon is included in the registration fee for members and non-members only. Spouses or guests who want to attend should purchase an individual ticket for the event.

Tuesday, June 2 — SIPES Awards Banquet 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Fee: $140 per person ($165 after 5/1/20)
Note: This event is not included with your basic registration fee and must be purchased separately.

Location: Woodrose Winery — 662 Woodrose Lane (Shuttle service will be provided)

Come to the SIPES Awards Banquet being held at Woodrose Winery for a fun-filled evening with new colleagues and old friends! A cash bar with wine only will be available starting at 6:30 p.m., followed by a delicious dinner with wine pairings, and designed for mingling.

Following the dinner, there will be an awards ceremony.

  • William R. Finley, #2167, of Lafayette, Louisiana, will receive SIPES Honorary Membership.
  • D. Craig Smith, #3124, of Midland, Texas, will be presented with The SIPES Outstanding Service Award.
  • “European Immigration to Texas with German Influence in the 1840s” by Evelyn Weinheimer

Note: Winning tickets for the SIPES Foundation’s No Hassle Raffle will be drawn. You do not need to be present to win!

Wednesday, June 3Technical Program

  • 8:30-9:15 a.m. — Michael P. Smith — Advanced Hydrocarbon Stratigraphy, Tulsa, OK “AHS Rock Volatiles, Cuttings and Core Well Logs”
  • 9:15-10:00 a.m. — Gary C. Huber, #3134 — Rangeland E&P, LLC, Centennial, CO “Developing Mineral Prospects for the Independent”
  • 10:00-10:15 a.m. — Break
  • 10:15-11:00 a.m. — Sam McNeil — River Capital Partners, Charlotte, NC “Is My Project Suitable for Private Capital?”
  • 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. — John E. Jordan, Jr. — Jordan Consulting, Houston, TX Ethics Course — “Grey Areas: Interactive Application of Business Ethics in the Geoscience Profession”

Wednesday, June 3 — Ethics Course — 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

  • Grey Areas: Interactive Application of Business Ethics in the Geoscience Profession by John E. Jordan, Jr.

This course will provide a very brief review of the Business Ethics Model, a review of the AAPG ethics/code of conduct, and will focus heavily on examples where your business ethics are tested. I need to hear from YOU to make this experience more meaningful! Please submit ethics examples you have encountered in your career to me at (JJordanDPA@AAPG.org) to be considered for use in the lecture. Examples will be anonymous, and the situation will be modified, but the issue will be the same as submit- ted. Using the examples, the audience will provide immediate digital feedback while we discuss business ethics focusing on making sound, consistent and ethical decisions. Come and join this entertaining and spirited discussion about the “grey areas” and make sure to bring a phone that is capable of texting. I will provide all participants with a continuing education certificate upon request.

Thursday, June 4 — Post-Convention Field Trip

Tour of Canyon Lake Gorge, Enchanted Rock and Luckenbach
Thursday, June 4 — 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. or 8:30 p.m.

Fee:  $150 ($200 after 5/1/20)
Led by Jim Jameson & R. David Shiels, #3171

The day will begin with Jim Jameson leading a three-hour tour of Canyon Lake Gorge, a unique area that was deeply scarred during the great flood of July 2002. Over 34 inches of rain fell on the area and overwhelmed the dam. Amazing structural features are exposed, as well as paleontological features. Field trip attendees will be able to lay their hands on the Corbula sp. Zone that separates the upper and lower Glen Rose Formation. This is a dream experience for the carbonate-loving geologist.

Following the Canyon Lake tour, we will leave for the Enchanted Rock Pavilion for lunch. There, David Shiels will give a brief overview of the Enchanted Rock Batholith, starting with Grenville time when the Town Mountain Granite was first formed over 1 billion years ago. The latest theories associated with the Llano Uplift will be discussed. Afterward, we will hike to the top of Enchanted Rock and the many exposed geologic features will be pointed out.

2020 Convention Tours & Events

You must be a registered meeting attendee in order to sign up for the tours below. There will be no tour refunds after May 1, 2020. Advance reservations are recommended.

Tuesday, June 2

Trolley Historical Tour  — 1:30-3:30 p.m. — $40 per person ($60 after 5/1/20)

Come aboard this nice trolley to learn a little about the history of Fredericksburg. You will enjoy an entertaining and informative guided tour that highlights several of our most important landmarks, incredible architecture, and German heritage. True tales of some of Fredericksburg’s colorful characters and pioneers will keep you wanting more. Participants will have the opportunity to disembark at two locations to enjoy an up-close look. Some walking required. Includes round-trip transportation, guided tour, tax and gratuity.

Enchanted Rock Tour — 1:30-4:30 p.m. — $60 per person ($80 after 5/1/20)

Enjoy this guided tour of Enchanted Rock with a park ranger. Visitors have been coming to Enchanted Rock State Natural Area for centuries, and it remains one of the most popular things to do in Fredericksburg. It offers 8.4 miles of hiking trails, a nature trail, interpretive exhibits, rock climbing, watchable wildlife and a park store. Be sure to wear appropriate shoes for hiking. This is a fairly strenuous hike. Includes round-trip transportation, guided tour, tax and gratuity.

Cooking School Demonstration — 1:45-4:15 p.m. — $60 per person ($80 after 5/1/20)

Professional Chef Herrera will work with you to prepare a sampling of a traditional German meal including Currywurst, Rotkohl (red cabbage), Jagerschnitzel (pork with mushroom sauce), Käse- spätzle (German mac and cheese), and Flambé Apples with ice cream. You will be able to taste bites of each course while sampling delicious Texas wines. Enjoy this hands-on demonstration in the beautiful setting of the pine trees and Das Peach Haus. Includes round-trip transportation, demonstration, snacks, tax and gratuity.

Wednesday, June 3

Bamberger Ranch Tour — 12:30-5:30 p.m. — $60 per person ($80 after 5/1/20)

On this three-hour tour of a working ranch you will see the results of 50 years of habitat restoration. You will be shown projects which demonstrate principles of good stewardship. You may also see dinosaur tracks, fossil beds, a herd of endangered Scimitar-horned Oryx, the “Chiroptorium” which is a man-made bat cave designed to hold a million Mexican Free-tailed bats. You’ll walk the nature trail and then enjoy Madrone Lake as you watch “The Rain Machine.” Transportation is on the Bluebonnet, an open-air trailer with a shade bonnet, so dress for the weather; and don’t forget a hat! Includes round-trip transportation, guided tour, tax and gratuity.

Art Gallery Tour 1:15-3:30 p.m. — $55 per person ($75 after 5/1/20)

Experience a personal, guided tour through at least three local art galleries, hear fun discussions on Fredericksburg’s most out- standing works of art, and have opportunities to meet local and regional artists. Tour requires walking and standing. Includes round-trip transportation, guided tour, tax and gratuity.

Wine & Cheese Tasting 2:00-4:30 p.m. — $75 per person ($95 after 5/1/20)

You will travel to one of the over 50 wine tasting venues in and around Fredericksburg, 4.0 Cellars. When it comes to delicious elegance, it’s hard to beat cheese and wine pairings. This Texas cheese and wine experience features five artisan, Texas cheeses from Veldhuizen Cheese Company, along with five 4.0 Cellars dry white and red wines, specifically selected to complement the cheeses. Known for their distinctive flavor and quality, Veldhuizen cheeses are handcrafted and cave aged, and pair deliciously with these wines. Includes round-trip transportation, cheese and wine samples, guided tour, tax and gratuity.

Next, we will depart for Luckenbach. SIPES members will be bringing instruments and talents to pick and sing with geo buddies. There will be bus transportation back to the hotel leaving at 5:00 p.m., and again at 8:00 p.m. for those staying for the 6:00 barbeque dinner.

Please note that there is a separate fee listed on the registration page for the barbeque dinner; it is not included in the above tour price. Tour price includes round-trip bus transportation, guided tour, boxed lunch, bottled water, taxes and gratuities.

Fredericksburg on your Own


Shopping on Main Street

The Preserve

Altstadt Brewery

Lady Bird Johnson Golf Course

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