2022 SIPES Convention

SIPES annual meeting


June 13-16, 2022


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Deer Valley, Utah


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Hotel Information

The Chateaux Deer Valley
7815 Royal Street East
Park City, UT 84060

The SIPES 2022 Convention will be held at The Chateaux Deer Valley, nestled in the majestic Park City mountains.
This Forbes Four-Star luxury property is only a short ride away from historic Main Street.

Shuttle Service & Hotel Amenities — There is complimentary shuttle service available departing from the hotel every thirty minutes from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
This service is offered to all in-house guests. The shuttle goes to and from historic Main Street. No reservations needed. Hotel amenities also include restaurant, bar/lounge, spa, fitness center, pool, hot tub, business center, and daily newspaper.

SIPES Group Rate — The SIPES Group rate is $159 plus tax per night. There is a daily resort fee of $15 per night which includes bellman and housekeeping gratuities, fitness center access, and shuttle service to Park City on a first come, first served basis. (This group rate is available three days before and after the group arrival and departure dates, and is based on availability at time of booking. If interested, please ask for details when making your reservation.)
Check-in time is 4:00 p.m. Check-out time is 11:00 a.m.

Reservations — Individual reservations should be made by calling The Chateaux Deer Valley at 800-453-1302 and mentioning that you are with the SIPES Group. Reservations must be secured with a credit card at time of booking. A cancellation less than 30 days prior to arrival date will result in a charge equal to one night’s room and tax. There are no refunds for no shows, late arrivals or early departures.

Reservation Deadline Date — This rate will be in effect until May 12, 2022.

Parking — The hotel offers complimentary self-parking.

Speaker Information

Technical Program

Tuesday, June 14

8:15-8:50 a.m. – Monte Swan and Brian Clemishire
MagmaChem Institute, Sonoita, AZ
“Prevention of Production Problems: 
North America Case Histories”

8:50-9:25 a.m. – Michael K. Grimm
Rising Star Energy, Horseshoe Bay, TX 
“Lessons Learned from
Four Decades of Finding Oil”

9:25-10:00 a.m. – Robert L. “Bob” Lindsay
Lindsay Consulting, Midland, TX
“Getting to Know Your Reservoirs: Examples from the Permian Basin, Williston Basin, and Middle East”

10:25-11:00 a.m. – Neil Sharp, #3446 Rampike Resources
Trisha Fanning Ardor Environmental, Denver, CO
“The Political Economy of Environmental Regulations”

11:00-11:35 a.m. – L. Steve Melzer, #1081
Melzer CO2nsulting, Midland, TX
“Field Characterization, Tax Credits, and Other Business Opportunities for Independent Geoscientists in the Time of CO2 Storage Projects”


Wednesday, June 15

8:15-8:50 a.m.
aham Bain
Enverus (DrillingInfo), Calgary, Alberta, Canada 
“What the Frack –
Barrier Analysis 
in the Permian Basin”

8:50-9:25 a.m. –
L. Rogers Hardy

Canopy E&P Services, Houston, TX 
“The Quest from the Marsh out onto the Shelf and Beyond: How the Offshore Exploration Journey in the Gulf of Mexico Evolved and Led to a Global Revolution”

9:25-10:00 a.m.
Tom Fekete

Tall City Exploration, Midland, TX
“Wolfcamp Development, Southern Delaware Basin”

10:20-10:55 a.m.
W. Norman Kent
Kent GeoScience Associates, Camp Verde, AZ
“Stratigraphy and Petroleum Exploration
of the Mogollon Slope, Arizona”

SIPES Foundation Seminar

Thomas C. Chidsey, Jr.
Utah Geological Survey, Emeritus
“Major John Wesley Powell’s 1869 Journey Down the Green and Colorado Rivers of Utah on His Way to the Grand Canyon”

All-Convention Luncheon & Annual Business Meeting

William Happer
Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
“Carbon Dioxide, the Gas of Life”

Ethics Course

John E. Jordan, Jr.
Jordan Consulting, Houston, TX 
“Grey Areas: 
Interactive Application of
Business Ethics in the Geoscience Profession”

Thursday Field Trip

Dr. Ron A. Harris
Professor of Geological Sciences,
Brigham Young University 
“Central Wasatch Range and Park City” 

General Information

The annual SIPES Convention offers a great opportunity to connect and reconnect with like-minded people. Who are these like-minded people? They are your peers – independent prospect generators, geological, geophysical, and engineering consultants; and some are investors. The convention is centered around two mornings of technical talks, followed by interesting and fun activities focusing on the uniqueness of the area. The technical talks can be used to satisfy Continuing Education requirements, including an ethics talk. The talks provide technological updates and news of innovations and solutions to interpretation, sales, and production problems of the independent community. The technical talks are of a more intimate nature than are those of large conventions. There is ample time for questions and explanations during the technical sessions and during networking events. The convention is usually held in the first half of the year in a tourist-friendly venue. There are optional tours offered for your ‘significant other’!

More Information Coming Soon!

Convention Committee

General Convention Chair - Wendell Creech

Advertising/Sponsorship Co-chairs -
Marc Maddox & Earl Sebring

Technical Program Co-chairs -
Steve Melzer & Mike Raines

Committee Members - David Cromwell,
Jasha Cultreri, David Eyler, George Friesen,
John Kimberly, Bill Mueller, Jack Naumann,
Craig Smith & Robin Vasicek

Convention Sponsorship

Becoming an advertiser or sponsor during the convention is a great way to get the news of your organization out to the larger community. If you have a drilling opportunity that needs investors, 45% of SIPES members have other SIPES members as participants or investors in their projects. 

As a consultant, service provider, or a generator, the SIPES group is active in at least 25 states and 3 countries! This is a way to attract customers, find a gig for your particular expertise, or let others know you are available to help them meet their goals. 

Nearly half the membership is responsible for recommending or approving all types of services related to project development, drilling, completing, and producing wells.

The SIPES membership is responsible for drilling and supervising over 2,000 wells in a year for over 2,000,000 feet of hole. That is a lot of service to recommend and approve! The wells drilled range from less than 2,000 feet to over 20,000 feet measured depth.

By advertising or sponsoring at the convention, your organization is exposed to over 800 movers and shakers in the energy and related industries. It is a great return on your investment!