SIPES 56th Annual Meeting
& 2019 Convention

June 3-6, 2019 - Estes Park, Colorado

Convention Registration

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The SIPES 2019 Convention Registration Book.

View the Event Invitation Here.

View the Event Summary Here.

SIPES Member/ Associated Member*
$350 (On or before May 2), $400 (After May 2). Price Includes: Icebreaker, Technical Sessions on Tuesday & Wednesday, All-Convention Luncheon on Tuesday, SIPES Ethics Course on Wednesday, ability to register for all optional tours and events, and use of the complimentary shuttle.

Non-Member $375 (On or before May 2), $425 (After May 2). Price Includes: Icebreaker, Technical Sessions on Tuesday & Wednesday, All-Convention Luncheon on Tuesday, SIPES Ethics Course on Wednesday, ability to register for all optional tours and events, and use of the complimentary shuttle.

Spouse, Widow, or Guest of Member $150 (On or before May 2), $200 (After May 2). Price Includes: Icebreaker, ability to register for all optional tours and events, and use of the complimentary shuttle.

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

NOTE: Extra fees are required for the SIPES Foundation Seminar, all optional tours and events, SIPES Awards Banquet, and the Post-Convention Field Trip. Fees for all events increase after May 2, 2019. You may register for all tours and events in advance. Some events may still be available to purchase at a higher rate onsite through the registration desk.

NOTE: Non-registered spouses and guests may not attend the convention icebreaker or register for optional tours and events. After May 2, if space is available, non-registered spouses and guests may register for the Thursday Post-Convention Field Trip at the higher rate.

SIPES Convention Hotel Information

The SIPES 2019 Convention will be held at the acclaimed Stanley Hotel, located only five miles from Rocky Mountain National Park, and 75 miles from the Denver International Airport.

Amenities include a spa, fitness center, two fine dining restaurants (one with patio seating), a cafe, and a whiskey bar.

SIPES Group Rate — $219 plus tax per night for single or double occupancy. This rate applies to rooms in the main hotel, The Lodge and Aspire. Please note that while rooms are available in The Lodge and Aspire, all meetings and events will be held in the main hotel.

Attendees who would like to arrive up to three days early can request the group rate by calling the group rooms coordinator, Dee Johnston, at
970-577-4037; the group rate for the early dates is not available online.

Check-in time is 4:00 pm. Check-out time is 11:00 a.m.


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Individual reservations should be made by calling The Stanley Hotel Reservations Department at 970-577-4040 and mentioning that you are with the SIPES Group, or by using the link above.

Reservation Deadline Date

This rate will be in effect until midnight on Thursday, May 2, 2019
(Mountain Standard Time).

Important Reminder

To help SIPES meet hotel reservation requirements, please register for the meeting by May 2 to maintain a reservation in the SIPES group block at The Stanley. After May 2, hotel reservations without a convention registration could be moved out of the SIPES block if necessary, into a regular rate room, which could be substantially more expensive. Thank you for helping to make this meeting a success!

Cancellation Policy

A cancellation less than 48 hours prior to arrival will result in a charge equal to one night's room and tax.


The hotel offers complimentary parking.

2019 Technical Presentations

Note: Speakers and schedule are subject to change. Please check for updates.

Icebreaker— Monday, June 3 — 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Meet with friends and colleagues while enjoying outstanding hors d’oeuvres and drinks at the 2019 Convention Icebreaker. Each registrant will receive two complimentary drink tickets. A cash bar will also be available. Convention registration is required to attend.

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

Members: $65 ($90 after 5/2/19) ∙ Non-Members: $75 ($100 after 5/2/19) ∙ Spouses/Guests: $35 ($60 after 5/2/19)

Michele Bratschun — “Rocky Mountain National Park: Then and Now”

Bruce Davies — “People and Places of Historic Estes Park”

Tuesday, June 4

8:15-8:30 a.m. — "Opening Comments"

8:30-9:00 a.m. — David Shiels, #3171 — Shiels Engineering, Inc., Kaufman, TX "Cost-Effective Methods of Cleaning up Old Well Sites"

9:00-9:30 a.m. — Robin Vasicek, #2354 — QP, Inc., Midland, TX "Operating and Living with Stripper Wells"

9:30-10:00 a.m. — Kirk Kolar, #3343 — DKT Energy, LLC & Hydrocarb-en, LLC, Edmond, OK "1031 Like Kind Exchanges for Oil and Gas Assets"

10:00-10:15 a.m. — Break

10:15-10:45 a.m. — John Wright, #2497 — Wright Consulting Company, Inc., Golden, CO "Quick Look Economics to Help Sell Your Deal"

10:45-11:15 a.m. — Bill Goff, #2068 — Cholla Production, LLC, Littleton, CO "Considering the Future of the Geologist Entrepreneur: Will There be a Chair at the Table?"

11:15-11:45 a.m. — David Nicklin, #3328 — David F. Nicklin International Consulting, LP, Gardnerville, NV "Twenty Years of Professional Independence — Variety is the Spice of Life"


For registered spouse/guest — $80 ($105 After 5/2/2019)

12:00-1:15 p.m. — Marc D. Maddox — "How SIPES came to be, and where we are today"

SIPES Awards Banquet — Tuesday, June 4 — 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Fee: $125 per person ($150 after 5/2/19) (This event is not included with your basic registration fee and must be purchased separately).

Come to the SIPES Awards Banquet for a fun-filled evening with new colleagues and old friends! A cash bar will be available at 6:30 p.m., followed by a delicious dinner at about 7:15 p.m.

Awards Ceremony — There will be an awards ceremony to recognize retiring national directors. The SIPES Outstanding Service Award will be presented to Ralph J. Daigle, #2467, of The Woodlands, Texas, who will be honored for his many years of service to both SIPES and the SIPES Foundation.

Speaker — Kurtis Kelly — “F. O. Stanley: An Enterprising Yankee Goes West”

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

Wednesday, June 5

8:15-8:45 a.m. — Jamie Robertson, #2826 — Salt Creek Petroleum, LLC, Fort Worth, TX "Climate Change: A Technical Perspective"

8:45-9:15 a.m. — Randy Bissell — Headington Energy Partners, LLC — Corpus Christi, Texas "Architecture of Wolfcamp Carbonate Debris Flows, Midland Basin, Texas"

9:15-9:45 a.m. — Gregg Alletag, #3484 — Barite Rose Energy, Inc., Oklahoma City, OK "A Career of Professional Flexibility in Geoscience"

9:45-10:00 a.m. — Break

10:00-10:30 a.m. — Robert Slocum — Slocum Geophysics, LLC & Polatomic, Inc., Richardson, TX "Ultra-High Resolution Aeromagnetic (U-HRAM) Surveys for Drilling Hazard Avoidance & Geophysical Applications"

10:30-11:00 a.m. — John Horne, #3419 — Orion International Ltd., Golden, CO (co-author William Pearson, #3418 — Pearson Technologies, Inc., Golden, CO) "A Rational Approach to the Exploration for Helium"

11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. — David Abbott — Consulting Geologist, Denver, CO Ethics Course — "Honesty — Avoiding the Misuse of Models"

Area Tours & Field Trips

You must be a registered meeting attendee in order to sign up for the tours below. There will be no tour refunds after May 2, 2019. Advance reservations are recommended.

Tuesday, June 4

Green Jeep Tours Off-Road Wilderness Tour 1:30-4:30 p.m.
$90 per person ($110 after 5/2/19)

Get off the beaten path for an off-road adventure that tests the limits of our Green Jeeps on the national forest access roads near Allenspark. You will learn some history about the area, and go places not many people can go!

Includes round-trip transportation, guided tour, tax and gratuity.

The Historic Stanley Hotel SIPES Private Day Tour 1:45-3:15 p.m.
$40 per person ($50 after 5/2/19) Space is limited to 20!

Immerse yourself in the rich story of the historic Stanley Hotel! This 75-min- ute, private walking tour will introduce you to Mr. F.O. Stanley, his wife Flora, Stephen King, and other noteworthy visitors of the last 110 years. This is a unique way to experience the hotel's history, architecture, folklore, and pop culture with a knowledgeable storyteller. The tour route varies based on availability and does not go into guest rooms.

Includes guided tour and gratuity.

Wednesday, June 5

Guided Flora & Fauna Hike, Rocky Mountain National Park 8:30-11:30 a.m. or 1:30-4:30 p.m.
$115 per person ($140 after 5/2/19)

This three-hour hike will be led by Marlene Borneman, author of Rocky Mountain Wildflowers and The Best Front Range Wildflower Hikes. Mrs. Borneman lives in Estes Park and is an accomplished and knowledgeable hiking guide. You will pass by cascading waterfalls, serene mountain lakes, and across breathtaking mountaintop views. Rocky Mountain National Park offers some of the most spectacular scenery in the country! We will walk downhill to the flyshop where transportation to the trailhead will be provided. For your convenience, the same hiking trip will be offered in the morning and afternoon.

Includes tour guide, return transportation, tax and gratuity.

Estes Park Aerial Tramway Tour 2:00-3:30 p.m.
$25 per person ($30 after 5/2/19)

This tramway utilizes a free span design which is fairly uncommon in the U.S., and affords a smooth ride and outstanding views! Mr. Heron was one of the pioneering chair lift builders for the U.S. ski industry, and built the first double chair lift in this country. The Estes Park Aerial Tramway opened to the public in July 1955. The tramway is still owned and operated by the Heron family.

Includes round-trip transportation and tram ticket.

Post-Convention Field Trip Thursday, June 6 — 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Fee: $150 ($200 after 5/2/19)

Tour of Rocky Mountain National Park via Trail Ridge Road
Rocky Mountain National Park was established in 1915 and is more than 415 square miles in area. It hosts lush valleys and the grandeur of the high Rocky Mountains, showcasing outstanding scenery, as well as striking geologic features. The Post-Convention Field Trip will be led by geologic professionals from the National Park Service and will also feature discussions on wildlife, plants and ecosystems hosted in the park.

Rocky Mountain National Park is the product of a complex geologic history spanning almost two billion years. The area occupied by the park has been repeatedly uplifted and eroded. Although many of its mountaintops have been flattened by ancient erosion, recent glaciation has left steep scars, U-shaped valleys, lakes and moraines. Rocky Mountain National Park is located in one of the highest and most spectacular parts of the Colorado Front Range.

The field trip will look at many different aspects of geology including lithology, structural, and geomorphic glacial features. The geology of the park includes exposures of Precambrian metamorphic and granitic rocks as well as Tertiary volcanics. The structural relief between the Precambrian granite at the top of Longs Peak (elevation 14,255 feet) in the National Park and the Precambrian in the nearby Denver Basin is 22,000 feet. This represents an upward displacement of over four miles.

Tour price includes round-trip bus transportation, guided tour, boxed lunch, bottled water, taxes and gratuities.

Estes Park on your Own

A shuttle will be available onsite for meeting registrants on Tuesday and Wednesday of the convention from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The shuttle will operate on a limited basis within Estes Park.

You will be provided with a pass in your registration materials. See the registration desk for more information.

Guided Flyfishing Trips, Brewery and Distillery Tours, Patterson Glassworks Studio & Gallery, Guided Bicycle Tours, Estes Park Golf Courses, and River Rafting!

Please see the Digital Announcement Brochure for more information!

Travel Information

The Denver International Airport (DEN) is served by all major airlines. Estes Park is approximately an hour and a half drive from Denver.

Shuttle — Estes Park Shuttle provides transportation from the Denver International Airport to Estes Park. The cost at the time of publication is $85 per person round trip, $45 per person one way. Shuttles run multiple times per day. Reservations are recommended to guarantee seating. See or call 970-586-5151 for additional information about schedules and rates.