SIPES 55th Annual Meeting
& 2018 Convention

June 11-14, 2018 - Santa Fe, New Mexico

Convention Registration

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  • SIPES Member/ Associated Member* $300 (On or before May 10), $350 (After May 10), Price Includes: Icebreaker, Technical Sessions, Discovery Room, Ethics Course, Tuesday luncheon & Coffee/Water
  • Non-Member $375 (On or before May 10), $425 (After May 10), Price Includes: Icebreaker, Technical Sessions, Discovery Room, Ethics Course, Tuesday luncheon & Coffee/Water
  • Spouse, Widow, or Guest of Member $150 (On or before May 10), $200 (After May 10), Price Includes: Icebreaker, Coffee/Water, and ability to register for optional tours & events
  • *SIPES Member rates apply to members of the following societies: AAPG#, SEG#, SPEE#

    SIPES Convention Hotel Information

    The SIPES 2018 Convention Headquarters Hotel will be the beautiful La Fonda Hotel on the Plaza within walking distance to all features of the city.

    Room Reservations:

    The SIPES Group Rate is $199 per night plus applicable taxes for single or double occupancy. The group rate will be honored three days pre- and post-convention dates (6/9-6/15/18) based upon availability.

    This rate will be in effect until Thursday, May 10, 2018, at 12:00 noon (Mountain Standard Time). Individual reservations should be made by calling La Fonda’s Reservations Department at 800-523-5002 and choosing option 1. Call between the hours of: Monday-Friday, 7 am-8 pm; Saturday, 8 am-5 pm; or Sunday, 9 am-5 pm.

    Check-in time is 3:00 pm. Check-out time is 12:00 noon.

    Click here for hotel information and registration.

    The group code is 912830.

    2018 Technical Presentations

    The technical program is currently in the planning and scheduling stages. Please check periodically for updates.

    SIPES FOUNDATION 2018 SEMINAR — Monday, June 11 — 2:30 p.m. — 5:00 p.m.

    Members: $65 ($90 after 5/10/18) — Non-Members: $75 ($100 after 5/10/18) — Spouses/Guests: $35 ($60 after 5/10/18)

  • Eric Blinman, Ph.D. — "A Thousand Years of New Mexico History: Foundations of the Rich Multicultural Landscape"
  • Hilario Romero, Ph.D. — "Three Thousand Years of History, Settlement and Culture in the Greater Santa Fe Area"
  • Joy Poole — "History of the Santa Fe Trail"
  • RESOURCES OF NEW MEXICO — Tuesday, June 12

  • 8:20-8:30 a.m. — Opening Remarks
  • 8:30-9:00 a.m. — Virginia McLemore — "Mining Issues in New Mexico 2018"
  • 9:00-9:30 a.m. — Bruce Black — "Oil Occurrences in the Rio Grande Rift"
  • 9:30-10:00 a.m. — Laura Reich — "Geologic Curiosities of North Central New Mexico"
  • 10:00-10:15 a.m. — Break
  • OIL IN NEW MEXICO — Tuesday, June 12

  • 10:15-10:45 a.m. — Ron Broadhead — "Petroleum Geology of New Mexico: An Overview and Recent Developments"
  • 10:45-11:15 a.m. — Eddie David, #2269 — "A Lifetime of Riding the WTI Price Roller Coaster"
  • 11:15-11:45 a.m. — James Manatt — "Bypassed Oil Behind Pipe: Pioneering a Third New Mexico Basin into Production, The Trials and Tribulations"

    For registered spouse/guest — $80 ($105 After 5/10/2018)

  • 12:00-1:15 p.m. — Patrick A. Nye — "Building on Successes and Failures — The Life
    of an Independent"

  • 1:30-2:00 p.m. — Jerry Stokes, #2866 — "Electronic Geology"
  • 2:00-2:30 p.m. — W. Grant Fergeson, #2320 — "Shell's $560 Million Mistake, Arco & Sohio's $1.25 Billion Mistake, and Exxon's Much, Much Bigger Mistake, or Thank God for Independents!"
  • 2:30-3:00 p.m. — Kenneth Hooper — "Prospect-Focused Seismic Survey in Trend Development Strategies"
  • 3:00-3:30 p.m. — Break
  • 3:30-4:00 p.m. — Wayne Hoskins — "From Prospect Map to Data Volume"
  • 4:00-4:30 p.m. — John Everett — "Remote Sensing — Getting More Exploration for Less Money"
  • 4:30-5:00 p.m. — Dietmar (Deet) Schumacher — "Surface Geochemical Exploration for Oil and Gas: New Life for an Old but Underutilized Technology"
  • AWARDS BANQUET — Tuesday, June 12 — 6:30-9:00 p.m.

    Fee: $110 per person ($135 after 5/10/18) (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.

    Hampton Sides, author of Blood and Thunder, will present a narrative weaving the adventures of Kit Carson, the U.S. Army, and the Santa Fe Trail into the saga of settling the southwest.

    There will also be an awards ceremony to recognize retiring national directors. The SIPES Outstanding Service Award will be presented to Arthur J. Pansze, Jr., #734, of Arvada, Colorado, who will be honored for his many years of service to both SIPES and the SIPES Foundation.

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

    FIELD HISTORIES — Wednesday, June 13

  • 8:25-8:30 a.m. — Opening Remarks
  • 8:30-9:00 a.m. — Richard Boyce, #3245 — "Not all Wolfcamp Wells Have to be Horizontal: — A Throwback to the Way Things Used to Be"
  • 9:00-9:30 a.m. — Robert Wiener — "Shallow Ellenburger and Pennsylvanian Section Re-Exploration Using Innovative Technology and Basic Geology"
  • 9:30-10:00 a.m. — Lee Petersen, #2838 — "Prospecting with the Rear-View Mirror"
  • 10:00-10:15 a.m. — Break
  • 10:00-12:00 Noon — SIPES Discovery Room Open
  • 10:15-10:45 a.m. — Pat Gratton, #412 — "Adaptive Geoscientist Plus the Key to Survival/Success in Good Times and Bad"
  • 10:45-11:45 a.m. — Kirt Kempter — Field Trip Preview — "Geology of the Jemez Mountains"
  • 1:30-2:30 p.m. — David Abbott — Ethics Course — "Aspects of Geoscience-related Ethics Codes"
  • THE SIPES DISCOVERY ROOM — Wednesday, June 13

    Douglas H. McGinness II — Discovery Room Chairman

    What is it?

    The SIPES Discovery Room is back! This exciting forum is for the exchange of exploration concepts and ideas. It is a place for SIPES Members to showcase, share, and discuss active projects. Whether you are selling a deal, looking for a deal, looking for guidance, or simply want to brag about a cool project already in the books, this
    room is where you should go. It is a forum for working explorers to share best practices, experiences, knowledge, and hopefully help open doors, get some business done, and find some oil and natural gas! Every Discovery Room presenter will be a SIPES Member and every attendee will be a registered Convention attendee. This is a SIPES event, for SIPES Members and SIPES Convention attendees.

    What is it not?

    The SIPES Discovery Room is not a technical forum, there are no technical talks (though I think we all agree prospect pitches are perhaps some of the very best technical talks). It is not a “prospect expo” either, though we anticipate plenty of business to occur. We strongly encourage you to check out the Discovery Room which will be open on Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. during the Convention, and exhibitors will be present in the room, principally occupying the table area. (The SIPES Discovery Room and reserved hours are subject to change.)

    If you have a prospect or deal that you would like to present, please contact Doug McGinness at (316) 269-9052 or send the above information to before May 15, 2018 to reserve your spot.

    Area Tours & Field Trips

    NOTE — You must be a registered meeting attendee in order to sign up for the tours below. There will be no tour refunds after May 10, 2018. All tours are non-transferable and advance reservations are recommended.

    Astronomy Adventures Tour

    Monday, June 11 — 8:00-11:00 p.m. — $80 per person ($105 after 5/10/18)

    There is a wonderful natural resource in New Mexico – dark skies that allow us to see a greater density of stars than in many other states. Getting a peek at our increasingly rare dark skies can help make your trip to New Mexico as enchanting and memorable as possible. For 17 years, astronomer Peter Lipscomb's friendly, low-key presentations and textbook knowledge of the natural sky has been bringing the universe to life for visitors.

    Astronomy Adventures tours highlight objects that are most favorably placed depending upon the time of year. A large Newtonian reflector telescope is used with a mirror that is 20 inches (.51 meter) in diameter! Taller than most people when pointed straight up, it can show a great amount of detail on planets and the moon, as well as star clusters, nebulae and galaxies many light years distant.

    A short bus ride from Santa Fe to the safe and secure dark site will get you acquainted with some of nature's most distant and beautiful creations. There will be light snacks and a few bottles of wine available. Space is limited. Please see for more information.

    Canyon Road Walking Tour

    Tuesday, June 12 — 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. — $25 per person ($40 after 5/10/18)

    We will meet the guide at the low end of Canyon Road and tour several of the galleries. You can plan to have lunch on your own after the tour if you choose.

    Restaurant Walking Tour

    Tuesday, June 12 — 2:00-5:00 p.m. — $130 per person ($155 after 5/10/18)

    The tour begins at the Santa Fe School of Cooking and includes a guided tour of four of Santa Fe's most prestigious dining destinations. Each stop will include a private tasting, and audience with the chef and owner.

    Santa Fe Botanical Garden Tour

    Wednesday, June 13 — 9:00-11:00 a.m. — $20 per person ($40 after 5/10/18)

    Transportation will be provided by the Santa Fe free shuttle as Museum Hill is about two miles south of down- town. Pick up for the shuttle is adjacent to the New Mexico Art Museum, about a block away from the La Fonda. They pick up every 10 minutes and have a direct route to Museum Hill.

    While at the Botanical Garden, The Museum Hill Cafe is quite good for lunch, and those not attending the Santa Fe School of Cooking Walking Tour in the afternoon can stay here, tour and enjoy the various impressive museums and take one of the shuttles back to the Plaza.

    Historic Downtown Walking Tour

    Wednesday, June 13 — 2:00-5:00 p.m. — $25 per person ($40 after 5/10/18)

    Experience the rich history, culture and buildings while walking through the downtown/plaza area of Santa Fe with a knowledgeable representative from the New Mexico History Museum.

    Post-Convention Field — Trip The Geologic Story of the Jemez Mountains (Led by Kirt Kempter — New Mexico State Map Program)

    Thursday, June 14 — 8:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m. — Fee: $150 ($200 after 5/10/18)

    We think this topic will have wide appeal to both the technical audience and anyone interested in the geologic forces that shaped the landscape of northern New Mexico.

    Dr. Kirt Kempter will discuss the volcanic history of the Jemez Mountains over the past 16 million years, culminating in major caldera-forming eruptions at 1.6 and 1.25 Ma (mega-annum, or million years). During the physical growth of the mountain range, the focus and composition of magmatism varied, ranging from basaltic to high-silica rhyolite, with corresponding diverse eruption styles and deposits. The Bearhead volcanic phase, erupted mostly between 7 to 6 million years ago, spanned a broad north-south axis with numerous eruptive centers that produced explosive pyroclastic flows and high-silica lavas. Two of these eruptive centers produced the volcanic deposits at Kasha Katuwe Tent Rocks national monument. The Tschicoma volcanic phase succeeded the Bearhead phase, forming all of the major peaks in the eastern Jemez Mountains, including Cerro Grande, Pajarito, Tschicoma, and Cerro Pelón. These mountains formed between 5 to 3 Ma and largely represent volcanic domes that erupted viscous, silica-rich lavas, with only minor explosive deposits. Prior to the caldera-forming eruptions in the central Jemez Mountains there were eruptions of basalt and rhyolite in the northern Jemez Mountains, along with the formation of the Cerros del Rio volcanic field southeast of the Jemez. After the formation of the Valles Caldera at 1.25 Ma and the emplacement of the Upper Bandelier Tuff, volcanism has been confined to the caldera, includ- ing the formation of numerous ring-fracture volcanoes. The last of these caldera-related eruptions occurred at the south end of Redondo Peak ~ 40,000 ybp and produced the El Cajete series of volcanic deposits, including the El Cajete tephra, the Battleship Rock tuff, and the Banco Bonito obsidian flow.

    Dr. Kirt Kempter is a Fulbright Fellow and Ph.D. graduate from the University of Texas at Austin, and he lives in Santa Fe. A volcanologist and field geologist, Kirt has conducted extensive field research on volcanic provinces in Costa Rica, Mexico, and New Mexico. Kirt has also worked with the NASA astronaut training program, providing field geologic training to astronaut candidates in New Mexico. Since 1993 Kirt has led numerous educational tours for Smithsonian journeys and National Geographic expeditions, from Antarctica to Iceland, acquiring a broad perspective on global geology that he conveys through teaching.

    Tour includes round-trip bus transportation, boxed lunch, a guidebook, bottled water, taxes and gratuities.