WTGS Fall Symposium



Re-Invigorating the Permian Basin

Final Symposium Schedule

Registration and Information

Hotel Information

Please plan to attend the 24th West Texas Geological Society Fall Symposium during the final week of SEPTEMBER. The two and one-half days of technical sessions will feature oral and poster sessions presented by outstanding authors showcasing current research, field studies, core analysis and other aspects of the Permian Basin, analogous areas and developing technologies.  The symposium provides attendees with a chance to network with their peers in a technical setting that also provides opportunities for social interaction.

Keynote Speaker:  Columnist and Author, Marita Noon, Executive Director of Citizen’s Alliance for Responsible Energy.

Some of the submitted topics include:

  • Sequence Stratigraphy – Pennsylvanian & Wolfcampian
  • Regional Reconnaissance via Remote Sensing
  • Log-Based Residual Oil Estimations in CO2 Floods
  • Understanding Reservoirs & Fracs via  MicroSeismic
  • Shale “Brittleness” / Natural Fractures and Tectonics
  • Gas Detection in Horizontal Well Mud Systems
  • Surface Chemistry & ChemoStratigraphy in Exploration
  • Bone Spring & Wolfcamp Reservoir Characterization


The Fall Symposium will be held at the Midland Center in downtown Midland, Texas. Technical Sessions and Poster Sessions are on September 25-26th with a half day Core Workshop on September 27thThe symposium kicks off at 8:00 am Wednesday, September 25th (registration at 7:30 am).  For more information, contact: WTGS Executive Director, Paula Mitchell Sanchez (432) 683-1573 / wtgs@wtgs.org; or General Chairman J. David Overton (432) 683-2715 / cal-monoil@att.net.  For technical session information, contact Tech Chair Michael Raines (432) 686-6772 / mike.raines@whiting.com or Vice Tech Chairs Jesse White (713) 369-9000 / jesse_white@kindermorgan.com (Houston Area) or Dave Nelson (972) 969-3810 / dave.nelson@pxd.com (Dallas / Fort Worth Area).

Space Exploration Session:  WTGS, with support from AAPG’s Astrogeology Committee, is hosting a Thursday afternoon session dedicated to Space Applications.  Join speakers from Honeybee Robotics, XCOR, Texas Tech University, The Bureau of Economic Geology and Odessa College to hear the latest on Mars Rover Missions, Midland’s newest spacecraft, Lunar Geophysics, Martian and Inner Solar System Ice / Water Research, and Asteroid Economics.  This session will be open to the general public at a reduced rate!

An Ethics Luncheon will take place on Thursday at the Midland Petroleum Club.  The presentation will be given by Deanna Sullivan, founder of SullivanSolutions.  This presentation meets the Ethics Requirement for Professional Development Hours for Geologists and Engineers licensed in Texas.  Registration for the Ethics Luncheon is space-limited and is sold on a first-come / first-served basis to symposium attendees.  If any tickets remain by Wednesday at 2:00 pm, those seats may be sold to non-attendees.

In addition to technical sessions, WTGS will also host a Golf Tournament Friday afternoon and a Field Trip to the Solitario of Big Bend State Park on Saturday and Sunday.  Both of these events require separate registration, and are NOT included on this form.

To register for the technical session, mail completed form with payment to: WTGS P.O. Box 1595, Midland, TX 79702.  Credit card payments may be faxed to (432) 686-7827 or mailed.  (Do NOT send credit card information via electronic communication, due to security risks.)  Pre-registration and cancellation deadline is September 13, 2013.  Rooms have been reserved at several Midland hotels.  Deadlines for the special “WTGS Fall Symposium Rate” at participating hotels range from August 24 to September 10.  Click here for more details, including pricing.

Organizer WTGS


Wed, Sep. 25 - Fri, Sep. 27, 2013
8 a.m. - noon
(GMT-0500) US/Central


Midland Center
105 N. Main Street
Midland, TX 79701