RAPID CITY, S.D. (Sept. 13, 2013) - The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology will host the ninth annual New Horizons Oil & Gas Conference on campus Oct. 9-12. The conference focuses on oil and gas activities in the northern Great Plains and Rocky Mountains, especially as they affect the Williston, Powder River and Denver-Julesburg producing basins. Attendees who register before Sept. 27 qualify for an Early Bird Registration rate of $250 per person.
Public sessions on Thursday, Oct. 11, are open without a charge and are designed to provide a general audience with information on oil and gas development in the region. Topics for the technical sessions include: reservoir simulation, the impacts of petroleum development on regional water resources, the petroleum industry and regional economic development, best practices for petroleum as related to safety, well completion, etc. and the Niobrara Resource Play in the Northern Rockies.
The conference also features a short course, for an additional $265 registration fee, outlining the basic tools for shale exploration. Offered by Pure Earth Resources, the short course is designed for geoscientists, engineers and technical professionals interested in learning about shale plays, the type of petroleum development currently changing America's status as an oil-producing nation.
The conference ends with a field trip to the southern Black Hills to visit exposures of strata which act as a reservoir and source rocks in the adjacent basins.
Students will have the opportunity to meet with companies during student poster sessions and a reception for all attendees. Standard registration resumes after Sept. 27 at a cost of $315 per person. The cost for students to attend is $35. For registration information, visit http://www.sdsmt.edu/conferences/NHOG/.
Founded in 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is a science and engineering research university located in Rapid City, S.D., offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university enrolls more than 2,400 students from 32 countries, with a student-to-faculty ratio of 14:1. The average starting salary for 2012 graduates was $62,696 with a 98 percent placement rate. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sdsmt and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/sdsmt.