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Release Date Monday, October 22, 2018

New Horizons Energy Conference Explores Oil, Gas and Geothermal Potential

The Energy Resources Initiative at the  South Dakota School of Mines & Technology hosts the New Horizons Energy Conference, Oct. 25-26, 2018.  The conference includes oral and poster presentations on Thursday, Oct. 25, and field trip options to the Black Hills and the Sanford Underground Research Facility, along with a short course on Friday Oct. 26.

The conference focuses on geological energy-related research, including oil, gas and geothermal resources, and topics related to energy and the environment.  Those presenting research include SD Mines students, professors, regional energy producers and nationally recognized experts in their fields from the United States and Canada.  Research topics range from methods to enhance oil and gas production, to protecting the environment, to boosting geothermal energy production.

“SD Mines is in a unique location within a few hours drive of three large oil and gas production areas: the Bakken in North Dakota, the Powder River in Wyoming just on the other side of the Black Hills, and the Niobrara play in northeastern Colorado,” said Dan Soeder, Director of the Energy Resources Initiative at SD Mines.  “We have access to outcrops of important source rocks like the Pierre Shale and Niobrara within a few miles of campus.  In addition, we have been able to partner with DOE and the national labs to use the unique facilities at the Sanford Lab to perform geothermal energy research that is deep underground, yet still easily accessible.”

The conference will include opening statements from City Council Member Lisa Modrick of Ward 1 on October 25 and a wide range of research topics (the preliminary agenda). The day will conclude with a Public Energy Policy Panel discussion from 5-6 p.m. in the SD Mines Surbeck Center. This panel is moderated by recent SD Mines graduate and current State Representative Scyller Borglum, Ph.D. The evening also includes poster presentations and a reception from 6-7 p.m. in the Paleontology Research Laboratory on the campus of SD Mines (campus map).  Information and a link to the conference registration website can be found on the Energy Resources Initiative webpage.  Registration is available by credit card on-line until the day of the conference, or at the door with cash or a personal check.  The Energy Policy panel at 5 PM is open to the public free of charge.

On October 26 the conference includes two options for geologic field trips: 1) the geology of the northern Black Hills and 2) an underground visit to the 4850 ft level of the Sanford Underground Research Facility. (This trip is currently full and only accepting standby participants.)  A continuing education course by the Petroleum Technology Transfer Council is also offered on October 26 for professionals in the oil and gas industry.

The New Horizons Energy Conference falls on the heels of the Black Hills Digital Mapping Association Conference Oct. 23-24, 2018.


About South Dakota Mines  

Founded in 1885, South Dakota Mines is one of the nation’s leading engineering, science and technology universities. South Dakota Mines offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees and a best-in-class education at an affordable price. The university enrolls 2,493 students with an average class size of 24. The South Dakota Mines placement rate for graduates is 98 percent, with an average starting salary of more than $70,036. For these reasons  South Dakota Mines is ranked among the best engineering schools in the country for return on investment. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu and on FacebookTwitter, LinkedInInstagram, and Snapchat.

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