• MEMBERS: latest Spring and Fall 2015 meeting papers and new Research Report are now in library

    Spring Rochester 2015  AND  Fall Santander 2015 meeting papers are in the library.  

     Attention SMRI member Reps and other members:  For business meeting preparation, see the library for the business meeting agenda, 2014 financial information, Fall 2015 Research Coordinator's Report, etc.  LOGIN, Select LIBRARY, use BROWSE BY CATEGORY to find what files you want.  

    Also added to library in July:
    NEW Research Report by 
    Dr. Maurice Schlichtenmayer and Andreas Bannach of ESK, titled  "Renewable Energy Storage in Salt Caverns - A Comparison of Thermodynamics and Permeability between Natural Gas, Air and Hydrogen"

    2014 Spring and Fall Technical Class papers from San Antonio/Groningen, "Subsidence and Sinkholes"

    New 2015 SMRI software download and support instructions.   

  • Conference was completed 27 APRIL, Spring Conference, ROCHESTER, NY

    Over 250 technical delegates participated! TECHNICAL CLASS WAS SALT GEOLOGY
    THANK YOU AMERICAN ROCK SALT LLC and CARGILL DEICING TECHNOLOGY for excellent salt mine field trips!!  

  • Fall 2015 Santander conference was a good one! Thank you Solvay Torrelavega, for hosting field trip.
    The technical program of SMRI Fall Santander Conference in Spain was strong and much appreciated. We thank our Program Chairman Klaus Buschbom and his Assistant program Chairman Patrick de Laguérie, and especially the authors who presented papers, Technical Class instructors, and the staff of Solvay's Torrelavega plant for hosting one of the field trips. The other field trip went to a salt dome at Poza de la Sal, south of Santander, (see photo). Most conference participants thought Santander was a hidden jem, and beautiful city.

    Technical papers from this conference are available in online library to logged in members. 
  • Conference Announcement: Galveston Spring 2016 Conference - released 10 Feb.

    CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT (click to download, posted 10 Feb.) 

    24 – 27 APRIL 2016 — Galveston, Texas, USA


    Non-Member registration will begin 15 March.  ALL PRICES ARE IN US DOLLAR.   

    Registration ends 8 APRIL.   No refunds or cancellations after 8 April. 

    PLEASE see website for the latest information and any changes Necessary.

    For FUTURE UPDATES of this announcement, list of papers, tech class details, field trip info, see website Spring 2016 Galveston menu page under conferences. 

    Sunday 24 April

    Technical class “Elements of Rock Mechanics related to Salt Caverns”

    (optional, same class will be repeated in Fall 2016 Salzburg)

    Monday 25 April

    Oral research report, (tentative) Storengy "The in-situ thermo-mechanical fracturing tests in Varangeville mine, France". Project Leader Grégoire Hevin

    Technical conference paper presentations day 1

    Tuesday 26 April

    Technical conference paper presentations day 2

    Wednesday 27 April

    Field trips, (optional,)   #1 Spectra Moss Bluff storage facility (optional, $100) and                                       #2 NASA Houston VIP, (optional, $150)

    Additional Activities



    Sunday evening

    Ice breaker Welcome Reception (optional, no charge)


    Monday morning



    Business meeting, (for SMRI members only; all employees of member organizations are welcome)

    Spouses and Friends Monday bus trip, optional.  $75 with lunch on your own


    Monday evening

    Conference Dinner Cruise, optional.  $100



    Spouses and Friends “Do It Yourself Tuesday’” optional.  $100 includes snacks, beverages, lunch, recipes, and a take home piece of art. 



    GOLD:        Geostock Sandia

                      Wolverine Energy Services, Inc.

                      WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff

    SILVER:      Cavern Solutions, Inc.


    BRONZE:    Lonquist & Co. LLC

                      Ratigan Engineering and Consulting

                      Sabine Storage & Operations, Inc.

                      Seal-Tite International

    A special "thank you" to our sponsors!  Gold, two Silver, and one Bronze Conference Sponsorships for Galveston are still available as of 10 Feb.2016, as are sponsorships for Salzburg this Fall (last day to purchase a Galveston Sponsorship is 1 April 2016, for details, contact John Voigt)

SMRI Objectives and Plan
  • Fund and manage research which is focused on solution mining industry needs  
  • Hold 2 technical conferences per year, one in Europe, one in North America; with optional technical classes and field trips
  • Maintain an online library of tech papers, research reports, etc., as the prime information source for solution mining and cavern storage
  • Provide information to aid development of effective government regulations 
Welcome to SMRI's new website, ver. 03/14
We hope that you agree that SMRI has taken a step forward with rollout of this new PTFS based website March 2014.  The main objectives were to make the site easier for our members to use and to provide better information and services.  The site is still "under construction" and testing, so please be patient.

TO ALL USERS, ESPECIALLY MEMBER REPS:  Check your individual and organization information to make sure it is correct after change from our old website and database!

The Solution Mining Research Institute Inc. (SMRI) is a non-profit research and educational organization, with international perspective and members. SMRI welcomes participation by operators, researchers, suppliers, consultants, educators, government regulators, students, and others with interest in solution mining and cavern utilization.