Spring 2019 SMRI Technical Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

REGISTRATION is now CLOSED and FULL.   Please contact Dawn ([email protected]) regarding any questions about registration. Walk - ups for registration may be impossible, and strictly dependent on cancellations, as we are at fire code capacity!  

The Conference Announcement contains the basic conference schedule and hotel reservation link.  Outdated version was emailed to all members and non-members in our database 21 Jan 2019 (incorrect email addresses for Program Chairs, and hotel registration link did not work). 

The optional Technical Class subject will be "Mechanical Integrity Testing (MIT) and Techniques in Gas and Liquids Storage Caverns."  The Tech Class schedule of instructors and subjects, updated 24 MARCH is now available.


24 MARCH- FIELD TRIP REGISTRATION IS CLOSED- NO EXCEPTIONS.   All four optional Wednesday field trips are FULL, and details were provided in the Conference Announcement. Only significant field trip change as of 24 March is that FT#1 SPR Bayou Choctaw group will visit the Bayou Corne sinkhole instead of Boardwalk Pipeline's facility as originally planned. Additional information has been emailed to those registered for most of the field trips, including security clearance requirements. All SMRI field trips require participants to be in good physical condition, have ability to walk on rough ground, and dress appropriately as necessary, (such as wearing appropriate clothes and steel toe or sturdy shoes).

SPEAKERS may check their scheduled speaking date and time on papers schedule link above.  See the Call for Papers for author presentation instructions and details.  For further technical paper program or author questions, please contact Program Chair 2019 – Eric Busch, Phone +1 713-559-9953,    Email [email protected]

Travel Information

The Conference will be held at the InterContinental New Orleans located at 444 St Charles Avenue, New Orleans, Louisiana. Each SMRI participant is responsible to book their own hotel reservations. The SMRI discounted room rate is $239 per night until the block is sold out or 14 March. Registration may done via the hotel at https://book.passkey.com/e/49834655 or by calling +1-800-439-4745. Make sure to tell reservations that you are with the "Solution Mining Research Institute" conference group. A 72 hour minimum notice of cancellation is required for a full refund.

New Orleans is served by Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport which is located 11 miles (18 km) west of the city. The hotel does not offer shuttle service to/from the airport. Taxi costs from the airport to the hotel are estimated at $33 (USD).

SMRI thanks our record breaking sponsors of the Spring 2019 New Orleans SMRI Conference:

PLATINUM: Lane Power & Energy Solutions, Inc; and WSP USA

GOLD: Sonic Surveys, Inc.

SILVER: Cavern Solutions, Inc.; CBW Engineering; Fluor Federal Petroleum Operations; Geostock Sandia; GHD Services Inc., and RESPEC

BRONZE: Enventure Global Technologies; Lonquist & Co. LLC; Ratigan Engineering and Consulting LLC; Sabine Storage & Operations, Inc.; and Seal-Tite International

The sponsorships are now closed for the New Orleans conference. For information on Fall 2019 sponsorships, please click here.