Conference Information


Basic Conference Information for those who have not attended

SMRI conferences are a learning experience, and an excellent opportunity to meet industry experts and make new contacts and friends.  Locations are selected for field trip possibilities, ease of transportation access, reasonable cost, adequate conference facilities, proximity to members and prospective members, and predicted interest in the location. Non-members who are in our database are welcome, but registration fees are higher. 

Format of conferences is usually the same: optional class, 2 days of tech papers, optional field trip, (exceptions are uncommon). 

  • Technical class Sunday is optional.
  • SMRI business meeting Monday morning is members only.
  • Research Report presentation, if any, follows business meeting, is open to all attendees
  • Technical papers on various topics, usually about 20 papers presented over 2 days.
  • Field trips are optional, on Wednesday.
  • Spouses/friends events are optional.
  • All attendees must be pre registered and paid before registration closes. 

Before you can register for a conference, you must be in our database, with admin approval required as member or non-member. 

Conferences are normally held 2 per year, Spring in North America and Fall in Europe. 

Non-members are always welcome to participate in conferences.

Members receive lower registration prices and have early registration priority.

Conference registrations fees are kept to a minimum to encourage attendance.

Recent conference attendance has ranged from 200 to 300 tech delegates

We suggest that if you need to participate in specific events such as technical class or field trip, that you register early to ensure you get your most important choices of such events.  If you later decide to cancel, that works fine with us, up to our registration deadline, for full refund.  All SMRI conferences and each optional event has a set limit of how many people can participate, and when registration is full, we will often have a waiting list, with no guarantee you will get in.  REGISTER EARLY to avoid being disappointed.  If you register the last week of registration, certain events are almost always full. 

Sponsorship contributions for each conference allow us to host a welcome reception and keep fees low.

For the final details, always see the Conference Announcement (The current Conference menu tab will have this and all current information).

Most Recent Conferences:

  • Completed 7-10 April 2019, Spring Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, (Technical Class subject was “Mechanical Integrity Testing (MIT) and Techniques in Gas and Liquids Storage Caverns”). Field Trips visited 1) Bayou Choctaw operated by Fluor Federal Petroleum Operations, 2) the Louisiana Offshore Oil Port (LOOP) facility in Galliano, Louisiana, 3) Weeks Island Mine, Morton Salt (K+S), and 4) Avery Island Mine, Cargill Salt.
  • Completed 23-26 September 2018, Fall Conference, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK,  (Technical Class was "Engineering Calculations in Solution Mining" repeated from spring)  Field trip 1) was guided by Northern Ireland Geological Survey of spectacular coastal geology, and 2) was to the Kilroot underground salt mine of Irish Salt Mining and Exploration.  
  • Completed 17-18 June 2018, Spring Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, (Technical Class was "Engineering Calculations in Solution Mining")  No field trips were held due to the 10th World Salt Symposium which immediately followed in Park City. 
  • Completed 24-27 September 2017, Fall Conference, Münster, Germany, (Technical Class subject was Well Integrity Management for Salt Caverns)  Field trips visited 1) Borth salt mine of ESCO and Xanten Innogy facility and 2) Hengelo salt facility, Akzo Nobel Netherlands, and 3) Epe/ Uniper and SGW facilities. 
  • Completed 23-26 April 2017, Spring Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA, (Technical Class subject was Well Integrity Management for Salt Caverns)  266 tech delegates participated, and field trips visited 1) Carlsbad  area:  WIPP surface, Intrepid  Potash west mine,  and current NM brine well and cavern issues and 2) Northern NM: Tent Rocks, Bandelier, and Los Alamos.
  • Completed 25-28 September 2016, Fall Conference, Salzburg, Austria, (Technical Class subject was Elements of Rock Mechanics related to Salt Caverns, repeated from Spring 2016) 152 tech delegates were registered, 45 people took the Tech Class, and field trips to Südsalz Berchtesgaden salt mine and Salinen Austria Hallstatt salt mine were outstanding.  
  • Completed 24-27 April 2016, Spring Conference, Galveston Texas, USA, (Technical Class subject was Elements of Rock Mechanics related to Salt Caverns, to be repeated Fall 2016 in Salzburg) 288 tech delegates were registered, 100 people took the Tech Class, and a field trip to Mt Belvieu and Moss Bluff hosted by Enterprise Products and Spectra Energy, and second field trip to NASA- Houston were well attended and appreciated.
  • Completed 28 - 30 September 2015, Fall Conference, Santander, Spain (50 delegates  participated in the tech class  Salt Geology, same as was presented in Rochester) 170 tech delegates attended the conference. one field trip visited historic Poza de la Sal, and a second field trip toured Solvay's Torrelavega brine and chemical plant. 
  • Completed 26-29 April 2015 Spring Conference, Rochester, NY, USA (technical class subject Salt Geology); 250 tech delegates registered, 100 people took the tech class, 78 participated in underground salt mine field trips hosted by American Rock Salt LLC and Cargill Deicing Technology rock salt mines.