Research Committee Members 2023

Research Committee Members, Coordinator, and Chairman, (and if you're thinking of applying for RC)

This section includes the people who are working on or with SMRI’s Research committee for 2023. The  Research Committee members and the Vice President (Research Chairman) are volunteers working for the good of your industry, coordinated by SMRI's Research Coordinator, Tim Bauer who was approved by member vote.

  • Mr. Sam Voegeli, RESPEC, USA (End 2023)
  • Ms. Heike Bernhardt, DEEP.KBB, Germany (End 2023)
  • Mr. Arnaud Reveillere, Geostock, France (End 2024)
  • Dr. Joel Warneke, Cavern Solutions, USA (End 2024)
  • Mr. Patrick Roodink, Nederlandese Gasunie N.V.., Netherlands (End 2025)
  • Mr. Gregg Eichorn, ONEOK, USA (End 2025)
  • Mr. Charles Chabannes, United Brine Services, USA (End 2026)
  • Marinus Den Hartogh, Nobian, The Netherlands (End 2026)
  • Sophie Minas, WSP, USA (End 2026)
  • Christopher McMichael, Atkins, USA (End 2026) 

 Research Committee Chairman  Dr. Andreas Reitze, SOCON Sonar Control Kavernenvermessung GmbH, Germany 

Assistant Research Committee Chairman – Mr. Dan Noack, Plains Midstream Canada ULC, Canada (SMRI Vice President)

Research Coordinator

Mr. Tim Bauer

Sabine Storage & Operations

2227 Tangle Lake Dr Kingwood, TX 77339 United States

Phone: +1 713-653-5872

Email [email protected]

Research Committee Chair

Dr. Andreas Reitze

SOCON Sonar Control Kavernenvermessung GmbH

Windmühlenstr. 41

31180 Giesen OT Emmerke, Germany

Phone: +49  5121 99819-28

Email:  [email protected]

 Assistant Research Committee


Mr. Dan Noack

Plains Midstream Canada ULC

 Suite 1400 607 8th Ave S.W Calgary,

AB T2P 0A7Canada

Phone: +1 (713) 646-4462

E-mail: [email protected]

Mrs. Heike Bernhardt


Eyhauser Allee 2a Bad Zwischenahn 26160, Germany

Phone +1 49 511 54 28 17 - 74

Fax +1 49 511-54 28 17 -11

E-mail [email protected]

Mr. Sam Voegeli


3824 Jet Drive Rapid City, SD 57703

Phone +1 605 394 6400

Fax +1 605-394-6456

E-mail [email protected]

Mr. Arnaud Réveillère


2 rue des Martinets CS 700030

Rueil Malmaison 92500, France

Phone +1 33 1 47 08 73 32

Fax +1 33 1 47 08 73 73

E-mail [email protected]

Dr. Joel Warneke

Cavern Solutions, Inc.

2515 Texas Ave Houston, TX 77003

Phone +1 281 384-4838

Fax +1 713 877-2605

E-mail [email protected]

Mr. Patrick Roodink

Nederlandse Gasunie N.V..

Concourslaan17 Groningen 9700MA Netherlands

Phone + +31 611005731

E-mail [email protected]

Mr. Gregg Eichorn


1849 Road E Emporia, KS 66801 United States

Phone +1 620 960-2207

Fax +1 918 588-7980

E-mail [email protected]

Mr. Charles Chabannes

United Brine Services, USA

4800 San Felipe Houston, TX 77056

United State Phone +1 717 877-2735

E-mail [email protected] 


Marinus Den Hartogh

Nobian, The Netherlands

Boortorenweg 27 Hengelo 7554 RS Netherlands

Phone +316 1102 8967

Email [email protected]

Sophie Minas


16200 Park Row Dr #200, Houston, TX 770084 United States

Phone +1 281 552-2708

Email [email protected]


Christopher McMichael

Atkins, UK

8 Mallard Way Strathclyde Business Park Bellshill ML4 3BF United Kingdom

Phone 01412202360

Email [email protected]

For contact information of the 2023 RESEARCH COMMITTEE people listed above, CLICK HERE 

Any members, (especially from North America!)  interested are welcome to apply by 1 March 2021 for a 2022-25 Research Committee position, please read the requirements,  CLICK HERE.

Research Committee applications not selected this year are considered active in following years, unless applicant withdraws.  We usually have a list of highly qualified applicants and try to keep a balance of areas of expertise, operators - service providers, and countries/regions. Selection often takes 2 or 3 years even for best qualified applicants in their specific field.  Research Committee applications must be submitted to Fritz Wilke and a cc to John Nadeau, and acknowledged receipt by SMRI, by the annual deadline to be considered.