November 1–3, 2017
Marriott Rivercenter Hotel
101 Bowie St., San Antonio, Texas

Hosted by the South Texas Geological Society

Special Events

South Texas Geological Society Golf Tournament (Sponsorship Available)

Date:  Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Time:  11:00 am Check-in; 12:00 pm Shotgun Start
Cost:  $75/registrant player, $100/non-registrant player (Note: All non-attendee participants please visit the STGS website to register.)
Location:   The Quarry Golf Course, 444 East Basse Road, San Antonio, TX 78209

The STGS Golf Networking Event will be held at the Quarry Golf Club located a short drive north of downtown San Antonio.  This unique golf course features a links-style front nine and the back nine is laid out in the 100 year-old quarry pit of the Alamo Cement Company.  With so many rocks playing here almost qualifies as a field trip!  Cost includes a round of golf, golf cart and a box lunch.  Please contact Ken Helm at kenh@hurdenterprises.com or 210-829-2234 (office) for more information.


Opening Session/Awards Ceremony (Sponsorship Available)

Date:  Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Time:  4:15 pm-6:00 pm
Location:   Salon H (enter thru I)

Join GCAGS President Thomas E. Ewing, GCSSEPM President John Suter, and General Chairman Gene Ames in welcoming attendees to San Antonio and acknowledging worthy individuals for their contribution to both GCAGS and GCSSEPM. Tom Ewing will give a short talk on the Convention of the Future. Entrance by badge only.


Icebreaker Reception (Sponsorship Available)

Date:  Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Time:  6:00 pm-8:00 pm
Cost:  $75
Location:   Exhibit Hall

See old friends and meet new ones as you check out the Exhibit Hall and enjoy Tex Mex treats. Entrance by badge only.


Young Professionals Night Cap (Sponsored by Gisler Brothers Logging)

Date:  Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Time:  8:30 pm-11:00 pm
Location:  Friendly Spot, 943 S. Alamo St., San Antonio


Speakers & Poster Presenters Breakfast (Sponsored by Chevron)

Dates:  Thursday, November 2, and Friday, November 3, 2017
Time:  7:00 am-8:00 am
Location:  Conf. Rm 1-2

All session chairs, speakers, and poster presenters are invited to attend this complimentary breakfast on the day of their presentations. Reminders will be given regarding session timing, audiovisual equipment, how speakers will be introduced, and when poster presenters must be in their booths, followed by a Q&A session.


Judges' Breakfast (Sponsored by Chevron)

Dates:  Thursday, November 2, 2017
Time:  7:00 am-8:00 am
Location:  Conf. Rm 3

All judges are invited to attend this complimentary breakfast on Thursday. Information will be provided as to judging criteria and regarding which sessions to attend, and instructions and judging forms will be available at both the breakfast and in the Speakers’ & Poster Presenters’ Room/Judges’ Tally Room.


AAPG HOD Breakfast (Sponsorship Available)

Date:  Thursday, November 2, 2017
Time:  7:30 am-8:30 am
Location:  Conf. Rm 4


All Convention Luncheon (Sponsorship Available)

Speaker:  Dr. William Fisher
Talk Title:  Paradigm Shifts in Geosciences: Role of the Gulf Coast Basin
  Thursday, November 2, 2017
Time: 11:30 am-1:00 pm
Cost:  $60
Location:  Salon G (walk thru M)

Join us for the All-Convention Luncheon, where Dr. Bill Fisher, ex Texas State Geologist and retired Director of the Bureau of Economic Geology of Texas, will be our keynote speaker. He will discuss “Paradigm Shifts in Geosciences: Role of the Gulf Coast Basin“. Space is limited, so purchase your ticket early. Entrance by badge only.


Special Session: Hurricane Harvey: USGS Rapid Response Research

Date:  Thursday, November 2, 2017
Time:  4:10 pm–4:45 pm
Location:  Salon J

Part 1: Jeff East, USGS: Hurricane Harvey—The U.S. Geological Survey Response and Data from this Historic Storm

Hurricane Harvey was an extremely destructive Atlantic hurricane that made landfall in Texas and the Gulf Coast in August of 2017. It was the first major hurricane since Wilma in 2005. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Texas Water Science Center prepared immediately to record this major event, and documented the record flooding and ocean storm surge. USGS personnel deployed sensors, hydroacoustic equipment, and rapid deployment gages along the hurricane path. This presentation will highlight data collection efforts, analysis, and results to date from Hurricane Harvey.

Part 2: Douglas Schnoebelen, USGS: Hurricane Harvey—Effects, What We Learned, and Next Steps

Hurricane Harvey ended a 12-year span in which no hurricanes of such intensity had made landfall in the United States. In a four-day period, many areas received more than 40 in (100 cm) of rain as the system slowly meandered over eastern Texas and adjacent waters, causing catastrophic flooding, with peak accumulations of 64.58 in (164.0 cm). The resulting floods inundated hundreds of thousands of homes, displaced more than 30,000 people, and prompted more than 17,000 rescues. This presentation will focus on the effects of the storm, what we learned, and how we can better gather data in the future, and also on how we as scientists can better understand, prepare and communicate our information to the public.


Presidents' Reception in Exhibition Hall (Sponsorship Available)

Date:  Thursday, November 2, 2017
Time:  4:45 pm-6:00 pm
Location:  Salons A-F


Geo-Oktoberfest (Sponsorship Available)

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Date & Time:  Thursday, Evening, November 2, 2017
Time:  6:30 pm-9:30 pm
Location:  Beethoven Maennerchor, 412 Pereida St, San Antonio, TX 78210

Join your friends and convention buddies for an evening of Oktoberfest food, drink and entertainment at the Biergarten of the Beethoven Maennerchor on 422 Pereida St in King William (just south of downtown). German immigrants were a large part of San Antonio's growth, and German tradition continues to run strong. The Beethoven society has been around since 1867! Sit under the pecan trees, have some great schnitzel, drink good German (or American craft) beer, and listen to some great music. Entertainment includes the Liederkranz men's choir, with our own GCAGS President Tom Ewing directing and playing the accordion. We'll also have a tuba ensemble and close with a great German dance band.

There will be a shuttle bus from the Marriott, though it is walkable, reachable by trolley bus and by Uber and Lyft.


Women in Geosciences Breakfast (Sponsored by Auburn Energy and Association for Women Geoscientists)

Speaker:  Leslie Savage, Assistant Director for Technical Permitting, Oil and Gas Division, The Railroad Commission of Texas
Talk Title:  Regulatory Response to Changing Technology and Conditions
  Friday, November 3, 2017
Time:  7:00 am-8:20 am
Location:  Salon M

Over its long history, the Railroad Commission of Texas has developed regulatory responses to changing technology and conditions. Recent changes to which the Commission has responded include horizontal drilling, hydraulic fracture stimulation, recycling of produced fluids, and seismic activity.


GCSSEPM Luncheon (Sponsorship Available)

Speaker:  Dr. Maria Mutti
Talk Title:  Photozoan-Heterozoan Carbonate Systems:  Evaluating Cenozoic and Mesozoic Examples
  Friday, November 3, 2017
Time:  11:30am-1:00pm
Location:  Salon M


AAPG DPA Luncheon (Sponsorship Available)

Speaker:  Dr. Thomas E. Ewing
Talk Title:  Petroleum Provinces in Texas Through Time
Date:  Friday, November 3, 2017
Time:  11:30am-1:00pm
Cost:  $55
Location:  Salon J


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