SPE-GCS Permian Basin Symposium



SPE-Gulf Coast Section Presents


Permian: Challenges and Opportunities in a Cyclic Oil & Gas Industry


Date: April 12, 2018
Venue: Norris Conference Centers – Houston CityCentre
Address: 816 Town & Country Blvd. # 210 Houston, Texas 77024


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Every year, the Society of Petroleum Engineers-Gulf Coast Section (SPE-GCS) organizes the Permian Basin Symposium (PBS), a one-day conference focused on professionals in the upstream, to discuss current state, best practices and emerging technologies deployed in the most prolific and active basin in the US.  

With the recent downturn, our industry has been forced to develop new and innovative ways to economically produce oil & gas. In its twelfth year, PBS aims to provide a platform to discuss and disseminate latest innovations and technological advances that drive Permian Basin resurgence despite the challenging market conditions, as well as networking opportunities for engineers, scientists, academia, managers and financial executives. PBS 2018 will be held on April 12, 2018, at the Norris Conference Center-CityCentre and we expect over 300 participants. Supporting the current market climate, this year’s theme is Permian: Challenges and Opportunities in a Cyclic Oil & Gas Industry.


Keynote Speaker


Monte Dobson- SVP, Development- XTO Energy

 Monte Dobson became senior vice president, development of XTO Energy in August 2016, and is based in Fort Worth, Texas. Monte came to XTO in 2010 as reservoir integration executive, and served as vice president, Business Development and Reserves, from 2012 until 2016. He joined ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company in 1994, and served in a number of technical and leadership roles in the reservoir engineering area through 2004. He worked in ExxonMobil Production Company from 2004 until 2007, leading reservoir teams in the U.S. and Angola, before returning to the Research Company to form a research program in Unconventional Resources. He served as the URC planning manager immediately before transitioning to XTO.

Monte earned a Bachelor of Arts in physics from Centenary College of Louisiana; a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M University; and PhD in mechanical engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Lunch Keynote Speaker

Allen Gilmer- Co-Founder and Executive Chairman- Drillinginfo

Prior to co-founding Drillinginfo in 1999, Allen was an independent oilman for 7 years, co-founding three profitable E&P companies. He began his oil patch career with Marathon Oil Corporation, as a geophysicist working in Research, Seismic Acquisitions, and South American exploration. Allen is active in all aspects of Drillinginfo’s new product development and is widely recognized for his industry leadership and vision. He holds several patents in the field of multi-component seismology. He received his BA in Geology from Rice University and his MS in Geology from University of Texas at El Paso.