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"The goal is to educate participants in combining outcrop data with industry exploration and production techniques in a multi-disciplined environment."

Young Professional and Intern Field Trip

Designed for Engineers, Geologists, and Land

Young Professionals, New Hires, and Interns

Guadalupe Mountains

May 29 - June 1, 2024


About the field trip

Four day multi-disciplined field trip in the Guadalupe Mountains for geology, engineering and land young professionals and interns will be led by Dr. Robert Trentham from The University of Texas of the Permian Basin and Dr. Cory Hoffman of Diamondback.  Combined they have over 60 years of geological experience in research, development and production in the Permian Basin.


Robert Campbell will provide engineering mentoring.  Chris Fling and Blake Pitcock with over 35 years of Permian experience will provide land mentoring. 

The goal is to educate participants in combining outcrop data with industry exploration and production techniques in a multi-disciplined environment.


  • Participants will have the opportunity to observe world-class outcrops of shelf to basin deposits that are direct analogues to producing fields in the Permian Basin.

  • Lectures covering geology of West Texas, carbonates, sequence stratigraphy, quick and simple log and engineering calculations and land practices.

  • Classroom exercises on general land practices, sequence stratigraphy, log correlation, water saturation determination, seismic interpretation and production analysis. 


  • Participants will leave Midland, TX, on Wednesday (5/29) and travel to Carlsbad, NM, where they will stay at the Stevens Inn, and return to Midland, TX, on Saturday (6/1).

  • Registration Fee: $1,395

    • Double occupancy. Single rooms will be allocated based on availability and happenstance of an odd number of male or female participants.

  • Includes:
    • Round trip transportation from Midland

    • Three nights lodging

    • Three breakfasts

    • Three lunches

    • One dinner

    • Refreshments in the field

    • Guidebook and handouts

2023 field trip sponsors

Field Refreshments

Suttles logging Logo


Additional Sponsorship Opportunities

  • Guidebooks

  • Handouts

  • Meals

  • Supplies for Classroom Exercises

  • Classroom Rental

  • Safety Manuals
    and more!


If you or your company is interested in sponsorship, please email us at

photos from past ypi Field trips

13+ years ago, the Permian Basin Section-SEPM recognized a need for providing a solid educational background for the young professionals entering their respective fields.

As a society driven to educate, PBS-SEPM fashioned a multi-disciplined field trip course for young professionals, new hires, and interns based upon the concept that many companies within the petroleum business have adopted a team atmosphere.

PBS-SEPM has great expectations that attendees will come away from this trip with a rudimentary sense of the collaborative benefits to be derived from the multi-disciplinarian efforts which is essential of those petroleum companies, large and small, who are repeatedly successful.

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