Rocky Mountain Section SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology)

We are pleased to announce a Core Workshop to be held on January 24th!

Core Description for the Casual Practitioner

(PDF Version of announcement HERE)

Never been formally trained to describe core? Does your company not have a dedicated “science” team who handles core? Do you feel overwhelmed when presented with a core and have only a limited time to look at it? What should you focus on? How do you approach it?

This six-hour workshop will give participants a quick-look technique for recording salient sedimentary geologic features in core. It is designed for the practitioner who is not an expert in sedimentology or stratigraphy. The quick-look technique emphasizes graphically and precisely recording sedimentary and biogenic features that are easily recognized. The technique assumes that if more is needed, the casual describer will consult with someone who is an expert. Each participant will practice this technique twice on different siliciclastic (sandstone/mudstone) cores during the workshop.,/p>

Discussions will include: 1. How to recognize and select the level of detail needed and what questions can be answered for each level of detail; 2. How to leverage existing core photos and take core photos with your smartphone; 3. How to integrate the graphic description with digital workflows: integrating wireline logs, multi-scale petrographic examination, core-plug derived properties, and chemostratigraphic analysis.

Dr. Donna Anderson and Natasha Rigg will be the instructors for this course.

DATE: Tuesday, January 24th (with an overflow date of January 25th)

TIME: 9:00am to 3:00pm (lunch provided)

WHERE: USGS Core Research Center in Lakewood, CO

NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: 30 per day (overflow day triggered when we have 20 people on waitlist)

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Geologists, Engineers, Geophysicists

COST: $200 regular, $100 for unemployed, $50 for students (limit 5 per session)

To register, please contact Robin Swank at 720-272-6697 or

The 2016-2017 RMS-SEPM Luncheon Lecture Series presents...

Vitor Abreu, SEPM President

A Simplified Guide For Sequence Stratigraphy: Nomenclature, Definitions and Methods

Tuesday, January 31, 2017


11:30 Reception, 11:45 Lunch, 12:15 Talk
at the
Wynkoop Brewing Company
1634 18th St., Denver, CO

The cost is $25.00 for current members and $35.00 for non-members ($10 of which pays for an annual membership in the RMS-SEPM). Unemployed individuals may sign up for lunch for just $10.00. Persons who do not wish to have lunch are welcome for a $10.00 fee. Walk-ins may purchase a lunch for the standard fees ($25.00 or $35.00) although quantities are limited. Walk-ins without a lunch are charged a $10.00 fee.

Please submit reservations by 10:00 a.m. the Friday before the talk.

After the reservation deadline, you may attend the talk for a $10.00 "walk-in" fee. Reservations may be secured online, by e-mail at Luncheons
or by calling Robin Swank at 720-272-6697



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The 2017 GRANT APPLICATION DEADLINE is April 1st, 2017.

See the Scholarship page for more detail.


Rocky Mountain Section SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology)

RMS-SEPM, PO Box 13828, Denver, Colorado 80201

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This is the website of the RMS-SEPM (Rocky Mountain Section of the Society for Sedimentary Geology). RMS-SEPM exists to provide a stimulating forum within the Rockies geologic community for issues related to sedimentology, stratigraphy, and sedimentary petrology. This is achieved through monthly luncheon technical presentations, diverse though infrequent publication efforts, and sponsorship of field trips and core workshops. The organization also supports sedimentologic and stratigraphic research efforts through the award of three annual graduate student scholarships. To learn more about RMS-SEPM, please feel free to explore this website, review our past newsletters, or visit the SEPM national organization.