The 46th Annual SIA Conference was held in Houston, Texas, the Energy Capital of the World! Established in 1836 only four months after the Republic of Texas gained its independence, Houston became a center of commerce and industry for the western Gulf Coast by the twentieth century. During the city’s earliest decades, the industries of Houston and Galveston largely focused on preparing rice, cotton, sugar, and timber for export.
In 1901, the first major oil strike in Texas took place at the famed Spindletop well, south of Beaumont and approximately 90 miles east of Houston. Since then, the importance of Houston to oil and natural gas markets has grown in step with a rise in global energy and petrochemical demands. Several of the world’s largest energy-related companies are headquartered in Houston or maintain major offices in the city, including ExxonMobil, Shell, Chevron, Total, Schlumberger, and Baker Hughes to name a few. Several hundred other companies provide natural gas and oil field support through engineering, fabrication, and logistics.
The industrial prosperity of Houston has attracted several million newcomers in recent decades, making it the fourth largest city in the United States, and the most ethnically-diverse city of the nation. Growth in people and wealth has spurred remarkable urban expansion with modern architecture such as the Astrodome, and the construction of hundreds of miles of new concrete highways and bridges, as well as recreation opportunities such as world-class museums, and linear parks and trails that line the city’s several bayous.
Come join us in Houston for SIA’s first ever conference in the Lone Star State!
Conference Schedule at a Glance
Thursday, May 18
- Pre-conference all-day tour* THE THURSDAY PRE-CONFERENCE TOUR IS FULL
- Evening Reception and conference orientation at hotel
- Dinner on your own
Friday, May 19
- Choose one of four all-day bus tours
- Dinner on your own
- SIA Industrial Film Festival
Saturday, May 20
- Full day of research presentations & exhibits
- Annual Business Meeting & Luncheon
- SIA Banquet*
Sunday, May 21
- Post-conference tours*
* Additional fees apply
For more information, contact SIA events coordinator Julie Blair at siaevents.org.
Houston Astrodome, interior perspective looking south-southwest with field set up in football configuration. Library of Congress-Historic American Engineering Record.
Caption for above photos: The forest of oil derricks depicted in both halves of a 1919 panoramic photograph above comprise Goose Creek Oil Field. Goose Creek (now Baytown) is a bayou east of Houston where oil was discovered in the late 1910s. Library of Congress.
Caption for photo at top of page: Oil refinery next to the Gulf of Mexico near Houston, 1980. Carol M. Highsmith, Library of Congress.
June 2 - June 5, 2016
The 2016 Annual SIA Conference took place in Kansas City, Missouri, located at the bend of the Missouri and Kansas Rivers. Officially incorporated in 1853, 32 years after the state of Missouri was admitted to the Union, the city was initially called “The Town of Kansas” after the Kansa Indians who lived in the area.
Kansas City has a rich history in Missouri River trade, outfitting for wagon freighting on the Santa Fe and Oregon trails, and agriculture and milling. With the first crossing of the Missouri River in Kansas City in 1869-that of the Hannibal Bridge-Kansas City became a major player in the livestock industry and by the 1880s, ten rail lines delivered stock to the industrial area known today as the West Bottoms. The Kansas City Livestock Exchange was the “largest building in the world devoted exclusively to livestock interests.”
Today, Kansas City remains second only to Chicago as the “busiest train center in the country.” The city’s varied history also includes that of TWA, the work of the bridge engineer J.A.L Waddell and successor firms, Walt Disney, the Kansas City Monarchs, Kansas City Jazz, George Kessler’s renowned Parks and Boulevards system, and the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial.
June 2-5, 2011
June 3-6, 2010
May 28-31, 2009
May 29-June 1, 2008
2007 - Philadelphia, PA (36th), June 7-9
2006 - Saint Louis, MO (35th), June 1-4
2005 - Milwaukee, WI (34th), June 2-June5
2004 - Providence & Blackstone Valley (33rd), June 10-June 13
2003 - Montreal, Quebec, Canada (32nd), May 30-June 1
2002 - Brooklyn, NY (31st), June 6-10
2001 - Washington, DE (30th), May 10-14
2000 - Duluth, MN (29th), June 1-4
1999 - Savannah, GA (28th), June 3-6
1998 - Indianapolis, IN (27th), June 4-7
1997 - Houghton, MI (26th), May 29-June 1
1996 - Sacramento, CA (25th), May 30-June 2
1995 - Baltimore, MD (24th), May 11-14
1994 - Toronto, Ontario, Canada (23rd), June 2-5
1993 Pittsburgh, PA (22nd), June 3-7
1992 - Buffalo, NY (21st), June 4-7
1991 - Chicago, IL (2oth), June 13-17
1990 Philadelphia, PA (19th), May 30-June 3
1989 - Quebec, City, Quebec, Canada (18th), June 1-4
1988 - Wheeling, WV (17th), May 19-22
1987 - Troy, NY (16th), May 28-31
1986 - Cleveland, OH (15th), June 12-15
1985 - Newark, NJ (14th), May 9-12
1984 - Boston, MA (13th), June 14-17
1983 - Minneapolis & St. Paul, MN (12th), May 12-15
1982 - Harrisburg, PA (11th), May 6-9
1981 - Hartford, CT (10th), May 7-10
1980 - Detroit, MI (9th), May 29-June 1
1979 - Columbus, GA (8th), April 26-29
1978 - Louisville, KY & Cincinnati, OH (7th), March 30-April 2
1977 - Wilmington, DE (6th), 28-May 1
1976- Lowell, MA (5th), April 23-26
1975- Baltimore, MD (4th), April 25-28
1974 - Pittsburgh, PA (3rd), April 26-29
1973 - Troy, NY (2nd), April 28-29
1972 - New York, NY (1st), April 8-9
1971 - Washington, DC Founding Meeting, October 16