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20180503 Newsletter

ASEG news - Issue 1, 3rd May 2018

Dear Members,

Hello and welcome to our first issue of the monthly Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists email newsletter. We hope this can assist our members to feel more connected with their society and stay up-to-date with the latest events and news. In today's news you'll find information on:

Membership renewal reminder
Submit your abstract for AGCC
Current opportunities
News from the states
What's new in Preview?
The latest in Exploration Geophysics
Member Spotlight: Marina Costelloe
Follow us on social media
Thanks to our corporate members
AEGC2019 advertisement

We welcome any feedback regarding the newsletter and would love to hear from you at Don't forget to follow our social media accounts, for more regular updates on upcoming events and geoscience articles of interest.


Membership Renewal


Has your membership lapsed? There are many benefits of being a member including discounted or free attendance to State Branch technical evenings or courses, discounted registration for the 18 monthly Australasian Exploration Geoscience Convention and free access to ASEG Publications, Exploration Geophysics and Preview, just to name a few. Don't wait- renew your membership here and as always student membership are free.


Submit your abstract to AGCC


The inaugural Australian Geoscience Council Convention, AGCC 2018, will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre in Adelaide, Australia, Sunday 14 to Thursday 18 October, 2018.

AGCC 2018 will focus on the Asia Pacific region and is supported by all eight Member Organisations of the Australian Geoscience Council. Big Issues and Ideas in Geoscience is designed to highlight the fundamental role that Geoscience has as a major field of science throughout the Asia-Pacific region - one that has a part to play in the life of everyone.

The convention will cover all aspects of Geoscience, with technical themes covering theoretical and applied Geoscience, mineral and energy resources, environmental and societal science, Geoscience education and communication, and emerging technologies. Abstract submission closes 16th June.


Current opportunities


The prestigious summer school for tomorrow's leading mineral explorers

The National Exploration Undercover School is a collaboration of universities, government and industry partners to deliver a truly world-class national program of training. Students from any University across Australia can apply to be part of the three-week program that will run from 25th November to 15th December, 2018. The intensive NExUS course will enable you to consolidate your skills; immerse yourself in the mineral exploration world by living and breathing it for three weeks.

As part of the course, students will meet, learn from and work with mineral exploration leaders from industry, government and research institutions. Students will be invited to apply from Third-Year BSc, Honours and coursework Masters levels, recent graduates with <2 years working in industry and government agencies are also welcome.

Prospective participants will need to demonstrate their passion for mineral exploration and a desire for a career in the industry; Only 30 places will be made available and all costs are covered.

Apply at before the 29th June 2018.


Australian Museum Eureka Prizes



Presented annually, the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes reward excellence in the fields of research & innovation, leadership, science engagement and school science with a prize pool of $160,000 on offer. Entries close on Friday 4th May 2018 so get in quick!


Top 5


UNSW and ABC RN have teamed up again for Top 5 Under 40, an exciting initiative to discover Australia's next generation of science communicators and give them a voice. Applications are now open for outstanding early-career researchers with a PhD who are working in Australian universities and research organisations across science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medical research. In July, the Top 5 will undertake a two-week media residency in Sydney at RN, the ABC's national ideas network, supported by UNSW, one of Australia's leading universities. Applications close 9th May, 2018 at

Details on upcoming events can be found at the ASEG website or by contacting your branch.


SEG Honorary Lecturer


Mazin Farouki will be presenting a talk across Australia titled 'Dense sampling in marine seismic data: Efficiency in acquisition without compromising data quality.'

For more details on the course see here.

1 May (Tue) 5:30 pm Adelaide, SA, Coopers Alehouse, Corner Pulteney St and Carrington St

2 May (Wed) 5:30 pm Perth, WA, CityWest Function Centre, 45 plaistowe mews, west perth, WA

8 May (Tue) 5:30 pm, Cinema, XXXX Brewery Corner of Black Street and Paten Street Milton. Brisbane, QLD

9 May (Wed) 5:00 pm Canberra, ACT Geoscience Australia, 101 Jerrabomberra Ave, Symonston, ACT

10 May (Thu) 6:00 pm Melbourne, VIC Kelvin club, 14-30 melbourne place, Melbourne, VIC


SEG Distinguished Instructor Short Course (DISC) course


In July Kurt Marfurt will be travelling Australia teaching his SEG DISC course, and presenting at technical evenings. Times/locations will be confirmed shortly along with details of how to register. In the meantime, details about the course contents can be found here.

Date (2018) DISC or Talk Location
11 July DISC Perth
12 July Talk Perth
16 July DISC Adelaide
17 July Talk Adelaide
19 July DISC Melbourne
20 July Talk Melbourne
23 July DISC Canberra
24 July Talk Canberra
26 July DISC Brisbane
27 July Talk Brisbane


Other state events





Saturday May 12th 2018, GSA-AusIMM-ASEG-DPC Joint Geofamily Picnic, 10.00 am, Enchanted playground, Prospect Memorial Gardens




16th May, Technical Evening, Aaron Tomkins, Refraction Microtremor method for assessing liquefaction potential within an alluvial setting - Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea, 5:30 pm for a 6 pm start at Club York, 99 York St, Sydney

20th June, Technical Evening, Ned Stolz & Bob Musgrave, Whats new in geophysics at the NSW Geological Survey, 5:30 pm for a 6 pm start at Club York, 99 York St, Sydney

18th July, Dinner - Good food and good wine, details TBC

For a more complete calendar of events see Preview

Date Event
20-23rd May 2018 AAPG 2018 Annual Convention and Exhibition, Salt Lake City, USA
20-23 May 2018 SEG Rock physics and digital rock applications workshop, Beijing, China
11-14 June 2018 80th EAGE Annual Convention, Copenhagen, Denmark
15-21 June 2018 7th International Workshop on Airborne Electromagnetics Jutland, Denmark
16-21 June 2018 Resources for Future Generations, Vancouver BC Canada
18-21 June GPR 2018 Rapperswil, Switzerland
5-7 August SEG Reservoir geophysics workshop, Daqing Oilfield China
13-20 August, 2018 24th EM Induction Workshop, Helsingor, Denmark
27-29 August EAGE/SEG Workshop on Marine Multi-Component Seismic, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
14-18 October 2018 Australian Geoscience Council Convention, Adelaide, South Australia
2-5 September 2019 AEGC 2019, Data to Discovery, AEGC, Perth, Western Australia

Preview is published by the ASEG on a bimonthly basis and is freely available online ( You can subscribe to a free email early alert or RSS feed via You can also follow the magazine on twitter using the hashtag #PreviewASEG. Preview contains news and commentary of interest to all geophysicists practising in the minerals, petroleum and environmental sectors. The magazine also carries feature articles - which are less technical in nature than articles published in the ASEG Journal Exploration Geophysics.

The April issue of Preview is now online ( This issue features an article written by Ben Witten and Jeffrey Shragge on 'Wave equation imaging and adjoint-state inversion for micro-seismic monitoring'. Ben recently completed his PhD thesis on 3D micro-seismic velocity analysis under the supervision of Professor Shragge. This work, which was supported by the ASEG Research Foundation, has been very well received and has already resulted in the publication of a number of papers in Geophysics. Ben and Jeffrey's article takes Preview readers right to the cutting edge of this subject.

The April issue also features reflections on the first Australasian Exploration Geoscience Conference (AEGC 2018) by theConference Organising Committee and a number of Preview's regular commentators. In addition, Preview honours the recipients of the ASEG awards made at the conference.

The next issue of Preview will be published in the first week of June. Contributions can be submitted to on or before the 11th of May.

Exploration Geophysics is published by CSIRO Publishing on behalf of the Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists (ASEG), Society of Exploration Geophysics of Japan (SEGJ), and Korean Society of Earth and Exploration Geophysicists (KSEG). The journal presents significant case histories, advances in data interpretation, and theoretical developments in exploration and applied geophysics. Don't forget to consider Exploration Geophysics when deciding where to submit your geophysical research.

Volume 49 Number 2 2018 issue is out now and includes a variety of must-read articles including:

Noise removal for airborne time domain electromagnetic data based on minimum noise fraction
Yue Li, Yang Meng, Yiming Lu, Lingqun Wang, Bin Xie, Yuqi Cheng and Kaiguang Zhu
pp. 127-133
Residual noise remains in airborne time domain electromagnetic profiles after preprocessing the data, and this noise affects the exploration of targets. An approach to reduce this noise based on the minimum noise fraction has been proposed in this paper.

Investigating subsurface structures of Gachsaran oil field in Iran using 2D inversion of magnetotelluric data
Mohamadhasan Mohamadian Sarvandani, Ali Nejati Kalateh, Reza Ghaedrahmati and Abbas Majidi
pp. 148-162
In 2012, the National Iranian Oil Company conducted an electromagnetic survey in the Gachsaran oil field. The Bahr's skew and Mohr diagrams were used to perform the dimensionality analysis. Magnetotelluric data were modelled using the smoothness-constrained least-squares method. The resulting model revealed the main anticline and overthrust zone in the region.

Each month we will be shining the spotlight on a different ASEG member. This week we get to know our new President, Marina Costelloe. If you would like to nominate yourself, or someone you would like to know more about, send us an email to

What is your current role?

Section Leader Seismic and Magnetotellurics at Geoscience Australia in Canberra. It's a very exciting time to be in this role with the Exploring for the future, a $100 million program that is aimed at boosting exploration investment in Australia's resources sector using new exploration techniques, new data processing and modelling codes and innovative ways of integrating and interpreting data. Our team is undertaking large scale data acquisition, processing and modelling programs like AusLAMP magnetotelluric, AusARRAY passive seismic (northern component) and long deep crustal seismic lines in SE Lachlan (Vic.), South Nicolson (Qld.) and Kidson (W.A.). I also enjoy working closely with the State Geological Surveys, Industry, Auscope and ANSIR. I am the current ASEG President, what a great honour.

How long have you been a geophysicist for?

I studied geophysics at Sydney University in the early 1990's and worked for Geoterrex. I completed my Masters in 2002 and have been a geophysicist or worked with geophysicists my whole career apart from about 5 years where I explored a few other opportunities including Finance (Perpetual Trustees Sydney) and IT (Ecobiotics in Queensland).

What do you like most about being a geophysicist?

Good quality geophysical data is beautiful, sometimes I look at a brand new dataset over an area where no or limited geophysics has been collected and I feel like I have found a new continent, or a long lost treasure. Travelling is a nice by-product too, I have worked in Canada, New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore and just about everywhere in Australia (except Kalgoorlie and surrounds which is a bit strange). I also like having an impact, and geophysical data has a direct impact in the way companies invest in Australia and how they go about exploring.

If you weren't a geophysicist what would you be?

An orchestra conductor.

What is your best interview tip?

Do your research, know the company, know their projects, speak to their staff and ask questions before you go to the interview. Do a couple of trial interviews before you attend the interview and check your resume and cover letter contain all the relevant information and no typos. Ask for help.

Where was your best sunrise location?

BHP Yarrie minesite in the Pilbara.

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