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ASEG news - Issue 2, 25th May 2018

Dear Members,

Welcome to the second issue of ASEG News. We hope you enjoyed our first issue earlier this month and want to thank everyone who provided valuable feedback. We have added a new section, Member News, meant for short updates on what our members have been up to. Please feel welcome to contribute to this section and to the rest of the newsletter by emailing

In today's news you'll find information on:

AGCC 2018
AEGC 2019
Geological Interpretation of Aeromagnetic Data eBook
The Stavely Arc Uncovered Workshop
News from the states
Upcoming events (National and International)
What's new in Preview?
The latest in Exploration Geophysics
Member Spotlight: Ted Tyne
Member News
Follow us on social media
Thanks to our corporate members


AGCC 2018


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. A total of 25 workshops are now on offer covering a wide range of topics both before and after the convention, so don't delay, register now. A reminder that the abstract submission deadline is coming up fast, with submissions closing 16th June, 2018.


AEGC 2019


Planning continues for next year's AEGC Conference. ASEG, AIG and PESA will join together in Western Australia in September 2019 to host a four-day program. AEGC 2019 will be held at the superb Crown Perth and feature technical sessions of the highest calibre. The conference has focus on Geology, Geophysics and Geochemistry and how these are applied for exploration in both petroleum and mineral systems in Australasia and the wider Asia Pacific region.

AEGC 2019 will be take place at the recently upgraded Crown Perth, located on the Swan River and only minutes from the city centre. Offering accommodation right at the conference venue, delegates with be spoiled for choice with the options available to stay, entertain clients and even have the possibility to check out the new Optus Stadium, located a few minutes' walk from the venue. In addition to Perth's unique natural attractions, delegates will have the opportunity to join field trips and social functions which will be exceptional opportunities to network with peers and make new contacts. To register your interest visit


Geological Interpretation of Aeromagnetic Data eBook


eBook Download: Geological Interpretation of Aeromagnetic Data by David Isles and Leigh Rankin

This book is a practical manual for aeromagnetic interpretation written primarily for geologists.

As well as covering the basic physics of magnetic anomalies and chemistry of magnetisation in rocks, it features three expansively worked examples illustrating the integration of aeromagnetics and geology in terrains ranging from Archaean 'granite-greenstone' to Phanerozoic sedimentary basins.

It generously illustrates modern imagery and the basic steps in the integration and interpretation process.

Purchase your copy here.


The Stavely Arc Uncovered Workshop


The Geological Survey of Victoria is running a technical event across two days on the 27 and 28 June. This free event will explore exciting new geological concepts and findings resulting from pre-competitive work undertaken on the Stavely Arc by the Geological Survey of Victoria and Geoscience Australia. Through a series of technical presentations and interactive demonstrations they will discuss mineral prospectivity in Stavely Arc rocks. The event aims to provide a geological narrative for current and future mineral explorers to develop effective mineral exploration strategies in what is a genuine greenfields mineral exploration opportunity. Following the technical program, the Geological Survey of Victoria will display stratigraphic and mineralised drill core samples from the Stavely Arc at its drill core library.

For more information and to register see

Registrations are now open for the SEG Distinguished Instructor Short Course (DISC) course by Kurt Marfurt titled Seismic Attributes as the Framework for Data Integration throughout the Oilfield Life Cycle. The ASEG is hosting this course in Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra and Melbourne. Discounted registration for ASEG or SEG members here.

Details on upcoming events can be found at the ASEG website.

Branch Date Presenter Title Venue
WA 13.06.2018 Nikhil Prakash (Rio Tinto) *Mineral* Tech night: The effective use of forward modelling and petrophysical analyses in the application of induced polarisation surveys to explore for disseminated sulphide systems in the Paterson Province, Western Australia City West Receptions
WA 20.06.2018   *Young Professionals* Mentoring program meeting 1 Ord St, West Perth
WA 11.07.2018 Kurt Marfurt
*DISC seminar*: Seismic Attributes as the Framework for Data Integration throughout the Oilfield Life Cycle City West Receptions
WA 12.07.2018 Kurt Marfurt (SEG DISC) Finding and exploiting correlations between 3D seismic, log, and engineering data using machine learning City West Receptions
WA 08.08.2018 Various (SGC) *Hydrogeology* Tech Night: The use of geophysics for hydrogeology applications City West Receptions
WA 12.09.2018 Alan Aitken (UWA) *Hydrogeology* Tech Night: Modelling Microgravity for Groundwater Storage, Kings Park City West Receptions
Tasmania 25.05.2018
1pm start
Mark Duffett Gravity in Tasmania - Ironing out the wrinkles CODES Conference Room, Uni. of Tas.
SA-NT 13.06.2018, 5:30 pm for 6:15 start Simon Holford Three-dimensional seismic imaging of shallow crustal volcanic plumbing systems Coopers Alehouse, 316 Pulteney St, Adelaide
SA-NT 16.07.2018 Kurt Marfurt Seismic Attributes as the Framework for Data Integration throughout the Oilfield Life Cycle TBA, Adelaide CBD
SA-NT 17.07.2018, 12pm start Kurt Marfurt Finding and exploiting correlations between 3D seismic, log, and engineering data using machine learning  
QLD 12.06.2018 Brad Cox The application of geophysics in the exploration for base metal deposits in the Girilambone basin XXXX Brewery
QLD 25.07.2018 Kurt Marfurt Seismic Attributes as the Framework for Data Integration throughout the Oilfield Life Cycle Christie Centre, Brisbane
QLD 26.07.2018 Kurt Marfurt Finding and exploiting correlations between 3D seismic, log, and engineering data using machine learning XXXX Brewery
NSW 16.05.2018,
5:30 pm for 6:00 start
Andy Green Budget allocation and the stopping problem in mineral exploration Club York, 99 York St, Sydney
NSW 20.06.2018,
5:30 pm for 6:00 start
Ned Stolz / Bob Musgrave Whats new in geophysics at the NSW Geological Survey Club York, 99 York St, Sydney
NSW 18.07.2018,
5:30 pm for 6:00 start
Dinner - To be determined
ACT 20.06.2018 Alison Kirkby The conductivity structure of the Georgina-Arunta region from MT data Scrivener Room, Geoscience Australia
ACT 23.07.2018 Kurt Marfurt Seismic Attributes as the Framework for Data Integration throughout the Oilfield Life Cycle Scrivener Room, Geoscience Australia
ACT 24.07.2018 Kurt Marfurt Finding and exploiting correlations between 3D seismic, log, and engineering data using machine learning TBA
VIC 18.07.2018 Kurt Marfurt Seismic Attributes as the Framework for Data Integration throughout the Oilfield Life Cycle Kelvin Club, Melbourne
VIC 19.07.2018 Kurt Marfurt Finding and exploiting correlations between 3D seismic, log, and engineering data using machine learning TBA

For a more complete calendar of events see Preview

Date Event
11-14 June 2018 80th EAGE Annual Convention, Copenhagen, Denmark
13 - 14 June 2018 AMEC convention, Perth, Western Australia
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 2018 GPR 2018 Rapperswil, Switzerland
5-7 August 2018 SEG Reservoir geophysics workshop, Daqing Oilfield China
13-20 August, 2018 24th EM Induction Workshop, Helsingor, Denmark
27-29 August 2018 EAGE/SEG Workshop on Marine Multi-Component Seismic, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2-7 September 2018 36th General Assembly of the European Seismological Commission, Valletta, Malta
3-7 September 2018 The International Conference on Magmatism of the Earth and related Strategic Metal Deposits, Moscow, Russia
9-13 September 2018 2nd Conference on Geophysics for Mineral Exploration and Mining, Porto, Portugal
10-12 September 2018 Near Surface Geoscience 2018, Porto, Portugal
23-25 September 2018 SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, Dallas, USA
4-18 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. The next issue of Preview will be published in June.

The 7th International Workshop on Airborne Electromagnetics will be held from the 17-20 June in Denmark. The ASEG is issuing a special edition of Exploration Geophysics for papers presented at the workshop.

Each month we will be shining the spotlight on a different ASEG member. This week we get to know our President Elect, Ted Tyne. 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?

I recently retired after 12 years in Adelaide as head of Mineral Resources in the Government of South Australia. It was a very satisfying time working within a pro-business and very supportive Government and working in close cooperation with the many committed exploration and mining companies, geoscience research and education partnerships and other international and state/NT geological surveys and our national survey, Geoscience Australia. Although I was the lead regulator for the minerals sector in South Australia, my great love has always been exploration geoscience and so it was a real privilege to work with such great teams in Minerals including Resource Information and the Geological Survey SA, and to lead South Australia's agency responsible for Government-funded state-wide geophysics, geoscience and exploration initiative programs, including the widely recognised Plan for Accelerating Exploration - PACE. I've retained the role of Chair of South Australia's Magnetite Strategy, a government-industry-research collaboration. I'm passionate to see SA's huge resources of magnetite developed with innovative processing technology.

How long have you been a geophysicist for?

I graduated from my undergrad degree and post-grad diploma in applied geophysics in 1973 from UNSW and was urged to join the fledgling exploration geophysics society in 1971 by my professor and great mentor, Professor Laric Hawkins, one of the founders of the ASEG. Much of my career has been spent in government geoscience agencies in NSW and SA, working directly in geophysics or working with geophysics and geoscience teams involved in statewide and national geological, geophysical and resource mapping programs. I've also lectured at UNSW and worked in industry with Geoterrex and Encom during much of the 1990s particularly in the airborne geophysical survey industry on projects around the world.

What do you like most about being a geophysicist?

Modern exploration geophysics is an exciting quest of discovery through the systematic collection and analysis of the best data possible. It's those elements of search and discovery and technical and scientific innovation and invention that has always been a passion in my geophysics career - there is always something new on the exploration geophysics horizon.

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

A scientist of some form - chemist or quantum physicist or geologist - all areas of interest.

What is your best interview tip?

Marina Costelloe's tip in the 1st ASEG Newsletter is spot on!

Do your due diligence in researching the organisation, understanding exactly what they are looking for in a new hire & practice your spoken interview responses on your experience and what makes you a great fit with strong attention to great team play.

What's one thing we wouldn't know about you?

I've always been passionate about music, particularly jazz and classical - spending my after-hours learning jazz guitar.

Tell us about your best field meal?

Bush tucker washed down with great South Australian wine, under the stars in the northern Flinders Ranges with geoscientists from around Australia - just fabulous!

What's was your best sunrise location?

Broken Hill on a clear morning after a dust storm.

What are you reading at the moment?

I've just finished Saga Land by Richard Fidler (ABC Conversations) - the explorations of the Vikings and history of Vikings in Iceland.

Member News

Brian Spies, a member since the first year, has just had a paper published in the Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of NSW (2017, v. 150, (1), 48-60). It is titled 'The science and politics of climate change', a subject in which Brian is strongly engaged. Brian is not the only member to have a paper in this Journal. Don Emerson has a paper published in 1967 (v. 101, 17-21) and a joint paper with Branagan and Kelly in 2014 (v. 147 (1), 24-28). Ken McCracken has also published in the journal in 1980 ( v. 113, 13-17)

Are there others? What members have published in the Royal Societies of the other states?
Roger Henderson, Chairperson, ASEG History Committee


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