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AuScope Special Seminar with ChEESE Program Leader Prof Arnau Folch

Monday, February 6, 2023
1200 AEDT
1330 AEDT

HPC is increasingly being used in solid Earth Geophysics in Europe and AuScope has organised this Special Seminar with Arnau Folch, leader of the EU ChEESE Program

ChEESE is the EU Centre of Excellence for Exascale in Solid Earth and develops translational research capabilities in High Performance Computing to the Exascale in geophysics, enabling multiscale, multiphysics and multi-hazard analysis.

In this seminar, Arnau will present the results of ChEESE-1P Exascale Pilot Demonstrators, including:

·  Rapid probabilistic forecasts of tsunami inundations; 

·  Earthquake source prediction; and

·  The atmospheric volcanic ash dispersal models validated in real time against high-resolution geostationary satellite data.

And, introduce ChEESE-2P and highlight its role in an ecosystem of projects that are shaping Europe’s Digital Future, including:

·  A Digital Twin for GEOphysical Extremes (DT-GEO);

·  Destination Earth (DestinE); and 

·  European Plate Observing System (EPOS)

Date: February 6th from 12 pm to 1:30 pm AEST.

Please register here via Eventbrite.



The first phase (ChEESE-1P) ran from 2018-2022 and addressed scientific and technical computational challenges in moving existing systems to Exascale in seismology, tsunami science, volcanology, and magnetohydrodynamics. ChEESE-1P initiated the optimisation of 10 Community flagship European codes for the European pre-Exascale and Exascale supercomputers and developed 12 Pilot Demonstrators (PD) that enabled services oriented to critical aspects of geohazards, including hazard assessment, urgent computing, and early warning forecasting.

Following the success of ChEESE-1P, a second 4-year phase (ChEESE-2P) with funding of € 7.8 million was launched in January 2023. Arnau will lead a team of Earth and Computer Scientists across multiple programs that will further develop the ChEESE-1P codes and new codes in geodynamics and glaciology.

We are delighted to be hosting Arnau and welcome you to join us in what will surely be a great seminar.

ASEG-PESA "The Good the Bad and the Uncertainties - a Model of Stress State".

Friday, February 24, 2023

This month PESA and ASEG welcomes Dr Moritz Ziegler to present a technical luncheon entitled “The Good, the Bad and the Uncertainties – A model of the stress state”.

The Technical Lunch will be held at the Brisbane Hilton Hotel, in room the Victoria Room.

For detailed directions, see explanation below.

Presentation:The Good, the Bad and the Uncertainties – A model of the stress state

Venue: Hilton Hotel Brisbane, 190 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane QLD 4000
Victoria Room
(Detailed directions below)

Date & Time: Friday, 24th February 12:15 PM


Presentation Abstract:

The Good, the Bad and the Uncertainties – A model of the stress state

A profound knowledge of the undisturbed stress state is the basis for an understanding and prediction of effects that occur during subsurface operations. These issues, from wellbore stability to the potential for injection or production induced seismicity are relevant for safety. Safe operation is particularly important with the public as a stakeholder. An increase in subsurface usage in urban areas (for geothermal district heating) is expected in Europe due to the need to become independent from energy imports and meet the climate goals.

The limited availability of stress (magnitude) data records usually doesn’t allow a significant prediction of the stress state in an area of interest. Therefore, geomechanical-numerical modelling is applied. Available stress data records are used to calibrate a model of the subsurface that predicts the stress state at the area of interest. However, the models are subject to large uncertainties due to limited knowledge on rock properties, 3D geology, and stress magnitude data. To allow for a significant interpretation of the model results the uncertainties are quantified. Therefore, a range of different possible stress scenarios that are supported by data are modelled.

To reduce the uncertainties, additional indirect observations of the stress state are used. They are data from boreholes such as Formation Integrity Tests or the observation of Borehole Breakouts, recorded seismicity, or injection-induced stress rotations. The different stress scenarios are compared for their agreement with the indirect data. The more indirect data is in agreement with a certain scenario, the higher is the scenarios probability. Eventually, a Bayesian approach is applied to assign probabilities to individual stress scenarios. This leads to an increase in significance of the model which adds value to the interpretation.



Tickets for the Technical Luncheon can be obtained here:

Early bird pricing will remain available up until Thursday, 16 February 11:30 PM after which, standard pricing will come into effect.

Final numbers to venue required by Tuesday, 21 February 12:00 PM – To avoid disappointment please register before that date and time.


The venue location can be accessed by two means:

1) Entry from Queen Street Mall
Enter the lifts located just to the left of Mick O’Malley’s Irish Pub, and take the lifts to Level 6.  Once you exit the lifts, the Victoria Room is immediately to the left.

2) Entry from Elizabeth Street
Enter the foyer located on 190 Elizabeth Street, and take the lifts to Level 6 (Main Foyer).  The Victoria Room is located in the back of the main foyer towards the right as you walk past Vintaged Restaurant.

ASEG Qld: Student Welcome and Social Evening

Thursday, February 16, 2023

The first Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists (ASEG) QLD branch event for the year will be a student welcome and social evening, generously supported by Anglo American.

Please join us to learn about geophysics and what ASEG does, catch up with other geophysicists and enjoy some musical entertainment.

When: From 4pm on Thursday 16th February

Where: Stock Exchange Hotel, 166 Charlotte Street, Brisbane (upstairs in the Charlotte room)

Cost: Free for members and students and $20 for non-members; includes food and two free drinks

RSVP by 10/02/22 to recieve your drinks!

Brisbane Brews - Feb 2023

Friday, February 10, 2023

Brisbane Brews @ the Milton Common. Feb 10th from 5pm.

On February 10th we have our first Brisbane Brews event of the year in an ongoing partnership with the AIG, GSA and PESA. We're heading to the Milton Common, details here.
A pay your own way, relaxed event  - good to converse and join fellow Geo's for a drink.

ASEG Annual General Meeting

Friday, March 17, 2023
12:30 pm AEST
13:30 pm AEST

More details to follow

Brisbane Brews - Dec 22

Friday, December 9, 2022

The Brisbane Brews is held on Friday, 9th of December.
This particular Brisbane Brews is targeted at those new to the industry, but as usual all are welcome! Please pass on these details to those who might be interested in becoming ASEG members. Geoscience students are also welcome to attend.

We have attracted sponsorship from the ASEG Young Professionals organization who will put on a few drinks and some nibbles. We've booked Saccharomyces from 5pm, please register using this link.



QLD Branch: Combined Oil and Gas Christmas drinks celebration

Thursday, November 24, 2022

2022 Combined Oil and Gas Christmas Drinks

Dear Oil and Gas Community,

QUPEX, SPE, PESA, FESQ and ASEG invite you to attend the 2022 combined associations Christmas cocktail style function.

We appreciate the continued support of our sponsors, speakers, members and wider audience, and look forward to seeing you all again in the new year for some interesting topics.

ONLY 200 TICKETS AVAILABLE - RSVP by Noon 16 November 2022

Cocktail function (nibbles and approx 3 drinks) - Smart casual attire


Thursday, 24 November 2022
From 5.30pm - 9pm


Port Office Hotel
40 Edward St, Brisbane City QLD 4000
Enter off Margaret Street



Sponsorship Opportunities:


EM techniques in uncovering Porphyry's

Monday, November 21, 2022

On the 21st of November Ken Witherly from Condor Consulting is coming through from the US. The QLD branch of ASEG will be partnering up with AIG to bring you his presentation on EM techniques in uncovering Porphy's.

Title: What Lies Beneath? A Reflection on the Porphyry Copper Exploration Model - expanded talk

Presenter: Ken Witherly

Date: 21st November 2022

Time: 1700

Finger food from 1715

Technical Talk from 1815

Location: Transcontinental Hotel 482 George Street Brisbane City, QLD 4000

Registration: Here

This will be our last technical talk of the year and this joint event should be a large one not to be missed.

QLD Tech talk: Using real-time seismic nodes to explore the Earth, Moon & Mars

Tuesday, November 8, 2022

On the 8th of November we'll be welcoming Dr Gerrit Olivier the Director of Planetary Geophysics at Fleet Space Technologies and this will be held from 5pm at "Hello Gorgeous", in Newstead. Bookings here.

Finger food from 17.15

AGM from 18.00

Technical Talk from 18.15

Virtual (Zoom) registration:

Gerrit's talk will be: 

Using real-time seismic nodes to explore the Earth, Moon & Mars

As most of the outcropping and shallow mineral deposits have been found, new technology is imperative to finding the hidden critical mineral deposits required to transition to renewable energy. In this talk I will show Fleet’s progress in developing seismic technology to image the subsurface in real-time to address this challenge in an environmentally-friendly manner. I’ll also discuss our ambitions to deploy compact geophysical rovers on the Moon and Mars to image the subsurface to find resources for future colonisation missions.

Brisbane Brews: Oct '22

Friday, October 14, 2022

Join us on the 14th of October for Brisbane Brews! We're off to Newstead to a brewery called Range Brewing. This is our joint social event with PESA, GSA and the AIG and there is more information in the flyer below and bookings, for table numbers, here. I hope to see you there Friday for a cheeky one.