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Qld AGM & Technical Night

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

All official Branch Positions (President, Treasurer and Secretary) will be up for nomination.

Nominations must be seconded and you cannot nominate someone who has not agreed to be nominated.

Please have all nominations sent to James Alderman ( by Friday 17th  May.


Fiona Duncan will be standing down as President - we thank her for all her work and wish her well.

Current nominations are Ron Palmer (President), James Alderman (Secretary) are Henk van Paridon (Treasurer).


Technical Talk

Dense sampling in marine seismic data: Efficiency in acquisition without compromising data quality.

Speaker:              Mazin Farouk



For the past few years ASEG local Branch events have been run at zero cost to members. This year we have changed the model, and ask that meeting attendees pay for their own drinks. If you or your company are interested in sponsoring local branch events please contact 


We are always on the lookout for speakers. Please contact James, Ron or Henk. We have openings in 2018

Look out for a list of confirmed speakers and dates in the next update, including an upcoming SEG DISC course to be hosted in Brisbane again this year.


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Dorothy Hill Women in Earth Sciences Symposium

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Dorothy Hill Women in Earth Sciences Symposium

The School of Earth and Environmental Sciences (SEES) at The University of Queensland is proud to host the inaugural Dorothy Hill Women in Earth Sciences Symposium which will be held on Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 November 2017 at The University of Queensland.


The Symposium celebrates the achievements of notable women in the Earth Sciences and is named after the late Dorothy Hill, who was the first woman Professor in Australia, the first woman to become a member of the Australian Academy of Sciences and its first President. 


Professor Dorothy Hill was a pioneer of research, a leader for women in science, a woman of action, and one of The University of Queensland’s (UQ) most outstanding graduates.  She was a well-known figure at the University from the time she was 18 years old and beginning her degree until she retired, aged in her seventies. By then she had become a world-renowned professor.  Throughout her career, she led by example and inspired women to pursue science and a university education. Through her numerous achievements, she helped to advance the place of women in academia.


This inspirational event will be a powerful two days of learning. Come and learn from, and network with, some of the world’s top female earth scientists.  Speakers include: 

  • Prof Adina Paytan, University of California Santa Cruz, USA
  • Prof Kliti Grice, Curtin University, Australia
  • Prof Xu, Nanjing University, China
  • Dr Zanna Chase, University of Tasmania, Australia
  • Dr Emma Gagen, The University of Queensland, Australia
  • Prof Carmen Gaina, University of Oslo, Norway
  • Dr Vanessa Guthrie, Minerals Council of Australia
  • Associate Professor Heather Handley, Macquarie University, Australia
  • Dr Sandra McLaren, University of Melbourne, Australia
  • Dr Meghan Miller, The Australian National University, Australia
  • Dr Michelle Parks, University of Iceland, Iceland
  • Dr Catherine Rose, University of St Andrews, UK
  • Jill Stevens, ESSO Australia

Symposium website


Annual ASEG/PESA Trivia Night

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Details to follow.

Please check back.

Technical Night

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Geophysics Students graduating from the University of Queensland will present their Honours Thesis topics.

Annual Zoeppritz Night Pub Crawl

Friday, July 21, 2017

Details to follow.

Please check back.

SEG DL Short Course: Geophysical Electromagnetics: Fundamentals and Applications

Monday, August 7, 2017

This course will inspire geoscientists to explore if EM geophysics can be relevant to their problem, build a foundation for choosing an appropriate survey based upon knowledge of physical principles, and set realistic expectations for what information you might be able to extract from a survey based on physical principles.

The course will be hosted by Doug Oldenburg from the Geophysical Inversion Facility at UBC.

This course is run over two days.

Day 1 is the DISC Course

Day 2 is the DISC Lab which is non-compulsory.

Both days are covered in the price for the DISC Lab, catering is provided both days.

Date Register for Location Non-member cost (USD) Member cost (USD) Student cost (USD) Contact
27-28 July Perth, WA City West Function Centre, Plaistow Mews, West Perth $300 $250 $90 Kathlene Oliver
02-03 August Adelaide, SA Hotel Richmond, Rundle Mall, Adelaide $250 $200 $50 Joshua Sage
07-08 August Brisbane, Qld Christie Conference Centre, 320 Adelaide St, Brisbane $300 $250 $50 Mark Kneipp


You can also register for the course here.

More details are here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is covered on the second day - DISC Lab?

A. The DISC Lab is designed for a smaller group of geoscientists. We ask participants to provide informal 5 min lightning talks about problems of local interest. We will then work as a group to break down the problems in terms of the 7-Step Framework introduced in the DISC course (Day 1). If participants agree, their talks and results from discussions will be uploaded to the web. By capturing these problems and state-of-progress onto the web, we hope to promote interaction between geoscientists worldwide. Tutorials on simulations and inversions are also available upon request.

Q. Is the second day compulsory, who should attend the DISC Lab?

A. The DISC Lab is non-compulsory, it is available to any persons registered for the DISC course. The LAB is designed for a smaller group of geoscientists, only those interested in working though specific EM/IP problems should attend.

Q. Do I need to be an SEG member to register?

A. No, however you will need to create an SEG profile in order to register. Use the link provided, create a username and password and follow the prompts to pay for the course registration.

Q. Do I get the SEG Member discount as an ASEG Member?

A. No, the discounted rate only applies to SEG Members.

March for Science

Saturday, April 22, 2017

The March for Science is a global event bringing together people from all walks of life who say we need more evidence and reason in our political process. We champion the public discovery, distribution, and understanding of scientific knowledge as crucial to the freedom, success, health, and safety of life on this planet.

We are a nonpartisan group, marching to promote stable public science funding, open communication of science, evidence-based policy, and greater scientific literacy and education in critical thinking.

All people who value the role of science in society are encouraged to take part in the March for Science.

More details, including specifics for your capital city, at the March for Science.

QLD AGM 21st March 2017

Tuesday, March 21, 2017


Local Branch Meeting & 2017 QLD Branch AGM – Tuesday 21st March 5.30pm


Location: XXXX Brewery; Corner of Black Street and Paten Street Milton, Cinema (upstairs – behind the restaurant/bar)

There is street parking and an undercover carpark at XXXX Brewery available for meeting attendees to use.

Please RSVP to by 5pm Friday 17th March to attend this meeting.




All official Branch Positions (President, Treasurer and Secretary) will be up for nomination.
Nominations must be seconded and you cannot nominate someone who has not agreed to be nominated.
Please have all nominations sent to me (  by Friday 17th  March – so I can announce candidates for positions before the AGM!
Fiona Duncan (President), Henk van Paridon (Treasurer) and Megan Nightingale (Secretary) will all run for re-election.


March Meeting Details


Speaker:    Tariq Rahiman

Talk Title:    Geophysical Site Investigation Techniques

Talk Overview:

Previously the domain of the resource exploration industry, geophysical expertise is now being increasingly used to support traditional engineering site investigation techniques in order to provide complete and accurate geotechnical characterisation of large construction sites. High resolution and near-surface geophysical techniques when integrated with intrusive sampling and testing, are proving to be a cost effective and reliable way to image and test large volumes of construction footprint areas. Geophysical techniques are particularly helpful where borings and intrusive testing are limited for reasons that may include investigation budget limitations, inaccessibility and environmental disturbance constraints. Integration of geophysics with geotechnical investigative techniques offers the potential to improve management of project risks and costs, as well as enhance understanding of site conditions
This presentation focuses on geophysical techniques used in engineering applications, including seismic refraction, seismic reflection, multi-channel analysis of surface waves (MASW), electrical resistivity imaging (ERI), electromagnetic (EM), ground penetrating radar (GPR), and down hole techniques. The basic theory behind the methods, field methodology and outputs for engineering applications will be covered. Examples will also be presented from recent projects 
around Australia 

About the Speaker:

Dr Tariq Rahiman is a principal  geologist/geophysicist with Golder Associates in Brisbane. He has over 15 years’ experience in geological/geophysical site evaluations of mining and civil infrastructure projects, and near shore and deep sea installations in Australia, SE Asia and SW Pacific. He currently heads the geophysics team at Golder’s Brisbane Office that provides Australia wide services in shallow ground geophysical surveys for geotechnical and environmental site investigations.

QLD Local Branch Meeting – Tuesday 28th February 5.30pm

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Local Branch Meeting – Tuesday 28th February 5.30pm

XXXX Brewery (Corner of Black Street and Paten Street Milton) - Cinema (upstairs – behind the restaurant/bar)

There is street parking and an undercover carpark at XXXX Brewery available for meeting attendees to use.

Please RSVP to by 5pm Friday 24th February to attend this meeting.


Speakers: David Close and Tony Hallam

Talk Title: AVO Dark Arts and Quantitative Interpretation: A review of theory and practise

Talk Overview:

Amplitude variation with offset or angle can be a powerful interpretation tool, but the theory behind the various interpretation techniques can seem opaque and off-putting to many practising geophysicists. This presentation will provide an introduction to AVO theory, techniques and quantitative interpretation (QI) pitfalls illustrated with an Otway Basin example.

The Eastern Otway Basin is known for its very strong DHI responses across most of the gas fields discovered there. In particular, the far stack and fluid factor response standout as key gas indicators. However, the Minerva field is an exception to the rule. Can a more detailed analysis of the field explain the anomalous amplitude response through the crest of the field and what can we do to better identify gas accumulations with other QI techniques?

About the Speakers:

David Close

David Close is currently the Unconventional Exploration Manager and Chief Geologist for Origin Energy in Brisbane, Australia. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Oxford and a B.Sc. from the University of Tasmania. David worked in Mexico, U.S.A and Canada for Schlumberger and Apache Canada prior to joining Origin. David has worked in a range of conventional and unconventional exploration roles and has developed expertise in unconventional resource exploration and evaluation, and quantitative seismic interpretation. David is a member of PESA, ASEG, SEG, and AAPG

Tony Hallam

Tony Hallam has been a geophysicist with Origin Energy for 6 years. Starting in a functional team he gained exposure to many of Origin’s assets including conventional and CSG. The last 3 years have predominantly been spent working Origin’s offshore conventional assets on the southern margin where he has contributed to exploration via interpretation both structural and quantitative, seismic processing QC, P&L generation and risking and the development of an upcoming exploration and development drilling campaign.


Monday, April 10, 2017

The 2017 AGM of the Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists (ASEG) will be held in Brisbane on the 10th April. The meeting will be hosted by the Queensland Branch at the XXXX brewery and alehouse. Address: Black St & Paten St, Milton QLD 4064

Drinks will be available from 6.00pm and the AGM will begin at 6.30pm.


The business of the Annual General Meeting will include:

  • To confirm the minutes of the last preceding general meeting;
  • To receive from the Federal Executive reports on the activities of the Society during the last preceding financial year;
  • To receive and consider the financial accounts and audit reports that are required to be submitted to members pursuant to the Constitution and to law;
  • To consider and if agreed approve any changes to the ASEG Constitution;
  • To report the ballot results for the election of the new office holders for the Federal Executive;
  • To confirm the appointment of auditors for 2017.


The AGM will be followed by a scientific presentation. The speaker and title will be advised closer to the event.



Invitation for candidates for the Federal Executive


Members of the Federal Executive serve in an honorary capacity. They are all volunteers and Members are encouraged to consider volunteering for a position on the Executive or on one of its committees. Current members are listed in Preview; please contact one of them if you wish to know more about volunteering for your society.


In accordance with Article 8.2 of the ASEG Constitution ‘…The elected members of the Federal Executive are designated as Directors of the Society for the purposes of the [Corporations] Act.’


The Federal Executive comprises up to 12 members, and includes the following four elected members:-

(i) a President,

(ii) a President Elect,

(iii) a Secretary, and

(iv) a Treasurer.


These officers are elected annually by a general ballot of members. Andrea Rutley was elected as President-Elect in 2016 and as such will stand for the position of President.


The following offices are also recognised:

(i) Vice President,

(ii) the Immediate Past President (unless otherwise a member of the Federal Executive),

(iii) the Chairman of the Publications Committee,

(iv) the Chairman of the Membership Committee,

(v) the Chairman of the State Branch Committees, and

(vi) Up to three others to be determined by the Federal Executive.


These officers are appointed by the Federal Executive from the volunteers wishing to serve the Society.


Nominations for all positions (except Past President) are very welcome. Please forward the name of the nominated candidate and the position nominating for, along with the names of two Members who are eligible to vote (as Proposers), to the Secretary:

Marina Costelloe

ASEG Secretary

Care of the ASEG Secretariat

PO Box 576

Crows Nest

NSW, 1585

Tel: (02) 9431 8622

Fax: (02) 9431 8677



Nominations must be received via post, fax or email no later than COB Tuesday 7th March 2017. Positions for which there are multiple nominations will then be determined by ballot of Members and results declared at the Annual General Meeting.


Proxy forms and further details of the meeting will be sent to Members prior to the meeting by email and made available to Members on the Society’s website.