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2017 Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety Petroleum Open Day

Friday, September 15, 2017

The future of Western Australia’s petroleum security will be under the spotlight at this year’s annual Petroleum Open Day, to be held on Friday, 15 September 2017 at the Hyatt Regency, Perth.

In addition to presentations from senior Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) staff,  an extensive poster display and exhibits by Pawsey supercomputing centre, Australian Marine Complex (AMC), Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia (PESA), National Energy Resources Australia (NERA), Western Australian Energy Research Alliance (wa:era) and Geoscience Australia, along with IT sessions for the Western Australian Petroleum and Geothermal Information Management System (WAPIMS) and the Petroleum Gateway, will be on show.

Some of the major presentations include:

  • Vision for Petroleum 2020, Jeff Haworth, Executive Director Petroleum, DMIRS
  • Towards 2020, Simon Ridge, Executive Director Resources Safety, DMIRS
  • Waitsia/Senecio Project, Dr Suzanne Hunt, Manager Engineering and Development, AWE
  • Tubridgi gas storage, Jon Cleary, General Manager Commercial, Dampier Bunbury Pipeline
  • Panel discussion on Energy Security facilitated by Tom Baddeley, Santos.

The full program and bookings can be found at

SEG DL Short Course: Geophysical Electromagnetics: Fundamentals and Applications

Thursday, July 27, 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.

Open Ship RV Sonne

Friday, May 5, 2017

This is a unique opportunity to see one of the world’s most high-tech research vessels first hand, speak to the marine scientists from Germany and Australia on board, check out the ship’s cutting-edge research technology, and learn about current research campaigns in the Australian marine environment, and Australian-German marine research cooperation.

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.

ASEG WA 2017 April Tech Meeting/SEG 2017 Distinguished Lecturer

Monday, April 3, 2017

The WA Branch of the Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists and the SEG invites you to attend the upcoming ASEG WA Tech Night presented by the 2017 SEG Distinguished Lecturer Paul Hatchell of Shell, Houston, Texas, USA.

Getting more for less: Frequent low-cost seismic monitoring solutions for offshore fields

Time-lapse seismic reservoir surveillance is a proven technology for offshore environments. In the past two decades, we have seen this technology move from novel to necessary and enable us to monitor injection wells, water influx, compaction, undrained fault blocks, and bypassed reserves.  Value is generated by influencing the management of our field operations and optimising wells to reduce cost, accelerate production, and increase ultimate recovery.

Significant advances in technology are improving the quality of our data. Errors in acquisition repeats are nearly eliminated using permanently installed systems or dedicated ocean- bottom nodes. We now routinely obtain surveys with such a high signal-to-noise ratio that we can observe production-induced changes in the reservoir after months instead of years. This creates a demand for frequent seismic monitoring to better understand the dynamic behaviour of our fields. Increasing the frequency of seismic monitoring will have a proportionate cost implication, and a challenge is how to design a monitoring program that maximises the overall benefit to the field.

Reducing individual survey costs is important to enable frequent monitoring.

Paul Hatchell joined Shell in 1989 after receiving his PhD in theoretical physics from the University of Wisconsin. He began his career at Shell’s Technology Center in Houston and worked on a variety of research topics including shear-wave logging, quantitative seismic amplitude analysis, and 3D AVO applications. Following a four-year oil and gas exploration assignment in Shell’s New Orleans office, Paul returned to Shell’s technology centers in Rijswijk and Houston where he is currently a member of the Areal Field Monitoring team and Shell’s principal technical expert for 4D reservoir surveillance. His current activities include developing improved 4D seismic acquisition and interpretation techniques, seafloor deformation monitoring, and training the next generation of geoscientists.

Event website:

Registration Costs:              Free to members and non members 

Registration closing date:    Thursday 30th March 2017

ASEG WA 2017 May Tech Meeting

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The WA Branch of the Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists invites you to attend the upcoming ASEG WA Tech Night presented by Dr. Andi A Pfaffhuber, Principal Geophysicist of NGI Perth.

Geophysics, the disruptive innovation for the geotechnical industry?

The talk's title is quoting a statement made by a geotechnical engineer at last year's International conference on geotechnical and geophysical site characterisation. In my talk I will illustrate how close we might be to that predicted disruption of the industry.

The presentation will use a range of case studies to illustrate how geophysical and remote sensing methods are being used innovatively to deliver geotechnical efficiency. Expect to be entertained with cases that show…

•    how radar satellite data is used to track infrastructure- and slope settlement to millimetre resolutions.
•    how terrestrial photo/lidar/radar methods are combined for geohazard assessment and urban infrastructure settlement.
•    how "geotechnical" airborne geophysics is used to.
•    perform soil investigations for geotechnical design of surface infrastructure. 
•    find major weakness zones along tunnel alignments.
•    classify hazardous quick clay.
•    find the base of massive debris- and rock slides.
•    and how LIDAR is applied in tunnelling to control and document rock properties, shotcrete and rock support.

Dr Andi Pfaffhuber has recently moved to Perth with two goals: to establish onshore activities at NGI's Perth office and to spend a sabbatical time away from NGI's main office in Oslo.

Andi has been with NGI for ten years and built up a Geosurveys section that provides the missing link between high quality survey data and complex, real life geotechnical challenges. This link and mutual understanding is the core benefit that the team's assembled expertise and experience provides in consulting and research projects anchored in NGI's building, construction, transportation and natural hazard market areas.

Representing NGI Andi has lead several projects using innovative technologies to map the earth's surface and subsurface with respect to settlement, bedrock topography, weakness zones, slope stability and contaminated ground.


Event website:

Registration closing date:  Monday 8th May

Regsitration Costs: Free to members and non members

Technical Night

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Magnetotellurics for Regional and Local Exploration

The talk will present a number of case studies from around the world showing the application of MT surveys at lithospheric, district and locals scales.

Shane Evans has a BSc (Hons) in Geophysics from Curtin University and a MSc (Geology and Geological Engineering) from Queens University (Kingston, Ontario). After gaining his MSc in 2003, Shane moved to Johannesburg, South Africa to work in the DeBeers Geoscience Centre. During his time at DeBeers, Shane researched the use of magnetotellurics for crustal and lithospheric mapping throughout Southern Africa, India and Canada.

In 2005 Shane set up Moombarriga Geoscience in Perth, with the aim to become a specialist MT geophysical contractor. In 2008 Moombarriga purchased 4 Phoenix recorders and acquired its first commercial MT dataset for KUTH Energy, Tasmania.

Since that time Moombarriga Geoscience has acquired over 3,000 MT sites for both energy and mineral interests; the client list includes universities, government geological surveys, exploration companies and energy companies throughout Australia and the world.

Please register prior to midday close Tuesday 7 March 2017

MetPlant 2017

Monday, September 11, 2017