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CAGE 2023 - Camp for Applied Geophysics Excellence

Sunday, September 24, 2023

We are delighted to announce that CAGE is back for 2023!


The Australian Society of Exploration Geophysics is hosting a one-week Camp for Applied Geophysics Excellence in Western Australia from Sunday 24th of September, returning on Sunday October 1st, 2023. This field camp will involve seven days of real-world application of major geophysical techniques.


The camp kicks off with an introduction to the approaches, goals and challenges of geophysics for mineral exploration. The necessary field training, theory and methodologies of major geophysical techniques will be provided by industry-recognized experts. Potential field, electrical, electromagnetic and seismic methods will be explained, together with their applications for mineral exploration, natural resource management and geotechnical work. The deployment of geophysical equipment, work health and safety considerations and survey design will also be covered.


Participants will learn how to process geophysical data and utilise various commercial and open-source software packages. They will complete practical sessions on basic data importation and reduction, filtering, modelling, inversion, data display and importantly, interpretation. The camp also covers how to integrate diverse geophysical datasets to map/image the sub-surface in the vicinity of a sulfide target in Forrestania, Western Australia.


Attendance cost is fully covered by our sponsors and there are limited spaces available. Applicant selection will be based on the answers provided in these forms. 


Please fill out the expression of interest form below BEFORE June 26th for a chance to be selected for this amazing opportunity!

Successful applicants will be notified by July 8th.


If your company is interested in sponsoring or providing in-kind support for CAGE 2023, please get in touch to find out more or for a copy of our sponsorship packages.


For any queries please contact

Key contacts are:

Kate Brand - ASEG Professional Development Chair 

Kate Selway - CAGE coordinator

Sasha Aivazpourporgou - CAGE logistics coordinator



Monday, August 28, 2023

International Meeting for Applied Geoscience & Energy (IMAGE)

28 August–1 September | Houston, Texas

The SEG are pleased to extend an invitation to you on behalf of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG), and the Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM) to the 2023 International Meeting for Applied Geoscience and Energy (IMAGE) at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas. The event will take place from 28 August to 1 September, marking our third year of scientific excellence and collaboration at the premier meeting for energy professionals.

SA tech night: Application of shallow electromagnetics surveys (Loupe EM) to support management of environmental water to floodplains on the River Murray in SA

Thursday, June 15, 2023

Title: Application of shallow electromagnetics surveys (Loupe EM) to support management of environmental water to floodplains on the River Murray in SA

Presenter: Mike Hatch

Location: Thomas Cooper Room, Coopers Alehouse, 316 Pulteney St, Adelaide

Date: Thursday 15th June

Time: 5:30 pm for a 6:15 pm start

Cost: Members & students free, non-members $10, includes finger food & drinks




I have been working with colleagues at Flinders University and the University of Adelaide, on a project collecting large amounts of shallow electromagnetic data using the relatively new Loupe system. Specifically, we have been working on the Pike and Katarapko floodplains in the Riverland of South Australia: the first two surveys were run in May and December 2021, and the last in June 2022. Another round of surveying will be completed by the end of June 2023. This ongoing project is intended to investigate and monitor changes to the shallow groundwater system, and the potential expansion and contraction of the low salinity groundwater lenses over Pike River and Katarapko Creek floodplains following both controlled and uncontrolled flooding events. Both floodplains have within the last two years been fitted with barrages and regulators that allow for planned, artificial flooding when there is available water flowing in the Murray. Our work is intended to measure the extent and longevity of floodplain freshening that occurs after these events. Both areas were artificially flooded in mid- to late-2021 so we were able to collect one set of “baseline” data before flooding and one post-flood data set. The dataset will be especially interesting, as, as most of you will know, the Murray has naturally flooded to its highest levels since the huge floods in 1956.



Mike completed a PhD at the University of Adelaide in 2012 in geosciences, specialising in near-surface geophysics. Much of his research has been applied to using electromagnetic methods to image the salinity distribution in the near-river environment, mostly on and adjacent to the Murray River in South Australia. He has worked for almost 30 years collecting electrical and electromagnetic data, much of it for the mineral exploration industry. At present he splits his time between a position at the University of Adelaide as a contract researcher, Zonge Engineering (with whom he has worked for quite a while), and as the Australian rep for Vista Clara, an American company that specialises in the use of NMR to locate water in the subsurface. And he is trying to learn how to play golf too late in life.

ACT tech talk: Continental-scale multilayered chronostratigraphic interpretation of airborne electromagnetics

Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Title: Continental-scale multilayered chronostratigraphic interpretation of airborne electromagnetics

Presenter: Sebastian Wong

Date and time:  4pm (AEST time) on 24th May

Virtual attendees: Click here to join the meeting (Microsoft Teams) (Or call in (audio only) +61 2 8318 0003,,134611687# ) 



Wednesday, November 15, 2023

NSW tech talk: Engaging Students in Geophysics with Interactive Notebooks and Team-Based Learning

Wednesday, May 17, 2023

Title: Engaging Students in Geophysics with Interactive Notebooks and Team-Based Learning

Speaker: Dr Stuart Clark, Associate Professor, The University of New South Wales

Time: 5:30 for 6 pm start

Address: Level 2, Club York (99 York St. Sydney. Room ‘York 2’)

Zoom Registration:


Dr Stuart Clark

Associate Professor·The University of New South Wales

Stuart is currently an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Engineering at UNSW Sydney. His research interests are understanding the influence on deep Earth processes on the development of sedimentary basins and the use of machine learning in developing geological models. Stuart teaches geology and geophysics at UNSW and is a passionate advocate for Team-Based Learning. Stuart has presented the design and results of his teaching methodology at a number of conferences and events as well as running workshops and training events for colleagues in higher education. In 2019, Stuart was awarded the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Rising Star category.

SA tech talk: SEG Honorary lecture - Surface and Borehole Seismic Monitoring of CO2 Geological Storage

Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Title: ‘Surface and Borehole Seismic Monitoring of CO2 Geological Storage'
Presenter: Prof. Roman Pevzner

Location: Balcony Room, Hotel Richmond, 128 Rundle Mall, Adelaide

Date: Wednesday 24th May

Time: 12 pm for a prompt start

Cost: Members & students free, non-members $10, includes finger food & drinks

Registration: There is no registration for this event



Geological carbon capture and storage (CCS) or sequestration is a critical component of CO2 emission reduction, which aims to alleviate the global climate change. Geological carbon storage always requires a subsurface monitoring program to address two main goals: (1) surveillance at the reservoir level to verify compliance of the growing CO2 plume with the original plan and (2) early detection of adverse effects, such as leakage of the injected fluid from the containment zone or significant induced seismicity associated with the injection.

Seismic methods play an important role in achieving both goals. Change in CO2 saturation in the pore space inside of the storage reservoir or in the overburden results in the change of elastic properties detectable through changes in seismic reflectivity or travel times. Induced seismicity generates a direct signal usually associated with propagation of the pressure front.

The range of seismic methods — which can be deployed — includes surface and borehole active time-lapse seismic surveys with re-deployable or permanently mounted source and receiver arrays and passive monitoring, e.g. using any components of the wave field originated from the seismic sources beyond our control. Many CO2 geosequestration sites are located near large sources of CO2 emission, such as populated areas with existing infrastructure. As such, the monitoring strategy must accommodate sharing the land (or ocean) with other users and have a minimal environmental impact. Furthermore, geosequestration is a form of waste disposal, which must be cost efficient. All these factors make CCS a leader in innovation, being an early adopter of such disruptive technologies as distributed fibre optic sensing and permanent reservoir monitoring. Small-scale demonstration projects focusing on testing and development of CCS technologies play a critical role in this innovation.

This lecture is based on Australian CCS projects, such as CO2CRC Otway Project and CSIRO In-situ Lab Project, which showcase evolution of the seismic monitoring technology from conventional land 4D seismic to continuous or on demand monitoring using permanent downhole and near-surface geophone and distributed acoustic sensing (DAS) arrays. We discuss how monitoring objectives can be achieved using various acquisition geometries, including land 4D, 4D vertical seismic profiling (VSP), and offset VSP, all of which can be implemented using conventional and permanently mounted seismic sources. Also covered is automation of data acquisition and analysis, as well as passive data analysis.


Roman Pevzner joined Curtin University (Perth, Western Australia) in 2008 as an associate professor in the Discipline of Exploration Geophysics progressing to professor in 2018. Previously he headed the software development department in DECO Geophysical service company from 2002–2008. At the same time, Roman has also conducted research and teaching at the Geological Faculty of Lomonosov Moscow State University, Seismometry and Geo-acoustics Department. Roman Pevzner has received his PhD in Geophysics (2004), Masters of Science in Geophysics (2001), and Bachelor of Science in Geology (1999) from Lomonosov Moscow State University.

His main areas of interest include subsurface monitoring using active and passive seismic methods, borehole seismic, distributed fiber optic sensing for geophysical applications, and CO2 geosequestration. Roman has co-authored 75 journal papers and more than 170 refereed conference publications.

WA tech talk: Geophysics for a Sustainable Future

Thursday, June 1, 2023

Title: Geophysics for a Sustainable Future
Date & Time: 1 June 2023, 5:30 pm
Speaker: Michelle Thomas


The Shoe Bar and Cafe
376 – 420 Wellington Street
Perth, WA 6050


In her talk this June at ASEG WA technical night, Michelle will discuss minerals geophysicists’ role in achieving the United Nations General Assembly’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), focused on the dimensions of People, Prosperity, and the Planet. This discussion will build upon the Geophysical Sustainability Atlas published in the Leading Edge by Capello et al., 2021, and the UNESCO Geoscience in Action report it subsequently inspired. 


Michelle Thomas is the global practice lead of geophysics at BHP, responsible for geophysics technical excellence and capability at BHP. Her focus is on connecting the physical properties of the Earth to critical business decisions across BHPs global value chain today and into the future.

Michelle joined the mining sector early in 2021 following a 22-year career in the petroleum industry, including senior technical and leadership roles in innovation, exploration, and geophysics.

Michelle holds a BA(Hons) in Earth Sciences from the University of Cambridge, UK, and an MSc in Petroleum Geology from the Institut Francais du Petrole (IFP) in France.

VIC tech night: Current and future trends in spectral and remote sensing geology

Tuesday, May 9, 2023

Title: Current and future trends in spectral and remote sensing geology

Speaker: Dr. Rob Hewson

Date & Time: Tuesday the 9th of May from 1800

Location: The Kelvin Club, 14-30 Melbourne Place Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia



Abstract: The recently deployed or planned hyperspectral satellite VNIR-SWIR sensors (e.g., Italian PRISMA, German EnMAP, Japanese HISUI, US-NASA SBG) are a new development in geological remote sensing. These advances signal a major leap, providing a wealth of new global surface mineral related imagery for exposed arid to semi-arid areas. Such new sensors follow the continuing extensive resource of archived and currently acquired imagery from multi-spectral satellite VNIR-SWIR/TIR sensors, including NASA’s / METI’s ASTER, Maxar’s WorldView-3 and ESA’s Sentinel-2. This presentation includes mineral mapping examples from the Northern Territory Jervois Mineral and the Namibian Haib Cu Porphyry Prospects, utilizing the ASTER, WorldView-3 and Sentinel-2 sensors as well as from the new hyperspectral PRISMA instrument. Relevant factors in the application for exploration include their obvious surface mapping nature, as well as the sensors’ spectral / spatial resolutions, and their SNR affecting their ability to correct for atmospheric effects.


Speaker bio: Dr Rob Hewson graduated with BSc(Hons) in geophysics at Melbourne University and worked from 1982 to 1989 at Shell Australia. After a MSc in geophysics at Macquarie University he undertook a PhD within geological remote sensing at UNSW. During his PhD he was a part-time geophysicist for the NSWGS's Discovery 2000 project, followed by CSIRO Exploration and Mining Division 1998 – 2010 undertaking research in remote sensing. In particular his research focussed on the mineral spectroscopy and geological case studies of ASTER satellite and HyMap airborne imagery.

From 2010, he subsequently consulted for the NSW, Tasmanian Geological Surveys and also the DSTO Defence while also a research fellow and casual lecturer at RMIT University. He was appointed Assistant Professor between 2016 – 2019 at University of Twente, The Netherlands. He currently works from Central Victoria, as a geological consultant specialising in remote sensing, integrating both spectral geology and regional geophysics.


Note: Light refreshments will be served at this event.

Unveiling New Horizons Of The Cosmos With The James Webb Space Telescope

Wednesday, April 19, 2023

Title: Unveiling New Horizons Of The Cosmos With The James Webb Space Telescope

Speaker: Jaime A. Alvarado-Montes

Date & Time: Apr 19, 2023 at 1800



The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) marks the dawn of a new era in astronomy. Not only is JWST important regarding its technological advances applied to the forefront of science, but also because it portends many other significant achievements. Among the most complex and expensive science instruments ever constructed, JWST can potentially be a preeminent tool that will deepen human knowledge about the cosmos and its contents. JWST was put in orbit at the second Lagrange point, a special place around the Sun where the telescope is out of the Earth's shadow and its solar shield will block out the heat from the Sun, Earth, and Moon. This is a unique advantage that maintains JWST at exceptionally low temperatures, enabling observations in the infrared previously unattainable by other instruments such as the Hubble Space Telescope. Such a thermally stable position, combined with the cutting-edge instruments on board JWST, grants us unprecedented access to the most remote corners of the Universe. This will facilitate an understanding of its origin, the formation and evolution of ancient galaxies, the properties of extrasolar planets, and ultimately the formation of the Solar System and the evolution of life as we know it. In this talk, I will discuss the significance of JWST and its long and intricate path to orbit. Also, I will showcase some of the most important findings made by JWST to date and how this instrument is revolutionizing our capacity to do far-reaching astronomy.


My name is Jaime Andrés Alvarado Montes and I’m a professional astronomer originally from Colombia. Currently, I’m a PhD candidate at Macquarie University and I’m passionate about computing techniques, software skills, writing, and learning about science and its constant evolution. My research field are the planetary sciences, with an emphasis on extrasolar planets, moons, rings, asteroids, and comets. Most of my work is about how extrasolar systems evolve: the study of such systems can give us valuable information about their formation and can subsequently help us understand more about the history of our own Solar System. At the moment I'm in the last three months of my PhD and I’m planning on continuing my career in academia as a postdoctoral research fellow, because my ultimate goal is to become a full-time researcher and professor.