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ASEG news - Issue 3, 29th June 2018

Dear Members,

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

AGCC 2018
AEGC 2019
Current Opportunities
News from the states
Upcoming events (National and International)
The latest in Exploration Geophysics
What's new in Preview?
Member Spotlight: Roger Henderson
Member News
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AGCC 2018

The deadline for abstract submission has been extended until July 7th!

The AGC is also offering a reduced rate for Early Career Geoscientists, pay only $765 (a saving of $235) for registration until Thursday 30th August. For more information see page 6 of the AGCC 2018 Third Circular here.

The Steering Committee is investigating the possibility of having a child-minding facility set up at the Adelaide Convention Centre for the duration of AGCC 2018. The facility would be operated and managed by a licensed contractor and all arrangements would be made by parents with the contractor directly. It is intended to provide this facility on a cost-recovery basis. If you are interested in this service, please complete the Expression of Interest form here on or before Tuesday 14 August. The decision on whether or not to provide this facility will be made based on the demand received via the Expression of Interest form by this date.

AEGC 2019 - Sponsorships Now Available

The second Australasian Exploration Geoscience Conference (AEGC) will be held in September 2019 at the beautiful Crown Perth. Momentum is building, and sponsorships for this important event are now available.

AEGC 2019 will attract a large number of delegates from across the spectrum of Australian geosciences from the petroleum, mineral and water resource industries, representing both international and local companies, government and academia.

This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase your company and support our industries. For further information, or to download a prospectus please visit

Current Opportunities

AIG Geoscience Student Bursary Program

This year the AIG's national Geoscience Student Bursary Program offers several student bursaries valued between $1000 and $4000. Postgraduate, Honours and Third Year geoscience students are eligible with guidelines available here. The deadline for applications for the Geoscience Student Bursary Program is 3rd August 2018.


SEG Distinguished Instructor Short Course

Registrations are now open for the SEG Distinguished Instructor Short Course by Kurt Marfurt titled, 'Seismic Attributes as the Framework for Data Integration throughout the Oilfield Life Cycle'. All ASEG or SEG members can register at the reduced rate of USD$405 or USD$180 for students. See table below for dates across Australia.

EAGE Short courses in Perth

Registrations are also open for two short courses run by the EAGE in Perth. Register here. Please note the reduced EAGE costs listed on the website also apply for ASEG members.

Rock Physics for Quantitative Seismic Reservoir Characterization, 5-6 July 2018 with Prof. Tapan Mukerji of Stanford University in Perth, WA.

The Benefit of Broadband Technology for Reservoir Characterization and Imagin - the End - User Value Perth, 18 July 2018 with Dr Cyrille Reiser of Petroleum Geo-Services in Perth, WA.

SEG Distinguished Lecturer

We have another SEG Distinguished Lecturer travelling Australia in August this year, Dr Satish Singh with a talk titled, ‘Seismic Full Waveform Inversion for Fundamental Scientific and Industrial Problems’. For more details please see the SEG website.

State City Date Day Time
QLD Brisbane 30-Jul Mon 6.00PM
ACT Canberra 1-Aug Wed 5.00PM
VIC Melbourne 2-Aug Thu 6.00PM
SA-NT Adelaide 7-Aug Tue 6.00PM
NSW U. of sydney 8-Aug Wed 11.00AM
WA Perth 15-Aug Wed 6.00PM

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

Branch Date Presenter Title Venue
WA 11.07.2018 Kurt Marfurt
Seismic Attributes as the Framework for Data Integration throughout the Oilfield Life Cycle City West Receptions
WA 12.07.2018 Kurt Marfurt
Finding and exploiting correlations between 3D seismic, log, and engineering data using machine learning City West Receptions
WA 29.08.2018 Heather Skeen, Brendan Ray, Karen Gilgallon, SGC The use of geophysics for hydrogeology applications in Nevada, the Perth Basin and Exmouth, WA City West Receptions
WA 12.09.2018 Alan Aitken
*Hydrogeology* Tech Night: Modelling Microgravity for Groundwater Storage, Kings Park (TBC) City West Receptions
SA-NT 16.07.2018 Kurt Marfurt Seismic Attributes as the Framework for Data Integration throughout the Oilfield Life Cycle Hotel Richmond, Adelaide
SA-NT 17.07.2018
12pm start
Kurt Marfurt Finding and exploiting correlations between 3D seismic, log, and engineering data using machine learning Hotel Tivoli
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 18.07.2018
5:30 pm for 6:00 start
Dinner - To be determined
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
5-7 August 2018 SEG Reservoir geophysics workshop, Daqing Oilfield China
13-20 August, 201824th EM Induction Workshop, Helsingor, Denmark
27-29 August 2018 EAGE/SEG Workshop on Marine Multi-Component Seismic, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2-7 September 201836th 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 20182nd 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
14-18 October 2018 Australian Geoscience Council Convention, Adelaide, South Australia
14-19 October 2018 SEG International Exposition and 88th Annual Meeting, Anaheim, USA
4-7 November 2018 ICE 2018 Cape Town, South Africa
12-14 November 2018 13th SEGJ International Symposium, Tokyo
10-14 December 2018 AGU Fall Meeting, Washington D.C.
2-5 September 2019 AEGC 2019, Data to Discovery, AEGC, Perth, Western Australia

Volume 49 Number 3 2018 issue is released in late June and includes a variety of must-read articles including:

A novel approach to comparing AEM inversion results with borehole conductivity logs

Niels B. Christensen and Kenneth C. Lawrie

Two consistent methods of comparing borehole induction logs with models from inversion of AEM data have been developed: one in model space and one in data space. The two methods are applied to the Broken Hill Managed Aquifer Recharge project conducted by Geoscience Australia on AEM data from the SkyTEM system.

3D seismic attributes for structural mapping and enhancement of deep gold mining: a case study from the West Wits Line goldfields, South Africa

Nomqhele Z. Nkosi, Musa S. D. Manzi, Oleg Brovko and Raymond J. Durrheim

In this study, sophisticated seismic attributes are used to interpret the 3D reflection seismic data to: (1) assess and mitigate the risks posed by deep mining activities and (2) improve the resource evaluation of the gold-bearing quartz pebble conglomerate horizons (reefs) in the world's deepest gold mines (South Africa).

The June issue of Preview (194) is now available online. This issue of Preview features the Australian students who took out first and third place in the novice section of the inaugural Frank Arnott Award. The issue also features an article by Roger Henderson that reviews the claim Broughton Edge is father of Australian exploration geophysics. Well is he? You will have to read Roger's article to find out!

David Denham (Canberra observed) brings us up to speed on the outcomes of the Federal Budget, as well as taking a considered look at the Resources 2030 Taskforce, the new maritime boundary between Australia and East Timor and the lifting of the moratorium on fracking in the Northern Territory. Michael Asten (Education matters) introduces us to the SEG lecturers visiting Australia in July and August. Mike Hatch (Environmental geophysics) gets the Aarhus team to tell us something about their new towed TEM system for near-surface mapping. Terry Harvey (Minerals geophysics) muses about management styles appropriate for exploration. Mick Micenko (Seismic window) takes a look at full waveform inversion of seismic data, and Dave Annetts (Webwaves) fills us in on the new data protection laws.

Plenty to get your teeth into so, enjoy!

This week we get to know the Chair of the ASEG History Committee, Roger Henderson. If you would like to nominate yourself or someone else for an interview, please send us an email to

  1. What is your current role?
  2. After my first employment in 1965, I chose to stop getting paid for work in geophysics in 2013. Why couldn't I have gone for just one more year to make it 50?! In retirement, I have maintained interest in my profession by volunteering for various ASEG activities lately as Chair of the History Committee plus contributing items to Preview and now the Newsletter. Continued, regular attendance at Branch meetings keeps me in touch with advances and provides the camaraderie of association with colleagues, new and old.

  3. For how long have you been a geophysicist?
  4. For 49 years, initially in academia and then mainly in mineral exploration and engineering geophysical methods; theory and practice. After just one year in the NSW Geological Survey in 1965, I returned to Sydney University as a Teaching Fellow for 2 years followed by the inaugural Lectureship at Macquarie University from 1968 to 1970. After voluntary travel to England in 1971, I joined two mineral exploration companies one of which transferred me to their HO. in Toronto in 1974. A voluntary return to Australia in 1977 enabled me to become a company director in Adelaide for 5 years followed by 32 years in Sydney in company management and consultancy.

  5. What do you like most about being a geophysicist.
  6. The quest to explore and produce maps, both lifelong interests of mine. As some compensation for its loss in retirement I have joined the Explorer's Club. Geophysics has also fulfilled another strong interest of mine, that of travel. For my work it has put me in 40 other countries for surveys or attending conferences, from north of the Arctic Circle, throughout Europe, North America, to Brazil, north and south Africa, China, India and S E Asia. I missed out on Russia and Antarctica. The conferences included 10 to SEG, 12 to EAGE and several to Beijing and Hyderabad.

  7. If you weren't a geophysicist what would you be?
  8. As I have always been keen on aviation, I almost enrolled in Aeronautical Engineering.

  9. What is one thing we would be surprised to learn about you?
  10. My as yet unfulfilled wishes, such as experiencing a total solar eclipse, seeing the Northern Aurora and the Smithsonian Museum.

  11. What are you reading at the moment?
  12. I have just finished "Island of the Blue Foxes" by S.R. Brown, which is a harrowing, true story of the official Russian expedition from St Petersburg to the Bering Sea, led by none other than Vitus Bering. It's about exploring, of course.

Member News

The following ASEG members have received SEG Awards.

All awardees must be members of SEG at the time.

Honorary Membership.

For a distinguished contribution to exploration geophysics or a related field or to the advancement of the profession through service to the Society.

1985 Keeva Vozoff

Cecil Green Enterprise Award.

To recognize an individual enterprise which is a distinct and worthy contribution to the industry.

2002 Pat Cunneen (World Geoscience)

2014 Mat. Lamont and Troy Thompson (Downunder GeoSolutions Pty. Ltd.)

Reginald Fessenden Award.

For a specific technical contribution to exploration geophysics such as a theoretical or conceptual advancement.

1995 Derecke Palmer

2003 Kurt Strack

2009 Keeva Vozoff

Distinguished Achievement Award.

To a company, institution, or other organization that have substantially advanced the science of Exploration Geophysics.

2004 Curtin University -Reservoir Geophysics Consortium

Life Membership Award (Cf. ASEG Service Medal)

For exceptional meritorious service to the Society

1989 Reg Nelson

1996 Brian Spies

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