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ASEG news - Issue 4, 30th July 2018

Dear Members,

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

Membership book and Member search
PESA-ASEG WA Mentoring program
AGCC 2018
AEGC 2019
Current Opportunities
The latest in Exploration Geophysics
What's new in Preview?
News from the states
Upcoming events (National and International)
Member Spotlight: Stephanie Kovach
Member News
Follow us on social media
Thanks to our corporate members

Don't forget to follow our social media accounts, for more regular updates on upcoming events and geoscience articles of interest.

Membership book and Member search

As a Society we have decided to discontinue the expensive, time consuming paper annual membership directory. However, the capability to search for members' details online has been available for some time. Members will appear in searches only if they have chosen, at member renewal, to be included, and only if their membership is current. Not all details are displayed. However, current employer, phone number and email address are sufficient to initiate contact. Of course, information provided by the search facility is only as good as a member's last update. The ASEG makes no guarantee that search results are correct, only that it is the information contained in the database. Just a reminder please update your membership details today, and try to keep them updated.

To search for an ASEG member's details:

1. Log on at ( click the login button - and resetting your password is easy)

2. Navigate to the 'Member Search' tab in the secure member area which is the log on landing page

3. Type in the text box who you are looking for

Search runs over all fields. For example, searching for 'John' will present all members with John as their Christian name as well as all members with surnames containing John (e.g. Johnson) and all members with email addresses containing 'john'.

PESA-ASEG WA Mentoring program

The PESA - ASEG WA Mentoring Program has seen a fantastic response from WA PESA and WA ASEG members. The mentoring program has successfully linked up 20 mentor-mentee pairs from diverse backgrounds, ages and professional experiences. In May, Simon Molyneux facilitated the Mentees and Mentors framing sessions. These sessions aimed to explain what a mentoring program is, what are the foundations of a mentoring program, to describe an ideal mentor-mentee relationship and to explain what mentors and a mentees are expected to do. The pairs were formally introduced to each other on June 20th at the Mentoring Kick-off session where they signed a mentoring agreement that describes the expectations of the mentee and the mentor, they defined how frequently they will meet and defined what they wanted to achieve. Most importantly, they defined how they would measure success at the end of the mentoring journey.

The mentoring coordinators have already received positive feedback from the pairs on how the event has been organized and they are looking forward to the Mid-Program Tracking Session on September the 5th.

If you have any questions regarding the program, please don't hesitate to email Ishtar Barranco at or Carolina Pimentel at

Mentees and mentors enjoying the launch event of the WA PESA - ASEG mentoring program

AGCC 2018

Abstract submission is now closed for the AGCC, with nearly 800 abstract submissions. Presentation acceptance notifications should be received by Saturday 28 th July, with presenters needing to register by Satuday 18th August. Authors who have submitted an abstract would be able to take advantage of Early Bird rates (now otherwise closed) until this date. Field trip details are being finalised. Flights to and from the convention will be discounted by Qantas.

EOI for a creche will be open until 14 August.

Early career geoscientists and students: There is a 3-minute rapid fire presentation competition sponsored by CSIRO open to early career geoscientists - with prizes and open even to those who are not presenting a paper (EOI for this closes on 30 August). Full details and flyers There is also attractive rates for early Career Geoscientists and students.

Further information: See the third circular on the AGCC website at Don't forget to follow the AGCC on social media and use the hashtag #AGCC2018Adelaide

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

Asia Geoscience Student Conference & Exhibition

Asia Geoscience Student Conference & Exhibition (AGSCE) is a unique platform to exchange and present innovative ideas for students of geology, geophysics and earth sciences around the Asia Pacific region in their quest for continuous advancement in the field of Geoscience. This also provides attendees with an opportunity to meet renowned speakers and industry experts during this two-day event.

Date : 29 & 30 October, 2018

Venue : Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, Malaysia

Website :

AuScope Strategy Workshop

AuScope is leading a Strategy Workshop on its current and future programs at the National Wine Centre of Australia in Adelaide between 18 - 19 October 2018. The event will include two parts, a Working Dinner on Thursday 18 October, and the Strategy Workshop on Friday 19 October. They invite community members and future collaborators to join them in building the future of Australian geoscience research. Please RSVP by 31 July 2018 at

Volume 49 Number 3 2018 issue was released in late June and aside from the two articles mentioned in Issue 3 of ASEG News;

A novel approach to comparing AEM inversion results with borehole conductivity logs by Christensen and Lawrie and 3D seismic attributes for structural mapping and enhancement of deep gold mining: a case study from the West Wits Line goldfields, South Africa by Nomqhele et al., have you had a chance to look at:

Estimating high hydraulic conductivity locations through a 3D simulation of water flow in soil and a resistivity survey by Inoue et al., who propose a simple method for estimating high hydraulic conductivity locations. The proposed method uses the 3D simulations of soil water flow and resistivity survey during a groundwater recharge experiment. Results of numerical and field experiments indicate that the proposed method estimates the high hydraulic conductivity locations more precisely compared with 3D inversion of in-line data.

Or perhaps have you thought about, A robust surface-consistent residual phase correction method based on migrated gathers by Xu et al., who present a novel approach for surface-consistent residual phase corrections based on migrated gathers to improve the SNR and resolution of migrated /sites/default/files?

A reminder that the latest issue of Preview (194) can be found online at

Proposed contributions for upcoming issues can be submitted by email to the editor at

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

Branch Date Presenter Title Venue
WA 29.08.2018 Heather Skeen, Brendan Ray, Karen Gilgallon(SGC) *Hydrogeology* Tech Night: The use of geophysics for hydrogeology applications in Nevada, the Perth Basin and Exmouth, WA 1 Ord Street, West Perth
WA 12.09.2018 Alan Aitken
*Hydrogeology* Tech Night: Modelling Microgravity for Groundwater Storage, Kings Park (TBC) 1 Ord Street, West Perth
WA 03.10.2018 Ian Jones
(EAGE workshop)
Velocities, Imaging and Waveform Inversion - The Evolution of Characterizing the Earth's Subsurface
SA 03.08.2018, 6 pm ASEG SA/NT Branch and RiAus 'Scinema- ASEG Movie Night- Numbers' Iris Cinema,
13 Morphett St, Adelaide.


SEG Distinguished Lecturer

We have 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.

City Date Time Venue
Brisbane 30-Jul 6.00PM TBA
Canberra 1-Aug 5.00PM Scrivener Room,
Geoscience Australia
Melbourne 2-Aug 6.00PM Kelvin club,
18-30 Melbourne Place,
Adelaide 7-Aug 5:30pm for
6:15 pm talk
Coopers Alehouse,
316 Pulteney St,
Sydney 8-Aug 11.00AM The University of Sydney
Perth 15-Aug 6.00PM Ground Floor,
1 Ord St,
West Perth

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
29-30 October 2018 Asia Geoscience Student Conference & Exhibition
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

This issue we get to know Stephanie Kovach, the secretary of the NSW ASEG branch. If you would like to nominate yourself or someone else for an interview, please send us an email to

  1. For how long have you been a geophysicist?
  2. Quite a short time! I finished studying last year (2017) at Macquarie University, where I majored in geology and geophysics during my undergraduate degree, then focused on geochemistry for my Master of Research. I am currently employed at Bridgeport Energy Limited where my horizons have once again broadened, and I am involved in many different geoscience aspects.

  3. What do you like most about being a geophysicist.
  4. There are numerous reasons why I enjoy being a geophysicist; however, the main one is satisfying my curiosity with what is happening beneath the surface. In this way, it is very rewarding familiarising myself with a data set and outlining the anomalies, then being able to produce an interpretation. I enjoy having the ability to learn more about the Earth by remotely determining what the rocks are doing in the subsurface. The majority of geoscientists would also agree with me, that field work is adefinite highlight and I appreciate having the opportunity to travel to interesting locations.

  5. What is your best interview tip?
  6. In addition to what the previous members have mentioned in their spotlights about being prepared and researching the company, I believe it is important to relax and take some time to ensure that you answer the question to the best of your ability. Interviews can be daunting for recent graduates, try your best to relax and keep in mind the interviewers were once in your position and know how nervous you might be. Also, if possible, ask for feedback.

  7. Tell us about your best field meal.
  8. It is too difficult to decide. In the field I develop an appetite so all meals are great! I enjoy having sandwich lunches in remote places, with fantastic views. I believe we are very fortunate to have these chances; whereas, others make a great effort to have similar experiences. Dinners under the stars by a camp fire are special too, especially when it is barbequed steak paired with a refreshing drink.

  9. What are you reading at the moment?
  10. As usual, I'm reading a few things at the moment - Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty, and the latest issues of Time magazine and National Geographic.

Member News

We have the following addition to the list of SEG awards published in the last newsletter.

Harold Mooney Award

To an individual in recognition of long-term, tireless, and enthusiastic support of the near-surface geophysics community.

2015 Koya Suto

The following ASEG members have received EAGE Awards

All awardees must be members of EAGE at the time.

Citations for the individual awards are at:

Conrad Schlumberger Award

For outstanding contribution over a period of time to the scientific and technical advancement of the geosciences, particularly geophysics.

2016 Stewart Greenhalgh

Arie van Weeldon Award

To an 'EAGE Young Professional' who has made a highly significant contribution to the Association..

1975 Terry Lee

1962 David Denham

Ludger Mintrop Award

To the best paper in Near Surface Geophysics in the preceding year.

2016 Derecke Palmer

2013 Stewart Greenhalgh, and co-authors Xu Liu and Bing Zhou

Louis Cagniard Award

For best poster at an EAGE conference in the preceding year.

2003 Amanda Buckingham

If you can assist with any further information, please contact Roger Henderson

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