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ASEG news - Issue 6, 27th Sept 2018

Dear Members,

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

AGCC 2018 - Program now available
ASEG Photo competition
News from the states
Upcoming events (National and International)
The latest in Exploration Geophysics
What's new in Preview?
Member Spotlight: Danny Burns
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AGCC 2018 - Program now available

Don't forget to check the Australian Geoscience Council Convention website and social media regularly for updates on the convention in Adelaide, October 14-18 2018. The detailed program can now be found here.

ASEG 2018 Photo competition

Are you tired of the stock images served as you stay up to date with the ASEG’s latest? Have you been anywhere spectacular in your fieldwork? Have you produced a particularly colourful, insightful plot during data analysis? The ASEG is once again seeking photographs taken during fieldwork and images of data to use on their website, newsletter and other promotional materials. Each ASEG member can vote once with more details to follow once voting opens. Entrants are required to be current members of the ASEG, and entries must be suitable for public display and will be uploaded to the ASEG website here. If you qualify, and have a suitable image, please send it to together with a small caption describing the submission by midnight AEST, September 30th 2018. 1st prize is a $100 gift card and 2nd and 3rd prize are $50 gift cards.

Photo credit: Andrew Long, submission from 2016 ASEG Photo competition. Ramform vessel operations continuing into the night.

Branch upcoming events

Branch Date Presenter Title Venue
WA 03.10.2018 EAGE workshop, Ian Jones Velocities, Imaging and Waveform Inversion - The Evolution of Characterizing the Earth's Subsurface See EAGE website for details
WA 03.10.2018 ASEG-PESA Young Professionals speaker night 1 Ord Street, West Perth
WA 09.10.2018 Vincent Crombez, CSIRO Tasman Gilfeather - Clark, UWA Young Professional Speaker Night TBA
WA 22.10.2018 - 26.10.2018 Various Digital Disruption in Exploration Symposium TBA
WA 13.11.2018 - 14.11.2018 Various APAC Workshop on Fibre-Optic Sensing TBA
WA 28.11.2018 ASEG/PESA Mentoring Closing Session TBA
SA/NT 06.11.2018 ASEG 31st Annual Melbourne Cup Lunch The Gallery,
Waymouth St Adelaide
QLD 18.09.2018
Tariq Rahiman Application of geophysics for marine geohazard assessment: A case study from the Fiji Islands. XXXX Brewery
NSW 17.10.2018 Student night TBA Club York
NSW 21.11.2018 Paul Harvey TBA Club York
ACT 25.10.2018,
Time: 4:00 pm
Marina Costelloe The Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists: The President, Diversity and Science Sir Harold Raggatt Theatre, Geoscience Australia

For a more complete calendar of events see Preview

Date Event
14-18 October 2018 Australian Geoscience Council Convention, Adelaide, South Australia
14-19 October 2018 SEG International Exposition and 88th Annual Meeting, Anaheim, USA
23 - 25 October 2018 SPE Asia Pacific Oil & Gas Conference and Exhibition (APOGCE), Australia
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.
23-26 April 2019 EAGE-GSM 2nd Asia Pacific Meeting on Near Surface Geoscience & Engineering, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
19-22 May 2019 GEM2019: International Workshop on Gravity, Electrical & Magnetic Methods and Their Applications, Xi'an, China
2-5 September 2019 AEGC 2019, Data to Discovery, AEGC, Perth, Western Australia

Volume 49 Number 4 2018 issue was released in August and can be found online here and has 15 articles to browse or study in-depth.

A reminder that the latest (August) issue of Preview can be found online at In addition to the usual news and commentary, this issue features the trial of a new and experimental extractive technology for unconventional resources in the Cooper Basin, as well as an article by Roger Henderson that asks the question; was Edgar H Booth the father of Australian exploration seismology?

The next (October) issue of Preview will be available online in early October. This issue will feature an article by Tim Dean and his colleagues on the use of geophysics in the search for Perth's lost World War 2 gun emplacements.

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

This issue we get to know Danny Burns, an Executive in Exploration at Vintage Energy Ltd. He is also a valued ASEG volunteer with his roles as the Treasurer on the ASEG Federal Executive, and the Chair of the Publications committee.

If you would like to nominate someone for the Member Spotlight, please contact

  1. What do you like most about being a geophysicist?
  2. I love exploration, starting with an idea from little data then acquiring more data and working through to a discovery (sometimes)

  3. If you weren't a geophysicist what would you be?
  4. I was nearly an engineer but I recovered in time

  5. What is your best interview tip?
  6. Know something about the company that is interviewing you and explain how you could/intend to help them. Too many interviewees just talk about themselves.

  7. What's one thing that we wouldn't know about you?
  8. I once won a bottle of Grange at a PESA golf day (proving that it’s better to be lucky than good)

  9. Tell us about your best field meal?
  10. Seismic crews were pretty good but the best meals were always at the drilling rigs.

  11. Where was your best sunrise location?
  12. In the Eromanga Basin, just west of the Jackson oilfield. Sunrise is about the only time that the red dust looks beautiful

  13. What are you reading at the moment?
  14. Red Storm Rising, an old Tom Clancy book

  15. What's one thing you wish someone had told you when you were at university?
  16. Out in the wide world, if you ask a question and don't understand the answer the problem may not be at your end

  17. What is your favourite textbook?
  18. It would be a toss-up between Bob Sherriff's Encyclopedic Dictionary of Exploration Geophysics and Telford et als' Applied Geophysics

  19. Your funniest or worst field memory?
  20. After a number of days of impassable wet roads we managed to get through to the Noccundra Hotel to find our line clearing crew with beers in hand at 9.00am. They were really happy to hear that the roads were finally open so that they could stop drinking and drive back to their camp.

  21. Who is your geophysical idol?
  22. No idol but a number of geophysicists who generated a lot of respect. Early in my career Bruce Beer in the field, Andy McGee and Errol Johnstone in an exploration team and Jim Fraser as a geophysical manager who would give anything a try. Later in my career I enjoyed working with geophysicists who pushed the science but kept in mind the limitations when applied to specific problems. They all found a lot of oil and gas.

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