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ASEG news - Issue 8, 29th Nov 2018

Dear Members,

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

ASEG Photo competition - Winners Announced
ASEG Membership profile update for renewal in 2019
ASEG Online Equipment Museum
Final call: up to $7,000 available for women's leadership development
2017 Australian Geoscience Tertiary Education Profile
News from the states
Upcoming events (National and International)
The latest in Exploration Geophysics
What's new in Preview?
Member Spotlight: Jenni Clifford
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Thanks to our corporate members

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ASEG 2018 Photo competition - Winners Announced

We are pleased to notify you of the outcome of the 2018 ASEG photo competition. Thanks again to all of those who entered your fantastic images or who took the time to vote. You can see all of the entries (and the winning entries in higher resolution), here, and you will be spotting the entries on the website and on other ASEG material in the future. Congratulations to the winners:

First place

Submitted by Richard Barnwell (Terrex Group) (recipient of a $100 gift card)

#43: Watching the Milky Way rise as the sun sets just of the Barkly Highway. Road side seismic camp, NT

Second place

Submitted by Bill Peters (SGC) (recipient of a $50 gift card)

#22: EM Surveying, Disko Island, Greenland

Third place

All submitted by Richard Barnwell (Terrex Group) (recipient of a $50 gift card)

#34 Milky way lighting the way Birdsville Track, QLD

#37 Seismic fleet, expedition Mars frontier...somewhere along the Birdsville track, QLD

#41 The eye of the storm, Camerons Corner, QD

ASEG Membership profile update for renewal in 2019

As the end of 2018 fast approaches, we are preparing to renew the Society's members. We plan to send out your renewal notice and invoice in the next few weeks.

As such, the Federal Executive would like to request your assistance in ensuring we have your correct contact details. To check and amend your details all you need to do is login to the ASEG website and follow the below process;

  • STEP 1:Go to and click 'Login' at the top right
  • STEP 2: Log in with your email and password. If this is your first-time logging into the website or if you have any trouble, please contact the secretariat -
  • STEP 3: You will be redirected to your Profile page. If your details are correct, there is nothing more to do
  • STEP 4: If you need to make any changes click on 'Update Details'. Make any changes required and click 'Save' at the bottom of the page

By updating your details, you will ensure that you receive your membership renewal information as soon as the notice is sent out. It will also ensure that you do not miss out on the 'early-bird' discount that applies to members who renew and pay before the end of the calendar year.

Thank you in advance for your time checking these details and we look forward to welcoming you back in 2019.

ASEG Online Equipment Museum

We have had a few recent additions to our online equipment museum courtesy of Phil Heath, Geological Survey of South Australia, such as the LaCoste and Romberg Gravity model G meter or the Evershed & Vignoles Conductivity Meter.

Womens leadership development opportunity

Women currently working in the resources and engineering sector have a final opportunity to register their interest in a scholarship worth up to $7,000 to support participation in a leadership development program.

Funding must be apportioned by the end of 2018 and it is unsure when these grants will be available again. Find out more and register your interest by completing the Expression of Interest form here prior to the extended deadline of December 14:

2017 Australian Geoscience Tertiary Education Profile

The 2017 edition of AGC's Australian Geoscience Tertiary Education Profile, compiled by David Cohen, is now released.The report is available from the AGC website. See also the news page

Branch upcoming events

Branch Date Presenter Title Venue
WA 12.12.2018 AGM and Christmas Gathering Mayfair Lane, West Perth
WA 13.02.2019 Richard Chopping The Australian Continent: A Geophysical Synthesis TBA
ACT 6.12.2018
5 pm talk 6:15 pm dinner- ticket purchase required here
Richard Chopping ASEG - IAH Christmas Party & Technical Evening Talk: The Australian Continent - A Geophysical Synthesis Scrivener Room, Geoscience Australia
NSW 12.12.2018 ASEG Quiz Night Club York
SA/NT 1.12.2018 GSA/ASEG/AusIMM/GSSA Geofamily Picnic Pityarilla Activity Hub, Southern Parklands, Adelaide
SA/NT 4.12.2018 GSSA Gawler Craton Airborne Survey Day SA Drill Core Reference Library
SA/NT 5.12.2018 GSSA/GA National MT Workshop and AusLAMP SA Release Day SA Drill Core Reference Library
SA/NT 6.12.2018 GSSA Discovery Day 2018: Discover: New Data I New Technology I New Insights Adelaide Convention Centre
SA/NT 7.12.2018 ASEG/AIG/AusIMM/GSA South Australian Exploration and Mining Convention Adelaide Convention Centre
SA/NT 11.12.2018
5:30 pm for 6:15 start
Santos/ASEG Honours Night and Christmas Party sponsored by Santos TBA
TAS 28.2.2019
5:15 pm
AGM followed by Richard Chopping The Australian Continent: A Geophysical Synthesis UTas School of Earth Sciences
TAS 21.3.2019 Paul Winberry Antarctic Glacier Geophysics UTas School of Earth Sciences
QLD 5.3.2019 Richard Chopping The Australian Continent: A Geophysical Synthesis XXXX Brewery

For a more complete calendar of events see Preview

Date Event
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
23-26 April 2019 5th International Workshop on Rock Physics,Hong Kong
6-9 May 2019 Offshore Technology Conference, Houston USA
19-22 May 2019 GEM2019: International Workshop on Gravity, Electrical & Magnetic Methods and Their Applications, Xi'an, China
11-13 June 2019 AGU/SEG Airborne Geophysics Workshop,Golden,USA
2-5 September 2019 AEGC 2019, Data to Discovery, AEGC, Perth, Western Australia
15-20 September 2019 SEG International Exposition and 89th Annual Meeting, San Antonio USA

The special issue from the AEM 2018 conference is progressing well. We have had 18 papers submitted and they are all in various stages of review, so hopefully we will get a bumper special issue.

Volume 49 Number 6 is in the last stages of production and should be out shortly, but if you want a sneak peak, browse through the online early section of the Exploration Geophysics website.

You might come across a gem such as;

Two dimensional cross-gradient joint inversion of gravity and magnetic data sets constrained by airborne electromagnetic resistivity in the Capricorn Orogen, Western Australia

Dr Mark Lackie

Exploration Geophysics Editor

The upcoming bumper Christmas issue of Preview features an article by Don Emerson and Phil Schmidt on the physical properties of pyrolusitic supergene manganese oxides, as well as our annual summary of student projects completed in geophysics in Australia. Watch for your email alert to the online publication of Preview at the end of the first week in December.

Lisa Worrall

Preview Editor

In this issue we have some great advice and interesting insights into the career of Jenni Clifford of Santos. To nominate yourself or to recommend someone for the Member Spotlight, please contact


  1. What is your current role?
  2. Staff Geophysicist at Santos

  3. For how long have you been a geophysicist?
  4. It will be 20 years in January

  5. What do you like most about being a geophysicist?
  6. When you have that Ah-ha! moment, unravelling a geological puzzle that suddenly explains a dry hole or opens a new play, or a seismic attribute that suddenly shows what you intuitively knew was happening.

  7. If you weren't a geophysicist what would you be?
  8. A geologist. I worked out pretty quickly once I started university that geoscience was what enthused me. But if the industry ever goes belly-up, maybe a science teacher? I love enthusing kids about science.

  9. What is your best interview tip?
  10. Have confidence in yourself, without looking cocky.

  11. What's one thing that we wouldn't know about you?
  12. I love to cook for other people. Particularly baking. I love being able to make something from scratch and have other people go "Mmm, this is good!", preferably with their mouth full and a rapturous expression on their face.

  13. Where was your best sunrise location?
  14. In Alice Springs, watching the morning light shining off the ranges. So peaceful.

  15. What are you reading at the moment?
  16. The Martian, by Andy Weir.

    What made you decide to be a geophysicist?

    I always knew I wanted to be a scientist. But after finding first year geology and geophysics so much more fun than my other subjects, I couldn’t take any other path.

  17. What's one thing you wish someone had told you when you were at university?
  18. Don't ever feel embarrassed to ask questions. All the time. Chances are you’re not the only one wanting to know the answer.

  19. What's your most treasured textbook?
  20. Interpretation of Three-Dimensional Seismic Data by Alistair Brown. I have bookmarks in it for my favourite diagrams.

  21. Your funniest or worst field memory?
  22. Going out to a drill rig when a woman in the field was apparently a novelty and becoming an instant source of curiosity for almost every bloke on the rig. They offered to harness me up and hoist me to the top of the mast "for a good view". I would have looked like a really odd blue flag being run up a flag pole! I declined.

  23. What do you do in your spare time?
  24. Recreational cooking. Not the after-work dinner dash, but creating something new or extravagant, or trying to recreate something I’ve eaten and loved in a restaurant.

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