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ASEG news - Issue 16, 31st July 2019

Dear Members,

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

Airborne survey accident
AEGC 2019: Data to Discovery
News from the states
Disc course
Upcoming events (National and International)
The latest in Exploration Geophysics
What's new in Preview?
Member Spotlight: Megan Nightingale
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Airborne survey accident

On 26 May a geophysical survey aircraft crashed 25 km north-east of Mt. Isa, regrettably resulting in the loss of life of the pilot and co-pilot. On behalf of all ASEG members, we wish to offer our deepest condolences to the families of the two pilots who lost their lives in this tragedy and also to the staff and families of Thomson Aviation, the operator of this geophysical survey program.

Ted Tyne, ASEG President

AEGC 2019: Data to Discovery

Perth will host the 2nd Australasian Exploration Geoscience Conference (AEGC) from Monday 2 to Thursday 5 September 2019 at Crown Perth.

The AEGC is the largest petroleum and mineral geoscience conference in Australasia, and incorporates the West Australian Basin Symposium (WABS) and the ASEG-PESA International Geophysical Conference and Exhibition. Western Australia provides the spaces to connect and a fresh perspective on business events.

While you’re in Perth enjoying the AEGC, don’t forget to enjoy all Perth has to offer with its exceptional natural beauty and incredible diversity, Basking in the warmth of a Mediterranean climate Perth is a city buzzing with a new energy reinvigorating visitors with its sophisticated style, cleanliness, clear blue skies and pristine coastline, yet the relaxed lifestyle and friendly vibe remain. Check out for what's on in Perth.

Branch upcoming events

Details about ASEG events can be found on the ASEG website.

Branch Date Presenter Title Venue
WA 14-8-19 Andrew Fitzpatrick Tech Night: TBC Celtic Club, West Perth
WA 29-8-19 Mentoring Workshop
WA 9-10-19 Mark Lindsay, UWA Tech Night: TBC UWA
WA 31-10-19 Mentoring Workshop TBA
SA/NT 1-8-19
5:30 pm for 6:15 pm start
Dr Marita Bradshaw Australian petroleum exploration - a game for long term players" - for a professional audience Coopers Alehouse, 316 Pulteney St, Adelaide
TAS 15-8-19
6-7:30 pm
Dr Marita Bradshaw Science in the Pub PechaKucha: Energy mix for the Anthropocene Republic Bar, North Hobart
TAS 16-8-19
12 noon
Dr Marita Bradshaw Themes in future Australian geoscience UTas School of Earth Sciences/CODES
ACT 29-8-19 Manika Prasad 2019 Distinguished Instructor Short Course: Physics and Mechanics of Rocks: A Practical Approach GA
ACT 15-8-19 Dr Andrew Viezzoli Some insight from AEM applications in EU GA
QLD 29-8-19 Dr Sasha Aivazpourporgou Non seismic methods for exploration XXXX Brewery
NSW 14-08-19
5:30 for 6pm start
Dr Andrea Viezzoli Some insight from Airborne EM applications in the European Union Club York, 99 York Street Sydney
NSW 21-08-19
5:30 for 6pm start
Leonardo Vital - Radial magnetic inversion to retrieve the geometry of 3D sources
- Magnetic Inversion - the cost of freedom
Club York, 99 York Street Sydney
NSW 18-09-19
5:30 for 6pm start
TBA TBA Club York, 99 York Street Sydney

DISC Course

Don't forget to register for your nearest SEG Distinguished Instructor Short Course by Dr Manika Prasad on Physics and Mechanics of Rocks: A Practical Approach. ASEG members receive SEG member prices.

During this one-day short course, Manika will provide the earth scientist and engineer with a foundation in rock physics to describe the physical processes that govern the response of rocks to the external stresses essential for reservoir characterization. The course will also offer practical guidance to help better analyze existing data. A major goal of this course is to offer practical instruction and provide working knowledge in the areas of rock physics and rock mechanics for rock characterization.

QLD 20-8-19 Tue 9:00 XXXX brewery (Alehouse), Black Street, Milton
VIC 22-8-19 Thu 9:00 Kelvin Club TBC
SA 27-8-19 Tue 9:00 128 Rundle Mall, Adelaide, SA, 5000
ACT 29-8-19 Thu 9:00 Geoscience Australia
WA 06-9-19 Fri 9:00 AEGC

For a more complete calendar of events see Preview

Date Event
19-22 August 2019 16th International Congress of the Brazilian Geophysical Society & EXPOGE, Rio De Janeiro
2-5 September 2019 AEGC 2019, Data to Discovery, AEGC, Perth, Western Australia
8-12 September 2019 Near Surface Geoscience Conference & Exhibition 2019, The Hague, Netherlands
15-20 September 2019 SEG International Exposition and 89th Annual Meeting, San Antonio USA
6-9 October 2019 16th SAGA Biennial Conference & Exhibition, Durban, South Africa
29-30 October 2019 Asia Petroleum Geoscience Conference & Exhibition (APGCE 2019), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
14-15 November 2019 Dorothy Hill Women in Earth Sciences Symposium, Brisbane, QLD
18-22 November 2019 SGTSG: Convergence on the Coast, Port Lincoln, SA
9-13 December 2019 American Geophysical Union Fall Workshop, San Francisco, USA

Hi all,

Issue 4 of Exploration Geophysics has just come out, so please make sure you browse the contents, I am positive there is an enticing article to read.

For the very keen amongst us, there is a batch of recently accepted articles. The one I am currently reading is about refining the methodology in modelling airborne EM data, but I am sure there are others which will be of interest.

Enjoy reading them.

Dr Mark Lackie

Exploration Geophysics Editor

A reminder that the latest (June) issue of Preview can be found online at As well as a kaleidoscope of news and commentary from around Australia and the around the world, this 200th issue features an article by James Grove and his colleagues on the widespread impact that historical gold mining has had on Victoria's riverine landscapes. The next (August) issue of Preview is the AEGC 2019 conference issue. It will be available online in late August.

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

Lisa Worrall

Preview Editor

In July's Member Spotlight we get to know Megan Nightingale, the secretary for the Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists. Read on to find out more about Megan.



  1. What is your current role?
  2. I am currently a Business Development Manager/Geophysicist for Terrex Seismic. I work in a team responsible for securing work for our seismic crews and I also use my geophysics background to design surveys to help clients optimise results within their exploration budget.

  3. For how long have you been a geophysicist?
  4. This is my 9th year as a geophysicist.

  5. What do you like most about being a geophysicist?
  6. I like the puzzles we are faced with on an almost daily basis and enjoy that there is always more than one right solution. I also enjoy dealing with other geophysicists - we're a unique breed of people.

  7. If you weren't a geophysicist what would you be?
  8. I think I'd be a Police Detective, I clearly watched too many police shows growing up. I long for the day I can yell "You're nicked" whilst still being 500metres away from the criminal so a hectic chase ensues.

  9. What's one thing that we wouldn't know about you?
  10. It's really no secret but I adore Labrador Retrievers. I have two of them - Abbie and Chester.

  11. Where was your best sunrise/sunset location?
  12. I just got back from holiday where I watched the sunset over Oia, Santorini from the Aegean Sea that was pretty spectacular.

  13. What are you reading at the moment?
  14. Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty. I'm on a bit of Liane Moriarty binge after watching and loving Big Little Lies.

  15. What reaction do you mostly get when you tell someone that you are a geophysicist?
  16. Oh cool ... What's that? OR Oh right so you work with earthquakes!

  17. When you are asked "What's a geophysicist??" or "What does a geophysicist do?" what is your stock answer?
  18. I have no idea - I haven't figured it out yet ... don't tell anyone!

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