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ASEG news - Issue 22, 31st January 2020

Dear Members,

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

Message from the ASEG President
Reminder to renew your ASEG membership
News from the states
Upcoming events (National and International)
The latest in Exploration Geophysics
What's new in Preview?
Member Spotlight: Shane Evans
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.

Message from the ASEG President

Welcome and best wishes for 2020, ASEG's 50th year.

Also our well wishes and our deepest sympathies are with those who have been affected by Australia's recent bushfires. Townships and regions across the Australian states, many of which are well known to exploration geoscientists, have been decimated by these fires. ASEG is very grateful for the help of volunteers and professional firefighters, who joined up with aid from NZ, Canada, USA, PNG and our own defence services to battle this natural disaster. There are a number of extraordinary ASEG members who regularly serve in the volunteer fire fighting services and who have been contributing to their local community while risking their own lives over the past few months to protect lives and save homes and townships. To our ASEG Member firies, you've put your lives on the line to support your fellow Australians during this natural disaster- our thanks and appreciation will never be enough!

Ted Tyne

ASEG President

ASEG Memberships

Don't forget to renew your memberships. Check out the ASEG website for details regarding pricing and membership type.

We have some discounted options available including;

• Recent graduates (up to 2 years) can apply for a 50% reduction in membership fees

• Students are always free

• Retirees may be eligible for a 50% reduction in membership fees

• 5-year discount memberships now available

I would love to take this opportunity to remind you of some of the wonderful benefits of being an ASEG member;

• Access to the ASEG publications Preview and Exploration Geophysics

• Receive our monthly email newsletter to your inbox

• Travel grants and awards for students

• Free or reduced admission to Technical Evenings and events with national and international guest speakers

• Discount registration for courses such as SEG DISC courses and ASEG OzStep courses

• Large discounts on registration for the Australasian Exploration Geoscience Convention held every 18 months (this benefit alone outweighs the cost of the membership)

• And much more!

Branch upcoming events

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

Branch Date Presenter Title Venue
SA/NT 11-2-20 5:30 pm for 6:15 pm start Dr Lisa Gavin, SEG Honorary Lecturer Regional to reservoir stress-induced seismic azimuthal anisotropy Coopers Alehouse, 316 Pulteney St, Adelaide
SA/NT 5pm ASEG Federal Executive Federal AGM and speaker TBA Hotel Richmond, Adelaide
WA 12-2-20 Dr Lisa Gavin, SEG Honorary Lecturer Regional to reservoir stress-induced seismic azimuthal anisotropy Celtic club (W Perth)
NSW 19-02-20 AGM Club York
99 York Street
NSW 15-07-2020 - Dinner TBA
NSW 9-12-2020 Trivia Night Club York
99 York Street, Sydney

For a more complete calendar of events see Preview

Date Event
10-12 February 2020 Fifth EAGE Workshop on Rock Physics, Milan, Italy
2-8 March 2020 36th International Geological Congress, New Delhi, India
15-19 March 2020 Seismix 2020 Symposium, Fremantle, Western Australia
6-9 April 2020 Saint Petersburg 2020 - Geosciences: Converting Knowledge into Resources, St Petersburg, Russia
3-8 May 2020 European Geosciences Union 2020, Vienna, Austria
8-11 June 2020 82nd EAGE Annual Conference and Exhibition, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
14-16 July 2020 6th International Archean Symposium Perth, Western Australia
17 July 2020 Target 2020 Perth, Western Australia

Hi All,

Exploration Geophysics readers, I trust you had a great New year. Once again I direct your attention to Issue 1 for 2020, which should come out soon and be a "must-read" on "what is what" in the AEM world.

To access Exploration Geophysics articles free of charge, please log into the ASEG website and click on the link on the publications page.

Enjoy your reading.



Dr Mark Lackie

Exploration Geophysics Editor

A reminder that the December issue of preview is available online

This Christmas issue of Preview features a Don Emerson's take on "Pyrite- the firestone", as well as summaries of students theses in geophysics submitted to Australian universities in 2019

The February issue of Preview will be available online in mid-February.

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

Lisa Worrall

Preview Editor

This month we get to know Shane Evans.


  1. What is your current role?
  2. Director and Owner - Moombarriga Geoscience, Director - Complete MT Solutions

  3. For how long have you been a geophysicist?
  4. 20 Years

  5. What do you like most about being a geophysicist?
  6. I've really enjoyed the diverse locations I've been lucky enough to work in. From the Arctic of Canada to the Kalahari Desert of Namibia and many places in between.

  7. If you weren't a geophysicist what would you be?
  8. A farmer probably.

  9. What's one thing that we wouldn't know about you?
  10. The year after I graduated from university I hiked the Appalachian Trail ( ) in the USA with my two mates Troy and Bryn who also graduated geophysics the same year.

  11. Tell us about your best field meal?
  12. We had a fun job in the Grenada in the Caribbean doing some geothermal exploration. Our head fieldy was a local fisherman and cooked us up a great feed of crayfish.

  13. Where was your best sunrise/sunset location?
  14. Kalahari Desert, Botswana.

  15. What are you reading at the moment?
  16. The Infinite Game

  17. What's one thing you wish someone had told you when you were at university?
  18. Be patient. Be persistent.

  19. Your funniest or worst field memory?
  20. Got bitten on the toe by a scorpion in Botswana, a bit painful for a while then couldn’t feel my toe for about 3 months.

  21. What do you do in your spare time?
  22. Run around after my two little boys and kick the football with the Wembley Vets AFL club.

  23. What is a challenge you have overcome and how did you do so?
  24. My biggest challenge as an MT contractor was selling MT to an industry that was not quite ready to embrace the technique into their "toolkit". A lot has changed since 2008 when I did my first commercial MT survey. Thanks to major projects by Universities and Government, MT is now more routinely used in the exploration industry which is good for us.

  25. When you are asked "What's a geophysicist??" or "What does a geophysicist do?" what is your stock answer?
  26. We have industrial sized metal detectors that we use to help our clients find copper and gold other shiny stuff.

  27. Do you think AI will take over your job or will the human element remain vital to exploration successes?
  28. I think AI will have a big impact but the human element will always be required.

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