widen the understanding of acoustic data acquisition and applications. Jennifer spoke enthusiastically about acoustic data and a variety of additional processing that could be done with sonic data to reveal other physical properties, e.g. fracture characterisation, permeability, wellbore stability, hole size, cement evaluation, production optimisation, and brittleness maps. The talk was well attended and it was a pleasant evening at the excellent auditorium at the XXXX Brewery. Our mentoring programme is still gathering pace and we are welcoming mentors to the programme, which will formally commence on 1 February 2019. Richard Chopping will visit us in early March and present“Australian Continent: A geophysical synthesis”. Ron Palmer qldpresident@aseg.org.au South Australia & Northern Territory There was lots of action to close out the year for the South Australian/Northern Territory Branch. On the evening of Tuesday, 27 November we held our Industry Sponsors Night at our usual venue, the Coopers Alehouse. This was an opportunity to hear about projects that some of our sponsors are involved in, and to understand their businesses and products a little better. We had four sponsors present this year (but somehow only three photos of speakers): Jonathan Ross from Heathgate Resources, Kelly Keates from Zonge Australia, Danny Burns from Vintage Energy, and Philip Heath from the SA Department for Energy and Mining. This event is always well attended and a good chance for all of us (and especially students) to get to know who is doing what in industry around South Australia and the NT. Our last event for 2018 was our annual Honours Student Night and Christmas Party, this year generously sponsored by Santos. The event was held on the evening of Tuesday, 11 December at the Coopers Alehouse. The night begun with a fascinating talk by Joel Stockill from Santos titled,“Geology from Geophysics”. This sponsor talk was a great chance to hear about the big- picture geophysics that Santos does. Next we had presentations from two students who completed their honours degrees this year: Michael Rieger, from the Australian School of Petroleum at the University of Adelaide, gave a talk titled:“Constraining the regional slope of Western Papua New Guinea: A study of lithospheric flexure”, and Robin Keegan- Treloar, from Flinders University, gave a talk titled“A multi-method hydrological study of Wither Swamp, in the Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia”. We were all impressed by the breadth and calibre of their projects (and their presentations), and each student was awarded a monetary prize for their efforts from the SA/NT ASEG Branch. The SA_NT Branch 2019 AGM will be held on February 11. The guest speaker will be the ASEG President, Marina Costelloe. Venue and timing on the day will be confirmed – check the ASEG website. If you are interested in joining the committee, please contact me as we are always looking for enthusiastic new members. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our local sponsors for 2018: Beach Energy, Minotaur Exploration, the SA Department for Energy and Mining, Heathgate Resources, Zonge Engineering, and Vintage Energy. We would also like to thank our event sponsors, Terrex Seismic, who sponsored the Melbourne Cup; and Santos Ltd, who sponsored our Student Night. We could never supply so much Presenters at the SA_NT Branch Industry Sponsors night (left to right; Danny Burns – Vintage Energy, Jonathan Ross- Heathgate, Kelly Keates- Zonge) 2018 ASEG NSW Branch Annual Quiz Night winners and the NSW Secretary (left to right; Doug Morrison, Steve Collins, Andrew Riznyczok and Stephanie Kovach). Photo courtesy of Mike Smith. 9 PREVIEW ASEG news Branch news FEBRUARY 2019