SEG webinar presented by Greg Hodges, Sander Geophysics
SEG’s European Region Advisory Committee (ERAC) presented a webinar on “Voodoo Geophysics” examining questionable practices instrumentation systems promoted by individuals and companies in January 2019.
The exploration industry has been plagued since the dawn of technology with near?magical oil, gold and waterfinders. They do untold damage to the reputation and business of honest geophysical applications and research. A geophysicist with sound scientific knowledge can usually recognize when geophysics is “from the dark side”, but it can be difficult to convince non?scientists.
Some common characteristics of voodoo geophysical methods are: dubious theoretical bases, fantastic levels of instrument sensitivity, phenomenally accurate interpretations, extraordinary levels of secrecy, and combative or evasive response to challenges.
Fraudulent methods evade scrutiny. Vendors shy away from technical testing and publication. Refusal of the purveyor of a new system to comply with evaluation and publication of results must be viewed with suspicion.
Greg Hodges has established a “voodoo geophysics” database with more than 80 entries so far. He has previously published on this topic.
The SEG webinar is available via You Tube. The video comprises a presentation, followed by the webinar Q&A session.
Abstract submissions are welcome for consideration for the AEGC 2019 Conference, to be held on 2-5 September 2019 at Crown Perth. The theme for the 2019 conference is “Data to Discovery”. The AEGC technical program committee has a focus on Geology, Geophysics, and Geochemistry and how these are applied in exploration for both Petroleum and Mineral systems in Australasia and the wider Asia-Pacific region. We invite you to submit your abstract before the closing deadline at 5pm on Friday 22 March (AWST).
Early Bird Registration will be opening next month, be sure to secure your spot at the early bird rate!
Further information regarding the conference can be found on the AEGC 2019 website.
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.
The event will be jointly hosted by the Australian Institute of Geoscientists (AIG), Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists (ASEG), and Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia (PESA).
The theme for the 2019 conference is “Data to Discovery”. The AEGC technical program committee has a focus on Geology, Geophysics, and Geochemistry and how these are applied in exploration for both Petroleum and Mineral systems in Australasia and the wider Asia-Pacific region. The conference has major sub-themes encompassing but not limited to:
- New technologies
- New information from old data
- Local understanding from regional context
- Workflows and methods that reduce cost/turnaround on projects
- Cross disciplinary co-ordination
- Case studies
- Interacting and communicating science to the wider community.
A vital component of the 2019 conference will be the inclusion of dedicated streams for Australian basins, discovery techniques, mineral mapping, and remote sensing applications.
On behalf of the AEGC 2019 Organising Committee, we look forward to welcoming you to Perth. Visit the conference web site for the latest information regarding the conference, accommodation, sponsorship and exhibition opportunities.
John Gorter and Tim Dean
Call for Abstracts Expression of Interest Closes: 31 January 2019 – submit your expression of interest now via the AEGC2019 website.
Early Bird Registration Opens: 1 March 2019
Call for Extended Abstracts Closes: 22 March 2019
Author Notification: 3 May 2019 or before
Registration Deadline: 31 May 2019
Geophysics for the Mineral Exploration Geoscientist
Date: 11-13 December 2017
Venue: Tawarri Reception Centre, Dalkeith WA
Presenter : Mike Dentith
Date: 2 to 3 August 2018 (just before Diggers and Dealers)
Venue to be advised.
Featuring four exciting sessions, this two day meeting encompasses:
- Conglomerate Gold
- Regolith Gold
- From Target to Mine
- Gold Research
Call for Papers
Please send us an expression of your interest by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Society of Exploration Geophysicists is bringing its 2017 Distinguished Short Course (DISC) programme to Australia.
Traveling worldwide, the SEG Distinguished Instructor Short Course (DISC) is an eight hour, one-day short course on a topic of current and wide-spread interest.
The 2017 DISC course covers Fundamentals and Applications of Electromagnetic Geophysics. Local case histories pertaining to problems in resource exploration, including oil and gas, minerals, water, environmental, and geotechnical areas will be used as motivation for investigating fundamentals of electromagnetics. The aim of this course is to equip participants with sufficient fundamental understanding and resources about EM geophysics so that they can decide if an EM technique can help solve their problem, select which type of survey to employ, and set realistic expectations for what information can be gleaned.
A webinar session will also be presented.
All past DISC courses can also be listed to on-line. Click here for more information.
AIG commends SEG on this great initiative.