AEGC2019 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.

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

Key Dates:

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

The Call for #RFG2018 Abstracts is officially open!

Resources for Future Generations 2018 (RFG2018) will showcase advances in earth science, societal and technical innovation, and education that can change the course of history.

Anchored in six themes — Energy, Minerals, Water, the Earth, Education & Knowledge, Communities & Resources — RFG2018 will showcase advances in earth sciences, education, and innovation that can change the course of history.

Present your work to an international cohort of scientists, policy-makers, innovators, educators, industry leaders, and visionaries who are committed to creating a sustainable future.

Be part of the sustainable future. Submit an abstract.  Abstracts will be accepted until January 15, 2018.

AIG is a partner organization for this conference.

Yilgarn Retrospective

What we learned from the highly successful period of exploration 1950 to 1999, with implications for the challenges of the future.

The Australian Institute of Geoscientists (AIG) and sponsors are pleased to announce the Yilgarn Retrospective, a two-day symposium to be held in Perth on March 30-31, 2015.

Yilgarn Claim Post

The Yilgarn Craton (Western Australia) in the second half of the 20th century witnessed a transformative period in the resources industry which included the discovery and successful exploitation of a new deposit type (komatiite-hosted nickel sulphide), a massive boom in exploration and mining of Archaean lode gold, and developments in a number of other commodities. The Yilgarn has a world-class endowment in nickel, gold, bauxite and tantalum, and significant iron ore, uranium and copper-lead-zinc– silver deposits. By 1999, twenty million tonnes of nickel were identified, and the gold inventory rose in 20 years from 4 million ounces to 100 million ounces, despite the mining of about 100 million ounces over the same period. Nickel production reached 170,000 tonnes per annum and gold production was ~6.5 million ounces per annum. Western Australia was converted from a small economy based on agriculture to the world’s mining powerhouse. These commercial successes spawned research yielding new deposit models, a new appreciation of the regolith that blankets the Yilgarn and the tools to work beneath that regolith. This two- day symposium will look at the who, why and how of this momentous era 1950 to 1999. The meeting will review the importance of what we have learned from this highly successful period, with implications to the challenges of the future, and be an acknowledgement of the achievements of teams and individuals, some of whom are no longer with us.

The Yilgarn Craton is the large southern part of Western Australia including the gold mines from Norseman, Kalgoorlie to Wiluna, Meekatharra and Boddington, nickel from Ravensthorpe to Kambalda and Leinster, bauxite (aluminum) ores in the Darling Range, copper-zinc at Golden Grove, tantalum at Greenbushes, iron ore at Koolyanobbing, and uranium at Yeelirrie.

WA Exports

This meeting brings together a remarkable group of players from industry, academia and government who contributed to the success of this era. Speakers with an industry focus include Roy Woodall, Jeff Gresham, Ron Manners, Neil Phillips, Dennis Gee, Colin Agnew, John Chappell and Jim Ross, those with a government focus Tim Griffin, Phil Playford, John Bunting, Ray Smith, Megan Clark and Stephen Wyche, prospector Clive Daw, consultants Tom Bateman, Jack Hallberg and David Isles, and from academia Mike Lesher, Simon Wilde, Neal McNaughton, Ray Binns and David Groves. Speakers will look at what mattered most to shape the discovery record, and address the question of how to apply these concepts to ensure future exploration success.

Attending the conference?  You can download a copy of the abstracts volume here.  The volume is password protected – delegates will be sent the password with their registration confirmation.

Geophysical signatures of mineral systems; more than bumps


8 CPD hours“Geophysical signatures of mineral systems; more than bumps” is a workshop being held as part of the ASEG-PESA 24th International Geophysical Conference and Exhibition in Perth, 15-18 February 2015.  The convention organisers have decided to make workshop registration available to attendees who have not registered for the conference itself.

Date: Thursday 19 Feb
Cost: Standard $180, students $80 (Students must provide proof of student status)
Location: Meeting Room 10, Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre
Conveners: Ken Witherly: Condor Consulting  & John Hart:RioTinto Exploration

Workshop Details

It is generally accepted that the shallow, easy to define ore bodies were recognized first and developed. In the past 20 years, the discovery performance across virtually all mineral sectors has fallen, resulting in growing concern that if unchecked, there could be shortfalls in a number of commodities within the next 20 years.

The collective sense is that the geological column hosts more deposits than have been found to date but these are expected to be at greater depths than have typically been explored before. To be able to operate in this environment, new approaches to the identification of deposits is required and the concept of a mineral systems approach, first suggested 20 years ago, has emerged as a powerful means to build strategies and capabilities going forward. In terms of geophysical exploration, the major change that will be required is a shift from a focus almost entirely on direct targeting of deposits with geophysical surveys to a staged process where geophysical approaches are used initially to help define the pathways in the Earth which carried the mineralizing solutions which formed the target deposit.

These pathways would provide a much larger target to explore for and if detected and mapped, should allow explorers to follow the pathway to the location of potential deposits. This task is different from most geophysical studies undertaken, where the focus has been typically on improving the direct targeting capabilities and not the larger scale mapping problem that a mineral systems approach will require. In the current assessment, a review is undertaken of what is seen as the current state-of-play for a number of major deposit styles and how geophysical data is being used at present to explore for these. The assessment overall is encouraging but major challenges remain outside of the technical issues of defining a mineral systems strategy that relate primarily to human resources and the commercial environment.

This forum will examine the current state of understanding of geophysical signatures of mineral systems; current examples, on-going research and areas which require further assessment. A major tenant that is already apparent is that the successful development of undercover exploration strategies will require a degree of integration of geophysical outcomes with other geoscience data not typically achieved historically.

Visit the AIG Events Calendar for additional information.

ResourcesQ Partnership Signed in Brisbane

Queensland resources sector has welcomed an agreement signed today with the Queensland government that takes a long-term view to develop the state’s minerals and energy wealth to its full potential.

ResourcesQ Signing

ResourcesQ is signed in Brisbane. From left are APPEA Chief Operating Officer Paul Fennelly, AMEC Regional Manager Bernie Hogan, QRC Chief Executive Michael Roche, Premier Campbell Newman and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Andrew Cripps.

Chief Executive of the Queensland Resources Council Michael Roche said the signing of ResourcesQ, a 30-year vision for the sector, was an important blueprint for the sector’s future, particularly with its emphasis on global competitiveness.

A statement of intent between the Queensland Government, the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC), the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA), and the QRC was signed today.

‘The QRC acknowledges the work already under way by the Newman and Commonwealth governments to streamline the approvals process and cut red and green tape, but this agreement recognises the need for long-term and stable policy and legislation to attract investment in the sector,’ said Mr Roche.

‘What the resources sector doesn’t need is unexpected cost increases, such as increased royalties. Investment in the sector is by its nature long term, and changes to royalties affect the global competitiveness of resources operations, and reduce our attractiveness as a destination for resource investment.

‘We also don’t need an added impost on our inputs in the form of the federal government’s mooted changes to the diesel fuel tax credit scheme in tomorrow night’s budget.

‘However, I’m very pleased to see included in ResourcesQ measures to ensure that we have the skilled people we will require into the future.

‘I’m also gratified to see in the agreement an emphasis on properly informing the community about the sector’s importance to the economy, and regaining the confidence of the community in the government’s stringent environmental legislation.

‘As has been seen in our current television commercials on the Great Barrier Reef, there is a real need to push back on the misinformation being spread by an ever increasing bevy of anti-resource industry activists.

‘Also covered is the importance of demonstrating prospectivity through the provision of geological information, and actively pursuing investment to identify future resource deposits.’ Mr Roche said.

ResourcesQ is a Queensland Government initiative to drive growth and jobs in Queensland’s resources sector.

The initiative was formulated by the government to generate an economically strong, competitive, diverse and agile sector over the next 30 years. It’s about planning for the future to ensure we all prosper from Queensland’s resource wealth.

Throughout 2014, the government will work in partnership with the resources sector to develop a shared vision for Queensland’s resources over the next 30 years and an action plan to deliver that vision.

A long-term vision underlying the initiative is designed to:

  • position Queensland as the best state to do business in the resources sector
  • position the Queensland Government as modern and efficient, with an economic growth and development agenda
  • foster greater industry and investment confidence in Queensland
  • shape future government policy
  • ensure all Queenslanders prosper from resources now and in the future.

The initiative features innovative and strong formal partnership with peak bodies representing the industry, which will remove constraints and realise the benefits the resources sector offers to all Queenslanders, leading to the signing of an agreement with QRC, APPEA and AMEC in Brisbane yesterday.

Stakeholder input will be sought through a range of methods including targeted industry consultation.

Working alongside stakeholders

The ResourcesQ process includes the following key actions and engagement activities:

  • Foresight study — December 2013 to February 2014
  • Industry leaders’ workshop — February 2014
  • Partnership group — February 2014
  • Resources supply chain leaders’ workshop — 4 April 2014
  • Partnership agreement — May 2014
  • Regional stakeholder workshops — April to June 2014
  • Five regional stakeholder workshops will be held to discuss the proposed vision and the way forward from an ‘on-the-ground’ perspective. The first of these workshops was held in Mt Isa on 16 April. Other workshops will be held in Cairns, Gladstone, Roma and Emerald during May and June.
  • Public consultation — consultation on draft ResourcesQ vision and themes – June/July 2014
  • Partnership report launch — September 2014
  • Launch of the final partnership report which includes the 30-year vision and action plan in September.

ResourcesQ Timeline

ResourcesQ initiative timeline

ResourcesQ stakeholders

Queensland’s resources industry includes a large number of stakeholders from a broad range of sectors including:

  • resource exploration and development companies
  • peak industry bodies
  • resources sector workforce
  • suppliers to industry
  • regional and local communities
  • federal government
  • local government
  • agricultural and landholder groups
  • training organisations
  • traditional owners
  • research institutions
  • investors
  • public sector.

ResourcesQ will give industry the opportunity to guide the strategic direction for the resources sector. Businesses and other stakeholders, including resource communities, will be encouraged to contribute to the development of solutions that will ensure resources remains an economic pillar in Queensland for future generations.

More information

More information regarding the ResourcesQ initiative is available from:

Phone: 13 QGOV (13 74 68)


You can also sign up to a ResourcesQ newsletter or visit the ResourcesQ web page.

AIG learned of the ResourcesQ programme, somewhat by accident, through the Cairns stakeholder workshop being held this week.  While the initiative is one that many geoscientists would welcome, the promotion of the initiative amongst stakeholder groups appears to have gotten off to a very slow start, with little awareness of the initiative evident amongst Queensland geoscientists this week.  Hopefully we’ll see this situation change as the initiative gains momentum.

Andrew Waltho, 13 May 2014