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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

ASEG LogoA short course to be presented Dr. Jan Francke
Friday 23 September 2016, 1:00 pm for 5:00 pm
City West Function Centre, 45 Plaistowe Mews, West Perth WA 6005
$35 registration cost.  (Registration from 12:30.  Drinks and nibbles 5 – 6 pm)

Thanks to our sponsors Core Geophysics and Groundradar Inc. for assisting in keeping the price down.

Although a recent addition to the geophysicist’s toolbox, ground penetrating radar (GPR) is now a well-established geophysical method in Australia.  Dozens of systems are deployed daily throughout the region, mainly for civil infrastructure projects.  In addition to being one of the easiest geophysical tools with which to collect data, it is also perhaps the most misinterpreted and oversold method.

The concept of radar imaging of the subsurface is not new, with the principles having been well established over the last century.  Technological advances in GPR technology have enabled deeper and faster imaging of larger areas with higher resolution.  The workshop will begin by introducing the history of GPR along with general EM theory.  The content covers various types of GPR instruments, suitable survey environments, along with interpretation and modelling pitfalls.

The overall focus of the workshop will be on managing expectations with regards to GPR resolution and penetration, including examinations of several case studies from the region.  Recently, claims have been made of exceptional performance by devices which seemingly are outside of the bounds of physics.  These technologies will be examined and example data discussed, within the context of scientific principles.

The workshop will be led by Dr. Jan Francke, who has worked exclusively with long-range GPR technologies for 25 years in 85 countries.  His experience spans thousands of projects in environments ranging from Arctic Sweden to southern Chile.  He conducts numerous workshops every year on GPR applications in a non-academic format, relying on real-world examples rather than complex mathematical modelling and theory.


Dr. Francke is amongst the most experienced users of ground penetrating radar in the world, having spent his entire 25-year career working with deep GPR applications.  He holds a BSc from the University of British Columbia, an MSc from the University of Canterbury, and a PhD from Kings College London, all focusing on mineral exploration applications of GPR.  His field experience includes GPR projects in over 85 countries on six continents.  He has authored dozens of papers on the applications GPR to mining and geotechnical problems, and conducted numerous workshops teaching GPR principles and managing expectations on realistic GPR performance.

Please register by 21 September via the ASEG web site.

AIG is proud to be joining the Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists (ASEG) and the Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia (PESA) to present what will become a regular event on the Australian geoscience calendar, showcasing exploration geoscience in Australia.


Mark these dates in your diary now and watch the web site and events calendar for updates.

Click here for a flyer for your office noticeboard or to pass on to friends and colleagues.


AIG is joining ASEG and PESA to present the 25th Australian Geophysical Conference and Exhibition in Adelaide South Australia, 21-24 August 2016.

ASEG-PESA-AIG 2016 is just over a year away!  Please be advised that extended abstract submission for ASEG-PESA-AIG 2016 will open on the 1st of November 2015.  Submissions will close on the 1st of March 2016.

Earlybird registration will open in January 2016, and authors must have registered by the 1st of June 2016 for papers to be included in the technical programme.

For further information – including the conference themes – please stay tuned to the website.

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Key Dates:

1 Nov 2015: Call for abstracts

1 Mar 2016: Last day for abstract submission

1 Jan 2016: Early bird registration opens

1 Jun 2016: Author registration deadline




Geology from Geophysics – a one day symposium presented by ASEG in conjunction with ASEG-PESA 2015

With exploration increasingly taking place ion areas with poor outcrop or under significant cover, the need for explorationists to obtain geological information from geophysical data has never been greater.

Intended for geoscientists working in the minerals industry, this 1 day symposium brings together industry and academic geoscientists who are world-leaders in the fields of practical geophysical data interpretation and integration of geoscientific datasets for mineral exploration applications.

Click here for the symposium brochure.