A number of Conference Workshops have been planned covering a broad variety of fields within Geophysics.

The following list of Conference Workshops will be taking place pre and post Conference.  A summary of each workshop is listed below.

Workshop Venue

Sofitel Brisbane Central Hotel
249 Turbot Street, Brisbane 4000
QLD, Australia

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*Please note all Petroleum / Energy and Minerals Workshops will take place at the Sofitel Brisbane Central Hotel. Industrial Workshops may be hosted at an alternate venue please refer to each workshop overview below for further details.

Manual Registration Form

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Delegates wishing to register for ASEG 2012 Pre and Post Conference workshops must now complete the above manual registration form and send it via email to or bring it onsite to the ASEG 2012 Pre and Post Conference Workshops Registration Desk located at the Sofitel Brisbane Central Hotel from 0800 on Friday 24 February 2012.


Seismic Imaging: A Review of the Techniques, their Principles, Merits and Limitations

Presenters: Etienne Robein
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Date: Saturday 25 to Sunday 26 February 2012
Time: 0830-1700
Venue: Sofitel Central Hotel, Brisbane
Cost: $1,265.00 per person

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As the search for new resources means that we are forced to maximise the production of discovered reservoirs and explore new ones in domains that are increasingly complex, seismic imaging is becoming more and more important as a tool.
Seismic imaging is the ultimate stage of a time-consuming and complex data processing sequence that aims to produce accurate images of the Earth’s subsurface suitable for interpretation by geoscientists.

This course will give the audience an overview of today’s most popular seismic imaging techniques used in the oil and gas industry. Two main classes of techniques are addressed: time-imaging and depth-imaging. Both approaches require an estimate of how fast the seismic waves travel at any given point in the Earth, but with different degrees of accuracy. If time-imaging embeds velocity analysis almost naturally, though at a cost in image quality, depth-imaging requires the explicit construction of a velocity model. Recent advances in seismic acquisition, imaging technology and high performance computing, allow us to correctly take into account a much greater complexity of subsurface model and consequently, start to image structures that were previously invisible.

The course will present in simple terms (no equations!) the principle of different techniques in each class of methods, while pointing out their respective merits and limitations. The relationship between acquisition and imaging on the one hand and interpretation and imaging on the other will also be discussed.

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Oil Field Applications of Passive Seismic

Presenter: Peter Duncan
Date: Sunday 26 February 2012
Time: 0830-1700
Venue: Sofitel Central Hotel, Brisbane
Cost: $200.00 per person

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This workshop will focus mainly on the development of microseismic monitoring of hydraulic fracturing for shale reservoir development. Case examples from the various shale basin North America will be included.

In a very real way, passive seismic, especially microseismic monitoring, is to conventional seismic as a stethoscope is to a sonograph. It is continuous 4-D. It is accomplished by listening carefully to the sounds emanating from the earth and then diagnosing what is happening down there. Passive seismic techniques can create not only an image of the reservoir and its plumbing, but also shed light on how the fluid is flowing through the pipes. While interest in passive seismic an E & P tool has grown exponentially over the past decade, the technology is not fundamentally new. Rather it is a re-engineering down to oilfield scales of what researchers have practiced for decades as “solid earth seismology”. The basic elements are seismic event location and travel time tomography.

Grasping the completeness of the passive science, one can see that it provides the opportunity to contribute over the lifetime of an oilfield from discovery to abandonment. Passive seismic can accomplish reconnaissance 3-D exploration at an attractive cost and lead to new discoveries. Microseismic monitoring of a hydrofrac can and does provide valuable information on completion and development strategy. Gas or fluid injection operations for primary or secondary recovery are prime candidates for passive monitoring to prove regulatory compliance, validate reservoir conformance and estimate recovery efficiency.
This one day class will present a brief history of the development of passive seismic techniques, a discussion of state of the art through case histories that illustrate the various applications of the technology and a vision on where this technology will play a role in the smart oil field of the future.

Fundamentals of Coal Seam Gas for Geophysicists – What We Do Now, and What We Will Do in the Future - SOLD OUT

Presenter: Scott Thomson
Date: Sunday 26 February 2012
Time: 0830 - 1700
Venue: Sofitel Central Hotel, Brisbane
Cost: $400.00 per person - SOLD OUT

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The Coal Seam Gas industry is the new emerging energy star in the Australian resource sector.  The supply of LNG to Asian markets has produced an industry worth many billions of dollars to the economy of Queensland in particular.  The role of geophysics in CSG is still evolving, and is by no means as mature, valued or integral to the CSG sector as it is for other commodities.  What geophysical techniques can really make a difference in the identification, evaluation and monitoring of CSG projects?  This workshop aims to educate geophysicists in the fundamentals of Coal Seam Gas, and specifically identify what role, if any, geophysics can play in the development of this burgeoning industry.  The workshop will address the unique geological nature of a CSG play, and will attempt to provide a landing on the kind of geophysical techniques that can potentially make the difference in the success or failure of a CSG program.

A Practical Overview of Seismic Dispersion (SEG DISC 2012)

Presenter: Chris Liner
Date: Sunday 26 February 2012
Time: 0830-1700
Venue: Sofitel Central Hotel, Brisbane
Cost: $310.00 per person (SEG member), $210.00 per person (SEG student member), $400.00 per person (non-member)

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The classical meaning of the word dispersion is frequency-dependent velocity. Here we take a more general definition that includes not just wave speed but also interference, attenuation, anisotropy, reflection characteristics, and other aspects of seismic waves that show frequency dependence. At first impression, the topic seems self-evident: Of course everything is frequency dependent. Much of classical seismology and wave theory is nondispersive: the theory of P- and S-waves, Rayleigh waves in a half-space, geometric spreading, reflection and transmission coefficients, head waves, and so forth. Yet when we look at real data, strong dispersion abounds. This course is a survey of selected frequency-dependent phenomena that routinely are encountered in reflection-seismic data.

Topics include:

1) Time and frequency
2) Vibroseis harmonics
3) Near surface
4) Anisotropy
5) Attenuation
6) Interference
7) Biot reflection

Who should attend

The course is framed along the lines of acquisition, processing, and interpretation to contain material of interest to the entire spectrum of seismic geophysicists. The mathematical level of the course is generally on the advanced undergraduate level, but deeper aspects often are included for advanced readers. Familiarity with the Fourier transform and related topics will be beneficial. In all cases, theoretical developments are illustrated by examples or case histories.

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Introduction to seismic inversion and AVO

Presenter: Brian Russell
Date: Thursday 1 March 2012
Time: 0830-1700
Venue: Sofitel Central Hotel, Brisbane
Cost: $200.00

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Inversion involves the extraction of an estimate of the subsurface geology from a set of geophysical measurements.  This course will focus on the inversion of seismic amplitude data to extract the velocities and density of the reservoir, from which we can infer reservoir properties such as porosity and fluid content.

The course will stress the physical principles behind inversion and AVO, and illustrate these methods with real data examples from throughout the world.

Course Outline

Part 1   Introduction
Part 2  Rock physics and fluid replacement modelling.
Part 3   Post-stack seismic inversion.
Part 4   AVO and pre-stack seismic inversion.
Qualitative AVO methods
Elastic Impedance and extended elastic impedance
Simultaneous pre-stack inversion and lambda-mu-rho
Part 5   Stochastic and multivariate statistical inversion methods

Operational Seismic Sequence Stratigraphy - SOLD OUT

Presenter: Rob Kirk
Date: Thursday 1 to Saturday 3 March 2012
Time: 0830-1700
Venue: Sofitel Central Hotel, Brisbane
Cost: $1,350.00 per person - SOLD OUT

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An understanding of the principles of sequence stratigraphy is essential for successful prediction and analysis of seismic facies in the subsurface. This short course will provide some knowledge and skills for participants to use in exploration and prospect identification.

This seismic and sequence stratigraphy school includes several class exercises and case history examples integrated with sequence stratigraphic concepts.

The course will be looking at well and seismic facies, both clastics and carbonates, within a simple sequence stratigraphic framework.
This will operate more as a workshop as there are multiple operational exercises which will have lectures interspersed throughout.
The aim of this is to supply participants with an international spread of real-world examples which can serve as a starter analogue database for future work.
The lectures will show pitfalls and things that went wrong as well as where seismic facies mapping worked.
Participants will construct seismic facies maps in the course.
Course content
Format, content, aims and objectives

Sequence Stratigraphy
The Exxon model
Other models
System tracts
Seismic stratigraphy
Well facies
Simple and complex chronostratigraphic charts will be made from seismic.

Seismic Facies Mapping
Scales, phase, datuming
ABC method
Other methods
Automated methods

Lowstand Seismic Facies
Basin floor fans and debrites
Slope fans
Sediment waves and contourites
Prograding complexes
Incised valleys
Exercises will include deepwater sediments in the Gulf of Mexico, Carnarvon and Canning Basins.

Transgressive seismic facies
Basal transgressive sands
Source rocks
Exercises will include source rocks on the North Slope of Alaska as well as a BTS in Pakistan and in the Carnarvon Basins

Highstand seismic facies
Prograding slopes and shelves
Exercises will include prograding deltas and carbonates in Morocco and Vietnam.

Pitfalls and “Oddball” facies

Who should attend

This workshop is hands-on and is suitable for both geologists and geophysicists-anyone interested in getting geology out of the seismic and well data. Previous seismic experience is useful but not mandatory.

What to bring
Attendees need to bring a set of coloured pencils, rubber, lead pencil, sharpener; pen to write with and notes can be written in the manual.
People will work as teams of two and present their answers in class.


Rob Kirk has 30+years in the industry having worked with Occidental, BHP and Woodside and has been consulting for the last 5 years.
He gives regular 1 week schools for Nautilus and has done training for various NOCs in Algiers, Islamabad, Mumbai and Milan.
Recent sequence stratigraphic studies include the following basins:
Carnarvon, Exmouth, Canning, Tarakan, Mahakam, Santos, Malay, Otway, Great South, Vietnam, Browse, Tanzania, Phillipines.


Inversion of EM data for Mineral Applications

Workshop numbers have been expanded to allow for extra registrations – please register soon to avoid missing out.

Presenter: Doug Oldenburg and Eldad Haber
Date: Friday 24 to Saturday 25 February 2012
Time: 0830 - 1700
Venue: Sofitel Central Hotel, Brisbane
Cost: $600.00 per person

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This workshop navigates the user through 1D, 2D and 3D inversions of electromagnetic data. 1D -2D inversions, and other reduced models, are useful for carrying out checks on data quality, determining background conductivity, and locating anomalous regions. In general however, our geology is 3D and we need to invert the data accordingly. We show how this is accomplished and invert frequency and time domain data from grounded and inductive sources. Natural source electromagnetic data acquired from ZTEM and MT surveys are also inverted.

The attendee is guided through the basic components of EM inversion and associated workflows and detailed understanding is facilitated by "hands-on" experience using 1D and 2D algorithms. The field examples are drawn primarily from a single deposit, and this facilitates a comparison of the results from different surveys.

The workshop is divided into four portions partitioned according to morning and afternoon of the two days.

Part I: General Introduction to Inversion with emphasis on airborne EM

  • Basics of EM surveys (ground/air); sources (controlled or natural); data
  • Workflow for inversion
  • Inversion of synthetic and field data sets

Part II: Ground surveys

  • Inductive sources; grounded sources:
  • Basics of DC resistivity surveying: currents, charges; pseudosections etc.
  • Synthetic model; Field survey example
  • Inversion of DC resistivity data: Use DCIP2D as a training platform
  • Induced Polarization: basics of IP, data types and modelling; field data systems and data plots; inversion of IP data; case history.

Part III: Inversion Workflow

  • Forward modelling
  • Inversion of frequency domain data
  • Inversion of CSEM data (grounded sources); synthetic example; field example/case history
  • 3D Inversion of time domain data; synthetic example; field example

Part IV:  Inversion using natural sources and Summary

  • Why natural sources are effective
  • MT data: Basics; synthetic and field examples
  • ZTEM: Basics; synthetic and field examples
  • MT and ZTEM: potential advantages of working with both surveys
  • Course Summary and discussion on future developments for EM

Natural Fields EM Forum

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Geoscience Australia

Organisers: Bob Smith (Greenfields Geophysics), Terry Ritchie (GRS), Richard Lane (Geoscience Australia), Andrew Mutton (GeoDiscovery)
Panel of Invited Presenters including: Prof. James Macnae (RMIT), Prof. Doug Oldenburg (UBC), Don Watts (Consultant), Michael Zhdanov (UU/Technoimaging)
Date: Sunday 26 February 2012
Time: 0830 - 1700
Venue: Sofitel Central Hotel, Brisbane
Cost: $150.00 per person

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The objective of the forum is to review the current state of the art in the use of natural EM fields in exploration applications. This includes mineral exploration and oil and gas applications, but other more novel uses (such as geothermal) may also be discussed. 
The Draft Program is as follows:

Topic Speaker
Theoretical Overview James Macnae; RMIT
Field Methods, Scalar, Tensor, Airborne, Marine John Kingman; Newmont
A comparison of transient and conventional approaches to MT David Goldak; EMPulse
Morning Tea  
Suppliers and Contractors, Statements of Capability EMPulse
  Fugro EM
  Geotech Airborne
  Western Geco
Panel: Field data QC, methods and effectiveness Led by John Kingman
Processing, Applications & Case Histories Michael Zhdanov; University of Utah
  Elliott Holtham; UBC
  Stephan Thiel; University of Adelaide
  Efthimios Tartaris; Western Geco
  Jean Legault; Geotech Airborne
Afternoon Tea  
Processing, Applications & Case Histories Daniel Sattel; Consultant
  Peter Kowalczyk; Consultant
  Shane Evans; Moombarriga
  Trent Retallick; Quantec
Future Directions Don Watts; Consultant
Panel: Future directions and applications in natural field methods Led by Don Watts & Doug Oldenburg




3D EM Inversion, an Update on Capabilities and Outcomes

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Co-Chairs: Jim Macnae; RMIT, Tim Munday; CSIRO, Ken Witherly; Condor Consulting
Date: Thursday 1st March 2012
Time: 0830 – 1700 (Registration from 0800)
Venue: Sofitel Central Hotel, Brisbane
Cost: $120.00 per person

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The aim of this workshop is to have a close, unbiased and community-wide look at EM inversion methodologies, with a strong focus on technology capabilities, practical applications and user experiences. The workshop is divided into three parts as follows.

Part 1: 3D EM Inversion-Setting the Stage
From half spaces and stitched 1D to 3D; was 2D just a detour? Prof Jim Macnae
3D EM Inversion - Prof Doug Oldenburg           
Part 2: Service Providers - 3DEM inversion capability and examples
Techno Imaging – Prof Michael Zhdanov
CompGeo - Eldad Haber
MIRA - Nigel Phillips
Western Geoco - Andrea Lovatini
Fugro EM - Don Watts
Aarhus Geophysics – Andrea Viezzoli
Part 3: Case Studies - User Experiences
1D-3D inversion of AEM data over the Kintyre Uranium Deposit, WA - Andrew Fitzpatrick (Cameco)
3D magnetotelluric inversion - a new way of looking at electrical structure? -  S. Tiel (University of Adelaide)
Comparison of 2D and 3D outcomes for ZTEM -D Sattel (EMS)
Comparison of quasi and full 3D inversion of AEM data for targets in the Musgraves, SA (TBC) -Yusen Ley Cooper et al CSIRO /Musgrave Minerals)
Anglo-Pebble Cu-Au 3D inversion of Spectrem  and ZTEM -Mike Webb (Anglo)
The Use and Misuse of Inversion in MT -Don Watts (consultant)
1-2-3D inversion at the Red Dog deposit  -Joel Jansen (Teck)
What happened to the phyllite? - the conductivity mystery -Chris Wijns (First Quantum)
Borehole 3D EM modeling: Sudbury -Nigel Phillips (Mira)

Panel Discussion & Sundowner

Industrial Workshops

The below industrial workshops are being organised independently by workshop leaders. If you wish to attend any of the below workshops please contact the various workshop leaders directly, contact details available below.

Maxwell Software Workshop (3 days)

Presenter: Noelene Dorn
Date: (Wed-Fri) 22-24 Feb
Time: 8am to 5pm
Venue: TBC (near conference)

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This workshop is designed to get users up and running in using the full functionality of Maxwell in order to improve modelling, interpretation and presentation of their EM data.  Includes importing instrument, TEM and GDB files; cleaning decays; profiles; processing options; synthetic modelling based on geology; and inversion of field data sets - surface, drillhole and airborne surveys.  Aimed at new to intermediate Maxwell software users.
Contact Person (name and email):
Noelene Dorn,

Maxwell Software – CSIRO Interface - Workshop (1 day)

Presenter: Noelene Dorn
Date: (Sat) 25 Feb
Time: 8am to 5pm
Venue: TBC (near conference)

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This workshop is designed to introduce users to Maxwell GUI for utilising the CSIRO modelling algorithms.  Users will generate and manipulate models for each module for forward modelling and some inversion– includes plates in layered earth, layered earth, 2.5D & 3D mesh.  Users must have experience using Maxwell software.
Contact Person (name and email):
Noelene Dorn,

Geologically Constrained Gravity and Magnetic 3D Inversion

Proudly Sponsored by Intrepid Geophysics

Presenter: Intrepid Geophysics
Date: Saturday 25 February 2012
Time: To Be Confirmed
Venue: To Be Confirmed

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3D geology models - and the software that generates them - are changing!
3D GeoModeller is the geophysicist’s modeller. Learn how you can build 3D geology models – rapidly!

In this course you will learn to:

  • set up a 3D GeoModeller project,
  • import your geological field observations and your geophysical data into 3D GeoModeller,
  • build and visualize your initial 3D geology model,
  • review and update your 3D geology model with additional geological data, such as drill hole data and cross sections,
  • compute geophysical responses (gravity, magnetics and geothermal temperature) and run stochastic geophysical gravity and magnetic inversion on your 3D geology model.

The course will feature several hands-on computer-based modelling exercises, and you will receive a fully featured 30-day 3D GeoModeller license to use on your own projects.

For further information contact David Corrigan at

3D Geothermal Temperature Modelling

Proudly Sponsored by Intrepid Geophysics

Presenter: Intrepid Geophysics
Date: Saturday 25 February 2012
Time: To Be Confirmed
Venue: To Be Confirmed

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The one-day course is intended for geologists, geophysicists, engineers, geotechnical scientists, and anyone with an interest in innovative concepts and methods for exploration and development of Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS).

Approximately ½ of the day will comprise technical presentations, and ½ will be led-tutorials, where each participant will work with data to perform geological & geothermal modelling and interpretation exercises on their own laptop computers.

Presentations will cover:
Geothermal project site exploration and development challenges.
Mapping and model-building for EGS project sites.
Principles of heat flow, physical properties assignment in geological model.
High pressure rock behaviour, and fractures in nature.
Managing and interpreting processed induced micro-seismic data sets for the purpose of structural and geological interpretation.
Each participant will receive printed course notes, a CD containing tutorials and data files, and a four week license for the 3D GeoModeller software.

For further information contact David Corrigan at

3D integration of geophysical data sets for exploration and targeting

Presenter: Organised by Mira Geoscience
Date: Saturday 25 February 2012
Venue: Treasury Hotel Brisbane

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This course is designed for geophysicists who want to learn how to properly integrate several streams of exploration data into a consistent numerical 3D earth model that can be used to generate high quality drill-hole targets for mineral exploration. As quantitative data integration is based on a 3D earth models, this course will review cutting edge techniques to build, validate and ultimately update these models to be consistent with potential fields geophysical data. Case studies will be explored using GOCAD/SKUA for rapid 3D geological modelling while magnetics and ground gravity data will be modelled using VPmg. These constitute the toolkit we will use for constrained geophysical inversions. A review of petrophysical analysis and classifications to generate lithology from geophysical inversion results will be included. Integrated models are then analysed using exploratory data analysis methods to highlight spatial and quantitative correlations between model components that will ultimately be used as input criteria for 3D Mineral Potential Mapping aimed at defining drillhole targets.

To register for this workshop please fill in the below registration form and send it to Tim Chalk at

Please click here for the registration form.

Potent users' workshop

Presenter: Richard Almond, Geophysical Software Solutions
Date: Sunday 26 Feb 2012, 0930 - 1700 (provisional)
Time: To Be Confirmed
Venue: To Be Confirmed

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The program will be driven in part by user feedback, but as a start topics might include:

  • Brief overview of using Potent
  • Effective inversion modelling
  • Working with layered models
  • Working with large datasets
  • Some less obvious features
  • The way ahead

For further information contact Richard Alnond at

Introduction to the Aarhus Workbench software for processing, inversion and visualization of Airborne EM data

Proudly Sponsored by Aarhus Geophysics

Presenter: Organised by Aarhus Geophysics
Date: Sunday 26 February 2012
Time: 0900 - 1700
Venue: To Be Confirmed
Cost: $350 per person

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The interactive workshop will present the main features of the Aarhus Workbench, one of the leading software for processing and modeling of geophysical data. It allows detailed processing, accurate inversion and extensive results manipulation of, among the others, AEM data, nested in a GIS environment. The attendees will learn how to carry out different steps of the AEM modeling workflow in the Aarhus Workbench. We will cover AEM system description, data input, processing (editing), inversion set up, inversion evaluation, creation of geophysical themes, maps, and profiles, addition of a-priori to the inversion from e.g., las files, to refine the output. We will use different datasets (time and frequency domain, helicopter and fixed wing) from surveys around the world. Examples are Tempest, Resolve, SkyTEM, VTEM, AeroTEM. The upcoming developments of this ever improving and expanding software will also be presented. The workshop will be based mainly on live demos integrated with relevant presentations. Attendees can bring their laptops, install the software and duplicate some of the demonstration at their will. The workshop will run from 9:00 to 17:00, with lunch and coffee breaks.

For further information contact Andrea Viezzoli at


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