Annual Conference 2016

Welcome and Overview

We invite you to uncover the future at the DET CRC’s sixth Annual Conference in the Swan Valley, WA.

This Conference provides the opportunity to learn of the progress made by DET CRC projects after approximately 6 years of research. It is clear that the results of DET CRC research will transform the workflow of mineral exploration.

This year’s conference will again be held at the Novotel Vines Resort in the Swan Valley, WA. The Swan Valley is Western Australia’s oldest wine growing region with over 180 years of wine making history. The Swan Valley is where you will experience a colourful blend of history, people, art, world-class wine, gourmet food and fresh produce.

Summary of Key Events

Tuesday 25 October 2016:

  • Petrophysics Appreciation Day
  • MSDP Seismic Workshop
  • Drilling Fluids and Bit/Rock Interaction Workshop
  • Welcome BBQ

Wednesday 26 October 2016:

  • Conferencing Day 1
  • Conference Dinner

Thursday 27 October 2016:

  • Conferencing Day 2
  • Informal Dinner

Friday 28 October 2016:

  • PhD Breakfast (compulsory for all DET CRC PhD students)
  • Science Steering Committee Meeting
  • DET CRC Project Meetings


A draft Programme for the Conference is available to download below:

2016 DET CRC Annual Conference Agenda (56.45 kB)

Last updated 11/10/2016


Petrophysics Appreciation Day

Primary Facilitator(s):
Brett Harris, DET CRC Program Leader
Anton Kepic, DET CRC Project Leader, Curtin University

Tuesday 25 October 2016

Part 1:   09:30 – 11:30
Part 2:   11:45 – 14:45
Part 3:   15:00 – 16:30

Part 1: Australian Resources Research Centre (ARRC), Auditorium, 26 Dick Perry Ave, Kensington
Part 2: The Curtin Universities / NGL Deep Well, Calibration Training and Research Facility
Part 3: Australian Resources Research Centre (ARRC), Auditorium, 26 Dick Perry Ave, Kensington

Free of charge

Recommended For:
All DET CRC Sponsors and geoscientists


This (3 part) full day workshop and equipment demonstration links research on petrophysics completed in DET CRC Project 2.4 and Project 2.2. This includes development of real time drilling equipment for harvesting petrophysical data while drilling (AutoSonde, Autoshuttle), petrophysical approaches to rock mass characterization and petrophysical approaches to cooperative inversion using seismic and MT data. A highlight of the workshop will be a hands-on demonstration of how petrophysical data is acquired along with methods of deployment and calibration of a broad range of in-hole geophysical equipment at the NGL deep well and training facility.

The workshop has three themes:

  1. Petrophysical versus structural approaches to cooperative inversion.
  2. DET CRC technologies for recovering Petrophysical parameters while drilling with demonstrations at a nearby deep well and training facility.
  3. Petrophysics for rock mass characterization.

This workshop aims to provide a complete petrophysical journey; from hands on demonstrations of various petrophysical tools and calibration procedures, to petrophysically constrained cooperative inversion strategies run on supercomputers.

Please note: Participants are welcome to register for any or all sessions. All attendees proceeding to Sessions 2 and 3 must be at ARRC before 11.30am for a short bus transfer and site inductions at the NGL facility.

Agenda coming soon…

MSDP Seismic Workshop

Primary Facilitator:
Andrej Bona, DET CRC Project Leader, Curtin University

Tuesday 25 October 2016

09:00 – 12:00

Australian Resources Research Centre (ARRC), Auditorium, 26 Dick Perry Ave, Kensington (room TBC)

Free of charge

Recommended For:
People interested in outcomes of MSDP seismic deployment

This workshop will cover the outcomes of the MSDP seismic deployment. First we will present the methods used, discuss what worked and what didn’t and why, then we will present the processed images that will be followed by their interpretation. We expect to have robust discussion, specifically about the interpretation of the results.

Agenda coming soon…

Drilling Fluids and Bit/Rock Interaction Workshop

Primary Facilitator:
Masood Mostofi, DET CRC Researcher, Curtin University
Frank Samani, DET CRC Researcher, Curtin University
Thomas Richard, DET CRC Researcher, Epslog

Tuesday 25 October 2016

13:00 – 16:30

Building 619, Curtin University, Kent St, Bentley

Free of charge

Recommended For:
All DET CRC Sponsors, Researchers, PhD students, geologists and engineers


This workshop is focused on two major research areas of drilling research group of Curtin University: drilling fluid and bit/rock interaction. Although, it has theoretical part, the workshop is designed to be practical, where the attendees will observe live drilling and drilling fluid experiments, analyse the data and estimate the field implications.

In this workshop, an introduction to bit/rock interaction and drilling fluid will be presented, which will be followed by practical parts related to PCD and Impregnated Diamond bits drilling, standard drilling fluid testing and engineering calculations to predict the field implications, and finally touching upon few drilling fluid loss strategies.

The attendees are encouraged to bring their laptops for some computation exercises, and due to lab space limitation, unfortunately, the number of attendees is limited to fifteen.

Agenda coming soon…


A range of accommodation has been reserved at the Novotel Vines Resort for conference attendees and can be booked via our online registration form.

Breakfast is included with accommodation. Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided at the workshop and conference venues. The Conference will include three dinners: the Welcome BBQ at the Novotel Vines Resort on Tuesday 25 October from 6.30pm; the main Conference Dinner and Offical CT Rig Launch on Wednesday 26 October 2016 at 6:00pm; and, the Informal Dinner on Thursday 27 October 2016 at the Novotel Vines Resort at 6:00pm.

Coach Transfers:
Coach transfers will be provided free of charge from Novotel Vines Resort to the CT Rig Launch and main Conference Dinner departing at 5:30pm. All other transfers and travel arrangements will be up to delegates to arrange.

If your partner would like to spend some time in the Swan Valley whilst you are at the Conference they are welcome to do so. Please indicate this with respect to accommodation on the registration form. Please note only one breakfast is included per room, additional breakfasts will be at your own cost. Partners are welcome to attend any of the dinners, this can be arranged at a cost to you of $50 for the Welcome BBQ and Informal Dinner & $100 for the main Conference Dinner.




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Please select the appropriate registration category from the below two options:

DET CRC Participants & Affiliates

(Any employee of a DET CRC Participant or Affiliate organisation, excluding those who are researchers on DET CRC projects)

DET CRC Researchers, PhD Students & Employees

(Any person working as a researcher/PhD on a DET CRC Project, and DET CRC employees/Directors)













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