Annual Conference 2011


We invite you to uncover the future at the first annual conference of the DET CRC at Hahndorf in the Adelaide Hills.  This is a chance to learn of the progress made by CRC projects after their first year’s research.  It is already clear that the results of DET CRC research will transform the workflow of mineral exploration.  The conference is also an opportunity for participants, affiliates and researchers to learn about and influence the future plans of the CRC.

Apart from its picturesque, near-city location, we have chosen Hahndorf as the venue for our first conference because of its proximity to the DET CRC’s Drilling Research and Training Facility at Brukunga.

While the majority of the conference is only open to CRC sponsors and researchers, the last day (Wednesday 23 November) is open to all.There are many facets to the conference and key events are summarised below (see the Programme for more detailed information).

  •  Field Trip on Exploration Geochemistry of the Cover of the Southern Olympic Domain
  • Workshop on Seismic Exploration in the Hard Rock Environment
  • DET CRC Project Presentations
  • DET CRC Project Review Sessions
  • Launch of Brukunga Drilling Research and Training Facility and Demonstrations
  • Affiliate Session
  • Science Steering Committee Meeting
  • Conference Dinner
  • Open Day:  State-of-the-Art and View-of-the-Future Sessions
  • Optional Visit to Boart Longyear’s new Adelaide Airport facility and DET CRC Offices

One of the Adelaide Hills’ most loved towns, Hahndorf is Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement.There is a strong German flavour in Hahndorf, most evident in the smallgoods outlets and German bakeries on the main street.  Monday night’s informal dinner will sample that flavour at the German Arms Hotel.

There are also several good winery cellar doors in the area (Nepenthe, Shaw and Smith and The Lane are within five minutes drive of Hahndorf) and Tuesday night’s conference dinner will be at the Bird in Hand Winery.  If time permits, visit the former home and studio of artist Sir Hans Heysen, The Cedars, for a guided tour of this gracious old home which houses a fine collection of paintings and drawings


The conference Programme can be accessed via the below link

DET CRC Uncovering the Future I – Programme (108.77 kB)

Field Trip and Workshops

Exploration Geochemistry of the Deep Cover of the Southern Olympic Domain IOCG Province

Instructors:     Steve Hill, James Cleverley, Byron Dietman, Louise Fisher & David Giles
Date:               Sunday 20 November
Time:              7.30 am – 5.30 pm
Location:         Pick up from Adelaide City location 7.30am, drop off in Adelaide 5.30pm
Open To:         Employees of all DET CRC Participants and Affiliates and DET CRC-supported PhD students
Cost:               Free

Recommended For: 
Geophysicists, explorationists and exploration managers who want to see the deep cover first-hand and how this relates to the geochemical expression of buried mineralisation.

Aims and Content: 
This field trip will focus on deep cover exposures near Rex Minerals’ Hillside Cu-Au prospect.  It will showcase recent research findings on the geochemical expression of mineralisation within the deep cover sediments as well as ways to describe, sample and analyse this cover (including pXRF and discussion of progress towards “lab on the rig” analysis).  Field sites will mostly be coastal cliff exposures as well as some roadside stops near the Hillside Prospect, as well (of course) the prize winning Ardrossan Bakery.

Steve Hill is leader of DET CRC Project 3.3 ‘Geochemical Sampling the Deep Cover’.  He is Senior Lecturer in Regolith Geology at the University of Adelaide.  He currently supervises a group of 6 DET CRC PhD students researching the geochemistry of deep cover within South Australia.  Previously Steve completed a PhD at the Australian National University and BSc (Hons) at the University of Melbourne.  His previous research has been closely involved with the CRC LEME, where he was also the Education & Training Program Leader.  Previous research projects have been on regolith and landscape evolution in the Curnamona Province, Gawler Craton, Thomson Orogen, Lachlan Orogen and Tanami region.

James Cleverley is a senior geochemist at CSIRO, Leader of the Mineral Systems and Targeting research stream in MDU, and Leader of DET CRC Project 3.2 ‘Hypogene Alteration’.  His research interests focus on aspects of hydrothermal geochemistry in mineral systems applied to exploration, and he has experience in a wide range of commodities including gold, base metals and uranium.  Working as a post-doc and later program leader in the Predictive Mineral Discovery CRC at James Cook University then CSIRO was a good introduction to Australian ore deposits.  James is a pom but has been here long enough to support Australia in the last ashes.

Seismic Data Acquisition, Processing and Interpretation in the Hard Rock Environment

Instructor:      Milovan Urosevic
Date:              Sunday 20 November
Time:              2:00-5:00 pm
Location:        To be confirmed Adelaide City or Hahndorf, Adelaide Hills
Open To:        Employees of all DET CRC Participants and Affiliates and DET CRC-supported PhD students
Cost:               Free

Recommended For: 
Geophysicists, explorationists and exploration managers concerned with the potential of seismic methods in hard rock mineral exploration.

Aims and Content:  
This workshop will review the basic principles of the seismic reflection method in relation to its application for mineral exploration via consideration of the following topics. Why is hard rock seismic exploration different from petroleum seismic exploration? What are the issues specifics to hard environments? Can excessive geological complexity be resolved by conventional seismic? Can we and how to counteract intrinsically low reflectivity and typically high ambient noise? Is 3D seismic necessary for hard rock environments?  Field examples will be shown and discussed.

Milovan Urosevic received BSc (Hons) in geophysics from the University of Belgrade in 1980, MSc in geophysics from the University of Houston in 1985 and PhD in geophysics from the Curtin University of Technology in 2000. He acquired over ten years of industry experience working in areas of seismic data processing, AVO, inversion, application of seismic attributes and seismic anisotropy for rock characterisation. After joining Curtin University in 1991 he has taken part in various industry projects related to the application of high-resolution seismic methods, multi-component seismology, borehole seismic methods, seismic anisotropy, coal and hard rock seismic data processing. He is a member of ASEG, EAGE and SE


A range of accommodation has been reserved in Hahndorf.  If you are from a Participant or an Affiliate company please indicate your in and out dates and the type/price of accommodation you wish.  If you are a DET CRC researcher please just indicate your in and out dates.

Breakfast is included with all accommodation.  Lunches will be provided at the conference and there is an informal dinner at the German Arms Hotel on Monday 21st and a conference dinner at the Bird in Hand Winery on Tuesday 22nd.  Please advise on the registration form if you have any special dietary requirements.

Transfers will be arranged leaving Adelaide Airport at 9am on Monday 21st (allowing fly-ins that morning from the east coast) and leaving Hahndorf at 5.30pm on Wednesday 23rd.  The transfer should take approximately 45 minutes.  Please advise on the registration form if you wish to book a place on either or both of these transfers.

If you wish to transfer to Hahndorf at other times, you should make your own arrangements.  A hire car may be the best option if you are transferring at other times as it is 35 km from the airport to Hahndorf.  However, Hahndorf can also be reached by public transport (bus), transfer services such as the Adelaide Airport Flyer ( and taxis.

Transfers will also be arranged from Hahndorf for the short trips to the Launch of the Brukunga Drilling Research and Training Facility and the Conference Dinner at Bird in Hand Winery.  If you book for these events you will automatically be booked on the associated transfers.

While the majority of the conference is only open to CRC sponsors and researchers, the last day (Wednesday 23 November) is open to all.  There is a $110 charge for those who are not sponsors or researchers of DET CRC to attend the final day of the conference.

DET CRC will meet all conference costs for researchers and will meet all conference costs except accommodation for those from Participant and Affiliate companies of DET CRC (i.e. DET CRC will meet the costs of transfers and of conference lunches and dinners for those from Participant and Affiliate companies).

If your partner would like to spend some time in the beautiful Adelaide Hills while you are at the conference then they would be most welcome.  Please indicate this with respect to accommodation on the registration form. Please note only 1 breakfast is included per a room, additional breakfasts will be at your own cost.

We would also be delighted if partners wish to attend either of both of the dinners.  Please just indicate if your partner would like to attend either or both dinners on the registration form. The extra cost per person is $25 for the Informal Dinner and $50 for the Conference Dinner.


DET CRC First Annual Conference – Photos

Program and Project Leader Presentations

Formal Dinner