Australasian Exploration Geoscience Conference (AEGC) 2019

The School congratulates Ph.D. candidates, Patrick Makuluni on being awarded the Best Student Energy Poster Award and Ankita Singh for receiving the Best Student Environmental/Engineering Award for her Oral Presentation at the Australasian Exploration Geoscience Conference (AEGC) 2019 held at Crown Perth from 2nd September to 5th September.

Patrick is an early stage PhD student supervised by Dr. Stuart Clark (UNSW MERE) and Dr. Juerg Hauser (CSIRO).  His poster titled ‘The impact and causes of subsidence in the Exmouth sub-basin, Northern Carnarvon Basin,’ talks about a novel algorithm applied to improve the accuracy of subsidence analysis within sedimentary basins. His algorithm has successfully quantified the temporal and spatial variability of compaction and subsidence in the sub-basin. This analysis is crucial to understand the resource potential of Exmouth sub-basin. 

Ankita Singh is a final year PhD student supervised by Dr. Peyman Mostaghimi, Prof. Klaus Regenauer-Lieb and Dr. Ryan Armstrong.  Her oral presentation titled, ‘Investigation of rock micro-CT images using pattern recognition techniques,’ provides a new perspective on information that can be extracted from raw micro-CT rock images. By adopting feature extraction techniques from medical and remote sensing disciplines, Ankita’s presentation showed that we can estimate representative elementary volumes (REVs) for the rock images at pore-scale. Not only this, her techniques are proven to be less subjective and less time-consuming as compared to the traditional techniques. The preliminary results of her PhD has been published by the Water Resources Research journal that can be downloaded here.


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