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GSV Media Release 11/05/18

The Geological Survey of Victoria recently completed 511km of surveying across Victoria’s high-country.

Using vibroseis trucks geoscientists have been able to map to a depth of 40 kilometres below the Earth’s surface, to understand how the state evolved from an ocean 500 million years ago to the landscape of today.

Read the full media release: Geologists Get a Deep Understanding of Victoria’s East

Vibroseis truck used in GSV’s deep seismic program in 2017 – 2018. Image: GSV

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AuScope Announcement 17/05/18

AuScope receives new funding in Budget 2018 to support medium-term infrastructure operation

AuScope congratulates NCRIS on $1.9B of new funding that was announced under the Australian Government’s new Research Infrastructure Investment Plan this week. This brings the total government investment to $4.1B over a twelve year period. Of this, AuScope welcomes $1.5M of new capital funding to join $40M of pre-existing funding for operations across its current portfolio in the next five years.

“Continuity of operational funding for AuScope over the next five years will ensure that Australia’s earth and geospatial science research infrastructure facilities continue to support the outstanding research that is being undertaken in the Earth’s most unique natural laboratory– the Australian Continent” says Dr Tim Rawling, CEO of AuScope Limited.

This investment in Earth and Geospatial Sciences research infrastructure over the medium-term provides AuScope with an opportunity to review its infrastructure programs, and to develop a strategic investment plan to meet Australia’s Geoscience research infrastructure needs of the coming decade.

AuScope’s latest plans for investment in substantial, new world-leading infrastructure and technologies that will underpin world leading industries in mining, energy, water and environment, will continue to be developed in order to be implemented when additional funding becomes available toward the end of the current, five year investment cycle.

To this end, and together with the nation’s Earth and Geospatial Sciences community, AuScope will now prepare to secure the next stage of investment over the next 18 months, starting with an independent review of its programs in June 2018, and community-wide Strategy Workshop in October 2018.

As always, AuScope is committed to creating a sustainable and equitable future for all Australians by understanding and innovating with the precious resources and Earth systems of the Australian continent.


For press enquiries, please contact Jo Condon, AuScope Marketing Manager ––––– 0435 218 480


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AuScope Budget 2018 Announcement – 17052018

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AuScope Announcement 16/02/18

New big data platform to revolutionise geoscience in Australia with $865,000 of new funding


AuScope will lead a group of Australian research infrastructure organisations to bring together a vast collection of previously incompatible geoscience datasets that scientists can use to improve our understanding of the Earth beneath us.

The result for Australia will be improved earth monitoring, underpinning civil, mining, agriculture and environmental stewardship, as well as improved detection, extraction and protection of energy, water and mineral resources.

This innovative undertaking will be funded by $425,000 from Federal Government’s Australian National Data Service (ANDS), the National eResearch Collaboration Tools and Resources (Nectar) and Research Data Services (RDS), and supported by $440,000 of co-investment by the project’s collaborating partners*.

The project will be managed by CSIRO who developed the related AuScope Virtual Geophysical Laboratory and GRID technologies, in collaboration with Geoscience Australia and the State Geological Surveys.

The first step in the five-year AuScope Virtual Research Environments (AVRE) plan is to build a Data-enhanced Virtual Laboratory (DeVL) that will provide researchers with seamless access to data, tools and compute resources via a single portal and related services.

AuScope CEO Dr Tim Rawling says the funding announcement has given AuScope the opportunity to meet the evolving needs of Australian researchers as they more deeply analyse increasingly complex geoscience data.

“This new initiative will enable a new capability for data discovery and computational analysis that underpins the next stage of innovation and scientific discovery,” he said.

“For a long time, we have been making data downloadable from a network of geological data stores, but to be able to bring together datasets from all over Australia into a single integrated Big Data platform, and transform the data to be ready for new tools, software and analysis methods is a huge step forward.”

AVRE and DeVL will boost productivity, says Dr Lesley Wyborn from the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI).

“Currently there is no way to readily discover relevant geoscience datasets from multiple locations in Australia,” Dr Wyborn said.

“Even if you can find them, inconsistent data descriptions and formats mean that up to 80% of data processing effort is spent cleaning and converting data before it can be reused.

“Making the data better organised, and having the software ready to process the online data will mean that researchers can focus much more on their scientific investigations and spend less time on finding and accessing the data and tools they require.”

*The AuScope Virtual Research Environments project partners include:

  • AuScope
  • University of Adelaide
  • ANSIR Research Facilities for Earth Sounding
  • Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
  • The Australian National Data Service (ANDS)
  • Curtin University
  • Geoscience Australia (GA)
  • The University of Melbourne
  • National Computational Infrastructure (NCI)
  • Research School of Earth Sciences (RSES), ANU
  • State and Territory Geological Surveys
  • Thermochronology and Noble Gas Geochronology and Geochemistry Organisation (TANG3O)
  • University of Sydney

ANDS, Nectar, RDS, NCI and Auscope are projects of the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) program, an initiative of the Commonwealth Department of Education and Training.


For press enquiries, please contact Jo Condon, AuScope Marketing Manager ––––– 0435 218 480


The DeVL project builds on the AuScope Portal, the Virtual Core Library, the Scientific Software Solution Centre, and the Virtual Geophysics Laboratory, all heavily developed by CSIRO in collaboration with Geoscience Australia and the State Geological Surveys over the last decade.

The AVRE project extends the scope of existing eResearch infrastructure to capabilities and partners not previously involved in prior projects with AuScope and ANDS, Nectar and RDS.

This leads to a more coherent and integrated geoscience eResearch platform addressing a broader range of research sector and industry needs.

The project will enable the provision of new data types in a FAIR way (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable). It will also utilise unique, International Geo Sample Number identifiers (IGSN) for physical geochemical samples collected by the academic community.

A driver for the creation of AVRE has been the 2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap which states that, to secure global leadership for the Earth Sciences over the next decade, Australia must now “enhance integration of existing data and mathematical modelling across large geographical areas to establish the next generation of ‘inward looking telescopes’ to better understand the evolution Earth’s crust and the resources contained within it”.


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AuScope Media Release 16-02-18 – Geo DeVL

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GSV Media Release 23/01/18

The Geological Survey of Victoria is set to study Victoria’s north-east mountain region to a depth of 50 kilometres below the Earth’s surface, to understand how the state evolved from an ocean 500 million years ago to the landscape of today.

Victoria 500 Million Years In The Making – 70 Days To Map

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Shake, Rattle and Roll: ANU on AuSIS

An ANU-coordinated program that will establish a network of 40 seismometers in schools across Australia by 2014 will be launched at Melrose High School tomorrow by Senator Kate Lundy. Melrose High School is one of the pilot sites in AuScope’s Australian Seismometers in Schools (AuSIS) network. The AuSIS program started in January, with four test instruments installed in the ACT, including two in high schools – one in Melrose High School and the other in Daramalan College.

Dr Natalie Balfour from the Research School of Earth Sciences, part of the ANU College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, coordinates the program.

“The program allows students to apply what they learn in earth sciences and physics to what they record with the seismometer. It inspires the next generation of geoscientists. They’re amazed at how they can record seismic waves at their school from earthquakes as far away as Chile,” Dr Balfour said.

“Earthquakes that we don’t hear about on the news happen all the time – in the ocean, in unpopulated areas – and students can raise community awareness of regional earthquakes. They get so excited when they check the monitors to see if there’s been an earthquake – or if it was just a car or truck going past.” ANU Professor Malcolm Sambridge, AuSIS program director, said the data that will be sent from the network of schools to international data centres in near real time will help to image the earth’s interior in three dimensions. The data will also be accessible to seismologists the world over.

Dr Bob Haydon, CEO of AuScope, said the project will link into national infrastructure for earth observation and monitoring. “Perhaps the most under-appreciated of the characteristics of the Australian crust is its stability. Australian communities will require increasingly better understanding of stability and spatial positioning in order to develop many of our new resource systems whether water, minerals or energy related,” he said.

“Strategies to utilise these resources must be underpinned by the highest quality geo-scientific information, which will be only delivered through improved monitoring networks. Only then can decisions be made that will foster sustainable development of the resource into the future, whilst delivering the highest possible value to society and the environment.”
The network is part of the Australian Geophysical Observatory Program (AGOS) and is funded under the Education Investment Fund. AuScope was awarded $23m for the AGOS Program and $1.7m of the overall investment has been directed to the Australian Education Observatory that runs the AuSIS project.

To arrange interviews with Dr Natalie Balfour, Professor Malcolm Sambridge and Dr Bob Haydon, contact Helen Keogh on 0402 401 735.

For media assistance: Sarina Talip ANU media – 02 6125 7988 / 0416 249 241

WHAT: Launch of the AuScope AuSIS Seismometers in Schools Network
WHEN: 10am, Thursday 31 May
WHERE: Melrose High School, Marr Street, Pearce


Click here to download: ANU AuSIS media alert

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National Observing System to Probe Earth: Minister Carr on AGOS

Joint media release with the Parliamentary Secretary for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, the Hon Maxine McKew MP

The Australian Government will invest $23 million in a new Australian Geophysical Observing System (AGOS) to increase our understanding of the earth’s crust and its resources.

AuScope Limited, a consortium of 23 universities, government bodies and research organisations, will develop the revolutionary system.

Australian Government funding is through the Education Investment Fund (EIF) Round 3.

The AGOS will have infrastructure across Australia. Key sites will include Macquarie University in North Ryde NSW, the University of Melbourne in Parkville and the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra.

“The AGOS will be the first national subsurface observatory capable of monitoring the physical state of the Australian continent,” Senator Carr said.

“Spreading AGOS across Australia will maximise scientific returns and support for the massive geo-engineering projects now being considered – such as deep geothermal drilling.

“Australia is already a recognised world leader in geoscience, and this investment will help us remain at the forefront of this increasingly important field.”

The Government’s $23 million investment is leveraging a further $82 million from the project partners: AuScope, the University of Melbourne, the ANU, the University of Queensland, the University of Adelaide, Curtin University, Geoscience Australia, Primary Industry Resources SA, Geoscience Victoria, Petratherm, and Geological Survey Queensland.

“This project is an outstanding example of strategic collaboration across sectors,” Senator Carr said.

Federal Member for Bennelong, Maxine McKew, said Macquarie University will host the Geophysical Education Observatory component of the AuScope AGOS EIF project.

“Macquarie University is the perfect location to host one of AGOS’s major sites,” Ms McKew said.
Macquarie’s role will include developing real-time digital connections to AGOS through the seismometers-in-schools program.

“This will be a unique opportunity to integrate scientific research and education by engaging students, teachers and the public in an experiment that is going on across the country,” said Ms McKew.

“I look forward to seeing the benefits this project will bring to my local community,” Ms McKew said.

The Government has committed more than $4 billion from the EIF since 2008, to build a modern, productive, internationally competitive Australian economy. EIF is supporting world-leading, strategically-focused infrastructure investments that will transform Australian tertiary education and research.

To learn more about the EIF, go to

Media contacts: Patrick Pantano, Senator Carr’s Office, 0417 181 936 Erin Dale, Ms McKew’s Office, 0418 339 582

Click here to download: Minister Carr’s AGOS press release


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AuScope wins $23million EIF bid to establish AGOS


Successful EIF bid announcement

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Second side of telescope triangle completed


Second side of telescope triangle completed
The University of Tasmania

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VIC’s Mineral deposits available for the world to see


VIC’s Mineral deposits available for the world to see
Victorian Department of Primary Industries

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New telescope dish installation at UTAS MT Pleasant Observatory


New telescope dish installation at UTAS MT Pleasant Observatory
The University of Tasmania

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