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PESA WA: Field Trip | ISL visit and Harvey core workshop – 8th April

Friday, 8 April, 2022 @ 7:00 am - 6:00 pm (Australia/Perth time)

$100.00 – $200.00

Guest Speaker(s): Darren Ferdinando and Vincent Crombez

Darren Ferdinando gained his BSc (Hons) & PhD from the University of Western Australia. He initially worked for the GSWA before moving to explore the Perth Basin with Arc Energy. After a successful period with Arc, he then took up an offer he could not refuse, joining Murphy Oil’s newly opened Australia office and worked across the Browse, Bonaparte and Perth Basins, as well as New Zealand’s offshore basins, the Great Australian Bight and the Vulcan Sub-basin. After Murphy Oil circled the wagons, closed the Perth office and headed back to Houston in 2019, he started his own consultancy, Basin Science, which specialises in regional play mapping across Australian Basins. Darren recently started a long term contract with Geoscience Australia as a Resource Assessment Specialist focusing on play mapping of conventional and unconventional resources, carbon capture & storage sites and identifying areas for hydrogen generation and storage over eastern Australian basins.

He has run a number of field trips for PESA to the northern Perth Basin over the decades and along with his trusty companion Vincent also runs the PESA-WA Sedimentology and Stratigraphy Interest Group (SSIG) meetings roughly once every two months at the GSWA Core Library looking at a varied assortment of core from across Western Australia’s sedimentary basins.

He is a Fellow of PESA and a member of AAPG.

  Vincent Crombez is a geoscientist with a sedimentology, geochemistry and numerical modelling background. He gained is BSc and MSc from UniLaSalle in France and completed a PhD at IFP Energie Nouvelles in 2016. His research mainly focusses on sedimentary basins with a special interest in understanding their evolution and the distribution of sedimentary heterogeneities. Throughout his work and academic career, he has gained a breadth of experience working with integrated workflows, combining field geology, laboratory analysis, and numerical modelling. Previously, he has worked on different basins, located in various countries including Canada, Argentina, Greece, Morocco and Australia. Vincent currently works for the CSIRO Mineral Resources in Perth as a Senior Research Scientist. Vincent is a member of the PESA WA committee and a representative for the Asia Pacific Region to the AAPG House of Delegates. Over the past two years he co-chaired with Darren Ferdinando more than a dozen Sedimentology and Stratigraphy Interest Group (SSIG) meetings.

Investigating the role of faults in CCS projects, insights from the Insitu-lab research facility

8th April 2022

PESA WA Sedimentology and Stratigraphy Interest Group (SSIG) and Energy Transition Special Interest Group (ETSIG) are inviting you to their first joint event focussing on the In Situ Lab (ISL) field research facility. In the morning, attendees will be visiting the field site co-located at the South West Hub Harvey 2 well site near Harvey, where CSIRO will be presenting how the infrastructure is used to demonstrate monitoring technologies and investigate the impact of faults on CCS projects.

In the afternoon, the attendees will be looking at cores from the South West Hub CCS Harvey wells in the format of the, well established, SSIG core workshop. By looking at these cored intervals, attendees will be able to better grasp the heterogeneities in the targeted Lesueur reservoirs, but also the contact to the above formation and the effect of fault zones on CO2 pathways. The day will finish at the Balmoral hotel for networking drinks.

Transport, lunch, and coffee breaks will be organised by PESA.  As this is a CSIRO site, masks will have to be worn and proof of double vaccination will be required to enter the site.

• 7:00: Attendees to gather at the Carlisle core library
• 7:30: Attendees to leave the core library for the ISL.
• 9:00-11:00: ISL visit
• 12:45: Attendees to return to the core library for lunch
• 13:15-15:45 Core Workshop
• 16:00-18:00: Networking drinks at the Balmoral Hotel


Ticket Prices:

Member: $200.00

Student Member: $100.00

Tickets sales close 5pm 6th April.


For more information or questions about the trip, please contact your field trip leaders Vincent Crombez ( or Darren Ferdinando (


Friday, 8 April, 2022
7:00 am - 6:00 pm
(Australia/Perth time)
$100.00 – $200.00
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