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Our facilities

The Department of Exploration Geophysics is co-located with CSIRO in the modern Australian Resource Research Centre (ARRC) building complex, Technology Park West, Kensington, Western Australia. We have a range of facilities available that support our teaching and research requirements.

Access to our area is gained via the rear (Curtin) entrance in the ARRC building complex. The building is a secured facility so you will need to contact our reception using the grey phone on the walkway adjacent to the entrance to gain access. There is a brief menu on the phone that describes its use.

Field equipment

A major part of geophysics involves the collection of reliable, high-quality data. To assist in the teaching and research process, the Department owns and operates a great range of geophysical field equipment. Students become familiar with current exploration instrumentation while researchers benefit by being able to collect their own data.

This equipment includes ~5000 channel Sercel and 1200 channel Seistronix Seismic Systems, Inova Univibes and weight drop seismic sources, a 10 level 3C VSP tool, AGI Supersting and Syscal Pro 72 Resistivity sets, SMARTem and GDP 32 electromagnetic receivers, in-house EM transmitters and RVR receivers, a Mala GPR system, a Phoenix MT, EM and IP system and GEM GSM19 magnetometers.


The Department has a dedicated rock physics laboratory, a geophysical instrument development laboratory and a full mechanical workshop, which support our teaching and research requirements. In addition to these facilities, we also maintain a 900 m deep fibreglassed, cased borehole.

Computing environment

We have one computer laboratory located in our Department in the ARRC building, as well as a number of PC laboratory workstations in another room for use by students when the main laboratory is in use.

The Geophysics PC laboratory workstations are installed with current operating systems and the latest office automation and geophysical software applications from leading software vendors such as CGG Veritas, Geosoft, Landmark, Paradigm, Schlumberger and many others. Students and researchers have access to a wide range of industry-standard geophysical acquisition, processing and modelling software.

Local shared file and printing resources are also available as well as access to two dedicated Geophysics Redhat Linux computer clusters (up to 288 cores) and access to the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre facilities (up to 100,000 cores).