Microseismic Technology and Hydraulic Fracture Mechanisms

19-21 June 2017 | Spring, Texas, USA

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19-21 June 2017
ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company | Spring, Texas, USA

The Microseismic Technology and Hydraulic Fracture Mechanisms workshop will explore the challenges of understanding the microseismic observations that we make, the geomechanical reality of rock failure during hydraulic fracturing and how that information can be integrated into a useful engineering model.

The workshop aims to maximize the exchange of ideas among attendees and presenters through brief technical presentations followed by extended Q&A periods. By describing highly focused session topics we hope to attract an informed audience eager to discuss issues critical to advancing both technology and best practices.


Stephen Wilson (Chair) – Seismogenic 
Julie Shemeta (Co-Chair) - MEQ Geo, Inc.

Craig Cipolla - Hess Corporation
Cody Comiskey – Anadarko Petroleum
Jing Du – Total S.A.
Bill Ellsworth - Stanford University
Vladimir Grechka - Marathon Oil Corporation
Werner Heigl – Apache Corporation
Julie Shemeta - Meq Geo Inc
Ulrich Zimmer – Shell International
Kay Baker – Society of Exploration Geophysicists / Global Event Manager
Jenny Cole – Society of Exploration Geophysicists / Technical Program Planner
Lance Cole  - Society of Exploration Geophysicists / Staff Liaison


Who should attend

The workshop is designed for an inter-disciplinary audience including engineers, seismologists and geomechanicians from service companies, operators and academia.

Download a letter you can provide to your supervisor to highlight the benefits of your attendance at this workshop.

Benefits of attending

Anyone with an interest in using microseismic data to make critical valuable reservoir decisions will take away new knowledge and awareness of this valuable reservoir diagnostic technique.

Workshop schedule

The workshop will start on Monday 19th June with a double keynote lunch and learn taking place in 2 parallel sessions over 90 minutes. These keynote talks will cover (i) passive seismology, (ii) engineering and microseismics, and (iii) microseismic geomechanics. Each attendee will be able to see any two out of the three introductory keynote Lunch and Learns.

  • Monday, 19 June: Registration, Keynote Lunch and Learns; Session 1; Icebreaker
  • Tuesday, 20 June: Sessions 2 and 3;
  • Wednesday, 21 June: Session 4 and wrap-up before 1pm

Visa Information/Invitation Letter

Participants in the workshop may generate an official invitation letter from SEG. This form will generate a letter which you can print and use if required. For Visa requirements for entering the United States, contact the US embassy for nearest you. Please note that SEG does not guarantee that you will be granted a visa, nor does it commit SEG to pay any expenses you may incur. It is the sole responsibility of the attendee to obtain the necessary paperwork for entry to US.

Meeting Venue

ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company/Houston Campus

A state-of-the-art campus is home to Upstream, Downstream and Chemicals companies and associated service groups.  The campus is located on 385 wooded acres immediately to the west of Interstate Highway 45 (I-45), at the intersection of I-45 and the Hardy Toll Road, approximately 25 miles from the cultural vibrancy of downtown Houston.

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Technical Program

The workshop will start with a series of lunch and learn presentations that take place in 2 parallel sessions over 90 minutes. These include talks from:

  • Dr. Shawn Maxwell  (President and CTO for IMaGE): An Introduction to Passive Seismology
  • Dr. Jennifer Miskimins (Associate Professor. Dept. Petroleum Engineering, Colorado School of Mines): Engineering and Microseismics
  • Dr. Mark Mack (Director of Geomechanics for IMaGE): Reservoir geomechanics and microseismics

Each attendee will be able to see any two out of these three introductory keynote presentations. These provide a foundation to each of the main sessions and are designed to facilitate interdisciplinary knowledge building.

Main Technical Sessions

Session 1: Failure mechanisms during hydraulic fracturing

  • Professor Brad Hager (Director of Earth Resources Laboratory, MIT): How do rocks really break? - Observations from lab and field experiments
  • Dr Mark Mack (Director of Geomechanics for IMaGE): Modelling of hydraulic fracture propagation - Why is it so hard?
  • Dr Eric Dunham (Associate Professor, Stanford University): The physics of hydraulic fracture failure mechanisms

Session 2: Passive microseismics

  • Professor Doug Dreger (Associate Professor. UC Berkeley). The other side of the mechanism divide: moment tensors and anisotropy
  • Professor Steven W Roecker (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute): Location, location, location: Improving interpretation by understanding and mitigating error
  • TBC: Acquisition and monitoring

Session 3: Case studies and engineering decision making

  • Dr Jamie Rich (Senior Geophysicist: Devon Energy): A Meramec case study integrating fiber optic and traditional microseismic data
  • Ulrich Zimmer (Senior Geophysicist: Shell International): Using Microseismic data to help with co-development decisions
  • Oscar Quezada (Sr. Staff Geophysicist: Anadarko Petroleum): A Microseismic Analysis of Slick Water Completions in Formations with Contrasting Geomechanical Properties, DJ Basin, CO

Session 4: Value and integration

  • Craig Cipolla (Senior Completions Engineering Advisor at Hess Corporation)

To stimulate frank discussion, no proceedings are published.

The Chatham House Rule will be in effect for this workshop.  Participants are free to use the information received, both neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor any of any other participant, may be revealed.

Sponsorship Opportunities

To maximize exposure and visibility for our partners, we offer an array of unique sponsorship opportunities designed to suit a range of budgets with target specific audiences for optimum return on investment. For a list of sponsorship opportunities and an application form for sponsorship, see the Sponsorship Brochure or contact us at jcole@seg.org for additional information.

  • Icebreaker (exclusive)
  • Lunch (two available)
  • Coffee Breaks (four available)
  • General Sponsorship (multiple available)

Schedule of Events

Monday, 19 June 2017

  • 11:30 am - Introduction from Workshop Chair Stephen Wilson
  • 11:40 am - Welcome from SEG President Bill Abriel
  • 11:45 am - Parallel Lunch & Learns: Engineering & Microseismicity/ Passive microseismology
  • 12:35 pm - Break
  • 12:45 pm - Parallel Lunch & Learns: Microseismic Geomechanics/ Engineering & Microseismicity
  • 1:30 pm - Introduction to Session 1
  • 1:35 pm - Session 1: Failure mechanisms during hydraulic fracturing
  • 2:35 pm - Session 1 - Q&A Panel
  • 2:55 pm - Break
  • 3:10 pm - Break-out for Session 1 including regroup and summary
  • 5:30 pm - Icebreaker Reception

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

  • 8:30 am - Recap of Day 1
  • 8:40 am - Introduction to Session 2
  • 8:45 am - Session 2: Passive microseismics
  • 9:45 am - Session 2 - Q&A Panel
  • 10:05 am - Break
  • 10:20 am - Break-out for Session 2 including regroup and summary
  • 12:20 pm - Lunch
  • 1:20 pm - Introduction to Session 3
  • 1:25 pm - Session 3 - Case Studies and engineering decision making
  • 2:05 pm - Session 3 - Q&A Panel
  • 2:25 pm - Break
  • 2:30 pm - Break-out for Session 3 including regroup and summary
  • 5:00 pm - Day 2 Close

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

  • 8:00 am - Setting the Scene – Recap of Day 2
  • 8:10 am - Introduction to Session 4
  • 8:15 am - Session 4 – Value and Integration
  • 8:55 am - Break
  • 9:10 am - Break-out for Session 4 including regroup and summary
  • 10:55 am - Break
  • 11:30 am - Workshop summary
  • 12:30 pm - Lunch
  • 1:30 pm - Workshop close
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