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.
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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.
The workshop will start on Monday 19 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.
ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company/Houston Campus
22777 Springwoods Village Parkway, Spring, Texas 77389
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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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 (Independent Consultant): 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 (Independent Consultant): 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
- Henry Bland (Halliburton): A review of acquisition and monitoring issues for surface and downhole geometries
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): A value example
- Stephen Wilson (Seismogenic): Key value propositions and requirements
To stimulate frank discussion, no proceedings are published.
The Chatham House Rule will be in effect for this workshop. Participants are free to use information disclosed in the workshop, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed.
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- Icebreaker (exclusive)
- Lunch (two available)
- Coffee Breaks (four available)
- General Sponsorship (multiple available)
Schedule of Events
Monday, 19 June 2017
- 11:30 – 11:40AM: Introduction from Workshop Chair Stephen Wilson
- 11:40 – 11:45 AM: Welcome from SEG President Bill Abriel
- 11:45 – 11:50 AM: Grab & Go lunch
- 11:50 – 12:35 PM: Parallel Lunch & Learns
- Engineering & Microseismic
- Passive Seismology
- 12:35 – 12:45 PM: Turnaround Break
- 12:45 – 1:30 PM: Parallel Lunch & Learns
- Engineering & Microseismic
- Microseismic Geomechanics
- 1:30 – 1:35 PM: Introduction to Session 1: Failure mechanisms during hydraulic fracturing
- 1:35 – 1:55 PM: S1 – Real rocks and how they break
- 1:55 – 2:15 PM: S1 – Modelling rocks
- 2:15 – 2:35 PM: S1 – Mechanisms to waveforms
- 2:35 – 2:55 PM: Session 1 - Q&A Panel
- 2:55 – 3:10 PM: Break
- 3:10 – 3:15 PM: Break out Introduction
- 3:15 – 4:00 PM: Break out Discussion
- 4:00 – 4:45 PM: Break out Review
- 4:45 – 5:10 PM: Regroup & Summary
- 5:10 – 6:30 PM: Icebreaker Reception
Tuesday, 20 June 2017
- 8:30 – 8:40 AM: Setting the Scene: Recap of Day 1
- 8:40 – 8:45 AM: Introduction to Session 2
- 8:45 – 9:05 AM: S2 – Passive Seismology: Mechanics & Mechanisms
- 9:05 – 9:25 AM: S2 – Passive Seismology: Location, Location, Location
- 9:25 – 9:45 AM: S2 – Passive Seismology: Detection & Acquisition
- 9:45 – 10:05 AM: Session 2 - Q&A Panel
- 10:05 – 10:20 AM: Break
- 10:20 – 10:25 AM: Break out Introduction
- 10:25 – 11:10 AM: Break out Discussion
- 11:10 – 11:55 AM: Break out Review
- 11:55 – 12:20 PM: Regroup & Summary
- 12:20 – 1:20 PM: Lunch
- 1:20 – 1:25 PM: Introduction to Session 3
- 1:25 – 1:45 PM: S3 – Case Studies
- 1:45 – 2:05 PM: S3 – Case Studies
- 2:05 – 2:25 PM: Session 3 – Q&A Panel
- 2:25 – 2:30 PM: Break
- 2:30 – 2:45 PM: Break out Introduction
- 2:45 – 3:30 PM: Break out Discussion
- 3:30 – 4:15 PM: Break out Review
- 4:15 – 4:40 PM: Regroup & Summary
Wednesday, 21 June 2017
- 8:00 – 8:10 AM: Setting the Scene – Recap of Day 2
- 8:10 – 8:15 AM: Introduction to Session 4
- 8:15 – 8:45 AM: S4 – Value/Integration Optimisation Value
- 8:45 – 9:00 AM: S4 – Value/Integration Optimisation Value
- 9:00 – 10:15 AM: Break out Introduction
- 9:15 – 10:00 AM: Break out Discussion
- 10:00 – 10:15 AM: Break
- 10:15 – 11:00 AM: Break out Review
- 11:00 – 11:25 AM: Regroup & Summary
- 11:25 – 11:50 AM: Workshop Summary