Society of Exploration Geophysicists releases Microseismic Monitoring by Vladimir Grechka and Werner M. Heigl

Written for geophysicists interested in learning and applying advanced microseismic data processing techniques.

Tulsa, OK, 6 September 2017 – Over the past decade, microseismic monitoring, a technology developed for evaluating completions of wells drilled to produce hydrocarbons from unconventional reservoirs, has grown increasingly popular among oil and gas companies. Microseismic Monitoring, by Vladimir Grechka and Werner M. Heigl, discusses how to process microseismic data, what can and cannot be inferred from such data, and to what level of certainty this might be possible. The narrative of the book follows the passage of seismic waves: from a source triggered by hydraulic fracture stimulation, through hydrocarbon-bearing formations, towards motion sensors. The waves’ characteristics encode the location of their source and its focal mechanism. The analysis of various approaches to harvesting the source-related information from microseismic records has singled out the accuracy of the velocity model, fully accounting for the strong elastic anisotropy of hydraulically fractured shales, as the most critical ingredient for obtaining precise source locations and interpretable moment tensors. The ray theory complemented by its modern extensions, paraxial and Fréchet ray tracing, provides the only practical means available today for building such models. The book is written for geophysicists interested in learning and applying advanced microseismic data processing techniques.

Volume Editor Serge Shapiro wrote: “This is an excellent book. It is very useful for geophysicists involved in processing of data of microseismic monitoring. It is really a very good basis for readers who want to understand in detail the modern processing approaches of the method. It is really very good that the SEG has an opportunity to publish this book.”

Vladimir Grechka received his M.S. (1984) in geophysical exploration from Novosibirsk State University, Russia, and a Ph.D. (1990) in geophysics from the Institute of Geophysics, Novosibirsk, Russia. He worked in the same institute from 1984 to 1994 as a research scientist. He was a graduate student at the University of Texas at Dallas from 1994 to 1995. Then Vladimir joined the Department of Geophysics at Colorado School of Mines, where he was an associate research professor and a co-leader of the Center for Wave Phenomena. From 2001 to 2012, Vladimir was a senior geophysicist at Shell. Since 2012, he is a senior technical consultant at Marathon Oil Company, focusing on reservoir characterization with seismic, microseismic, and borehole data. He received the J. Clarence Karcher Award (1997) and the Best Paper in The Leading Edge Award (2013), both from SEG. Vladimir teaches continuing-education courses on seismic anisotropy for SEG and EAGE. 

Werner M. Heigl graduated in 1993 with a Diploma in geology from the University of Munich, Germany. In 1995, he joined Schlumberger Wireline and Testing as a field engineer. Werner worked in many parts of Europe, including the North Sea, as an engineer-in-charge and a borehole seismic specialist. In 2000, he transferred to Trinidad and Tobago, W. I., as a field service manager responsible for logging operations. Werner began his Ph.D. studies at Colorado School of Mines in 2002 and received a Ph.D. in geophysics in 2011. From 2006 to 2017, he worked as a geophysical advisor in Apache Corporation’s technology group. Since 2008, Werner has been involved in designing, recording, and processing of nearly all microseismic data sets acquired by Apache. In 2011, he launched the Microseismic Special Interest Group in Houston, now managed by the Geophysical Society of Houston. Werner is an active participant and organizer of SEG’s meetings and workshops on microseismic.

Microseismic Monitoring can be purchased at SEG members pay US$82, nonmembers US$149. Also available as an e-book. SEG members save 45%.

About the Society of Exploration Geophysicists

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