SEG Forum on Passive Seismic

19–21 June 2019 | Santa Fe, New Mexico

This forum has been cancelled.

About

19–21 June 2019
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Project Objective

This high level, two-and-a-half day forum includes quality speakers, interaction, and networking to help improve understanding of how microseismic events can be used to characterize the productive hydraulic fracture networks.

Who Should Attend?

Engineers, Geophysicists/Geologists, Fracture Modelers, Geomechanics Experts, E&P Operators, and Academia

What is the most significant contribution of this event and how does it differ from similar events?

There are still widely differing views on how microseismic events can be used to characterize the extent and properties of hydraulically-induced fracture networks and their productive behavior. This forum brings together leading experts from industry, service companies, operators, and academia to discuss the latest findings on this topic and to generate some alignment on validated, plausible, and speculative applications of passive seismic data.

Committee Chair:
Ulrich Zimmer, Shell

Committee Co-Chairs:

Jim Rutledge, Schlumberger
Julie Shemeta, MEQ Geo

Committee Members:
Jing Du, TOTAL SA
David Eaton, University of Calgary
William Ellsworth, Stanford
Werner Heigl, NanoSeis
Dan Hollis, Sisprobe
Matt Lee, Anadarko
Shawn Maxwell, Newfield Exploration
Serge Shapiro, Freie Universität Berlin
Stephen Wilson, Seismogienic
Yang Zhao, Aramco Services
Lance Cole, SEG Liaison
Kay Baker, SEG Liaison

Forum Venue

Drury Plaza Hotel in Santa Fe
828 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe, NM 87501

A historic renovation, the Drury Plaza Hotel in Santa Fe offers unique accommodations like private terraces and premium suites. The hotel is LEED® Certified by the U.S. Green Building Council for energy-efficiency in the design and features the on-property restaurant, Eloisa. The hotel is located within walking distance of the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum and the Plaza in downtown Santa Fe, and is a short drive to Meow Wolf.

Registration Pricing

Registration opens 12 April 2019
SEG Member Registration: $700
Nonmember Registration: $750

Refund/Cancellation Policy

Forum registration refund requests submitted in writing to [email protected] prior to 20 May 2019 (midnight CDT) will be processed less a $50 fee. SEG will not provide refunds, including ones due to visa denial, after 20 May 2019.

Visa Information/Invitation Letter

Participants in the forum may generate an official invitation letter from SEG. This form will generate a letter to be printed, if required. For visa requirements for entering the United States, contact the US embassy 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.

Housing Reservations

Special room rates have been secured at the Drury Plaza Hotel with the following room rate options:

Single/Double Rate – $179.00
Triple Rate – $189.00
Quad Rate – $199.00

Availability: 18–21 June 2019
Booking Deadline: 28 May 2019

Accessibility rooms available upon request.

Rooms quoted above are per room, per night, and subject to prevailing city, county, and state taxes.

Book online!

Call-In reservations: Toll-free number 800-378-7946

*NOTE: You must provide agent with the forum group #2371109 in order to receive the discounted hotel rate.

Check-in time: 3:00 PM
Check-out time: 11:00 AM
A valid credit card and photo ID required at check-in.

Cancellation: Individual reservations must be cancelled prior to 12:00 PM on the confirmed date of arrival in order to avoid a fee equal to one night’s room rate plus tax.

Benefit to booking at the Drury through one of the above options:

  • Complimentary hot breakfast served from 6:00 AM–9:30 AM, Monday–Friday
  • Complimentary evening drinks and snacks served daily from 5:30 PM–7:00 PM
  • Overnight and daily event parking $10 (reduced from $22)
  • 24-hour fitness center
  • 24-hour business center

Technical Program

This forum has been cancelled.

This forum will unite leading experts from industry, service companies, operators, and academia to discuss the latest findings and generate some alignment on validated, plausible, and speculative applications of passive seismic data. Individuals may be asked by the committee to provide posters of their current projects for informal discussions throughout the two and a half forum days.  Although no abstracts will be published from this event, it is intended to publish the findings of the forum in a TLE paper.

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

5:30 PM–7:00 PM
Informal meet-and-greet happy hour in the Drury Hotel lobby with complimentary hot food and cold beverages

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Microseismic Interpretation Models
8:00 AM–11:30 AM   

How does a (productive) fracture network look? What microseismic signature does it generate?
Typically, a forum on microseismic technology jumps right into presentations of the latest acquisition, processing, and interpretation techniques. This forum tries a slightly different approach to better tap into the combined experience of the participants. Most participants will have multiple years of experience in the interpretation and application of microseismic results and this forum will provide ample time for discussions. A few presentations will provide competing viewpoints on the geometry and properties of the fracture network generated by hydraulic injections. The advantage of this approach will be that it is naturally based not only on microseismic results, but also in the multidiscipline objective and subjective information in which many of the participants have experience. Recent results from complex diagnostic programs, e.g. Hydraulic Fracture Test Site I (HFTS I), will certainly play a role in this session.

11:30 AM–1:30 PM/Buffet Lunch

1:30 PM–5:00 PM

What microseismic signature are we chasing, i.e. What microseismic attributes indicate a good producing stage?
As a continuation from the morning session, it will hopefully have become clearer what fracture geometries/properties indicate a good producing stage. Therefore, it should be straightforward to discuss what microseismic signatures these networks generate. Most likely the desired signature will be a combination of attributes as a network is characterized not only by volume but also by connectivity and conductivity. By the end of the session, it will hopefully provide a better understanding of what microseismic signature we are chasing for our completions. Depending on the expertise of the participants and time permitting, we will take this discussion even further to discuss efforts on how to steer the microseismic response towards the desired signature.

5:30 PM–7:00 PM

Icebreaker – Sponsored by Nanometrics
Join us for cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and networking.

Thursday, 20 June 2019 

MS-DAS and other fiber-optic       
8:00 AM–11:30 PM

Can MS-DAS replace traditional geophones right now?
Given the significant upfront costs of a permanent fiber installation, it is certainly tempting to gain as much information as possible from it. Using DAS recordings to detect microseismic events has been proven several years ago, but the overall lower sensitivity of the acquisition systems compared to conventional geophone arrays has delayed the widespread application of MS-DAS. But recent developments in acquisition hardware have narrowed the sensitivity gap significantly. Location ambiguity is another challenge for current fiber-optic systems. Often only location along the fiber and distance from the fiber can be derived from the MS-DAS recordings, which puts strong limitations on the fracture geometry that can be properly imagined. New acquisition techniques, e.g. multiple synchronized fibers, and new processing techniques are necessary to reduce these ambiguities and provide information that is comparable with traditional geophone arrays.

11:30 AM–1:30 PM/Buffet Lunch

1:30 PM–5:00 PM

How do we integrate all the different data types generated by a FO cable?
Multi-purpose fibers produce a significant amount of data with MS-DAS only being one part of it. Strain fronts, temperature and acoustic profiles, derived production profiles, etc. are often part of the same FO acquisition campaign. Integrating this data into a coherent story can be a challenge, especially if other diagnostic data such as geochemical fingerprinting, pressure gauges, etc. are also available. Following day one’s approach, we will examine how the different fracture networks differ in their FO signatures; what ambiguities remain; and what diagnostic methods could solve these ambiguities.

Friday, 21 June 2019 

AI, Data Analytics and other emerging technologies
8:00 AM–11:30 AM

What role can data analytics play in MS processing and interpretation? What other new technologies or workflows show promise?
No forum appears complete these days without a reference to data analytics and machine learning. Although one must be careful that this is not becoming a solution in search of a problem. But some efforts have been made to employ these techniques in the processing and especially interpretation of microseismic results. Some of these recent results will be showcased at the forum and the future of data analytics for MS applications will be discussed.

RECAP of forum.

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. To become a sponsor, contact Ulrich Zimmer for additional information.

Forum Lunch Sponsor (Wednesday) – $2,400 Exclusive

  • Company logo on website and marketing materials
  • Company logo included on Welcome Slide playing prior to start of each day
  • Company logo on cover of printed program
  • Company logo on table tents placed on tables during Wednesday lunch

Forum Lunch Sponsor (Thursday) – $2,400 Exclusive

  • Company logo on website and marketing materials
  • Company logo included on Welcome Slide playing prior to start of each day
  • Company logo on cover of printed program
  • Company logo on table tents placed on tables during Thursday lunch

Coffee/Bottle Water Sponsor (Wednesday – Friday) – $2,800 Exclusive

  • Company logo on website and marketing materials
  • Company logo included on Welcome Slide playing prior to start of each day
  • Company logo on cover of printed program
  • Company logo on Table tents for Coffee & Bottled Water

Icebreaker Sponsor (Wednesday Evening) – $2,500 Exclusive SOLD!

  • Company logo on website and marketing materials
  • Company logo included on Welcome Slide playing prior to start of each day
  • Company logo on cover of printed program
  • Company logo on table tents placed on Cocktail tables during Wednesday Icebreaker

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