Hydraulic Fracture Monitoring & Mapping

Hydraulic Fracture Monitoring from MicroSeismic allows operators to improve production and avoid risks by identifying patterns of fluid movement, fracture development, connectivity, compaction and whether the frac and proppant are staying “in zone” or traveling “out of zone.” These critical insights allow refinements to the stimulation treatment plan, and provide useful insights for long-term improvements for well spacing, well design, and completion design.

Customer Value

  • Improve completions through a clear understanding and correlation of the reservoir response to stimulation
  • Determine where to drill next by analyzing wellbore spacing and wellbore orientation
  • Improve recovery through better placement of wellbore landing zone and more effective stage placement
  • Reduce cost with real-time treatment evaluation and monitoring and through more efficient well spacing and optimization
  • Avoid  faults, water-bearing formations, and out of zone growth

Unparalleled Service

MicroSeismic delivers reliable and innovative solutions and services consistently to all of its clients with the utmost attention to detail and quality. A team of highly experienced geoscientists and engineers is assembled at the beginning of each project whose mandate is to work closely with the customer to provide customized interpretation of the microseismic results and recommendations for optimizing future completions. The detail of the involvement of the different disciplines is determined at the outset and modulated throughout, given the bespoke nature of each project.

  • Real-time services allow you to receive data and interpretation as you complete
  • Clients have access to project team for interpretation throughout each project
  • Full analysis delivered within one month

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MicroSeismic monitoring can detect faults below the resolution of conventional seismic imaging using our unique surface, near-surface and downhole acquisition systems. These data acquisition systems allow for monitoring along the entire wellbore as well as a full moment tensor inversion — benefits not possible using conventional single well downhole monitoring. Such analysis provides the orientation of the failure plane, as well as the direction of slip,  the stress state facilitating the failure and information on the tensile and volumetric portions of the failure mechanisms. MicroSeismic’s interdisciplinary project teams take the data one step further to provide Geological Analysis, Geomechanical Analysis, and Fracture Modeling.

Geological Analysis combines microseismic data with in-depth knowledge of local and regional geology.

  • Detects faults below the resolution of conventional seismic imaging
  • Recommends ideal wellbore orientation based on results and geological considerations
  • Identifies failure mechanisms and relationship to hydraulic fracturing
  • Provides explanation for fracture trends that contradict the expected in-situ stress orientation

Geomechanical Analysis combines source mechanisms, rock properties, and microseismic data. 

  • Provides understanding of what occurred during stimulation
  • Provides information on the in-situ stress state
  • Identifies orientation of fault or fracture plane, the direction of slip, and the tensile and volumetric portions of failure mechanisms 

Fracture Modeling incorporates event magnitudes and geomechanical analysis. 

  • Estimates stimulated rock volume
  • Incorporates magnitudes, rock properties, and fluid properties to map hydraulic fractures
  • Estimates propped half-length
  • Identifies properties of fracture network such as tortuosity that affect ultimate production

For more information on Hydraulic Fracture Monitoring, please contact us.