Northside: A Decade Monitoring Shale Gas Plays Using Microseismicity: Advances in the Understanding of Hydraulic Fracturing

Speaker: Sheri Bowman
Speaker Sheri Bowman
Sheri Bowman is the Manager of Analytics and Technical Sales at ESG Solutions. She holds dual bachelor’s degrees from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario in Applied Math & Mechanical Engineering and Geological Sciences. Sheri joined ESG in 2007 as a geophysicist and has since held positions of Geophysical Analyst, Project Manager and Manager ...

Sheri Bowman is the Manager of Analytics and Technical Sales at ESG Solutions. She holds dual bachelor’s degrees from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario in Applied Math & Mechanical Engineering and Geological Sciences. Sheri joined ESG in 2007 as a geophysicist and has since held positions of Geophysical Analyst, Project Manager and Manager of Data Services before moving to her current role within ESG’s Global Energy Services division. Sheri is a registered professional engineer (P.Eng.) and a member of the SPE and SEG. She is an author on 8 publications and has presented papers at the CSPG CSEG CWLS Joint Annual Convention (2009), the EAGE Passive Seismic Workshop (2010), the SPE ATCE (2012), the HFTC (2013), among others.

Full Description

 

Over the past decade, microseismic monitoring has become the most widely used approach to gain an
understanding of in-situ reservoir behaviour during hydraulic fracture stimulations. From early
monitoring performed in the Barnett Shale to current programs in the Horn River and Marcellus
formations, we review the evolution of microseismic monitoring from the viewpoint of data collection
(single versus multi-well array configurations, utilization of long lateral stimulation wells), data analysis
and the incorporation of microseismic parameters to constrain and validate reservoir models.

We conclude with a look at multi-array microseismic results from hydraulic fracture stimulations of
various North American shale plays to illustrate how microseismic analysis has aided in the
understanding of reservoir characteristics and in turn, helped to plan more effective stimulation
programs. We highlight case studies where microseismic monitoring was used to help assess fracture
dimensions, stage spacing and well spacing. In addition, we look at how the use of advanced analysis
techniques such as seismic moment tensor inversion (SMTI) has helped propel the industry forward and
allowed operators to gain a better estimate of the stimulated reservoir volume, the discrete fracture
network and the effective fluid flow by understanding details on individual rupture mechanisms and
how these mechanisms change depending on treatment program, local stresses and local geology.

Organizer Matthew Strom

Email: matthew_strom@swn.com


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Tue, Mar. 11, 2014
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. America/Chicago

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