SPEI - An Overview of Microseismic Imaging of Hydraulic Fracturing


This 2-day course is a survey of microseismic imaging of hydraulic fracturing. It is designed to give the attendees a rudimentary understanding of this technology based on the science at its foundation, the means and methods by which it is carried out, and the benefits it brings to the users. Since this technology is interdisciplinary, combining geophysics, geology, and geomechanics with well completion technologies, the goal of the course is to give attendees the knowledge and realistic expectations of microseismic imaging of hydraulic fracturing. To this end, attendees should expect to become knowledgeable and discerning users, evaluators, and questioners of those vending this technology.

Topics include:

  • How it began—colliding disciplines:  hydraulic fracturing technology meets pressure-induced microseismicity
  • Overview of material science, geomechanics, rock mechanics, fracture mechanics, and geology
  • Technology of hydraulic fracture stimulations
  • In Situ studies of hydraulic fracturing
  • Seismology and microseismology
  • Microseismic Imaging—it’s how’s and why’s and more than “dots on a page”
  • Case studies, FAQs and misconceptions
  • Discussion and Q&A

Why You Should Attend

From its beginning, microseismic imaging of hydraulic fracturing has created controversy. It typically shows a flow network much more complicated than the traditional paradigm of a single, vertical, planar, elliptical fracture. This course is designed to give an understanding of the foundation of the “ground truth” from microseismic imaging data, an appreciation for the implementation and benefits of the technology, and an awareness of the strengths and weaknesses of the technology.

Who Should Attend

Any oil and gas professional interested in hydraulic fracturing and diagnosis would benefit from this 2-day survey course.




1.6 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) will be awarded for this 2-day course.

Location: SPEI Houston Training Center
10777 Westheimer Rd.
Houston , TX 77042

Date: Nov. 12, 2012, 8:30 a.m. - Nov. 13, 2012, 5:30 p.m.