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Reservoir characterization using surface microseismic monitoring

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Peter M. Duncan
Peter M. Duncan
1Microseismic Inc., Houston, Texas, U.S.A. E-mail: pduncan@microseismic.com; leisner@microseismic.com.
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Leo Eisner
Leo Eisner
1Microseismic Inc., Houston, Texas, U.S.A. E-mail: pduncan@microseismic.com; leisner@microseismic.com.
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Published:
January 01, 2010

Abstract

Microseismic monitoring of reservoir processes can be performed using surface or near-surface arrays. We review the published technical basis for the use of the arrays and the historical development of the method, beginning with locating earthquakes through geothermal exploration to the growing field of hydraulic-fracture monitoring. Practical considerations for the array deployment and data processing are presented. The road ahead for the technology includes a move toward life-of-field buried arrays as well as opportunities for extended interpretation of the data, particularly inversion for source-mechanism estimation and measurement of anisotropy in the monitored subsurface.

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Geophysical References Series

Geophysics Today: A Survey of the Field as the Journal Celebrates its 75th Anniversary

Sergey Fomel
Sergey Fomel
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Society of Exploration Geophysicists
Volume
16
ISBN electronic:
9781560802273
Publication date:
January 01, 2010

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