Abstract

The monitoring of induced or triggered microseismic events increasingly is being used to inform the efficient production of unconventional reservoirs. A key aspect of economic production in these low-permeability rocks is hydraulic fracture stimulation, usually in horizontal wells. To evaluate the success of the stimulation, engineers rely on monitoring the induced (or triggered) microseismic events that are then interpreted to map the stimulated reservoir volume and likely drainage area of the well. These microseismic events can be mapped either from downhole or surface monitoring arrays. In this study, we discuss a newly developed methodology that allows economic and consistent mapping of microseismic events from multiple stimulated wells across an entire field. This approach allows better comparison of stimulation techniques between wells in order to optimize long-term development of the reservoir. As well, the method enables a relatively robust observation of velocity anisotropy that leads to better wave-propagation modeling and more accurate event locations

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