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Microseismic Imaging of Hydraulic Fracturing

Improved Engineering of Unconventional Shale Reservoirs

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Microseismic Imaging of Hydraulic Fracturing: Improved Engineering of Unconventional Shale Reservoirs (SEG Distinguished Instructor Series No. 17) covers the use of microseismic data to enhance engineering design of hydraulic fracturing and well completion. The book, which accompanies the 2014 SEG Distinguished Instructor Short Course, describes the design, acquisition, processing, and interpretation of an effective microseismic project. The text includes a tutorial of the basics of hydraulic fracturing, including the geologic and geomechanical factors that control fracture growth. In addition to practical issues associated with collecting and interpreting microseismic data, potential pitfalls and quality-control steps are discussed. Actual case studies are used to demonstrate engineering benefits and improved production through the use of microseismic monitoring. Providing a practical user guide for survey design, quality control, interpretation, and application of microseismic hydraulic fracture monitoring, this book will be of interest to geoscientists and engineers involved in development of unconventional reservoirs.

Content

1-14Introduction
15-30Hydraulic-fracturing Concepts
31-52Microseismic Acquisition and Survey Design
53-80Estimating the Microseismic Source Location
81-100Geomechanics of Microseismic Deformation
101-126Interpretation of Microseismic Fracture Images
127-156Engineering Applications of Microseismic Fracture Images

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