Eyes On The Prize – what microseismic monitoring is telling us about completions in unconventional reservoirs.

Peter M. Duncan
MicroSeismic, Inc.

The analysis of microseismic data has progressed greatly over the last 10 years. The limited value displays of hypocenter locations in still or animated views are being replaced by more realistic, quantitative products that are demonstrably more valuable to the completions engineer, the reservoir engineer and the development geologist. These products include a discrete fracture network description of the treated volume, a quantitative mapping of the insitu stress regime over the treatment area, a quantitative estimate of the propped and unpropped permeability enhancement as a result of the frac and early time estimates of production and drainage area for monitored wells. Microseismic monitoring offers the opportunity to make a real time, well specific, insitu observation of the permeability enhancement achieved through stimulation, one that incorporates all the specifics of a particular treatment program as well as the local variability in rock properties, natural fracturing and stress state. In other words microseismic monitoring provides a window through which to view what is happening in the reservoir during stimulation. This presentation will describe some of the observations on unconventional completions that monitoring has revealed with examples from the field.

Experiencia académica y laboral del disertante:
Peter M. Duncan is President and CEO of MicroSeismic, Inc. a Houston based oil field service company specializing in hydraulic fracture stimulation surveillance and evaluation. He holds a Ph.D. in Geophysics from the University of Toronto. His early career as an exploration geophysicist was with Shell Canada and then Digicon Geophysical, first in Calgary then in Houston. In 1992 he was one of 3 founders of 3DX Technologies Inc., a publicly traded independent oil and gas exploration company. Duncan was 2003-04 President of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG). Duncan was the Fall 2008 SEG/AAPG Distinguished Lecturer speaking on the subject of Passive Seismic at 45 venues around the world. He is an Honorary Member of SEG, the Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists (CSEG), the Geophysical Society of Houston (GSH) and the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE). He received the Enterprise Champion Award from the Houston Business Journal in 2010, the World Oil Innovative Thinker Award in 2011, and was the 2013 EY National Energy Entrepreneur of the Year. In 2014 he received the Virgil Kauffman Gold Medal from SEG.

Fecha: Lunes 23 de octubre – 14.00 hs
Lugar: Auditorio del IAPG. Maipú 639, CABA.