Geomechanical Modeling of the Microseismic Response of Faults to Hydraulic Fracturing

When:  Mar 1, 2018 from 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM (MT)
Associated with  Calgary Section

Geomechanical Special Interest Group:
Geomechanical Modeling of the Microseismic Response of Faults to Hydraulic Fracturing

Date: Thursday, March 1
Location: Calgary Petroleum Club (329 5 Ave SW)
Time: 7:30 am - 9:00 am

Speaker: Shawn Maxwell, President, Itasca-IMaGE
Cost: $45 SPE Members, $55 Non-members, $15 Students


Understanding hydraulic fracture complexity and specifically the interaction with pre-existing faults is critical for optimizing well completions, particularly in the WCSB tectonic setting. With the increase in fracturing induced seismicity, particularly in the Montney and Duvernay, mitigation of fault activation during hydraulic fracturing is even more important. This presentation will review a benchmark modeling exercise coordinated through the American Rock Mechanics Association, investigating fault activation for different geomechanical scenarios. The impact on hydraulic fracture geometry and proppant placement will be described, along with characteristics of the associated microseismicity.

Speaker Bio:

Shawn Maxwell is President and Chief Technology Officer for Itasca IMaGE (Integrated Microseismic and Geomechanical Evaluation) based in Calgary. Previously he was corporate Chief Geophysicist and Microseismic Advisor for Schlumberger, led microseismic development at Pinnacle Technologies (Halliburton) and ESG, and served as a Lecturer at Keele University in England. Shawn was awarded a Ph.D. specializing in microseismology from Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada.

Dr. Maxwell has published numerous technical articles and serves on various microseismic focused committees and workshops around the globe. He was an SPE Distinguished Lecturer and the 2014 SEG Distinguished Instructor Short Course “Microseismic Imaging of Hydraulic Fracturing: Improved Engineering of Unconventional Shale Reservoirs” and authored the first microseismic textbook as an SEG monograph by the same title.

The SPE would like to thank our sponsor for this luncheon
This luncheon is sponsored by Schlumberger. Schlumberger is the world’s leading supplier of technology, integrated project management and information solutions to customers working in the oil and gas industry worldwide. Schlumberger provides the industry’s widest range of products and services from exploration through production.


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