As part of our collaboration with the NUS, we are very happy to be welcoming Dr Fehler at our November meeting. Mike Fehler’s research is concerned with seismic and electromagnetic Imaging and microearthquake monitoring and interpretation around the production of hydrocarbons, in geothermal energy production and reservoir characterization.
Hydraulic fracturing is a method routinely used in oil and gas extraction and in the development of engineered geothermal systems. This method increases the permeability of source rock, making it possible for oil, gas, or heat, to be recovered. While applied frequently, there are many aspects of hydraulic fracturing that are not well understood, such as the induced seismicity produced during these operations. While this induced seismicity is useful to monitor the hydraulic fracturing processes, it may also cause fear to nearby communities.
We will discuss several cases where induced seismicity has been observed that illustrate several aspects of the seismicity. We will discuss the mechanisms of hydraulic fracturing and how earthquakes are caused by it. Finally we will discuss the benefits of studying the induced seismicity.
After receiving his Ph.D. in Geophysics from MIT in 1979, Fehler worked as Assistant Professor at Oregon State University for five years before becoming a Staff geoscientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory in 1984. At Los Alamos, he was the Leader of the Geophysics Group and later the Division Director of the Earth and Environmental Sciences Division. In 2008 he returned to MIT where he is a Senior Research Scientist and the Deputy Director of ERL.
In addition to his work at MIT, Fehler is Technical Project Manager for Phase I of the SEG Advanced Modeling project (SEAM) an industry consortium for geophysical modeling.
Fehler was Editor-in-Chief of the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America for nine years beginning in 1995 and president of the Seismological Society of America from 2005-2007.
Advance registration is not required, come early to avoid disappointment
Entry includes buffet dinner and two drinks.
You can pay cash or credit card at the door.
Students can get free entry (no drinks vouchers included) at the door.
You are also welcome to the workshop on the topic of "Induced Seismicity Accompanying Gas Injection into a Depleted Oil Reservoir" that will be taking place at NUS, Room EA-06-02, Faculty of Engineering, on Wednesday 14th of November 2018 at 4:30 PM to 6 PM. Pre-registrations is not required and admission is free. Enquieries to Ms. Ivy Poh Tel: 6516 6853, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org