Microseismic Studies of Reservoirs


This course introduces the basics of using microseismic surveys to study hydrocarbon reservoirs. A microseismic survey is a 3D technology used to monitor subsurface processes by analyzing microearthquakes. Microearthquakes occur when production, injection or hydraulic fracturing cause changes in the pore pressure of a hydrocarbon reservoir that trigger slippage on bedding planes or fractures. The course begins with basic topics required to understand microseismic events and then discusses applications of microseismic surveys. Among the applications are monitoring fracture stimulation operations and relating production to microseismic data. The course includes examples, exercises and offers a list of digital papers for those interested in more information about a particular topic.

Duration: 5 hours, 20 minutes


  • Applications for Microseismic Surveys
  • Anatomy of Microseismic Events
  • Relating Stress and Pore Pressure to Microseismic Events
  • Failure Criteria for Microearthquakes
  • Getting a First Velocity Model for Event Location
  • Updating the Velocity Using Microseismic Events
  • Source Mechanisms of Microearthquakes
  • Interpreting Microseismic Patterns and Source Mechanism Evolution
  • Monitoring Shale Gas Through Hydraulic Fracturing
  • Microseismic Monitoring Reservoirs without Hydraulic Fracturing
  • Estimating Reservoir Properties using Microseismic Events
  • Determining the Best Interval for Production
  • Surface Seismic Compliment to Microseismic Surveys
  • The Future of Microseismic Developments
  • Microseismic: Exercises
  • Microseismic: References and Additional Information

This online training course is categorized under the Reservoir discipline.

0.53 CEUs offered.

Members : USD 115.00

Non-members : USD 150.00


Microseismic Studies of Reservoirs
Begin self-paced component package.
Begin self-paced component package. This course will take 320 minutes, and will expire 365 days after purchase.
0.53 CEUs credits  |  Certificate available
0.53 CEUs credits  |  Certificate available CEUs offered.