SEG 2013 Forum on Microseismic Technology

Evaluating Monitoring Techniques:
Downhole, Buried and Surface

SOLD OUT - This workshop has reached attendance capacity.

2224 January 2013
Silverado Resort and Spa, Napa, California

Important Dates:

21 December – Deadline for Advanced Registration

21 December – Deadline for Housing Reservations

The recent increase in awareness of the potential of unconventional reservoirs has caused a tremendous growth in hydraulic fracture stimulation operations. Hydraulic fracturing causes changes in the state of stress in the vicinity of the stimulation resulting in the generation of microseismicity. Conventionally, the recording of microseismicity has been performed with borehole seismic tools deployed in deep nearby wells but "frac monitoring" is not restricted to such a setting. Elastic waves generated by these micro-earthquakes can also be recorded at the earth's surface and in shallow boreholes. The energy released by microseismic events as a result of hydraulic stimulation is small, and, due to the longer travel paths and higher noise levels, monitoring hydraulic fracture stimulations from surface potentially requires orders of magnitude more sensors than downhole monitoring. The two monitoring methods also differ in their sensitivity, accuracy, and precision, all of which contribute to differences in their final distribution of event locations.

The purpose of this forum is to compare the different monitoring techniques in order to better understand the interpretability of their results.

The forum will include the following sessions:

  1. Fact Finding (case studies)
  2. Feasibility Studies (sensor network design, sensitivity, velocity model)
  3. Processing (borehole, surface, combined)
  4. Uncertainty (standardized numbers)
  5. The Road Ahead (current trends, future needs)

Each session will have several speakers and panel discussions. Posters will be displayed throughoutthe forum and time will be provided for discussions.

The Forum Process

  1. The Forum Organizing Committee will review applications to attend to determine acceptance (See Application paragraph below)
  2. Once you have been accepted you will receive a registration form and housing information by e-mail
  3. Register and pay the fee to attend
  4. Make your housing reservations with the hotel and arrange your travel
  5. Enjoy learning and contributing to the success of the forum for all attendees


A presentation is not a requirement to be accepted for registration; however all participants are expected to take part in the discussions and will be accepted on the basis of the information they supply on the Application Form. All participants agree to share with other participants their experience and knowledge in this area and to attend all sessions. There will be no formal proceedings from the Forum.

The Application Form can be completed online but must be printed, scanned and emailed to SEG Meetings or printed and faxed to +1 918-497-5577. Applications will be accepted as long as space is available.


As soon as your application is approved, you will be sent a Registration Form and the information you need to make your housing reservations. Guest room rates are $109 plus a $20 resort fee and applicable taxes. The Advance Registration Fee of $775.00 per person is available until December 21, 2012. After that date, the registration fee will increase to $875.00.

The registration fee includes the Icebreaker Reception on 22 January 2013. On 23 and 24 January, a Continental Breakfast, AM and PM Coffee Breaks and Lunch are included as well as a special Team Building Activity one evening.

Meeting Location

The meeting will be held at the Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa, California, 22-24 January 2013. In addition to the meetings and planned meals held at the resort, guest rooms will be available at a very favorable rate as January is their low season. When you are accepted as a Presenter or a Participant, you will receive additional information and will be able to reserve a guest room.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship opportunities are available for this Forum and a Sponsorship Form is available on this website in the sidebar under Important Documents.           

Visa Information and Invitation Letter

Participants in the Microseismic Technology Forum may generate an official invitation letter using the form below. This form will generate a letter which you can print and use in obtaining a visa.

For those whose company or organization is planning on sending more than one individual to the workshop, additional documentation may be required for scheduling an appointment with the local American Embassy. If additional assistance is required, fill out a separate invitation letter for each individual requesting a visa using the form below. Each invitation letter has a unique reference number. Produce one cover letter listing all individuals requesting a visa. The letter must include the following information for each individual:

  • name
  • passport number
  • date and place of birth
  • nationality as it appears on the passport
  • reference number from the invitation letter

Fax these forms together with the cover letter printed on the group's official stationery to +1.918.497.5557, Attention: Visa Letter Assistance.

Please note that this letter does not guarantee that you will be granted a visa, nor does it commit SEG to pay any expenses you may incur. It is the sole responsibility of the attendee to obtain the necessary paperwork for entry to the United States.

If you have any questions about this form or the letter it generates, please send us an e-mail.

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Organizing Committee
Chairman - Dr. Werner Heigl (Apache Corporation), Julie Schmeta (MEQ Geo, Inc.), Dr. Shawn Maxwell (Schlumberger), Dr. Anca Rosca (Baker Hughes/Magnitude), Dr. Ulrich Zimmer (ConocoPhillips), Dr. Michael Thornton, MicroSeismic, Inc.

SEG Senior Meeting Planner
Peggy Pryor