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The need to understand the extent, shape, and temporal evolution of hydraulically created fractures is the main driver for operators to use microseismic monitoring technology in the development of unconventional reservoirs. Thus, an operator primarily needs accurate event locations and a complete event catalogue. This need poses certain requirements on microseismic monitoring technology. This talk will discuss these requirements and how far they have been met by the industry together with an overview of the microseismic market and the challenges that lie ahead.
Dr. Werner Heigl is currently Senior Staff Geophysicist at Apache Corporation where he covers the technical area of passive seismic monitoring and borehole geophysics in Apache's E&P Technology group. Dr. Heigl has 18 years of experience in the oil and natural gas industry. He currently holds two patents and has published on topics relating to passive seismic, borehole energy sources, and borehole radar. He came to Apache Corporation from the Colorado School of Mines, where he pursued doctoral studies in the department of geophysics and served as teaching assistant. Prior to that role, he held various positions of increasing responsibility at Schlumberger Wireline, among those borehole seismic specialist, engineer-in-charge, and field service manager. He began his career with Schlumberger in 1995.
Dr. Heigl earned a Diploma in geology from the Ludwig Maximilians University Munich, Germany, and a PhD from the Colorado School of Mines. He is a member of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, American Association of Petroleum Geologists, American Geophysical Union, European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers, and the Geophysical Society of Houston. He currently serves on the research committee of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and is co-chairman of the organizing committee for the 2014 SEG 1st International Workshop on Microseismic Technology. Dr. Heigl initiated a microseismic special interest group in Houston, Texas, and has served as session chair on various annual meetings of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists.