Microseismic Imaging of Hydraulic Fracturing

Shawn Maxwell

Instructor: Shawn Maxwell
Date: Nov 9, 2017
Duration: 1 day
Members (early bird/price): CAD$ 400/500 (plus GST)
Non-members (early bird/price): CAD$ 450/550 (plus GST)
Location: Sigma – Suite 200 630 6th Ave SW
Time: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm


Shawn Maxwell is President and Chief Technology Officer for Itasca IMaGE (Integrated Microseismic and Geomechanical Evaluation) based in Calgary. Previously he was Chief Geophysicist and Microseismic Advisor for Schlumberger, lead microseismic development at Pinnacle Technologies (Halliburton) and ESG, and serving 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.


Hydraulic fracture stimulations are critical for development of unconventional reservoirs, and the growing interest in shale reservoirs has resulted in rapid expansion of microseismic fracture imaging. During high pressure fluid injections of a hydraulic fracture treatment, microseismic emissions occur as cracks form and interact with pre-existing fractures. Images of the microseismic locations can be used to interpret hydraulic fracture geometries, including direction, dimensions and complexity resulting from networks of fractures in different orientations. The course will provide an overview of microseismic theory and practical application: from acquisition and survey design, processing through to interpretation. The emphasis will be on practical issues associated with collecting and interpreting microseismic data, including potential pitfalls and quality control steps. Actual case studies will be used to demonstrate engineering benefits and improved production through the use of microseismic.