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The Geophysical Society of Pittsburgh is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the science of geophysics in the Appalachian Basin. We are an official section of the Society of Exploration Geophysics (SEG). Monthly meetings are generally held from September to May on the first Tuesday of each month at various locations around the Greater Pittsburgh area. However, be sure to check the event calendar as exceptions to this rule occur often. All interested parties are encouraged to attend.

2017 GSA Northeastern North-Central Joint Section Meeting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Abstract due date: 3 January 2017
Session: T21. Passive Seismic Monitoring of Brittle and Non-Brittle Deformation during the Stimulation of Unconventional Shale Reservoirs.
Session type: Oral
Date of meeting: 19-21 March 2017

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April 04, 2017 5:00 PM • Cefalo's, 428 Washington Ave. Carnegie, PA
May 02, 2017 5:00 PM • Cefalo's, 428 Washington Ave. Carnegie, PA

March 7 - GSP Meeting

Cefalo's, Carnegie, PA


The Significance of Bedding Planes to Hydraulic Fracturing and Production

Marc Prince
ESG Solutions


Abstract: Hydraulic fracturing is used to liberate hydrocarbons within unconventional resources; however, the heterogeneity in formations and the dynamics of the stress fields during multi-well completions leads to complexities in the process of estimating reserves that can be produced.  Advanced processing of microseismic data offers an opportunity to understand the variations in growth as related to geological and completion-related factors, especially through integration of other datasets such as chemical tracer data.  Spatial microseismic event distributions by themselves tend to yield significant overestimates of stimulated volume, but when advanced processing such as seismic moment tensor inversion (SMTI) is used, the connectivity of the fracture network and the openings and closures of the fracture network can be established.  Download Full Abstract

Bio: Marc Prince is a senior geophysicist with more than 18 years of seismological related experience.  Marc has spent the last 16 years at ESG where he has been involved in all aspects of microseismic project planning, field operations and data analysis.  As Group Manager, International Business Development for ESG’s global energy services division, he currently provides technical sales support to ESG’s global projects as well as technical project design and guidance for data processing.  Marc earned his B.Sc. in geophysics from the University of Waterloo and is a member of the SEG, SPE and EAGE. 

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