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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.



Cracking The Code: Fracture Detection Without Anisotropy
Bill Wepfer, Eskaton Seismic
May 2, 2017


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Upcoming events

Seminar on Seismic Hazard Induced by Production of Hydrocarbon and Geothermal Energy | June 22, 2017


When: Thursday, June 22, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 1:20 PM (EDT)


Where: Marquis Conference Room (Scott Hall 5201), Carnegie Mellon University 5000 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213


The Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation will host Serge A. Shapiro, professor of Geophysics at the Freie Universität in Berlin, Germany, for a seminar on "Nature and control of seismic hazard induced by production of hydrocarbon and geothermal energy."


Productions and injections of fluids in rocks can induce significant earthquakes. Induced seismicity is observed by hydraulic fracturing of shale and stimulations of enhanced geothermal systems. Earthquakes can be caused by long-term developments of oil and gas fields. Understanding and monitoring of fluid-induced seismicity is necessary for controlling its seismic risk. The talk provides an overview of physical and geomechanical fundamentals of the seismic hazard, of approaches to its control and of various relevant case studies.


This is a free event that is open to all students and the general public. Lunch will be available 15 minutes before the start of the seminar. Register!




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