Microseismic imaging of hydrocarbon reservoirs treated with hydraulic fracturing

Hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, has become a widely used technique to extract shale gas, tight gas, tight oil, and coal seam gas from low-permeability hydrocarbon reservoirs by injecting fluid and chemicals into wellbores to create small fractures. It has significantly increase the yield of nature gas in recent years. This proposed project takes on the challenge of microseismic imaging for hydrocarbon reservoirs that are treated by hydraulic fracturing. A better understanding of material properties in the reservoir regions and their temporal variations will be achieved, which may provide a basis for the assessment of the extend and effectiveness of fracturing treatments. This endeavour will consequently help ESG Solutions, our industrial partner, provide better passive microseismic monitoring solutions to the hydraulic fracturing operations by the oil-and-gas industries.

Ping Tong
Faculty Supervisor: 
Dr. Qinya Liu
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