Hydraulic fracture monitoring with microseismic mapping is now routinely used to measure hydraulic fracture geometry, location, and complexity, providing an abundance of information that can be essential to optimizing stimulation treatments and well completions. Although microseismic mapping has added significant value in many different environments, we have yet to fully utilize microseismic data. Significant details can be extracted from microseismic measurements that, when integrated with other information, can improve the characterization of both the reservoir and the hydraulic fracture. In addition, microseismic data has yet to be quantitatively and routinely utilized in reservoir simulation, which is the key to optimization.


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