Frac & Pre-Frac Monitoring

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Hydraulic Fracture Monitoring


ISTI’s monitoring services will provide our clients with 2 stages of delivery. If you opt to use the real-time remote acquisition system of our seismic hardware partner, ISTI will provide both in-situ real-time monitoring of medium-sized events (SNR > 1) and will post process that data using our proprietary Statistically Optimal (SO) processing to deliver the source locations and mechanisms for the micro-seismic events. If your network monitoring is not collected in real-time in the field, ISTI is still happy to provide both or either service via off-site post processing. ISTI performs all frac monitoring with our sister company, Earth Imaging Inc.

3C_SG10_deploymentPre-Hydraulic Fracture Survey

ISTI’s techniques can be used to provide site characterization surveys in advance of drilling and fracking. ISTI’s high-resolution technique provides our clients with reliable cost-effective survey execution options. We possess a method that provides a definitive location of all noise sources, their strength, and operational times. Let us provide you with a survey that won’t waste your dollars by placing instruments at the wrong location or depth!

VSP_with_startGeneration of Velocity Model

ISTI’s seismic experts can generate 1D or 3D velocity models for a given site by performing Tomographic Inversions on raw seismic data and perforation and other calibration shots. To ensure the greatest accuracy, ISTI suggests our Seismic Network Design services are utilized to ensure the highest quality data set is acquired prior to the determination of the Velocity Model.

Continuous real-time monitoring

With over 20 years’ experience with real-time seismic monitoring, ISTI’s staff can install, configure, and maintain continuous real-time monitoring systems. As experts in seismic monitoring using the US Government’s EarthWorm Seismic Monitoring system and coupled with our proprietary techniques, our team can meet all your exploration and regulatory monitoring needs.

ISTI provides this service for reservoir production facilities, monitoring of sub-surface mines, geothermal production facilities, and carbon sequestration sites.


Reprocessing of micro seismic data

The SO technique we use can easily be applied to post processing data previously acquired. Please ask us for a quote for our post processing services.

Seismic Network Design

Network_DesignWith over 20 years’ experience in the worlds of Earthquake Seismology and Nuclear Test Monitoring, ISTI’s team of geophysicists can provide the critical Seismic Network Design services that are required to ensure the data recorded in the field have the capability to capture all needed information. ISTI and EII will help you with everything from sensor and data-logger selection to network/array layout and design to identifying the optimal acquisition parameters (sample rates, filters, sensitivities, etc.).

ISTI deployment ISTI equipment successfully deployed Drill rig on site