Engineering Interpretation and Integration of Microseismic Results

Drilling and Completions Production and Operations


This course is a critical examination of microseismic results to evaluate engineering decisions that can and should be made in unconventional reservoirs, based upon microseismicity and other information that is available to supplement it. Case studies, particularly those where other technologies have been used to validate the microseismicity, are given to illustrate the value of interpreting such results with respect to concepts such a stimulated reservoir volume and optimization of stimulations, completions, and well plans. The building of calibrated models is examined, as well as methods to improve such models in multi-stage horizontal-well treatments and use in reservoir simulators.

Topics include:

  • Interpreting microseismic data and results
  • Rock mechanics, geomechanics and geophysics factors
  • Stimulated reservoir volume versus conventional fractures
  • Validation of microseismic data
  • Integrated case studies
  • Building models based on microseismic data

Learning Level


Course Length

1 Day

Why Attend?

Microseismic monitoring is a great tool for obtaining a general understanding of fracturing behavior in unconventional reservoirs, but there are many uncertainties and limitations that can result in misinterpretation of the results and potentially harmful decisions about the development of the reservoir. The purpose of this course is to discuss what can be reasonably determined from microseismic data, where other types of diagnostics can provide additional clarifying information, and how the results should be used in analysis and modeling.

Who Should Attend

Completion engineers and reservoir engineers involved in the development of unconventional reservoirs are the particular target of the course, but geophysicists, geologists, and other disciplines should benefit from the application of the suggested approach to microseismic interpretation.

Special Requirements

Basic understanding of petroleum engineers and geoscience principles.


0.8 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) will be awarded for this 1-day course.

Cancellation Policy

To receive a full refund, all cancellations must be received in writing no later than 14 days prior to the course start date. Cancellations made after the 14-day window will not be refunded. Send cancellation requests by email to; by fax to +1.866.460.3032 (US) or +1.972.852.9292 (outside US); or mail to SPE Registration, PO Box 833836, Richardson, TX 75083.


Norm Warpinski is a technology fellow at Pinnacle – A Halliburton Service. He joined Pinnacle in August of 2005 after spending 28 years working on a variety of oil, gas, geotechnical, and energy research projects at Sandia National Labs. Warpinski has worked on hydraulic fracture modeling, mapping, and analysis, in situ stress measurements, naturally fractured reservoirs, rock mechanics, formation evaluation, geomechanics, geophysics, and various other geoscience applications. He has experience in both microseismic and tiltmeter mapping, as well as fracture modeling, and has been involved in large scale field experiments from both the fielding and analysis sides.

Warpinkski has served as a distinguished lecturer and executive editor of SPE Production and Operations Journal, and has received the Drilling and Completions award and the Robert Earl McConnell award. He has written approximately 70 SPE papers and has written chapters in SPE Monographs on Recent Advances in Hydraulic Fracturing and Solids Injection.