Estimation of hydro-fracture source location with time reversal mirrors

Weiping Cao*, Tong W. Fei, Yi Luo, Mohammed N. Alfaraj, Gerard T. Schuster, Chaiwoot Boonyasiriwat

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We present a time reverse mirror approach for estimating hydro-fracture source locations. With this scheme, the passive seismic data generated by the hydro-fracture sources are crosscorrelated with the wavefield extrapolated from the VSP or seismic while drilling data, and the image shows the location of hydro-fracture sources. Only an estimate of the local velocity v (x, z) model around the VSP well is needed and this method is robust with respect to noise and limited source and recording apertures. Synthetic tests with the SEG/EAGE salt model demonstrate the potential for its use with enhanced oil recovery operations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1421-1425
Number of pages5
JournalSEG Technical Program Expanded Abstracts
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Fractures
  • Imaging
  • Microseismic
  • Migration
  • VSP

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geophysics
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology


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