Category Archives: Announcements

ISTI @ IAEA Safeguards Symposium in Vienna, Austria, 5-8 Nov. 2018

ISTI will be attending the Quadrennial IAEA Safeguards Symposium in Vienna, Austria, 5-8 November 2018.

Visit us at our booth.  Details to come.   

Meet our team and learn about the latest offerings. ISTI team members, Ilya Dricker, Matthias Auer, Scott Fertig, Serhiy Vasilyev, and Sid Hellman, will be available to answer your questions.

ISTI Presentations

View the ISTI poster schedule and abstract info below. Continue reading

ISTI at the Seismic Instrumentation Technology Symposium 2018

Sid Hellman of ISTI (the US distributor of GEObit instrumentation) is attending the IRIS Seismic Instrumentation Technology Symposium 2018 in Tucson, Arizona, October 30 to 31.

ISTI specializes in developing custom data acquisition, analysis, and processing software for the geophysical sciences. Microseismic data acquisition and processing are performed by custom solutions using existing open source software as a foundation, saving our customers both time and money. ISTI provides several products and services covering all geophysical applications and monitoring needs of the industry.

GEObit provides high sensitivity wide-band and near broad-band seismic sensors, surface or borehole type, and high dynamic range, low power 32bit ADC data loggers with local data storage and real-time telemetry over seedlink protocol. We are focusing on low power and cost-efficient solutions so we provide to our customer seismic networks with low installation and maintenance costs. Our instruments are ideal for local and regional seismicity and micro-seismicity monitoring and for seismic events such as those induced by unconventional hydrocarbon extraction. Our high fidelity data loggers ensure that these signals are recorded with the highest resolution and timing accuracy.

Please look for Sid to discuss GEObit, or anything else seismic related. 

Visit the Seismic Instrumentation Technology Symposium 2018 website for more information on this event.

ISTI Presents @ GA ESC in Malta, 2 – 7 Sept. 2018

ISTI and Geobit, join together at The 36th General Assembly of the European Seismological Commission in Valletta, Malta, 2 – 7 September 2018.

Visit us at booth #8

Meet our team and learn about the latest offerings. Nikos Germenis (Geobit), and Paul Friberg (ISTI) will be available to answer your questions.

ISTI Presentations

View the ISTI poster schedule & abstract info below. Continue reading

ISTI Presenting at SSA, 14-17 May 2018, Miami, FL

ISTI is presenting  at the Seismological Society of America Annual Meeting, being held in Miami, Florida 14 – 17 May 2018.  The ISTI presenters welcome anyone attending the SSA annual meeting to stop by and chat with them.

 

View the ISTI poster schedule and abstract links below.

Author
Abstract
Date
Time
Paul Friberg (ISTI) (with coauthors from Cedarville University, Miami University, & USGS) Observed Characteristics of Induced Seismicity: From Laboratory to Field Scale Wed., 16 May 5:00 PM @ Flagler Room
Paul Friberg (ISTI) (with coauthors from the U.S. Geological Survey & U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs} Recent Advances in Dense Array Seismology Wed.,  16 May Poster @ Riverfront South Room

ISTI’s Rapid Notification Service in Oklahoma helps Operators meet new Oklahoma Hydraulic Fracturing Regulations that Require Seismic Monitoring

On February 27, 2018, the Oklahoma Corporation Commission (OCC) announced new seismic monitoring requirements for minimizing felt induced seismicity from hydraulic fracturing operations in the SCOOP/STACK play. The new requirements state that operators must have access to a seismic monitoring array.  They must take action at magnitue 2.0 (Richter scale) and pause for 6 hours at magnitude 2.5. This is a 0.5 reduction in magnitude levels from previous regulations.

News articles in Oil Price, Reuters, and Bloomberg News and in local Oklahoma media outlets KFOR, Tulsa World, and The Oklahoman are already reporting that operators are taking the new regulations seriously and are installing private networks like those installed and operated by ISTI and it’s partners (HMSC, Inc and GEObit). ISTI can help operators in this region with our real-time monitoring networks for the duration of their completions or for an entire field-wide view using our Rapid Notification Service (RNS) product. ISTI’s Oklahoma and Kansas subscription based RNS provides operators with the information to act before regulators react to any events that may be caused by their completion operations.  An example is a recent 2.1 magnitude earthquake; subscribers were notified within 2 minutes after it occurred (see event map with locating stations below). As a result of the rapid information, nearby operators could modify their well treatment plans for the next stages and attempt to mitigate further larger events.

The cost of being shut-down temporarily for any nuisance earthquakes can be quite high for operators. Rapid information provided by ISTI’s service can allow operators to take action before being required to pause or curtail operations. While the hazard of earthquakes induced by hydraulic fracturing is low, there is still the potential for it to trigger larger felt earthquakes as has been observed in Canada. Operators, on the other hand, can mitigate impact to their businesses by taking proper precautions.

Rapid Earthquake Notification Service: Timely Support to Key States

Operators can increase their response time with ISTI’s Rapid Earthquake Notification Service. Automated reports are further validated by the seismologist on watch.  Operators receive data tailored to their acreage & operation.

ISTI provides the tools for oil and gas operators to receive the rapid earthquake information, often critical to satisfying regulations. The service provides rapid earthquake notification information in the Central and Eastern USA, covering the states of Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.

ISTI provides two levels of 24/7 email notification service to industry operators: basic and premium service levels.  For either service we can rapidly notify within 60 seconds of an earthquake in the states of Ohio and Pennsylvania. Service - RapidEarthquakeNotification - Chart hi res For other other states where induced seismicity is an hotbed issue, like Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma, ISTI provides rapid earthquake notifications in less than 120 seconds of an event occurring.  ISTI uses a finely-tuned automated earthquake detection and reporting system configured for seismic stations operating in the Central and Eastern USA.

Read more here.

Induced Seismicity: AGI Webinar, 14 April 2017

State Responses to Induced Earthquakes

Join Steven Dade for his AGI OhioNET: State of Ohio’s Response to Induced Seismicity talk, which will include examples of ISTI’s tools and services, including:

  • Map View HypocentersOhioNET Earthworm System
  • Plot of Induced Seismic Events
  • Depth and Map Views of Hypocenters

Steve Dade is a Geologist from Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Oil & Gas Resources Management.  He will be joined by Jeremy Boak and Michael H. Young, experts from the state
governments in Oklahoma and Texas, respectively.  Each will present on state responses to induced earthquakes at the AGI Policy & Critical Issues Webinar.

 

AGIFriday, April 14, 2017 at 2:00pm ET

Recorded AGI Webinar

AGI Policy & Critical Issues webinar

Background: The surge in recent years of earthquake activity associated with some oil and gas operations, most notably in Oklahoma, has spurred a range of actions and responses from state geoscientists and regulators. States have taken measures to monitor these earthquakes and moderate the activities that may be causing them, particularly the deep underground injection of large volumes of wastewater. Many states with extensive oil and gas operations but little or no increased earthquake activity have also adopted practices to prevent and prepare for potential induced earthquakes in their area.

The speakers are:

  • Jeremy Boak, Ph.D., Director, Oklahoma Geological Survey, Mewbourne College of Earth & Energy, University of Oklahoma
  • Michael H. Young, Ph.D., Associate Director for Environment, Texas Bureau of Economic Geology, John A. and Katherine G. Jackson School of Geosciences, University of Texas at Austin
  • Steven Dade, Geologist 2, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Oil & Gas Resources Management

ISTI Presenting at SSA, 18-20 April 2017

SSA 2017ISTI is presenting  at the Seismological Society of America Annual Meeting, being held in Denver, Colorado, 18 – 20 April 2017.  The ISTI presenters welcome anyone attending the SSA annual meeting to stop by and chat with them.

View the ISTI poster schedule and abstract links below.

Author
Abstract
Date
Time
Ben Baker & Josh Stachnik, Presented by Ben Baker An Alternate Noise Parameterization for Moment Tensor Estimation Tues., 18 April TBA – Poster #8
Ben Baker (ISTI) & Steven W. Roecker, (RPI), Presented by Steven W. Roecker The Lower Crust and Upper Mantle Beneath the Tien Shan from Full Waveform Tomography Wed.,  19 April TBA – Poster #8
Paul Friberg & Ilya Dricker (ISTI), Maria Kozlowska & Michael Brudzinski (Miami Univ.), Presented by Ilya Dricker 2016 Observations and Mitigation Strategies for Hydraulic Fracture Induced Seismicity Wed.,  19 April TBA – Poster #6