New paper on Eagle Ford play shows earthquakes induced by hydraulic fracturing

A new study published this week in Geophysical Research Letters indicates that much of the recent seismicity in the Eagle Ford shale gas play in Texas is induced by hydraulic fracturing. Fasola and her colleagues found a significant correlation between completion activity on wells and earthquakes close by. They further noted a large increase in seismicity that was coincident with the operations that was over 30 times the background seismicity rate for the area in 2018. The state seismic network, TexNet, provides earthquake locations to operators and the public during business day operations, but if operators need rapid and more timely access to data, ISTI provides a Rapid Notification Service from our cloud system that is operating 24×7. Get notified of an earthquake in your area of operation as it unfolds.

If more stations are necessary, ISTI provides rental equipment and crews to deploy stations at a moments notice. We also have professional seismologists to help with regulatory issues related to seismicity. Contact us today to see how we can apply our analytics and experience to your operation’s seismicity issues.

ISTI & Geobit  join together at the AGU Annual Meeting in San Francisco 9 – 13 Dec. 2019.  We are a team providing a complete seismic monitoring solution. Contact us through SHM.works.

With 65+ years of combined experience, GEObit and ISTI are joining forces to become the most competitive and fastest growing joint venture group in the seismic monitoring services industry.

Providing state-of-the-art seismic instruments, network design, installation techniques, data monitoring and processing services, our group is able to deliver a cost-effective total solution to the energy exploration & production industry, especially to the oil, gas and geothermal sector. Our key benefits are that we produce in-house hardware and software while installing and maintaining the microseismic monitoring network to ensure a high level of data quality and availability. In other words, we make the technology – we apply the technology – we offer the technology.

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Geobit Digitizer. Photo, courtesy of Geobit.

We have worldwide experience having installed and operated seismic networks all over the world, from Indonesia/Papua jungle to the Middle East desert, from Alaska glaciers to Himalayan Mountains. In the USA, we are currently running many dedicated microseismic monitoring projects with over 200 stations installed in the past 10 years.

AGU 2019 - American Geophysical Union conference

Visit us at booth #835, AGU 2019

San Francisco, CA USA  |  9 – 13 December

Meet our team and learn about the latest offerings. Dimitris Mourtzouchos & Nikos Germenis (Geobit), Paul Friberg & Sid Hellman (ISTI), and others will be available to answer your questions. Continue reading

Oklahoma Drill Completion Stopped Following Earthquakes

Frack drill rig for earthquake risk management article

Photo of Texas rig by Loadmaster (David R. Tribble) – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4025872

“Oil and gas producer Encana Corp halted work at a drill site in northwest Oklahoma following two earthquakes within a day in the same area,” according to Thursday’s Financial Post article.  Early detection is a service that we pride ourselves on at ISTI.  According to the article, “several years ago, Oklahoma suffered a spike in earthquakes that authorities tied to the underground disposal of saltwater.”  Local authorities cracked down in 2018, announcing new seismic requirements and penalties for companies who do not meet the requirements.  Non-compliance risks costly business halting and shut down, and now early detection is as important for businesses and communities as ever.  

 
ISTI’s cutting edge software, coupled with GEObit state-of-the-art equipment, provides a complete solution. Learn how ISTI can help in our full article: ISTI’s Rapid Notification Service in Oklahoma helps Operators meet new Oklahoma Hydraulic Fracturing Regulations that Require Seismic Monitoring.
 
Source: Hampton, Liz. “Encana halts Oklahoma well completion following quake” Financial PostJuly 25, 2019 —  https://business.financialpost.com.

ISTI: the proud official U.S. distributor of GEObit instruments

ISTI is the proud official U.S. distributor of GEObit instruments.

The GEObit Equipment Plus ISTI Software Equals a Complete SolutionS-20 seismometer is a three-component velocity output near broad band seismic sensor. The design is based on the electronic velocity feedback which is applied to single coil low period geophone. The frequency bandwidth is extended from 50Hz, down to 20sec.

GEOBit Equipment + ISTI Software = a Complete Solution FIND OUT MORE:

ISTI Software + GEObit Instrumentation 

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Register Now: SeisComP3 5-Day Course 2019

2019 SeisComP3 Course in New Paltz, NY, September 23 – 27

This September 23 – 27, ISTI will host another one of our training courses, this time on SeisComp3 in New Paltz, NY.

We ask that interested students — and any colleagues who wish to join —

please register now via our contact form (seats are filling).

ISTI Instructor, Stefan Lisowski

The immersive hands-on course will cover:

  • Initial installation, including database configuration
  • Station inventory, station XML, dataless SEED
  • Data acquisition from digitizers, public sources, including Seedlink bindings
  • Automatic event location bindings
  • Data export to other organizations running SeisComP3, Earthworm
  • FDSN Web Services
  • Data archiving with Seedlink and slarchive
  • Work with the SeisComP3 GUIs, including viewing event catalogs, and post-processing — picking and relocating events
  • Event Playback and system tuning
  • Troubleshooting

This course will be useful to anyone setting up, managing, tuning, or doing post-processing work on a SeisComP3 system.  See full SC3 class details here.

Again, if you plan to join the Fall ISTI SC3 5-day class,

please register now via our contact form.

Thank you in advance for your confirmation of attendance.

Visit ISTI @ IUGG 2019 in Montreal

Visit us at booth #109, IUGG 2019

Montreal Canada  |  8 – 17 July

Meet our team at IUGG in Montreal and learn about the latest offerings.  Paul Friberg & Sid Hellman will be available to answer your questions. Come see the new GEObit GEOtiny digital seismometer (wide-band seismometer and accelerometer all in one convenient package).

Paul Friberg at ISTI’s IUGG booth Exhibitor list
Sid Hellman at ISTI’s IUGG booth The GEOtiny seismometer in action!

ISTI et. al “Radioxenon net count calculations revisited” article

ISTI is pleased to share the “Radioxenon net count calculations revisited” article from the Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry, featuring Matthias Auer of ISTI as second author.

Abstract

Since 1998, there have been improvements in the capability to detect atmospheric radioxenon in the International Monitoring System operated by the Preparatory Commission of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization. The upgrades have resulted in next-generation versions of the radioxenon systems. This paper explores radioxenon data analysis
improvements beyond the original radioxenon beta–gamma analysis equations that were formulated in 2000 . . . read more here.

ISTI at CTBT SnT Conference June 24 to 28, 2019

ISTI presents, participates and sponsors the 2019 Science And Technology Conference in Vienna Austria this week, June 24 to 28, 2019. ISTI’s Sid Hellman, Matthias Auer, and Josh Stachnik are all at the meeting and looking forward to discussing our work with you. Visit ISTI at Booth #3 in the exhibit space and please come and see our poster on Wednesday T3.5 poster 67 on our Radionuclide work:

STACK DATA PROCESSING PIPELINE, M. Auer, S. Hellman, J. Friese, B. Schrom, T. Bowyer, L. Metz, C. Doll