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 Map and monitor induced seismic hazards

Challenge ID:

HCP-4301

Originator:

Onshore: Hatfield

Title:

Map and monitor induced seismic hazards

Theme:

ON 4.3: Environmental monitoring - Natural Hazard Risk Analysis

Consortium Lead:

Arup

Interviewed Company:

Arup

Geography:

ON.REG.00 - Generic onshore

Challenge Description

What is not possible / not adequately addressed at present?

Fracking operations may cause induced seismicity, which should be monitored. There is a growing interest in understanding the risks associated with injection-induced earthquakes, especially in areas, before the presence of production, earthquakes large enough to be felt were rare.

What effect does this challenge have on operations?

Overall impact is on social license to operate, rather than a realistic potential risks to assets.

Thematic information requirements:

Surface motion (horizontal and vertical)

Distribution and status of infrastructure

Topographic information

What do you currently do to address this challenge? 

How is this challenge conventionally addressed?

A seismic hazard assessment is typically carried out and if there are longer term requirements, a seismic monitoring network is set up and activated (surface and borehole).

What kind of solutions do you envisage could address this challenge?

InSAR may be useful as a complementary method to help demonstrate lack of surface movement. Existing seismic networks could be monitored and integrated with existing land base information.

What is your view on the capability of technology to meet this need?

Are you currently using EO tech? If not, why not?

InSAR processing is continually improving.

Challenge Classification

Impact on Lifecycle (0=none, 4=high):

Climate / Topography / Urgency:

Pre-license:

2

Climate class:

Generic climate

Exploration:

3

Topographic class:

Not specific

Development:

3

Seasonal variations:

Any season

Production:

4

Impact area:

Environmental

Decommissioning:

2

Technology urgency:

3 - Immediately (0-2 years)

Challenge Information Requirements

Update frequency:

Snapshot to semi-monthly

Data currently used:

InSAR

Spatial resolution:

License

Thematic accuracy:

mm

Required formats:

Not specific

Timeliness (Vintage):

Within a month

Geographic extents:

License

Existing standards:

None