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Passive Seismic

Unlike traditional seismic technologies, passive seismic methods observes and measures the natural seismic activities which is already occurring underground or which is inducted.



Passive seismic is the observation of very small-scale earthquakes which occur naturally in the ground when energy is released as a result of rock failure along a fault or as a result of human activities.


Natural seismic activity or human inducted activities as mining, hydraulic fracturing, enhanced oil recovery, geothermal re-injection operations or underground gas storage changes the stress distribution or the volume of a rockmass, inducing a re-distribution of the seismic equilibrium with a releasing of energy in micro seismic events form arousing a re-distribuition of the stress within the rockmass which suddenly slip or shear along pre-existing zones of weakness such as along faults or fracture networks. 


Traditional micro seismic mapping determines the location and magnitude of the event and when micro seismicity is observed over time, operators may start to see patterns of seismicity related to production activities.


Passive seismic science grew out of earthquake seismology and low frequency spectroscopy, it  focuses on local micro-earthquakes (i.e. magnitude less than zero) detectable by array of 3D superficial, borehole or fore hole seismometers and on the seismic energy distribution over time.  


IPSS Advantage and Benefits


The quality of results and the advantages over conventional seismic, clearly indicate the benefits of this method, in oil, gas and geothermal exploration and delineation.


IPSS is the low frequency-dependency attenuation effect of the seismic wave field over an oil prospect.


Passive methods provide a continuous 4D record of seismicity in the monitoring and exploration region, rather than individual snapshots in time.


Passive Seismic Spectroscopy IPSS and Tomography PST operations

Explorations for hydrocarbon and geothermal purposes.