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Microseismic event location using the Double-difference technique for multiplet analysis
- Author / Creator
- Castellanos, Fernando r
Microseismic event location provides a plethora of information about underground processes
such as hydraulic fracturing, steam injection or mining and volcano activities. Nevertheless,
accuracy is limited by acquisition geometry and errors in the velocity model and time picks.
Although microseismic events can happen anywhere, they tend to re-occur in the same
zone. This thesis describes a post-processing technique to relocate events originated in
the same source region based on the double-difference method. This technique includes a
crosscorrelation procedure to detect similar events and correct time picking errors. The
performance of the algorithm is tested on synthetic data and a set of microseismic events
recorded in a mine. The method significantly improves locations of similar events, compared
to a conventional grid-search algorithm, revealing seismicity patterns likely associated with
routine mining operations. The method also includes plots used for quality control of time
picking and event location, facilitating geological interpretations.
- Graduation date
- Fall 2013
- Type of Item
- Master of Science
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