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dc.contributor.advisorMichael Fehler.en_US
dc.contributor.authorAlampi, Ann Men_US
dc.contributor.otherMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences.en_US
dc.coverage.spatialn-us-caen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-10-08T15:21:19Z
dc.date.available2014-10-08T15:21:19Z
dc.date.copyright2014en_US
dc.date.issued2014en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/90664
dc.descriptionThesis: S.B., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, 2014.en_US
dc.descriptionCataloged from PDF version of thesis.en_US
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references (page 33).en_US
dc.description.abstractHydraulic fracturing has fundamentally changed the oil and gas industry in the past 10 years. Bakersfield, California provides a unique case study because steam injection, a type of hydraulic fracturing, has been used there for more than 60 years. Seven companies, varying in size and strategy, use steam injection in California. Some of these companies use microseismic monitoring technologies to maximize production from hydrocarbon reservoirs. In this study, the effectiveness of microseismic monitoring to maximize production in California is explored. This is accomplished by comparing trends in oil and gas production volumes with each company's use of microseismic monitoring. This project found that operators that use microseismic most extensively have not achieved a competitive advantage over other operators. This means that substantial investments in monitoring research, installation and data interpretation have not paid off and may not be worthwhile. This result should help companies improve their current projects and shape future investment decisions.en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibilityby Ann M. Alampi.en_US
dc.format.extent37 pagesen_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherMassachusetts Institute of Technologyen_US
dc.rightsM.I.T. theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. See provided URL for inquiries about permission.en_US
dc.rights.urihttp://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/7582en_US
dc.subjectEarth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences.en_US
dc.titleEffectiveness of microseismic monitoring for optimizing hydraulic fracturing in Californiaen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.description.degreeS.B.en_US
dc.contributor.departmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences.en_US
dc.identifier.oclc890405101en_US


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