ESG provides a broad range of microseismic services to help customers get the most from their microseismic data. These services range from routine data processing to developing customized analysis software for individual clients.

Microseismic System Design

Prior to installing any microseismic array, ESG recommends performing a feasibility study and array design to ensure that sensor placement is optimal for the desired monitoring zone. 

A feasibility study evaluates sensor types and array configuration to optimize performance of the microseismic system.  The goal of each monitoring system is to ensure maximum monitoring coverage and data quality, based on the specific geological characteristics of a site. 

The primary outputs from a feasibility study include minimum detection limits (minimum magnitude) and the expected quality of seismic source locations based on the location, type and quantity of sensors deployed.  From here, ESG can recommend an optimal array configuration for installation.

Installation, Training and Project Management

ESG has installed over 450 permanent and temporary microseismic monitoring systems around the world, spanning a variety of extreme geographical environments. Our experienced field teams can perform installations and a dedicated project manager will serve as a primary contact for clients.

ESG’s field installation team is composed of professional engineers and experienced technicians who can provide full service installation or act as technical consultants. Our field team routinely travels the world to be on-site during system installations, all of which are carefully planned with our customers before arriving on site. ESG’s field team can work with site electricians, geotechnical staff and IT resources to install the equipment and associated infrastructure.

Comprehensive training is also provided to site staff during the installation and commissioning phase of every project. Training may take place at client sites or at one of ESG’s global offices.

ESG’s microseismic monitoring systems are built at our manufacturing location in Kingston, Canada. As such, we have complete flexibility to customize each microseismic system to meet the needs of each site. 

Data Processing and Interpretation

ESG is a leader in microseismic data processing, imaging and interpretation. Whether we're performing daily monitoring or processing complex datasets, we take pride in our accuracy, quality and quick turn-around. ESG offers a full suite of data processing and reporting services, eliminating the need for dedicated processing personnel on site.

Through more than 20 years of experience with microseismic data, our in-house expertise has allowed ESG to become one of the most well respected microseismic processing centers in the world.  Data is streamed to our offices for real-time remote processing by trained geophysical staff. 

ESG has developed an unparalleled suite of analytical techniques designed to maximize the value of acquired microseismic data. Many of these advanced interpretive capabilities are unique to ESG and are used to ensure clients are receiving the highest quality interpretive result.

ESG’s data processing and interpretation services offer:

  • A dedicated data processing group with highly trained geophysical staff
  • Full remote processing with real-time data uploaded to client sites
  • Daily/weekly/monthly analysis and reporting
  • Quality control reporting
  • Comprehensive advanced microseismic analysis and consulting services

Advanced Analytics and Consulting Services

As experts in the field of microseismics, ESG invests heavily in R&D to continually extract greater meaning from full-waveform seismic data.  The result is state-of-the-art instrumentation, powerful, customized software and a suite of analytical techniques to better explain rockmass behaviour.

ESG’s consulting services are designed to use this expertise to give geotechnical and ground control engineers a higher level of understanding of how a rockmass is responding to stress changes, helping them to improve decisions that impact operations.

Advantages of microseismic consulting services:

Identify geological structures:  Identify and quantify previously unknown geological structures which are being activated within a volume during mining processes.

Source mechanism analysis: Understand the failure mechanisms responsible for seismicity and use this information to perform 3D deformation and stress tensor analysis.

More accurate event relocation: Apply computationally intensive techniques such as double-difference and complex 3D raytracing to select clusters of seismic activity to improve spatial accuracy and resolution.

Temporary portable seismic acquisition: Deploy portable seismic equipment for temporary microseismic acquisition in a targeted zone-of-interest to better characterize the type and magnitude of seismicity and understand how seismicity may impact the site over time.

PPV and source parameter analysis:  Temporal and spatial analysis of a range of parameters including PPV, magnitude, b-value, Es/Ep, apparent stress and source dimension for greater understanding of rockmass behaviour. 

Comprehensive site evaluation:  Optimally designed sensor arrays take into account geological or structural aspects of a site that may impact the transmission of seismic signals, ensuring maximum detection sensitivity and highest quality results.

Calibration: Full system calibration ensures that the microseismic system performs optimally after installation and is configured to record and visualize the data you want.

Customized software development:  ESG’s in-house software development team is able to customize software based on client needs to reflect guidelines, standards or specific client requests.  Over the years, much of our client-directed software customization for data analysis, output or visualization has made its way into yearly standard releases of ESG’s HSS Suite.

Maintenance and Technical Support

ESG provides on-going support to all clients through customized product and service maintenance programs.

Our field personnel and project managers are dedicated to ensuring that ESG’s microseismic monitoring systems operate at the highest efficiency and provide the maximum return on investment for our clients. Following the installation of a microseismic system, ESG provides ongoing maintenance and support options including:

  • Training (either on-site or at Corporate/Regional Offices)
  • Diagnostic tools, software and hardware upgrades
  • Regularly scheduled on-site maintenance
  • 24/7 on-call technicians
  • Phone and email technical support

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