DESIGNED to help deal with the seismic impact of fracking and other unconventional oil and gas activity, Canadian-designed QuakeMonitor technology is now available in Australia.

QuakeMonitor identifies and reports induced seismic activity back to an operator in near real-time, typically less than three minutes, using the system’s onboard processing capabilities, sending out either email or text alerts to an operator and to a pre-determined list of employees or relevant third parties.

GeoEMS/Weir-Jones and Associates spokesman Steven Taylor said that the induced seismicity monitoring system did not need to be someone else’s science project.

“Rather, to get the job done a single sensor or possibly a small network of sensors (for location) placed on the surface are all that is necessary,” he said.

“Incorporating a minimum of three stations will monitor the magnitudes and location within a region. A single station setup will be able to detect the event distance and magnitude but not provide the location.”

Developed by Weir-Jones and Associates in conjunction with GeoEnergy Monitoring Systems (GeoEMS), the SmartSensor-based system helps oil and gas companies and regulators deal with induced seismic activity.

It is designed for oil and gas operators who want to minimise the risk of mandated operational shutdowns and regulatory penalties, resulting from the inducing of seismicity during fracking or fluid disposal.

QuakeMonitor is a standalone system designed, developed, and implemented by a team of earth scientists and engineers who have worked in the induced seismicity monitoring and regulatory sectors in the US, Canada, and overseas for more than 40 years.

It provides all stakeholders with greater peace of mind by ensuring that fracking operations are undertaken in a responsible manner in compliance with regulatory requirements.

In Alberta, Canada, where fracking operations are believed to have caused a significant increase in the number of induced earthquakes, regulations have been introduced that requires frac operators to monitor all seismic activity and to report any local magnitude events greater than two and stop operations over four.