Current and Future Applications of Distributed Acoustic Sensing as a New Reservoir Geophysics Tool

Meng Li1, Hua Wang1, 3, *, Guo Tao1, 2
1 State Key Laboratory of Petroleum Resources and Prospecting, China University of Petroleum, Beijing, 102249, China;
2 Department of Petroleum Geosciences, The Petroleum Institute, P.O. Box 2533, Abu Dhabi, UAE;
3 Earth Resources Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, 02139, United States

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Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS) is a novel technique with low cost, no production deferment, complete coverage and repeatability for seismic data acquisition in vertical seismic profile (VSP), hydraulic fracturing monitoring, well and reservoir surveillance and micro-seismic detection. In this paper, we give a review on the field applications of DAS and the corresponding pre-processing methods as well as the limitations that hinder its further applications in exploration and production. Finally, future developments for DAS are discussed, including the enhancement of S/N ratio, precise determination of receiver channels in depth, rapid processing of massive data and integrated interpretation of multi-mode optical fiber.

Keywords: DAS, hydraulic fracturing monitoring, microseismic, pre-processing methods, VSP.