Yearly Archives: 2019


Silixa to attend the first EAGE workshop on Fibre Optic Sensing, Reservoir and Production Monitoring

Connect with us at the first EAGE Workshop on Fibre Optic Sensing, Reservoir and Production Monitoring in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, on 9-11 March 2020.

Advancements in fibre optic sensing technologies have led to increased use in reservoir and production monitoring applications within the energy industry. Distributed-sensing techniques allow for wide measurement aperture of physical properties such as temperature, pressure, strain and acoustics with increased accuracy and cost-effectiveness in geoscience applications.

This workshop is to solidify the understanding of fibre optic sensing technologies within the geoscience community.

For more information please contact us.

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First EAGE Workshop on Fibre Optic Sensing, Reservoir and Production Monitoring


2019-12-12T16:02:59+00:00December 12th, 2019|Events, News|

Silixa exhibiting at the SPE Hydraulic Fracturing Technology Conference and Exhibition in The Woodlands, TX, USA on 4-6 February 2020

Silixa will be exhibiting at the SPE Hydraulic Fracturing Technology Conference and Exhibition in The Woodlands, TX, USA on 4-6 February 2020.

We have introduced the world’s first fiber optic intervention hydraulic fracture monitoring service, Carina® XwellXpress™. The service allows for the real-time monitoring of the build-up of poro-elastic strain, identification of frac hits, while accurately co-locating microseismic events, and collecting high-quality seismic data. This enables operators to optimize well spacing and change frac designs on the fly to improve production and reduce overall completion costs.

To see how we can expand your hydraulic fracture monitoring and seismic acquisition options please visit us at our stand #109 or email to arrange a meeting.

The SPE Hydraulic Fracturing Technology Conference and Exhibition showcases existing and new hydraulic fracturing technologies, using experiences from fracture-stimulated wells, and the application of global learnings.

For more information please contact us.

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SPE Hydraulic Fracturing Technology Conference and Exhibition 2020


2020-01-14T11:40:47+00:00December 12th, 2019|Events, News|

Silixa presenting at AGU’s Fall Meeting in San Francisco on 9-13 December 2019

Join our presentation on Shallow seismic methods for monitoring soil structure on canal erosion using Fiber Optic Distributed Acoustic Sensor (DAS) at AGU in San Francisco on 9 December 2019.

The presentation will detail a case study on leakage detection where the leakage occurs through the protective clay layer lining the water bottom of canals. In order to maintain and improve the quality of water ways, understanding of the surface water – groundwater – sediment – subsurface interaction is important. Fibre Optic Distributed Acoustic Sensor (DAS) has been demonstrated to be capable of dense spatial sampling in order to determine small scale geological and geotechnical characterisation in the shallow subsurface.

The results of the case study indicate that fibre-optic distributed sensing can be a future toolkit for sediment related applications, such us sediment transport and canal lining erosion detection.

Full details:

Session: H11D. Advances in Subsurface Characterization and Monitoring Using Geophysical and Hydrogeological Methods I
Presentation Type: Oral
Final Paper Number: H11D-06
Day/Time: Monday, 9 December 2019: 08:00 – 10:00, Moscone West, 2022-2024, L2

Further Silixa-affiliated presentations:

S11F-0388 – Addressing Processing Challenges for Fibre-Optic DAS Recordings of Microseimic Events in Anisotropic Media

S11F-0389 – Conventional Filtering and Picking Methodologies Applied to DAS Microseismic Data

For more information please contact us.



2019-12-03T14:13:25+00:00December 3rd, 2019|Events, News|

Silixa announces its involvement with Anglo American developing Quellaveco, one of the world’s largest undeveloped copper deposits located in Peru

Silixa has announced its involvement with Anglo American, the innovation-led global mining company with a diverse portfolio of products, with their major new project at Quellaveco, one of the largest undeveloped copper deposits located in the Moquegua region of Peru.

Quellaveco, Anglo American’s flagship development project with a $ 5bn investment, is set to become one of the world’s most advanced mines, using less water, less energy and cutting-edge technologies, reducing the physical footprint for every ounce of extracted mineral.

Quellaveco is the first plant that has been designed from the outset to use Silixa’s non-intrusive FibreWrap™ technology. The distributed acoustic sensing-based monitoring solution will have 145 sensing zones with nearly 80km of fibreoptic cable functioning as the sensing element, delivering continuous flow measurements to enable operators to optimize their processes.

This flow metering system, comprising individual zones of wrapped fibre on process pipes, measures the speed of turbulent eddies without disrupting process flow or requiring costly calibration. It is attractive for mineral processing plants because the sensing fibre is both low-cost and non-intrusive, and it has no requirement for power at the measurement locations. The sensing architecture makes it possible to measure several flows simultaneously. The optical fibre, wrapped densely around the exterior of a flowing pipe, is interrogated with iDAS (intelligent Distributed Acoustic Sensor) to reveal the flow speed within the pipe. By connecting several such wrapped sections in series, the system makes it possible to measure up to 25 flows using a single optical sensing circuit.

FibreWrap™ is compatible with liquid, gas, slurry, froth and reagent flows.

With ore reserves estimated to be 1.3 billion tonnes, Quellaveco is predicted to produce 300,000 tonnes of copper per year in the first 10 years of operation. The project will also create 14,000 jobs during the construction phase and 2500 jobs during normal operations.

For more information please contact us.

2019-11-07T09:13:22+00:00November 7th, 2019|News|

Silixa strengthens its commitment to Carbon Capture and Storage monitoring technology development with new appointment

Silixa announces that Anna Stork joins the company’s UK branch in the capacity of Senior Geophysical Analyst, effective immediately.

Anna joins Silixa with 15+ years’ experience in seismology research and microseismic monitoring. Having worked for the University of Bristol, she specialized in using Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) and hydraulic fracturing industry data to develop microseismic event detection and ambient noise tomographic techniques. Her work has been published widely in academic and industry forums.

“I am very pleased to welcome Anna to our team,” said Glynn Williams, Silixa’s CEO. “Over the course of the coming decades, as the world moves towards lower carbon energy, it will be more important than ever to embrace innovation, which has always been the foundation of Silixa.

We are dedicated to being part of the solution to the climate change challenges and I am confident that Anna’s expertise will drive our commitment to delivering highly reliable monitoring solutions in the area of Carbon Capture and Storage, the only technology available today that has the potential to capture greenhouse gas on large scale.

Our engineered distributed acoustic sensor, Carina® Sensing System, with its ground-breaking performance, ensures maximum safety at any CCS facility during all phases of the sequestration process by providing reliable, continuous monitoring. Anna’s aim is to exploit the full potential of the system through developments in passive seismic monitoring techniques for CCS and other environmental applications.”

Anna holds a Master’s Degree in Physics from the University of Manchester, a Master of Science degree in geophysics from Durham University and a Doctorate in Seismology from the University of Oxford.

For more information please contact us.

2019-10-17T08:29:57+00:00October 17th, 2019|News|

Silixa to present at the AGE/BVG/FKPE Joint Workshop on Borehole Geophysics and Geothermal Energy on 22 November 2019 in Munich, Germany

Join us for our presentation at the AGE/BVG/FKPE Joint Workshop on Borehole Geophysics and Geothermal Energy on 22 November 2019 in Munich, Germany.

Athena Chalari, Silixa’s BDM Europe for Environmental & Industrial Applications, will be presenting on Seismic Methods for Geothermal Reservoir Characterization and Monitoring Using Fiber Optic Distributed Acoustic and Temperature Sensor (DAS and DTS).

Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS) offer unique monitoring and characterization challenges. The harsh, high temperature downhole environment and heterogeneous nature of discrete hydraulic features, usually governed by discontinuous fractures and faults, requires robust measurement technology with advanced resolution capability.

Borehole DAS installations are often associated with VSP surveys. However, tomographic seismic, earthquake seismology, and microseismic applications have also been demonstrated at geothermal fields.
The spatio-temporal resolution achieved with Silixa’s distributed temperature sensors allows for characterization of hydrothermal processes as well as estimation of thermal diffusivity with depth.

Athena will present on the use of fibre optic distributed temperature and acoustic systems at both hydrothermal and EGS sites.

For more information please contact us.

Related Links: AGE/BVG/FKPE Joint Workshop on Borehole Geophysics and Geothermal Energy


2019-09-16T15:23:20+00:00September 10th, 2019|Events, News|

Silixa presenting at the SPE Aberdeen Inwell Monitoring & Surveillance Seminar 2019

Connect with us at the SPE Aberdeen Inwell Monitoring & Surveillance Seminar 2019 on 2 October 2019, where we will be presenting a case study on the use of engineered fibre optic sensing for production profiling.

Veronique Mahue, Silixa’s Data Science Lead & Flow Application Principal, will reveal how recent technology advances in the application of distributed fibre optic sensing enabled flow profiling of a horizontal tight gas producer, using both DAS and DTS recordings. The case study will demonstrate that DAS/DTS sensing cable interventions are a viable means to answer production or injection questions in wells that are difficult to address with conventional technologies.

During a survey, for the first time, a hybrid electric-line cable incorporating new engineered fibres was used for production monitoring.

The high sensitivity of Silixa’s engineered acoustic system, Carina® Sensing System,  allows for measurements of the propagating speed of sound in the well, hence enabling direct flow velocity measurements during a production interval. This translates as downhole velocity trending and flow profiling.

This new level of DAS data quality has led to enhanced inflow detection methods capable of identifying production entry points normally below DAS sensitivity thresholds. Examples of these detections will be shared during the presentation.

The presentation will conclude with a review of wrapped fibre optic arrangements that can be used, with DAS, to obtain surface and downhole flow meter readings to further improve the quality of production or injection profiling analysis.

SPE Aberdeen’s 4th Inwell Monitoring and Surveillance Seminar will explore advances in monitoring surveillance techniques, applications of data and flow control in the oil and gas industry.

For more information please contact us.

Related Links: SPE Aberdeen’s 4th Inwell Monitoring and Surveillance Seminar 2019

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2019-10-01T10:31:22+00:00October 1st, 2019|Events, News, News & events pages|

Silixa presenting at ATCE 2019 in Calgary, Canada on 30 September-2 October 2019

Join us for our presentation at ATCE 2019 in Calgary, Canada where Garth Naldrett, Silixa’s Chief Products Officer, will present on “Cluster Flow Identification During Multi-rate Flow Testing Using a Wireline Tractor Conveyed Distributed Fiber Optic Sensing System with Engineered Fiber on a HPHT Horizontal Unconventional Gas Producer in the Liard Basin” on 30 September 2019 at 14.00 pm.

Garth’s presentation will focus on Silixa’s engineered Carina® Sensing System and its exceptional performance that enables production monitoring in horizontal wells where the thermal and acoustic flow signatures are very small.

He will present the results of a field survey in the Liard Basin, where the flow performance of a horizontal unconventional gas producer was investigated when cluster flow has been detected and quantified. The method employed is the first use of a wireline deployed engineered fiberoptic Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS) system for the purpose of production monitoring.

The results of this survey yielded remarkable insights that informed the operator on the completion efficiency and the relationship between the total production rate and cluster activity.

Silixa would like to thank Chevron ETC for their assistance in the Carina® technology development and Chevron Canada for their participation in the field deployment.

For more information please contact us.

Related Links: ATCE 2019

2019-09-26T14:57:11+00:00September 17th, 2019|Events, News|

Silixa presenting at SEG 2019 in San Antonio, TX, USA on 15-20 September 2019

Connect with us at SEG 2019 in San Antonio, TX, USA on 15-19 September 2019 where we will be presenting on our market leading distributed acoustic sensing solutions and latest applications.

Mahmoud Farhadiroushan, Silixa’s Executive Director, will present on High-resolution Distributed Acoustic Sensor Using Engineered Fiber for Hydraulic Fracture Monitoring and Optimization in Unconventional Completions on Tuesday, 17 September at 10.00 am. (Session: SS 4 DAS Borehole and Microseismic Geophysics for Unconventionals, Location: 303B 5)

The presentation will reveal how Silixa’s Carina® XwellXpress™ monitoring solution can provide insight into reservoirs, enabling operators to improve stimulation and completion designs and deal with the growing concern of interwell communications.

Carina® Sensing System, the next generation of a DAS system utilizing the engineered fiber offers 100x improvement in sensitivity compared to standard fiber and provides unprecedented data quality both on permanent and wireline intervention cables. The intervention wireline cable can be economically deployed for crosswell strain identification on frac hits, microseismic monitoring and time-lapse VSP acquisition. The wireline data can be combined with the permanently installed fibers to provide a wide volume coverage for fracture monitoring and completion diagnostics.

Feeding in the combined near-real-time datasets into the completion workflow, a better understanding of the key operational decisions can be gained to optimize the completion process with a high level of confidence. These measurements lead to better frac design, sequencing decisions and better ultimate oil recovery from the reservoir.

For more information please contact us.

Related Links: SEG 2019 Technical Program


2019-09-16T15:32:00+00:00September 16th, 2019|Events, News|

Silixa’s Environmental, Infrastructure & Mining division opens new office in Missoula, MT, USA

Due to the increased demand for Silixa’s distributed sensing-based monitoring solutions for Environmental, Infrastructure & Mining applications, Silixa has opened a new office in Missoula, Montana, USA.

With an ever-increasing burden on the environment and infrastructure due to climate change and the need to safely exploit the world’s natural resources, Silixa’s fiber optic solutions are ideal. They offer high spatial & temporal profiling over large surfaces, long lengths and at locations where conventional point sensing is not applicable or cost effective.

The company’s distributed temperature sensing systems, ULTIMA™ DTS and XT-DTS™, have been the instrument of choice for a wide range of environmental applications, such as soil moisture monitoring, thermocline profiling in lakes and oceans, seepage rate estimation in dams, groundwater-surface water interaction, and fractured rock flow characterization for a number of years. Silixa’s temperature sensing systems have also been adopted by industry for monitoring critical processes where high degrees of spatial coverage, fine resolution and accuracy, and reliability are required.

The company’s phase-coherent DAS systems, iDAS™ (intelligent Distributed Acoustic Sensior) and the Carina® Sensing System, measure the true acoustic field over several kilometers of sensing cable. Acoustic data can be collected with a spatial resolution as fine as every meter, providing a denser dataset than any other traditional point sensor could offer. These advancements are utilized both in active and passive seismic monitoring. Recent advancements in distributed acoustic sensing and the introduction of Silixa’s engineered acoustic sensing system, the Carina Sensing System, have also opened new perspectives with increased geophysical surveying activities including microseismic monitoring and 4D seismic applications for enhanced geothermal systems (EGS) and CO2 sequestration.

The North American branch of Silixa’s Environmental, Infrastructure & Mining division led by Thomas Coleman will focus on continued improvement in services to support increased demand in core application areas, while also facilitating the adoption of distributed sensing for emerging applications across a variety of industries and applications.

The new office is a testimony to the company’s commitment to finding and providing solutions to pressing challenges faced by both industry and the environment.

For more information please contact us.

2019-09-06T08:37:34+00:00September 6th, 2019|News|
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