Shawn Maxwell is chief geophysicist and microseismic adviser for Schlumberger’s Microseismic Services corporate business unit and is based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He has been a pioneer in the use of imaging hydraulic fractures using microseismic, particularly for shale reservoirs. Maxwell has authored numerous engineering and geophysical papers highlighting all aspects of microseismic acquisition, processing, and interpretation, with a particular emphasis on practical application to engineering challenges. He was a 2013 SPE distinguished lecturer, presenting “What Have We Learned about Fracturing Shales after 12 Years of Microseismic Mapping?” Maxwell served as a lecturer at Keele University in England after earning a Ph.D. specializing in microseismology from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
Maxwell published Microseismic Imaging of Hydraulic Fracturing: Improved Engineering of Unconventional Shale Reservoirs (SEG Distinguished Instructor Series No. 17) with SEG in 2014. The book covers the use of microseismic data to enhance engineering design of hydraulic fracturing and well completion and describes the design, acquisition, processing, and interpretation of an effective microseismic project. The text includes a tutorial of the basics of hydraulic fracturing, including the geologic and geomechanical factors that control fracture growth.