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Banff 2018 International Induced Seismicity Workshop: Oct. 24-27, 2018

Location: Banff Park Lodge, Banff, Alberta, Canada



The Banff 2018 induced seismicity workshop, hosted by the Canadian Induced Seismicity Collaboration ( and the Canadian Society for Unconventional Resources (, will bring together academics, industry and regulators to discuss learnings from induced seismicity.  The theme of the workshop is bridging and integrating knowledge across sectors, and across different induced seismicity settings and types.  The workshop will be held in Banff, Alberta, a national park setting in Canada’s Rocky Mountains that is known worldwide for its scenic beauty.  The format will be a single oral session, capped at 150 participants (including academics, industry, regulators; from Canada, the U.S., Europe and China); the workshop will strike a balance between regions and sectors to stimulate comprehensive discussions that encompass many perspectives.  The number of formal talks will be limited to allow ample Q&A and a discussion panel for each session.  Lively interactive poster sessions will facilitate wide-ranging presentations and discussions.

  • Town of Banff


All sessions will be held at Banff Park Lodge. All guests are requested to stay at the Banff Park Lodge or adjacent Bow Valley Lodge. Rooms should be booked as soon as possible, using the Group Booking ID for best rates:

By phone: 1 800 661 9266 Group Booking ID: 29530

By email: Please mention Group Booking ID: 29530

On-Line Booking: Select “Conferences & Meeting section” then move down to “Group Guestroom Bookings” on the bottom on the list. Group Booking ID: 29530 / Password: 37072192

Abstract Submission

There is a non-refundable $50 (+ GST) administration fee.
Deadline to submit is Friday, April 27, 2018!


Registration is now open.  To register, please visit

Further Information and Updates

Please send an email to to add your name to our list for further updates, or for general inquiries.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

15:00 – 16:00 Opening Plenary Session (Speaker:  Bill Ellsworth, Stanford University)

16:00 – 17:30 Posters

18:00 – 20:00 Icebreaker reception

Thursday, October 25, 2018

08:30 – 10:15 Processes Leading to Large Failure Events

Chair: Yehuda Ben-Zion, University of Southern California

Speakers: Ilia Zaliapin (University of Nevada, Reno); Georg Dresen (GFZ, Potsdam Germany); Ze’ev Reches (Ohio State University)

This session will discuss basic processes leading to transitions from ongoing small failure events to large earthquakes, and how to track approaching large events with recorded data. The discussed material will include perspectives from laboratory experiments, analysis of in-situ data and well-instrumented field experiments.

Panel Discussion

10:15 – 10:45 Coffee Break and Poster Session

10:45 – 12:45 Hazard and Mitigation

Chair:  Gail Atkinson, Western University

Speakers: Mark Petersen (USGS); Ryan Schultz (AGS); Norm Abrahamson (PG&E); Gail Atkinson (Western University)

Hazards to infrastructure and their mitigation are explored from several perspectives.  These include hindcasting of induced-seismicity hazard based on observations (such as 1-year hazard maps), and developments in forecasting models based on operational parameters and geological susceptibility, including machine-learning approaches.  Improvements to hazard models to better account for spatial and temporal clustering behaviours are also explored.

Panel Discussion

12:45 – 13:45 Lunch break

13:45 – 15:30 High-Quality Datasets:  Hits and Misses (Interactive sessionshorter talks with comments on possible uses of presented datasets)

Chair: David Eaton, University of Calgary

Speakers: Honn Kao (PGC); Elizabeth Cochran (USGS); Dario Baturan (Nanometrics); Dave Eaton (University of Calgary)

Acquisition of high-quality datasets has provided insights into underlying processes, ground-motion relationships and traffic light protocols for induced seismicity. The advent of large-N geophone arrays, in particular, offers new opportunities to characterize source-processes and wavefields. There are a number of challenges, however, that hinder high-quality data acquisition, including lack of access to sufficient proprietary data and/or suitable field locations. This session will cover recent successes as well as a retrospective look at remaining challenges.

Panel Discussion

15:30 – 17:00 Refreshments Break and Poster Session

17:30 – 21:00 The Nanometrics Conference Social Event – more information coming soon

Friday, October 26, 2018

08:30 – 10:00 Regulatory and Policy ApproachesPart 1

Chairs: Shawn Maxwell, Itasca-Image and Dan Allan, Canadian Society for Unconventional Resources

Speakers: Stu Venables (BCOGC); Todd Shipman (AER); Carol Crowfoot (AER); Ken Paulson (BCOGC)

10:00 – 10:30 Coffee Break and Poster Presentation

10:30 – 12:30 Regulatory and Policy Approaches – Part 2

Chairs: Shawn Maxwell, Itasca-Image and Dan Allan, Canadian Society for Unconventional Resources

Speakers: Rick Simmers (Ohio DNR); Stefan Weimer (EHZ)

Regulators and policy-setters from various jurisdictions will compare and contrast regulations in terms of objectives, technical assumptions and practical application. Regulations are typically based on traffic light protocols although the details of implementation, including magnitude thresholds and responses, vary significantly in different locations.

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch Break and Poster Session

13:30 – 15:00 Data Mining with Novel Analysis Techniques

Chairs: Yehuda Ben-Zion, University of Southern California and David Eaton, University of Calgary

Speakers: Dave Shelly (USGS); Zachary Ross (Caltech); Grzegorz Kwiatek (GFZ, Potsdam Germany)

Rapid increases in the quantity and quality of recorded seismic data sets, along with development of data mining techniques, have significantly increased our ability to extract robust information on the occurrence and properties of small earthquakes. Discussed techniques and applications include advanced use of templates and machine learning to develop detailed seismic catalogues and derive source properties of small events.

Panel Discussion

15:00 – 16:00 Refreshment Break and Poster Session

16:00 – 17:00 Closing Panel Discussion

Saturday, October 27, 2018

09:00 – 17:00 Optional Field Tripto Radium Hot Springs, BC

Trip Leader: David Eaton, University of Calgary