Oil & Gas Exploration

Vibroseis trucks used in oil and gas exploration product vibration that, when high enough, can cause damage to nearby homes, buildings and other structures.

Why Monitor Your Oil & Gas Exploration Project?

Oil and gas exploration is the search for petroleum deposits in the ground that can be harvested. One method of exploration involves producing vibrations at the surface to create a profile of the ground below. These vibrations travel through the ground and are reflected back to the surface by changes in soil types and densities. The time it takes these vibrations to return to the surface can be measured and used to create a seismic profile of the ground. Potential gas reservoirs could be found based on changes in the time it takes a vibration to return to the surface. The equipment used to create these vibrations is called a vibroseis or seismic vibrator truck. These trucks use a large weight to produce vibration at the grounds surface. When vibroseis trucks are used in an urban environment, there can be concern that the vibrations they create will cause damage to nearby homes, buildings and other structures.

Oil pipeline runs down mountainside
Three vibraseis trucks on edge of field

How Instantel Can Help

Instantel monitoring equipment records the vibration levels created by the vibroseis truck. When placed between an urban development and the vibroseis truck, recorded data can indicate whether any damage to the home or structure was caused by the vibrations from the oil exploration trucks. Understandably, when home or building owners feel the ground vibrations or hear their china cabinets rattle, they are lead to believe that their property is being damaged. Monitoring the vibrations created by the vibroseis trucks can be a best practice for oil and gas exploration companies to prevent liability complaints and financial penalties.

Micromate Monitoring System


Triaxial Geophone


Triaxial Geophone

Monitoring unit with four available channels: three channels for recording vibration on three planes and one channel for air overpressure or noise data. Records ground vibration in three planes: transverse, vertical and longitudinal. Available to meet ISEE, DIN and Swedish blasting standards.

How A Micromate Monitoring System Connects Using THOR Software Systems

Instantel’s monitoring system combines a monitoring unit with a geophone that measures vibration levels. The Micromate® monitoring unit is light-weight and small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. Recorded data can be viewed immediately on screen or saved on a connected USB thumb drive. The Micromate’s memory is limited only by the size and number of available USB drives. Recorded events can also be viewed on screen on the Micromate monitoring unit, so you can adjust the vibration levels before any damage has been caused or any concerns develop.

Using THOR, Instantel’s desktop software, you can download, print and store event data. THOR allows you to sort event data into projects that you configure. Projects can be set based on locations, cities or any other criteria you choose. That way you can maintain an historical record of the event data in order to protect you from future claims and liability.

Instantel’s equipment is lightweight and easy to install. Our equipment is rugged and reliable – it can handle anything you can throw at it.