Canada’s Nanometrics, which provides seismic monitoring solutions and equipment for studying manmade and natural seismicity, has signed a US$1.98 million contract to provide equipment and assist in deploying an earthquake monitoring system across the state of Texas. The TexNet Seismic Monitoring Program will allow for more precise determination of the location of earthquakes and increase the ability for researchers to investigate potential causes.
Under the agreement, Nanometrics will supply and assist in installing the instrumentation for TexNet, which is operated by the University of Texas’ Bureau of Economic Geology (BEG). Nanometrics also will help maintain network equipment after installation, allowing the BEG staff to focus on network management, scientific products, and research activities related to the resulting data.
Nanometrics will supply TexNet with 22 new permanent seismograph stations, which will be added to the existing backbone of 17 stations. Nanometrics will also supply 36 portable stations that will be maintained and deployed by the Bureau to target and respond to seismic events as necessary. The data produced will be delivered in near-real time to state databases and to the Incorporated Research Institute for Seismology. Some monitoring stations are expected to be online by early summer with the majority of the system deployed by the end of the year.
TexNet will allow oil and gas operators, university researchers, regulators, city planners, and others to access a catalogue of regional data about the level of seismicity of an area. TexNet will provide valuable baseline data to ensure that planning will be based on reliable, up-to-date information.
Nanometrics has offices in Ottawa and Calgary in Canada, in Beijing, and in Houston.