Danial Zeinabady

Senior Software Developer

Before joining ResFrac, Danial served as a reservoir engineering specialist at ShearFrac, where he spearheaded the development of a fully automated application for real-time post-fracture pressure decay analysis. He holds a PhD in petroleum engineering from the University of Calgary and a Bachelor’s degree in reservoir engineering from the Petroleum University of Technology in Iran. During his doctoral research, Danial focused on advancing the design and analysis of the diagnostic fracture injection test-flowback analysis (DFIT-FBA) method. During this time, he collaborated with leading oil and gas companies such as Ovintiv, Birchcliff Energy, ConocoPhillips, Origin Energy, TotalEnergies, and Encino Energy to implement the DFIT-FBA technique.

In his free time, Danial enjoys hiking, playing squash, volleyball, and avidly following mixed martial arts, football, and soccer.

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Danial's posts

Horizontal hydraulic fractures in shales: are they real?

In ResFrac, we are always challenging ourselves—what should we be doing better? What new capabilities should we add to the simulator? One of our newest projects is adding horizontal fracture propagation. Under most conditions, hydraulic fractures form vertically, not laterally. However, in specific circumstances, horizontal fractures develop. Sometimes, they form in addition to vertical fractures, and sometimes, they form exclusively without any vertical fractures. Horizontal fracture propagation has not conventionally been included in commercial hydraulic fracturing simulators, but we think this is a capability well-worth developing.

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Previewing the Seven(!) ResFrac Papers to be Presented at the Unconventional Resources Technology Conference

Next week, ResFrac will be coauthoring seven papers at the Unconventional Resources Technology Conference (URTeC). These papers include: operator case studies in the Haynesville, Marcellus, and Bakken, a study quantifying the effect of proppant uniformity on production and economics, a new procedure generalizing the Devon Quantification of Interference (DQI) method, and an excellent paper by a University of Texas PhD student on proppant flowback.

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Welcoming Dr. Thomas Finkbeiner to the team as a Senior Technical Advisor

ResFrac is honored to welcome Dr. Thomas Finkbeiner to the team as a Senior Technical Advisor. Having lived many years in the region and consulted with Saudi Aramco and others, Thomas brings valuable technical and regional expertise to the ResFrac team. We look forward to his contribution as we develop and penetrate the rapidly growing Middle East market.

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