John McGrath

Director of ResApps Operations

John McGrath is Director of ResApps Operations responsible for the development and client support of the ResApps product line within ResFrac.

In previous lives, John has worked for several oilfield companies, including Schlumberger, Baker Atlas, and Corelab, being mostly focused on new product development and implementation.  This has resulted in spells in various locations around the world where the highlights were Thailand, The Netherlands, Wales, and now he calls Houston, Texas home.  Not too bad for a kid from a small village in Scotland who joined the oilfield in Aberdeen after getting an Honours degree in Civil Engineering several lifetimes ago.

John’s passion is working at the intersection between developing / commercializing new products and working with clients to deliver innovative solutions that solve real problems.  No two days are ever the same.

In his spare time John can be found either in his woodshop building furniture that his wife has no space for or under the hood of his 1962 Chevy C10 truck cajoling it into starting again.

John'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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