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Mark McClure

mark@resfrac.com

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Education and employment background

Founder and CEO, ResFrac Corporation, September 2015 - present

Adjunct Professor, Department of Energy Resources Engineering, Stanford University, October 2016 - present

Consulting Professor, Department of Energy Resources Engineering, Stanford University, September 2015 - September 2016

Assistant Professor, Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, January 2013 - August 2015

PhD Energy Resources Engineering, Stanford University, 2012

MS Petroleum Engineering, Stanford University, 2009

BS Chemical Engineering, Stanford University, 2009

Awards and honors

 

Society of Petroleum Engineers Young Member Service Award, Western North American Region, 2018

Editor's Citation for Excellence in Refereeing from the Journal of Geophysical Research - Solid Earth, 2016

Exceptional Reviewer for Geology, 2016

Society of Petroleum Engineers Regional Technical Award for Completions Optimization and Technology, Southwest North America Region, 2015

 

Recipient of Society of Petroleum Engineers New Faculty Research Grant, 2014

Outstanding Service as a Technical Editor for SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering, 2014

 

Hank Ramey Award for Outstanding Research and Service to the Department from the Stanford Department of Energy Resources Engineering, 2012

Best paper in the journal Geophysics from the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, 2011

 

References

Link to list of papers on Google Scholar

Publications

Norbeck, Jack Hunter, Mark W. McClure, and Roland N. Horne (2018), Field observations at the Fenton Hill enhanced geothermal system test site support mixed-mechanism stimulation, Geothermics, 74, doi: ​10.1016/j.geothermics.2018.03.003.

McClure, Mark (2018), Bed load proppant transport during slickwater hydraulic fracturing: Insights from comparisons between published laboratory data and correlations for sediment and pipeline slurry transport, Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, preprint, doi:10.1016/j.petrol.2017.11.043.

White, Mark, Pengcheng Fu, Mark McClure, George Danko, Derek Elsworth, Eric Sonnenthal, Sharad Kelkar, Robert Podgorney (2017), A suite of benchmark and challenge problems for enhanced geothermal systems, Geomechanics and Geophysics for Geo-Energy and Geo-Resources, preprint, doi:10.1007/s40948-017-0076-0.

McClure, Mark (2017), The spurious deflection on the log-log superposition-time derivative plots of diagnostic fracture injection tests, SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering, preprint, doi:10.2118/186098-PA.

McClure, M., R. Gibson, K.-K. Chiu, and R. Ranganath (2017), Identifying potentially induced seismicity and assessing statistical significance in Oklahoma and California, Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 122, doi:10.1002/2016JB013711.
 

Griffith, Chris, and Mark McClure (2016), Insights from pressure transients at observation wells near hydraulically fractured wells in a domestic shale play, Interpretation, 4(4), T567-T576, 10.1190/INT-2015-0182.1.

Ma, Yiwei, and Mark W. McClure (2016), The effect of polymer rheology and induced fracturing on injectivity and pressure-transient behavior, SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering, 20(2), 10.2118/184389-PA.

Oyedere, M., K. Gray, and M. W. McClure (2016), Numerical investigation of a novel hypothesis for fracture termination and crossing, with applications to lost circulation mitigation and hydraulic fracturing, Journal of Unconventional Oil and Gas Resources, 15, 122-133, doi:10.1016/j.juogr.2016.07.003.

Li, T., S. Shiozawa, and M. W. McClure (2016), Thermal breakthrough calculations to optimize design of a multiple-stage Enhanced Geothermal System, Geothermics, 64, 455-465, doi:10.1016/j.geothermics.2016.06.015.
 

Jung, Hojung, Mukul M. Sharma, Dave D. Cramer, Sean Oakes, and Mark W. McClure (2016), Re-examining interpretations of non-ideal behavior during diagnostic fracture injection tests, Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, 145, 114-136, doi: 10.1016/j.petrol.2016.03.016.

McClure, Mark W., Hojung Jung, Dave D. Cramer, and Mukul M. Sharma (2016), The fracture-compliance method for picking closure pressure from diagnostic fracture-injection tests, SPE Journal, 21(4), 1331-1339, doi: 10.2118/179725-PA.

 

Shiozawa, Sogo and Mark McClure (2016), Simulation of proppant transport with gravitational settling and fracture closure in a three-dimensional hydraulic fracturing simulator, Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, 138, 298-314, doi: 10.1016/j.petrol.2016.01.002.

 

McClure, Mark W., Mohsen Babazadeh, Sogo Shiozawa, and Jian Huang (2016), Fully coupled hydromechanical simulation of hydraulic fracturing in 3D discrete-fracture networks, SPE Journal, 21(4), 1302-1320, doi: 10.2118/173354-PA.

 

Norbeck, Jack H., Mark W. McClure, Jonathan W. Lo, and Roland Horne (2015), An embedded fracture modeling framework for simulation of hydraulic fracturing and shear stimulation, Computational Geosciences, doi: 10.1007/s10596-015-9543-2.

 

McClure, M. W. (2015), Generation of large postinjection-induced seismic events by backflow from dead-end faults and fractures, Geophysical Research Letters, 42, doi:10.1002/2015GL065028.

 

Javadpour, F., M. McClure, and M. E. Naraghi (2015), Slip-corrected liquid permeability and its effect on hydraulic fracturing and fluid loss in shale, Fuel, 160, 549-559, doi:10.1016/j.fuel.2015.08.017.

Huang, J., R. Safari, U. Mutlu, K. Burns, I. Geldmacher, M. McClure, and S. Jackson (2015), Natural-hydraulic fracture interaction: Microseismic observations and geomechanical predictions, Interpretation, 3(3), SU17-SU31, doi:10.1190/INT-2014-0233.1.

McClure, M. W., and R. N. Horne (2014), An investigation of stimulation mechanism in Enhanced Geothermal Systems, International Journal of Rock Mechanics & Mining Sciences, 72, 242-260, doi: 10.1016/j.ijrmms.2014.07.011.

 

McClure, M. W., and R. N. Horne (2014), Correlations between formation properties and induced seismicity during high pressure injection into granitic rock, Engineering Geology, 175, 74-80, doi: 10.1016/j.enggeo.2014.03.015.

McClure, M. W. (2014), Diagnostic fracture injection tests with complex fracture networks, The Leading Edge, 33(5), 546-548, doi: 10.1190/tle33050546.1.

McClure, M. W., and R. N. Horne (2014), Characterizing hydraulic fracturing with a tendency-for-shear-stimulation test, SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering, SPE 166332, 17(2), 233-243, doi: 10.2118/166332-PA.

 

McClure, M. W. (2013), Understanding, diagnosing, and modeling causes of fracture network complexity in unconventional reservoirs, The Leading Edge, 32(12), 1494-1500, doi: 10.1190/tle32121494.1.

 

McClure, M. W., and R. N. Horne (2013), Discrete Fracture Network Modeling of Hydraulic Stimulation: Coupling Flow and Geomechanics, SpringerBriefs in Earth Sciences, Springer International Publishing, Heidelberg, Germany, doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-00383-2.

 

McClure, M. W., and R. N. Horne (2011), Investigation of injection-induced seismicity using a coupled fluid flow and rate/state friction model, Geophysics, 76(6), WC181-WC198, doi: 10.1190/​geo2011-0064.1.

Conference papers and reports

McClure, M. W., and C. A. Kang (2018), Applying a Combined Hydraulic Fracturing, Reservoir, and Wellbore Simulator: Staged Field Experiment #3, Cluster Spacing, and Stacked Parent/Child Frac Hits, paper presented at the SPE Western Regional Meeting, SPE 190049, Garden Grove, CA.

McClure, Mark (2017), An accurate and efficient method for calculating fluid exchange between fractures and matrix with a non-conforming mesh, arXiv:1709.02493.

McClure, M. W., and C. A. Kang (2017), A Three-Dimensional Reservoir, Wellbore, and Hydraulic Fracturing Simulator that is Compositional and Thermal, Tracks Proppant and Water Solute Transport, Includes Non-Darcy and Non-Newtonian Flow, and Handles Fracture Closure, paper presented at the SPE Reservoir Simulation Symposium, SPE 182593, Montgomery, TX.

Meyer, G., C. Baujard, R. Hehn, A. Genter, and M. McClure (2017), Analysis and numerical modelling of pressure drops observed during hydraulic stimulation of GRT-1 geothermal well (Rittershoffen, France), paper presented at the 42nd Workshop on Geothermal Reservoir Engineering, Stanford, CA.

White, M. D., P. Fu, and M. McClure (2017), Outcomes from a collaborative approach to a code comparison study for Enhanced Geothermal Systems, paper presented at the 42nd Workshop on Geothermal Reservoir Engineering, Stanford, CA.

White, M. D., et al. (2016), Benchmark Problems of the Geothermal Technologies Office Code Comparison Study, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA.

Norbeck, Jack, Mark McClure, and Roland Horne (2016), Revisiting Stimulation Mechanism at Fenton Hill and an Investigation of the Influence of Fault Heterogeneity on the Gutenberg-Richter b-value for Rate-and-State Earthquake Simulations, paper presented at the 41st Workshop on Geothermal Reservoir Engineering, Stanford University.

Htaik, Thein and Mark McClure (2016), Characterizing pressure transients in shear-stimulated fracture networks, paper presented at the 41st Workshop on Geothermal Reservoir Engineering, Stanford University.

 

Shiozawa, Sogo and Mark McClure (2016), Comparison of pseudo-3D and fully-3D simulations of proppant tranport in hydraulic fractures, including gravitational settling, formation of proppant banks, tip-screen out, and fracture closure, SPE 179132, paper presented at the SPE Hydraulic Fracturing Conference, The Woodlands, TX.

 

McClure, Mark W., Hojung Jung, Dave D. Cramer, and Mukul M. Sharma (2015), A critical reexamination of methods for picking closure pressure from diagnostic fracture injection tests, paper presented at the 9th Annual Meeting of the Hydraulic Fracturing and Sand Control Joint Industry Project, Austin, TX.

 

Senthilnathan, S., and M. W. McClure (2015), Exploring conceptual models of hydraulic fracture network growth, paper presented at the 49th US Rock Mechanics / Geomechanics Symposium, San Francisco, CA.

 

Babazadeh, M., and M. McClure (2015), Coupling fluid flow and geomechanics in a three-dimensional discrete fracture network simulator, paper presented at the 49th US Rock Mechanics / Geomechanics Symposium, San Francisco, CA.

 

Ghassemi, A., S. Kelkar, and M. McClure (2015), Influence of fracture shearing on fluid flow and thermal behavior of an EGS reservoir - Geothermal code comparison study, paper presented at the Fourtieth Workshop on Geothermal Reservoir Engineering, Stanford University.

 

Shiozawa, S., and M. McClure (2015), Simulation of Proppant Transport in 2D Discrete Fracture Networks, paper presented at the Fourtieth Workshop on Geothermal Reservoir Engineering, Stanford University.

 

McClure, M. W., M. Babazadeh, S. Shiozawa, and J. Huang (2015), Fully coupled hydromechanical simulation of hydraulic fracturing in three-dimensional discrete fracture networks, SPE 170956, paper presented at the SPE Hydraulic Fracturing Technology Conference, The Woodlands, TX.

 

McClure, M. W., C. A. J. Blyton, H. Jung, and M. M. Sharma (2014), The effect of changing fracture compliance on pressure transient behavior during diagnostic fracture injection tests, SPE 170956, paper presented at the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
 

Li, T., S. Shiozawa, and M. McClure (2014), Thermal breakthrough calculations to optimize design of a multiple-stage Enhanced Geothermal System, Geothermal Resources Council Transactions, 38.

 

McClure, M. W. (2014), The potential effect of network complexity on recovery of injected fluid following hydraulic fracturing, SPE 168991, paper presented at the SPE Unconventional Resources Conference - USA, The Woodlands, TX.

 

Shiozawa, S., and M. McClure (2014), EGS designs with horizontal wells, multiple stages, and proppant, paper presented at the Thirty-Ninth Workshop on Geothermal Reservoir Engineering, Stanford, CA.

 

McClure, M. (2014), Stimulation mechanism and the direction of propagation of microseismicity, paper presented at the Thirty-Ninth Workshop on Geothermal Reservoir Engineering, Stanford, CA.

 

McClure, M., and R. Horne (2013), Characterizing hydraulic fracturing with a tendency for shear stimulation test, SPE 166332-MS, paper presented at the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, New Orleans, LA, doi:10.2118/166332-MS.

 

McClure, M. W., and R. N. Horne (2013), Conditions required for shear stimulation in EGS, paper presented at the 2013 European Geothermal Congress, Pisa, Italy.

 

McClure, M. W., and M. D. Zoback (2013), Computational investigation of trends in initial shut-in pressure during multi-stage hydraulic stimulation in the Barnett Shale, paper prepared for presentation at the 47th US Rock Mechanics / Geomechanics Symposium, San Francisco, CA.

 

McClure, M. W., and R. N. Horne (2013), Is Pure Shear Stimulation always the mechanism of stimulation in EGS?, paper presented at the Thirty-Eighth Workshop on Geothermal Reservoir Engineering, Stanford, CA.

 

McClure, M. W. (2012), Modeling and characterization of hydraulic stimulation and induced seismicity in geothermal and shale gas reservoirs, PhD Thesis, Stanford University, Stanford, California.

 

McClure, M. W., and R. N. Horne (2012), Opening mode stimulation or shear stimulation?, Geothermal Resources Council Transactions, 36, 515-522.

 

Zoback, M., A. Kohli, I. Das, and M. McClure (2012), The importance of slow slip on faults during hydraulic fracturing stimulation of shale gas reservoirs, SPE 155476, paper presented at the SPE Americas Unconventional Resources Conference, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania USA, doi:10.2118/155476-MS.

 

McClure, M. W., and R. N. Horne (2012), The effect of fault zone development on induced seismicity, paper presented at the Thirty-Seventh Workshop on Geothermal Reservoir Engineering, Stanford, CA.

 

McClure, M. W., and R. N. Horne (2011), Pressure transient analysis of fracture zone permeability at Soultz-sous-Forets, Geothermal Resources Council Transactions, 35, 1487-1498.

 

McClure, M., and R. Horne (2011), Investigation of injection-induced seismicity using a coupled fluid flow and rate/state friction model, paper presented at the Thirty-Sixth Workshop on Geothermal Reservoir Engineering, Stanford, CA.

 

McClure, M. W., and R. N. Horne (2010), Numerical and analytical modeling of the mechanisms of induced seismicity during fluid injection, Geothermal Resources Council Transactions, 34, 381-396.

 

Wang, Z., M. W. McClure, and R. N. Horne (2010), Modeling study of single-well EGS configurations, paper presented at the World Geothermal Congress, Bali, Indonesia.

 

McClure, M. W., and R. N. Horne (2010), Discrete fracture modeling of hydraulic stimulation in Enhanced Geothermal Systems, paper presented at the Thirty-Fifth Workshop on Geothermal Reservoir Engineering, Stanford University.

 

Wang, Z., M. McClure, and R. Horne (2009), Modeling studies of single-well EGS configurations, GRC Transactions, 33, 269-273.

Wang, Z., M. W. McClure, and R. N. Horne (2009), A single-well EGS configuration using a thermosiphon, paper presented at the Thirty-Fourth Workshop on Geothermal Reservoir Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, CA.

Courses taught

Joint instructor, ERE 120: Introduction to Petroleum Engineering, Fall 2016; co-instructor rating 4.3/5.0, Stanford University

E980: Petroleum Fluid Characterization, September 2016; instructor rating: 5.6/6.0, Nautilus World

 

Joint instructor, ERE 120: Introduction to Petroleum Engineering, Fall 2015; co-instructor rating 3.9/5.0, Stanford University

 

PGE 312: Physical and Chemical Behavior of Fluids, Spring 2015; instructor rating: 4.6/5.0, The University of Texas at Austin

Joint instructor, PGE 373L: Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering Design, Spring 2015; instructor rating: 4.5/5.0, The University of Texas at Austin

PGE 312: Physical and Chemical Behavior of Fluids, Fall 2014; instructor rating: 4.5/5.0, The University of Texas at Austin

PGE 379/382K: Theory and Application of Reservoir Transients, Spring 2014; instructor rating: 4.0/5.0, The University of Texas at Austin

E980: Petroleum Fluid Characterization, June 2014; instructor rating: 5.2/6.0, Nautilus World

PGE 312: Physical and Chemical Behavior of Fluids, Fall 2013; instructor rating: 4.0/5.0, The University of Texas at Austin
 

PGE 379/382K: Theory and Application of Reservoir Transients, Spring 2013; instructor rating: 4.5/5.0, The University of Texas at Austin

Reviewer activities

Reviewed over 50 papers for over 20 journals

 

 

Other activities

Member of the external advisory committee for LabEx-G-eau-thermie Profunde at the University of Strasbourg

Advisor with the EGS Collab Project

Serve on the SPE Talent Task Force and the 2018 Western Regional Meeting Technical Program Committee

Serve on PhD committees at The University of Texas at Austin

Have served on proposal review panels for the United States Geological Survey and the Department of Energy