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A weekly podcast on the impacts of digital technologies on the oil and gas sector

Jun 28, 2023

"Hydraulic fracture is not just about breaking new rock, it's about fundamentally rejuvenating the existing natural fractures and bedding planes that are in the rock fabric itself."

In this episode, I’m in conversation with Andrew McMurray, the CEO and Co-Founder of ShearFrac. Andrew and his team are using cloud capabilities from AWS to deliver complex calculations to frack teams that improve the performance of frack jobs (lowering the cost of fracturing operations and improving the yields). Interestingly, by giving frack teams a new actionable KPI that is geared to outputs (yield) and not solely inputs (water and sand pumped), performance improves. 

"Anything that you can do in real time to respond in real time is going to add more value than if you make a bunch of decisions, look back at them and realize they were the wrong decisions."

Andrew is a Mechanical Engineer with a passion for responsible hydrocarbon recovery and technology development. Throughout his career, Andrew has been successful in developing and executing disruptive completion technologies in the industry as an operator with Shell or as part of a service company, STEP. Before Co-Founding Shear FRAC Group, LLC, Andrew was the General Manager of Canada for Darcy Partners, focused on identifying, developing, and accelerating innovative technology across multiple petroleum verticals.

"I'm so proud to be a Canadian engineer, because on a global basis, we're very respected for our understanding of the subsurface and our ability to do things environmentally friendly and responsibly."