George King co-authors textbook on hydraulic fracturing


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George King, Distinguished Engineering Advisor, Apache Corporation.
George King, distinguished engineering advisor of Global Technology at Apache, co-authored recently released Essentials of Hydraulic Fracturing: Vertical and Horizontal Wellbores.

Apache has many talented employees who are recognized as leading experts in their respective fields. George King, distinguished engineering advisor of Global Technology, is one of them. Over the past two and half years, King has spent time co-authoring a college textbook with petroleum engineering pioneers Ralph W. Veatch and Dr. Stephen Holditch. The book, which is titled Essentials of Hydraulic Fracturing: Vertical and Horizontal Wellbores, was officially released by PennWell in March and is now available for purchase through retail outlets including Amazon, Target, and Barnes & Noble.

Essentials of Hydraulic Fracturing is a bit different from other fracking-related textbooks because it addresses both vertical and horizontal wellbores,” said King. “The chapter I wrote focuses on the horizontal side. It covers all of the different viewpoints and opinions that are out there, along with common issues a working engineer can expect to encounter in the field. It also discusses methods and techniques that are scientifically supported in theory, as well as ones that are currently in practice throughout the industry.”

Essentials of Hydraulic Fracturing A synopsis of the textbook reads:

“Written by three pre-eminent petroleum engineers, Essentials of Hydraulic Fracturing focuses on consolidating the fundamental basics of fracturing technology with the new advances in extended horizontal wellbores and fracturing applications. It provides the essentials required to understand fracturing behavior and offers advice on how to apply that knowledge to fracturing treatment design and application. Essentials of Hydraulic Fracturing is a long-awaited text for petroleum engineering students, industrywide hydraulic fracturing training courses or seminars, and practicing fracturing treatment engineers.”

The textbook is the most recent publishing accomplishment of George King’s 45-year career, but it is not his first. In 1988, King self-published a book titled An Introduction to the Basics of Well Completions: Stimulations and Workovers, which he used during his 11 years of teaching as an adjunct professor at the University of Tulsa. He has also written over 75 technical papers, along with various monographs for the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

“Between technical papers and trade monographs, I’ve done my fair share of writing over the years,” said King. “This is really the first textbook I’ve been a part of that will be distributed to senior and graduate-level students in petroleum engineering programs. I just received the first batch of copies six weeks ago, so it’s still a bit early for feedback. We’ve only heard good things from the industry professionals who have seen it thus far.”

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