Georisk & Land Use Changes – Besides flooding, real estate georisks include:

(A) Terrestrial, such as earthquakes, expanding clays, naturally or artificially contaminated waters and soils, land subsidence, caves and sinkholes etc;

(B) Weather and climate related issues such as heat problems like low productivity from high humidity (animals and humans) to low humidity (evaporation) cyclical droughts, wildfires and desertification to hail storms and hurricanes including tidal flooding and storm surge; and

(C) Combination events – Terrestrial issues exacerbated by increased moisture such as cut bank erosion, landslides and mudslides. Land use changes are generally a function of a change in georisk conditions and a resulting change in population.

Oil & Gas – 30+ Years Oil and Gas Exploration, new oilfields discovered. Experience with exploration, title, leasing, drilling and completion supervision and general oil and gas operations. Associated with over 2000 wells, mostly vertical wells in the Eastern Shelf of the Permian Basin and the Rio Grande Rift of far West Texas.

Carbon Capture & Sequestration – (Carbon Capture Utilization & Storage) CCUS – Currently participating in a 100 square mile saline aquifer CCUS project for Point Source and Direct Air Capture. CO2 to be converted to Supercritical CO2 fluid and pumped into the saline aquifers underneath a permanent seal. Also working with landowners on Carbon Capture and Storage in Soils for CO2 Direct Air Capture (DAC) through vegetation and stored in soils.


Rare Earth Elements & Helium – Exploration and Testing for REE and Helium - Rare Earth Elements form in Earth’s interior then brought to shallower depth through volcanics. Subsequently they can be chemically and mechanically weathered to alter and redistribute the elements. Helium - Formed in earth’s interior from the breakdown of uranium and its daughter products by the formation of alpha particles then surfaces through buoyancy.

Geophysics & Geothermal – Deep seismic has been around for a long time but there are better and better processing and interpretation methods always being developed. Primarily this is conventional seismic, Gravity and Magnetics. Near Surface Geophysics has come a long way recently. Mostly this is the application of oil and gas downhole tools that we have been using for 30+ years to the surface. It is working quite well. This works from locating shallow caves to shallow faults and mineralogy to stratigraphy under future skyscrapers. Geothermal is moving to "Geothermal Anywhere' which means if you drill deep enough you will get the heat and energy that you need. This is correct but both the deep heat sources and the conductivity of the overlying strata will affect the temperature gradient and the cost to develop the geothermal resource.

Sand & Gravel – Concrete has been around more than 5000 years. It is commonly a mix of lime (or near lime) and sand and gravel. It is an excellent building material. It is quite possible in today's world to crush stone to make sand and gravel but it is much more economic to find near sources of natural deposits of sand and gravel. Most people think of rivers and streams, but remember that there are also many paleo deposits of sand and gravel that can be mined. It is good to consider all opportunities.

Agriculture & Sustainability – The use of natural and evolutionary processes to approach sustainability. In the 1990’s Mr. Johnson developed a Livestock Rotation program for the family ranch based on Co-Evolution of Bison and Grasses. Retaining the same appropriate stocking rate while increasing forage, and decreasing operations costs by 80% and being nearly totally sustainable. The method was proven productive for over 20 years. Evolutionary processes are natures “Artificial Intelligence” formed through great extents of time and trial and error, what we see, is what has succeeded, survived.


Hydrology & Statistical Rainfall Estimator – For Mr. Johnson, hydrology began at 10 years old. With his father's assistance, he successfully “witched” his first productive water well, a 150 gallon per minute irrigation well. After a degree in geology, Mr. Johnson understood why his father chose the area to look for water - it was on the correct trend (along a Permian aged aquifer) and was very unlikely to miss. Water witching, dowsing or divining has its merits, both geophysical and otherwise, but it is far more successful if you start in an area that has water and understand the geology of the water. Early in Mr. Johnson's career he mapped the recharge zone, primary aquifer development (dissolution of evaporites interbedded with the sandy dolomites) downdip pinchout (shale out) of the carbonate and identified the spill point. Rainfall Estimator - The combination of Statistics, Probability and new technology of day to day rainfall can be used to estimate or project future rainfall. It certainly is not a perfect science, nothing is but it has been used successfully to project rainfall into the coming year. These projection trends can be critical to industry and agriculture.

Water Testing and Rock and Soils Testing – The water testing includes both inorganic and organic tests to evaluate for such things as metals to PFAS (forever chemicals) to herbicides and pesticides. Understanding the progression from bedrock mineralogy to soils is very insightful into both the potential productivity and erodibility of those soils. Nothing is static, including the soils. Testing and evaluation of those parent bedrocks and soils is instrumental to that history and understanding.

Pedology, Satellite Imagery and Drones – Pedology is best described as "The Geology of Soils" meaning things like the history, development and mineralogy of a soil or maybe understood as the evolution, usage and destruction of a soil. Edaphology has more to do with the life that forms from the soil more closely related to agronomy, which is soil management and crop production. Remember that soil is just a small part of the erosional cycle of mountains to ocean basins. Satellite Imagery and drones are increasingly used to understand soils from slopes to moisture to height of the crops growing on them. These technologies will only improve in the future.

Desalinization, Climate and Climatology – With changing climatic conditions evaporation, precipitation and water resources in general will change; some locations better, some worse. Fortunately our technology to understand deeper water systems is greatly improved as well as our technology to drill, produce and desalinate when needed. Understanding precipitation and evaporation patterns along with both shallow and deep aquifers will be important to the continued development of land resources.

Experience and Background

Over 50 years on a farm and ranch. Mr. Johnson's parents purchased 473 acres on the Colorado River in West Central Texas in 1973 with a small down payment. First as a child, then with his parents and ultimately on his own, Mr. Johnson grew the ranch from the original 473 acres north of San Angelo to a 9000 acre ranch in the Front Range of Colorado, west of Pikes Peak and Colorado Springs. Mr. Johnson's youth included soil judging and livestock judging in 4-H to captain of the football team and president of student council to being in charge of the first "foundation cow" on the ranch which arrived with "shipping fever;" daily life on the farm included investigating the rock outcrops and landforms along the Colorado River to regular hunting ventures with three dogs. University began with engineering but quickly turned to geology to answer those fundamental land questions as a kid on the river; everything from physical geology to thermodynamic geochemistry. Besides geology, college included abundant chemistry, engineering, livestock production classes, plant and soil science, atmospheric science, estate planning, economics, contract law, farm and ranch appraisal and numerous others.

Post college included serving as a director of both the local soil and water conservation district and the underground water conservation districts, each in the range of 15 years. In the 1990's Mr. Johnson developed a novel livestock rotation program based on his vision of the co-evolution of bison and grasses during the Pleistocene Epoch on the plains of the United States. This led to a successful cattle plan that cut ranch operations costs by 80% and was almost completely sustainable with no hay purchased from the late 1990's to 2020. Additionally, Mr. Johnson developed the geology, ran title, leased, sold to an operator and drilled his first oil well in 1991, discovering a beautiful buried reef but without oil, a geologic success but economic failure. This was followed fairly soon by the discovery of two new small oil fields north of San Angelo, Texas, both of which continue to produce oil many years later. During his 30's and 40's Mr. Johnson developed an oil and gas service company from geological exploration to landmen and leasing to drilling and completion supervision; over 2000 wells drilled or serviced in some form or another.

Mr. Johnson currently provides consulting services as needed. Agriculture and land testing from bedrock, soils, water to rare earth element investigations. A statistical approach and climate related rainfall projection for any location in the US. Also oil and gas consulting from Mississippi to the Eastern Shelf of the Permian Basin to the Rio Grande Rift of far West Texas. Additionally, carbon capture and storage projects (CCUS) are currently being developed.

If you need any assistance, please do not hesitate to call or email.

Recent CEUs, Conferences and Field Trips

American Geophysical Union (AGU) Conference
Hoover Dam Full Tour
Groundwater Week Conference
Well evaluation, Troubleshooting & Rehabilitation
Intl Water - Desal Concentrate Mgmt, Ion Exchange Technology & Use
Intl Water - Reverse Osmosis Workshop
International Water Conference
US-Mexico Natural Gas Forum
Intl Water - Water Treatment 101
American Water Works Association (AWWA) Nat Conference
American Water Works Association Class Cyano Bacteria
Soil Science Conference
Soil-Plant Atmosphere
Soil Micro-Morphology
 "Sedimentary architecture of turbidite channel-levee deposits (Tachrift System, Taza–Guercif Basin, Tortonian, NE Morocco"
Carbon Capture USA 2023 Summit
Metals - Rare Earth Earth / Critical Minerals Conference
Scandium Conference
Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Conference
SPE - CCUS Training
Hybrid contourite-turbidite systems from the Guyana-Suriname and Cote d’Ivoire-Ghana deep-water margins
Wood-McKenzie CCUS Conference
Texas Desal 2023 Conference
Contourites & cold-water coral mounds in the southern Gulf of Cadiz
CCUS Fundamentals
Image Conference (AAPG / SEG)
Geothermal/CCUS log Analysis
Exploration and Development Aspects of Geothermal Energy in Sedimentary Basins
Ethics for Professionals
Civil Engineering - Slopes, Support and Stabilization
Physical modeling of the impact of changing slope-to-basin morphology on the emplacement, erosion, and transport of sediments by along-slope continuous currents
Civil Engineering - GeoRisk Conference
Civil Engineering Statistics - Advances in Theory and Innovations in Practice
Carbon Capture Technology Conference
Conference - Mixed/Hybrid Systems (Turbidite, MTD, Contourites) on Continental Margins
Field Trip - Jurassic Turbidites Source to Basin - Eastern Atlantic Basin - Portugal
Super Dug Conference
AAPG SW Conference
Sequence Stratigraphy concepts and Pratical Well log Applications
Field Trip Seismic
Integrating Geophysics into Geologic Carbon Storage Workflows from Scoping to Monitoring
CCUS Conference - Houston
Fundamentals of Carbon Capture and Storage
Identification, Prediction, and Management of Oilfield Solids and Mineral Scales
Carbonate Acidizing
Texas AWWA and Water Environment Conference
Reservoir Simulation
Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Annual Conference
Helium Converence - Denver - via zoom
Nape Summit
Ethics for Professionals
Water Well Design
A Wetland Primer for Design Professionals
Rocky Mtn AAPG Conference
Mancos Stratigraphy Field Trip
Modern Shale Gas Development
The Petroleum Industry - Crude Oil Classification and Benchmarks
The Petroleum Industry - The Future
The Petroleum Industry - Origins and Occurrence of Oil
Petroleum Engineering: Liquid Process Piping - Introduction and Design Strategy
Petroleum Engineering: Liquid Process Piping - General Piping Design
Effective Groundwater Supply Management
The Petroleum Industry - Oil Supply
Ethics for Professionals
Soils in Construction
Aerial Mapping: Technologies and Procedures
Estate Planning
Geodetic Datums:Fundamentals and New Developments
Texas Renewable Energy Land Laws
Floodplain Modeling,Mapping and Regulation
Texas Water Laws and Regulations
Current issues in the practice of Geoscience
Austin Chalk
Evaluating Shale and Tight oil and Gas Reservoirs
Essentials of unconventional play based exploration
Horizontal Well Completetions
Enhanced Oil Recovery Fundamentals
Horizontal Well Completetions
Enhanced Oil Recovery Fundamentals
Artificial Lift Class
Green Design: The Ethics of Green Design
Green Design: Introduction to Sustainable Water Systems (Based on LEED v4)
Hydroelectric Power Generation
Protecting Your Team Against Workplace Violence
Reducing Risk: Preparing to be an Expert Witness in a Deposition and Trial
AEC Success: Strategies for a Successful Interview
Smart Time Management: 7 Steps to Regaining Control of Your Day
Smart Time Management: The 80/20 Rule for Making Every Minute Count
Gravel Road Design, Construction & Maintenance
Ethical Decision Making for Engineers #2
Managing Generation X
Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG): Global LNG Projects & Players
Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG): Evolution of LNG Markets & Primary Demand Regions
Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG): Emerging Issues in the LNG Industry
Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG): The Impact of Shale Gas on Global Gas Markets
Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG): The Role of Shale Gas in the Golden Age of Gas
Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG): Safety & Environmental Sustainability of LNG
Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG): Globalization of LNG
Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG): The LNG Value Chain
Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG): Global LNG Supply
Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG): Global LNG Demand & Emerging Demand Markets
Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG): Natural Gas & LNG in the 21st Century
Formation Evaluation by Wireline Logging
The Petroleum Industry - The Future
The Petroleum Industry - The Crude Oil Market
The Petroleum Industry - Crude Oil Classification and Benchmarks
The Petroleum Industry - Exploration, Recovery, and Transportation
The Petroleum Industry - Origins and Occurrence of Oil
Petroleum and Natural Gas: Mud Logging Sensors and Modern EDR Systems
The Petroleum Industry - History, Terminology, and Culture
Coastal Geology: Terminology & Geologic Environments
Ethical Decision Making for Engineers #2 (B)
Basics of Water Resources: Groundwater Contamination
The Petroleum Industry - Oil Supply
Coastal Engineering: Hurricanes - The Basics
Ethical Decision Making for Engineers #1 (B)
Underground Natural Gas Storage: Basics
Petroleum: Oil and Gas Drilling Technologies
Petroleum: Liquefied Natural Gas - The Global Market
Sexual Harassment: Respecting the Individual
Earthquakes: The Basics
Earth Dynamics: Volcanoes
Hazardous Waste: The Basics
Alternative Construction: Natural Building, Codes & Regulations
Coastal Engineering: Tsunami
Geotechnology: GIS
Earth Dynamics: Global Warming
Earth Dynamics: Geothermal Energy
Basics of Water Resources: Groundwater Hydrology
GIS: The Very Basics
Earth Dynamics: Plate Tectonics
Solar Electric Generation: Technologies
In Situ Remediation Technologies for Contaminated Soils
Earth Dynamics: Tornadoes
Site Planning and Design
Petroleum: US Code - Oil Pollution Liability & Compensation
NDA Drilling Safety Guide
Ex Situ Remediation Technologies for Contaminated Soils
Ethical Decision Making for Engineers #4
Ethical Decision Making for Engineers #3
Water Well Design
Introduction to Mineral Soils
Geotechnology: Cartography, Mapping and Map Serving
Erosion and Sediment Control - An Overview
Renewable Energy Generation
Renewable Sources of Energy: Wind Power
Groundwater Hydrology
Ethical Decision Making for Engineers #2
NDA Drilling Safety Guide
Petroleum: Oil and Gas Well Plugging in Texas
Petroleum: Texas Administrative Code (TAC) - Underground Injection Control
Earth Dynamics: Geologic Time
Basic Erosion & Sediment Control
Petroleum: Waste Minimization in the Oil Field
Ethical Decision Making for Engineers #1