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Bud Johnston

Chief Subsurface Engineer

Henry.Johnston@nrel.gov | 303-275-4999

On staff since 2015
Phone number: 303-275-4999
E-mail: Henry.Johnston@nrel.gov

General Profile

Henry (Bud) Johnston joined NREL in 2015. Previously, Bud worked with Shell for 30 years, most recently serving as reservoir engineering discipline lead within international unconventionals at Shell's headquarters in the Netherlands. In that role, he was responsible for reservoir engineering technical assurance for Shell's international unconventional resource projects.

Areas of expertise

  • Reservoir engineering
  • Technical assurance
  • Unconventional oil and gas resource projects

Primary research interests

  • Numerical simulation of fluid flow and heat transport in fractured, geothermal reservoirs

Education and background training

  • Certificate in energy innovation and emerging technologies, Stanford Center for Professional Development, Stanford, CA
  • Executive masters in business administration (EMBA), Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
  • M.S. in mineral engineering, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL
  • B.S. in civil engineering, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL

Prior work experience

  • Principal Reservoir Engineer on International Unconventional Technical Excellence Team in The Hague (2013-2015), while also serving as the Global Principal Technical Expert in Unconventional Reservoir Engineering.
  • Regional Reservoir Engineering Discipline Advisor in USA and Canada (2008-2013), while also serving as a Subject Matter Expert in Unconventional Integrated Reservoir Modeling.
  • Various reservoir engineering assignments in Denver (2005-2007), Houston (2000-2004), The Hague (1999-2000), New Orleans (1991-1998), with initial assignment in Houston (1985-1990).

Other affiliations

  • Society of Petroleum Engineers

Selected publications

Weers, J., Johnston, B., Huggins, J. "The EGS Data Collaboration Platform: Enabling Scientific Discovery," Proceedings, 43rd Workshop on Geothermal Reservoir Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, California, February 12-14, 2018, SGP-TR-213.

Wang, C., Winterfeld, P., Johnston, B., Wu, Y.-S. "An Embedded 3D Fracture Modeling Approach for Simulating Fracture-Dominated Fluid Flow and Heat Transfer in Geothermal Reservoirs," Proceedings, 43rd Workshop on Geothermal Reservoir Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, California, February 12-14, 2018, SGP-TR-213.

White, M. D., Fu, P., Ghassemi, A., Huang, H., Rutqvist, J., Johnston, B., EGS Collab Team. "Numerical Simulation Applications in the Design of EGS Collab Experiment 1." Proceedings, 43rd Workshop on Geothermal Reservoir Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, California, February 12-14, 2018, SGP-TR-213.

Snyder, D. M., Beckers, K. F., Young, K. R., and Johnston, B. "Analysis of Geothermal Reservoir and Well Operational Conditions using Monthly Production Reports from Nevada and California." Transactions, Geothermal Resources Council 41 2844-2856, (2017).

Giles, M., D. Nevin, B. Johnston, and M. Hollanders. "Understanding Volumes, Economics and Risk Mitigation in Unconventional Gas Projects." Presented at the SPE/EAGE European Unconventional Resources Conference and Exhibition, Vienna, Austria, March 2012. SPE-151906-MS.

Quint, E., M. Singh, P. Huckabee, D. Brown, C.B. Brake, J. Bickley, and B. Johnston. "4D Pressure Pilot To Steer Well Spacing in Tight Gas." Presented at the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, San Antonio, TX, September 2006. SPE-102745-MS.

Quint, E., C.B. Brake, J. Bickley, B. Johnston, and P. Huckabee. "From liability to cost effective data gathering opportunity." Presented at the SPWLA 46th Annual Logging Symposium, New Orleans, LA, June 2005.