Geothermal Science Inc.
Specialized consulting to the geothermal industry
Geothermal Science, Inc. consultants provide clients with solutions, recommendations, and assessments that are both quantitative and useful.

Our Team

Our Mission:

Geothermal Science, Inc.’s mission is to provide the best geothermal consulting services and to deliver them in the most flexible way in the geothermal industry. What this means is that Geothermal Science can provide a multi-disciplinary team to handle a large project, provide a single expert that can work within your existing team, and any range of possibilities in between. The working arrangement depends only on the needs of the client.

Geothermal Science, Inc. brings the latest advances in geothermal technology and the expert application of the latest in specialized scientific software. In addition, Geothermal Science, Inc. brings the experience and knowledge gained from years of applying existing, proven technologies and techniques.

Our People:

Our team includes specialists in engineering, reservoir modeling, well testing and targeting, risk analysis, evaluation of reserves and resource management.

Richard Holt - President and Chief Reservoir Engineer
Geothermal Science, Inc. is led by Richard Holt, President and co-founder of Geothermal Science, Inc. He has industry-leading experience and expertise in geothermal reservoir engineering. He holds B.S. from the University of California at Berkeley and an M.S. from Stanford University, both in Petroleum Engineering. His entire career spanning over eighteen years has been in the role of a technical advisor to the geothermal industry in the areas of geothermal reservoir engineering, numerical modeling of geothermal reservoirs, resource assessment, and geothermal well testing.
During this time he has consulted on over sixty different operating geothermal fields and geothermal exploration prospects worldwide, including all geothermal fields currently online in the United States, and has been a key advisor in numerous geothermal field development and expansion projects. His industrial experience has focused on applying reservoir engineering expertise to the development, evaluation, operation, and management of geothermal resources. He has particular expertise in using reservoir simulation, wellbore simulation, and detailed analysis to assess geothermal resources, make forecasts, find optimizations, troubleshoot resource-related problems, and in the design, implementation, and analysis of well tests and reservoir tests. His experience covers the entire range of complex geologic and thermodynamic settings seen in the geothermal industry.

John Murphy - Senior Reservoir Engineer

John Murphy is a graduate of the Stanford University Energy Resources Engineering department where he focused on geothermal reservoir engineering.  Originally from Anchorage, John started his career in the geothermal industry analyzing low-temperature resources in interior Alaska.  He has additional geothermal experience with resources in Nevada, Oregon, New Zealand, the Rio Grande Rift Valley in Colorado and New Mexico, the Imperial Valley California, Indonesia, and western Turkey.

Primary roles include well test analysis, wellbore simulation, numerical modeling, and spatial data processing.  Additional experience with economic analysis and technical reporting.  BS Mechanical Engineering 2009, MS Energy Resources Engineering (Petroleum Engineering) 2011.

Paul Atkinson - Chief Technical Advisor

Paul Atkinson is an independent consultant who provides services in Reservoir Engineering. He holds a Ph.D. in Petroleum Engineering from Stanford University. Paul has more than thirty years of industrial experience in the Geothermal, Oil, and Natural Gas sectors: twenty four years with Unocal, six years with Halliburton, and seven years as an independent consultant. He currently provides support to Geothermal Science, Inc. on a range of technical and business matters. 

Areas of expertise include reservoir modelling, well evaluation, field assessment & development, operations, reserves assessment, risking & uncertainty, property acquisition analysis and exploration prospect maturation. Recent experiences include reserves and reservoir model assessment for geothermal operators, refreshing the reservoir model & development plan of a giant Middle East oilfield, and horizontal well targeting in a poorly characterized complex reservoir. Key skills include: Reservoir processes modelling, including full field simulation and incorporating all available data; development & execution of reservoir exploitation projects; reserves assessment; integration of multi-discipline, complex & messy data leading to investment decisions. They also include well performance analysis – test design, execution & diagnosis; geothermal, oil and natural gas fields; and the ability to be effective in cross-cultural and cross-organizational settings.

Business Partnerships - As Needed
Geothermal Science, Inc. also seeks to form partnerships and/or affiliations with like-minded companies for the purpose of individual contract or project work.
Subcontractors - As Needed
Geothermal Science, Inc. maintains a highly capable network of industry professionals who are available to add specialized skills and additional personnel to projects as needed.