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John Philip Ortiz

John Ortiz

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Phone (505) 665-5901

Capabilities

  • Computational Physics and Applied Mathematics
  • Numerical modeling
  • Coupled multi-physics simulations
  • Computational fluid dynamics (CFD)
  • Subsurface flow simulation
  • Multiscale-multiphase-multicomponent subsurface reactive flows
  • Earth and Space Sciences
  • Geoscience
  • Geophysics
  • Subsurface flow and transport
  • Hydrology
  • Geology
  • Computer and Computational Sciences
  • Machine learning,
  • Data mining
  • Earth and Space Sciences
  • Earthquakes
  • PFLOTRAN
  • Computational Physics and Applied Mathematics
  • Sensitivity analysis
  • Earth and Space Sciences
  • Model calibration
  • Multi-scale, multi-phase subsurface flow simulations
  • FEHM: Finite-Element Heat and Mass-Transfer
  • Oil and gas reservoir simulations
  • Subsurface energy applications risk analysis
  • System modeling of energy applications

Expertise

Multiphase Fluid Flow Modeling

  • Gas migration from underground nuclear explosions
  • Groundwater flow and contaminant transport
  • Passive soil vapor extraction (SVE) caused by barometric pumping
  • Fluid-fault interactions
  • Induced seismicity related to oilfield brine reinjection

Field Work

  • Deploying subsurface geophysical field survey equipment (Transverse electromagnetics [TEM], Magnetotellurics [MT])
  • Data acquisition and interpretation of deep flow regimes of saline geothermal fluids in order to evaluate potential hydrothermal systems in southern New Mexico.
  • Structural and geologic characterization of sedimentary fault-zone architectural elements

Education

  • M.S. Hydrology, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, 2017
    • Thesis: The Role of Falt-Zone Architecture and Basal Altered Zones on Downward Pore Pressure Propagation and Induced Seismicity in the Crystaline Basement
  • B.A. Earth Sciences, Dartmouth College, 2014
    • Senior Honor's Thesis: Quantifying regional sediment flux from observations of nearshore morphology in the Columbia River Littoral Cell
 

LANL Positions

  • Post-Masters Research Assistant, Earth and Environmental Sciences Division, Computation Earth Science Group (EES-16), June 2017 to present
 

Professional Societies

  • AGU (American Geophysical Union), 2013 - present
  • AAPG (American Association of Petroleum Geologists), 2015 - present
  • GSA (Geological Society of America), 2016 - present
  • NGWA (National Ground Water Association), 2017 - present
 

Publications

[1] Ortiz, J.P. (2017). The Role of Fault-Zone Architecture and Basal Altered Zones on Downward Pore Pressure Propagation and Induced Seismicity. Masters Thesis. New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology.

[2] Zhang, Y., Edel, S. S., Pepin, J., Person, M., Broadhead, R., Ortiz, J. P., Bilek, Susan L., Mozley, P., & Evans, J. P. (2016). Exploring the potential linkages between oil‐field brine reinjection, crystalline basement permeability, and triggered seismicity for the Dagger Draw Oil field, southeastern New Mexico, USA, using hydrologic modeling. Geofluids, 16(5), 971-987.

[3] Ortiz, J.P. (2015). Quantifying regional sediment flux from observations of nearshore morphology in the Columbia River Littoral Cell. Senior Honors Thesis. Dartmouth College.

[4] Cohn, N., Ruggiero, P., Ortiz, J., & Walstra, D. J. (2014). Investigating the role of complex sandbar morphology on nearshore hydrodynamics. Journal of Coastal Research, 70(sp1), 53-58.