Full Name: John Burnell
Position: Mathematical Modeller
1978: BSc, Mathematics; 1979: BSc(Hons) (1st Class), Mathematics; 1981: MSc (Distinction), Mathematics; 1985: PhD, Mathematics
John has over 25 years experience in geothermal modelling, undertaking both research and consulting. He has extensive experience in developing models of geothermal systems throughout the world, for both consenting purposes and resource planning. He has worked on models of: Wairakei, Rotokawa, Rotorua, Tauhara, Kawerau, Mokai, (New Zealand), Kakkonda, Uenotai, Sumikawa (Japan), and Luiese (Papua New Guinea). He has long-standing involvement in the resource consent process, both developing models to assess environmental impacts and appearing as an expert witness at consent hearings. He has considerable experience developing software for solving modelling problems, and is the developer of a commercially available Tough2 pre-processor. John is currently the NZ convener of the IPGT Reservoir Modelling Group, and has served on the NZ Geothermal Association Board.