John Rasic Consulting (JRC) provides high-quality technical information to soil and land users, with a strong focus on large, capital intensive projects. The company’s founder, John Rasic, is a certified professional soil scientist, a chartered civil engineer and a senior consultant, with over 30 years of international experience in providing soil surveying and land resource assessment services for a range of industries around the world. He has described thousands of soil profiles and undertaken land resource assessment across more than 2.5 million hectares in a variety of locations with extremely diverse climatic and environmental conditions. His work has taken him across Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Australia and South America, delivering practical solutions to complex challenges and managing soils for productive, income-generating purposes.
John has also played an important role in developing national standards for intensive surveys for agricultural management, and contributed to the latest Australian publication for soil surveyors in Australia (Guidelines for Surveying Soil and Land Resources: Australian Soil and Land Survey Handbook Series, Volume 2), published by Australia’s CSIRO.
Being on the boundary between soil surveying, soil amelioration and civil engineering, John offers a unique and very valuable set of skills to clients, but also appreciates genuine expertise in others and teams up with them where appropriate. He combined his considerable field experience with a sound knowledge of European, Australian, USDA and FAO norms and standards to develop a methodology to identify the key data sets that must be collected to satisfy the objectives of a particular project and land user.
Importantly, he has pioneered an innovative four-step mapping system for displaying soil properties in the most meaningful way. On the basis of the presence or absence of site specific soil limitations, he is able to rate the suitability of land for particular purposes, offering solutions that enable the user to obtain the optimum response from any particular segment of land. This rating system provides a practical means of dealing with the complex challenges that is targeted to identifiable and measurable areas of land and, in this respect, is different to other soil suitability systems in use.
The main benefit of such a selective approach arises from the predictive power of the science regarding the use of the right soils for the right purposes. In essence, it is pointless to invest in a soil survey and collect data about the soils unless the information can be interpreted in a meaningful way that guides decision-making for sustainable land use and management. The range of data that can be collected is massive and beyond the time and cost constraints under which the professional soil surveyor operates. John’s selective approach overcomes these limitations, delivering solutions to soil and land use problems, in a variety of formats suitable for all audiences: corporates, private enterprises and scientific groups.