About us • Our History

Originally formed as Raven Beck Environmental Ltd. in 1991, Geofirma is one of Ottawa’s oldest environmental consulting firms.  Over the years we have operated as Intera Consulting Ltd., as Duke Engineering and Services, and as Intera Engineering Ltd. In January 2011, the company was renamed to Geofirma Engineering Ltd. to reflect a transition to one hundred percent Canadian ownership.

An important part of our history was our long-time association with Intera Inc. of Austin, Texas. This association can be traced back to friendships formed in the 1970s at the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Waterloo, Atomic Energy of Canada Limited in Chalk River, Ontario (see photo, credit: Alan Morgan), and the National Hydrology Research Institute (NHRI) of Environment Canada in Ottawa, Ontario. For Ken Raven, Dick Jackson, John Avis, John Pickens, and Gerry Grisak, the years since allowed for much fruitful collaboration, particularly in the areas of radioactive waste management, NAPL and solvents contamination, and numerical modelling.

Today, we continue to focus on three key service areas: Geoscience, Modelling and Environment. Geofirma’s unique background in environmental and contaminant geology and hydrogeology, and our tradition of quantitative problem solving and software development puts us in a great position to tackle the problems of the future.

    Geofirma News & Updates

April, 2014
Dick Jackson and Maurice Dusseault (University of Waterloo) presented the results of their final report on long-term wellbore integrity to a meeting of Provincial Regulators at the headquarters of the Alberta Dept. of Energy on April 3rd in Edmonton. Read more... 

Geofirma will be an exhibitor at the Real Property Institute of Canada (RPIC) Conference, Federal Contaminated Sites National Workshop to be held in Ottawa, April 14-16, 2014. Ken Raven will be giving a presentation entitled “Developing Unique Risk Assessment Scenarios”.

February, 2014
Dick Jackson together with Rob Sengebush of INTERA Inc presented "Analysis of the Depositional History and Groundwater Quality of the Mission Valley Aquifer" at San Diego State University in California.

Krista Trounce attended the Federal Contaminated Sites Action Plan, Ecological Risk Assessment Training Workshop. This informative course was sponsored by Environment Canada to provide training and discussion on the recently developed ERA Guidance Manual.

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