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.
Dick Jackson gave an invited presentation on Gas release mechanisms from energy wellbores and subsequent groundwater contamination at the Geological Society of America’s Pardee Session on Energy Resource Development and Groundwater: Looking Broader and Deeper in Vancouver BC, October 20th.
Dick Jackson gave a presentation to NRCan staff on the Environmental Impacts of Shale Gas Extraction in Canada.
The presentation was by webnet from NRCan's Booth St. headquarters in Ottawa on June 26th and viewed from GSC in Calgary.
Geofirma has been selected by South Nation Conservation to assist the City of Clarence-Rockland and the United Counties of Prescott and Russell in the development of a GIS-based screening tool to map aquifer capability based on groundwater quantity and quality.
Othman Nasir attended the 5TH DECOVALEX 2015 Workshop organized by the IRSN at Avignon and the Tournemire Rock Laboratory, France. DECOVALEX is an international research project to support the development and validations of mathematical models of coupled Thermal-Hydrological-Mechanical-Chemical processes in geological media and EBS materials for the DGR.
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