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 attended the ASTM workshop on Site Characterization and Monitoring Related to Hydraulic Fracturing in Houston on January 28, 2014 and gave a paper on Seepage Pathways for Natural Gas: Implications for Site Characterization and Monitoring, co-authored with Maurice Dusseault of uWaterloo
Steve Gaines and Glen Briscoe attended the Queen’s University Civil Engineering Industry Open House on January 23, 2014. They met with enthusiastic and talented engineering students and enjoyed sharing their consulting experiences.
Dick Jackson gave a presentation on Wellbore Integrity and Groundwater Contamination at Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Pittsburgh on January 10, 2014
Robert Walsh and John Avis travelled to Beijing China to offer a course on modelling using mView and TOUGH2. Graduate students, professors, and other guests of Beijing Normal University attended.
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