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.
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.
Othman Nasir attended the HG-A Progress Meeting and Decovalex Workshop at the Mont Terri Rock Laboratory, St-Ursanne, Switzerland. These projects both examine geomechanical processes and two-phase flow in deep geological repositories and sealing systems.
Dick Jackson gave a presentation (co-authored with Professor Maurice Dusseault of the University of Waterloo) on "Potential subsurface migration pathways for natural gas" on November 29th at the BC Oil and Gas Technical Greenhouse Gas Emissions Data Workshop in Vancouver BC.
Dick Jackson attended a Workshop in Calgary that he organized on behalf of the Alberta Dept of Energy on Wellbore Integrity on October 31st.
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