Solutions & Capabilities
Conceptual Site Model (CSM) Development
stratigraphy, mass distribution & trends, response to stresses, 3-D interconnections, GW/SW interaction, unsaturated zone, recharge characterization, ...)
CSM validity testing
Groundwater flow pathways (receptor likelihood, volumetric assessment)
Contaminant risk exposure evaluation (predictive transport analysis)
Groundwater sustainability (water quantity risks – drought / climate change; water quality risks – vulnerability to contamination)
Groundwater / Surface Water Interaction (Integrated modelling, thermal signal analysis)
Groundwater flow / transport evolution over decades / centuries
Excellent communication skills
The Aqua Insight team provides solutions that are applicable to many sectors.
Municipal Water Supply
Assist municipalities with assessing and managing groundwater resources, including:
Quantify the volume of water that can be extraction that can be sustained at individual wells and cumulatively. Assess balance between municipal water taking and ecosystem needs to ensure responsible management.
Evaluate vulnerability to surface contamination, and potential impact at wells from existing industrial contamination.
ISI & AVI vulnerability mapping, Threats Assessment and Ranking, Issue Contributing Areas
Design Source Protection initiatives to help safeguard water supplies for future generations.
Source Protection: Water Budgets, Well Capture Zones, Wellhead Protection Areas
Enact measures to maintain and protect water supplies.
Point (industrial) and non-point (road salt, nitrate) management measures to reduce contamination risks
Assist industrial site managers by characterizing existing contamination extent and evaluating fate and transport toward potential receptors using numerical modelling tools. Site investigation experience has ranged from small industrial facilities where local surface water or groundwater users may be subject to risk, to major Superfund & RCRA sites where off-site contamination has the potential to degrade public water supply. Technical skills are primarily focused on developing a sound understanding of site-specific groundwater flow that leads to contaminant migration and fate.
Simulation of fate and transport for mapped plumes / sources.
Evaluation of maximum concentrations reaching potential receptors into the future (deterministic and stochastic approaches).
Quantifying flow velocities to evaluate residence time for design of treatment cells.
Cost-benefit analysis of potential remediation approaches.
Experience assisting mining companies with:
Development of process water supply and evaluation of potential impacts to sustain that supply.
Quantifying dewatering / depressurization requirements and timing.
Quantifying the volume and concentration of brine that can be extracted from resource areas (Resource and Reserves for Lithium and Potash).
Evaluation of leachate or excursion impact risks due to migration with groundwater flow.
Oil & Gas
Experience working with major oil and gas producers to obtain water supply and evaluate potential risks associated with spills or waste discharge:
Quantify available make-up water supply from identified aquifers.
Evaluate process water discharge (brine) capacity and potential impacts.
Evaluate mobility and fate of injected mobility agents.
Evaluate inflow volumes and brine concentrations to open-pit mines.
Evaluate transport and risk from spill and wellhead sites (petroleum compounds and process water impacts).
Water resources management projects include the characterization and assessment of integrated groundwater and surface water flow systems to:
Quantify the volume of water flowing through an area and the natural range of variability under historic climate conditions.
Establish water budgets for sub-basins that will maintain a healthy ecosystem, including flow variability.
Assessment of potential impacts based on urban development.
Evaluate expected range of variability due to climate change.
Team of Complementary Colleagues
Aqua Insight has developed strategic partnerships with experienced independent colleagues across Canada that can offer the following expertise:
Groundwater contaminant plume stability assessment
Fate and transport of organic compounds
Canadian Oil Sands hydrogeology & regulatory framework
Brine solution mining and completing 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects
Regional hydrology and planning
Communicating & Negotiating with Regulatory Agencies