Our Services

Decision Support

We specialize in the practice of hydrogeology, however, we understand that the purpose of our work is to support decision making. Some decisions can be easily defined such as ‘how many groundwater wells are required to achieve our water demand?’. Other decisions are less easily defined such as ‘how do I simultaneously optimize my project design so as to minimize cost, operational risk and regulatory risk?’.

The need for these types of decisions can arise in a variety of situations including:

  • Water supply investigations and water well network designs;
  • Wastewater disposal evaluations;
  • Thermal plume migration;
  • Solute fate and transport;
  • Risk management;
  • Remediation system design; and
  • Regulatory applications such as Water Act approvals or environmental impact assessments.

Our experience with quantitative hydrogeology has provided us with a clear perspective in defining and solving all types of problems. We will try to understand the decisions that you face and will reflect that in our work. Our experience in data organization, conceptualization of groundwater flow, modelling, and uncertainty analysis will be applied to benefit your work.

Modelling

The value of quantitative decision support has increased greatly in recent years thanks to advancements in modern hardware and software. Prior to completing any modelling effort, we will work with you to define a clear purpose and list of objectives for the modelling. Once we understand the purpose and objectives of the modelling we will develop a scope of work that reflects the information content of the available data and the modelling accuracy required for your project.

We have a very experienced team of modellers who are committed to meeting or exceeding your expectations of timeline and quality. We specialize in using inverse methods such as PEST to understand your data and the robustness of our modelling predictions. Our experience and our expertise allows us to explore prediction uncertainties to a level commensurate with the decision to be made. Based on the purpose and objectives of the work, uncertainty analysis could include alternative geological conceptualizations, non-linear parameter uncertainty analysis, or evaluating the uncertainty in future stress (e.g. pumping rates) scenarios.

By leveraging our modelling experience and software expertise we will provide you with a high quality product that you can trust.

Geologic Mapping

We use wireline logs, public geologic data and client data to create geologic surfaces and volumes that form the basis for our hydrogeologic interpretations and conceptual models. The resolution of our geologic mapping will always be matched to the purpose and objectives of the work and as such will vary considerably between water use and solute transport problems.

Our ability to incorporate existing knowledge about the geologic setting into our geologic mapping provides a strong basis for our hydrogeologic interpretations and predictions.

Reporting

We have experience preparing a variety of technical reports from simple memorandums to environmental impact assessments. It is our opinion that reports should be easy to read regardless of the size or complexity of the project. We will synthesize your site specific data, support it with regional studies or peer reviewed publications, and present the information in an easy to digest format. Key data and interpretations will be presented in a combination of tables and figures. The text will provide a clear summary of the purpose, methods, limitations and conclusions.

We recognize that reports are the most valuable product that we provide to our clients, regulators and other decision makers. As such, we will always strive to provide sufficient time for review and will make incorporation of your feedback and preferences a priority.

Independent Review

The practice of earth sciences in Alberta can benefit greatly from publically available data sets (particularly wireline data) and modern computing. Even the most data-rich projects, however, still have many unknowns. This is particularly true when attempting to predict a future change in state of an aquifer. While we have field experience in drilling, sampling, aquifer testing and geophysics, Fluid Domains does not offer any field services to our clients.  For this reason, we are able to provide you with objective review of proposed field programs including but not limited to:

  • Remediation system designs,
  • Water supply well networks,
  • Depressurization well networks,
  • Sampling program frequency, and
  • Observation well placement.

Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any review needs. We would like to be your trusted adviser for projects of any size.

Data and Information Technology

Fluid Domains uses high performance computing systems to optimize the use of water resources and to assess hydrological systems. We develop software to couple optimizing algorithms and numerical modelling software and to provide clients with realistic quantitative estimates. We automate and document our data and numerical modelling workflows to ensure that our assessments are reproducible, testable, and efficient.

Fluid Domains offers custom software development and data solutions to support decisions that are constrained by hydrogeologic, environmental, regulatory and economic considerations.