WATER RESOURCES

Higher Ground Consulting’s in-house water resource engineers work closely with our civil and geotechnical engineers to provide complete solutions for your projects.

Hydrology

The first step in many water resource projects is determining the amount of runoff that a site either receives from an upstream catchment or generates itself. HGC’s water team works closely with our civil engineers and designers to accurately define these areas, and then determine the anticipated runoff volumes to efficiently deal with in project design.

HYDRAULIC MODELLING

From dam break studies to river intake design, accurately understanding where surface water flows, and at what intensity, is critical to project success. HGC uses the HEC-RAS software suite to complete 1-D and 2-D hydraulic modelling to accurately show you the impact of surface water on your project.

HYDRAULIC DESIGN

Once water flows are determined, the next project step is designing infrastructure to cope with the forecasted flows. Working together with our civil and geotechnical engineers, HGC designs efficient and practical water management infrastructure for your site, including culverts, ditching, flood barriers, kickouts, check dams, dam spillways and water intakes.

DAMS AND STORAGE PONDS

The design and evaluation of water storage and tailings dams, and containment ponds requires close interaction between hydrotechnical and geotechnical engineers. As the Engineer of Record on over 30 regulated dams in Western Canada, HGC can bring a wealth of practical experience to your fluid storage project.

WATER LICENSES

Successful water storage projects require efficient and accurate water licensing. HGC has extensive successful experience in water license applications, both new and renewals, and temporary and permanent. We have excellent working relationships with both the BC OGC and AER, and our license experience includes surface runoff and river diversion applications, as well as dam storage applications.

OTHER AREAS OF EXPERTISE

CIVIL EARTHWORKS


Higher Ground Consulting provides a wide range of civil earthworks and infrastructure services, from site selection to engineering design, on-site construction QA/QC, and operational support and troubleshooting.

GEOTECHNICAL


Our geotechnical engineers have worked around the world and have experience in any environment whether at the equator, the arctic, offshore or in the Prairies and provide a full suite of geotechnical engineering services.

ENVIRONMENTAL


Whether its wetlands, water, soil, wildlife, construction, operations, or end of life: HGC’s environmental team excels at meeting your regulatory needs.