Environmental and Permitting
Ecora’s team of environmental scientists provide consulting support for terrestrial and aquatic habitat assessments and studies, species-at-risk surveys, EMP preparation and permitting services. Recent energy projects include the Site C Fish Stranding Project for BC Hydro, Coastal Gas Link Project: Environmental Assessment Technical Review, Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Line: Environmental Assessment Technical Review (for Yekooche First Nation) as well as Westcoast Connector GasTransmission Project: Environmental Assessment Technical Review (for Halfway River First Nation).
Geotechnical, Geophysical Investigation and Design
Ecora’s geotechnical team are well versed in undertaking geotechnical and geophysical investigations in remote conditions. We routinely undertake mud rotary boreholes, sonic drilling, ODEX, SCPTs, CPTs, auger drilling and Becker Hammer testing (iBPT and BPT) and are familiar with executing challenging investigations in difficult terrain. Through our preferred sub-consultants we can also provide geophysical surveys, including MASW, SASW, downhole seismic, cross hole seismic and GPR. Our geotechnical team design shallow foundation, deep foundations, embankments, dams, dikes, trenchless crossings, MSE walls, shoring and ground improvement.
Natural Hazards Assessments and Route Alignment Support
Ecora routinely undertakes helicopter reconnaissance, reviews air photos, procures and interprets LiDAR data, undertakes drone surveys and conducts geological/hazard mapping. We work closely with our in-house GIS team in managing large quantities of data. We can identify at an early stage the potential natural hazards that can impact a substation, pipeline, compressor station, pump station and other key energy infrastructure.
Civil, Structural, and Mechanical Design
During detailed design stage we can provide geotechnical, civil, structural and mechanical engineering support. We can provide as-needed services or “one stop shopping” depending on the nature and scope of the project.
Construction Support and Materials Testing
Ecora provides on-site density as well as laboratory testing (soils, concrete and asphalt). We provide trench stability assessments, slope inspections, pile driving support and structural inspections. In addition, we can provide ground survey support, bathymetry surveys and drone surveys. Ecora’s team of Natural Scientists also undertakes Environmental Monitoring (EM) to verify permit compliance.
Abandonment, Remediation, and Reclamation
Oil and gas developments that are no longer in production are required to be abandoned, remediated, and reclaimed. When all requirements are met, the BC OGC issues a COR and the site returns back to the Crown. Ecora’s reclamation and remediation specialists work with our clients to navigate the COR process. The pilot projects we’ve done in partnership with the OGC, aimed at improving the COR process and reclamation standards, gives us a thorough understanding of how to best plan and implement on our client’s projects.