and everything in between.
With deep roots in Western Canada, we know the oil and gas industry well. But it doesn’t stop there. Innovation at GeoVerra doesn’t just refer to the technology we have, but staying on top of the advancements that are taking place across industries outside of our own, and collaborating with clients who are doing things differently and trying new things. From oil and gas to sustainable energy, our field and office professionals are equipped to support the entire lifecycle of any energy project. Our strategically located teams of highly-skilled and experienced professionals have local expertise, proven experience, and extensive knowledge on regulatory requirements and quality assurance.
Upstream Oil & Gas
GeoVerra has a long-standing and recognized history in Western Canada’s oil and gas industry, from surveys of conventional well sites to oil sands exploration and all related infrastructure.
As one of the nation’s largest and most respected geomatics firms, we offer a diverse range of integrated land survey services to oil and gas companies and their service providers.
Our team of licensed land surveyors, project managers, field crews, and CAD technicians have a safety-first mindset, take a collaborative approach, and use innovative tools to provide clients with comprehensive services at any stage of an oil and gas project:
- Preplanning – mapping and planning with LiDAR, UAV, aerial photos, and existing survey data; site surveys, environmental planning and regulatory permitting, road use management, timber salvage, and clearing coordination
- Acquisition – disposition, lease, and right-of-way acquisition and licensing surveys
- Construction – staking, line locating, facility layout, earthwork surveys
- Renewals – disposition renewals via hybrid or conventional surveys
Our field and office teams are recognized throughout the industry for having the skills and knowhow to safely and efficiently complete well site survey programs in freehold or crown lands. We work together with survey coordinators, land professionals, field consultants, and landowners to provide well site surveys — both conventional and hybrid — whenever and wherever clients need them.
Oil Sands Exploration (OSE)
Our teams have extensive experience supporting OSE programs of any size, from beginning to end. They manage the preliminary planning of well site locations and the access required while identifying potential hazards and producing all maps and documents needed to support applications and third-party agreements. Dedicated OSE field staff survey each well, access road, and crossing for a smooth transition between application and development. When construction and drilling are complete, we prepare the as-built reports required to complete programs for regulations.
When it comes to pipeline construction, GeoVerra is a one-stop shop for surveying and forestry solutions. As one of Canada’s biggest surveying and geomatics firms, we have the capacity to take on large, long-term projects and the ability to scale up and down as required. Having surveyed thousands of kilometers of pipelines, we understand the process and the complexity involved. As industry experts for large-diameter pipeline projects, we support all phases of construction with an experienced, field-based team that includes survey crews, geomatics technicians, forestry specialists, and on-site management, backed by a consistent team of office professionals.
- Pre-Construction – land surveying and geomatics support for pipeline engineering, HDD/crossing design, geotechnical programs, regulatory applications, third-party permitting, land acquisition, and timber salvage planning
- Construction – pioneering, clearing coordination, grading and right of way/access construction, clearing coordination, pipe tally, welding, lower-in and tie-ins, HDD/crossing support
- Post-Construction – post-construction support for integrity programs, tool runs, and related digs and repairs, as well as final as-built surveys required for regulatory and land title purposes
Pipelines are integral and essential infrastructure for the safe and efficient transport of oil and gas. Maintenance solutions employed to extend the longevity and safety of the pipeline network are vital in protecting the public and the environment.
From initial planning to final repair, GeoVerra has the technology and experience required for pipeline integrity projects. We specialize in combining client data with our in-house data to map potential repair sites and establish chosen site locations in the field.
Our pipeline integrity surveying professionals work with operators to identify current and potential repairs, supporting system upgrades and ongoing maintenance within pipeline right-of-ways and facilities. With expertise in precise measurement, geographic positioning, and advanced geospatial technologies, we provide a complete range of services to meet the needs of our clients’ pipeline integrity management programs, including:
- Access mapping, GIS display, and GIS archiving
- Dig site surveys
- Depth of cover and monitoring surveys
- Cathodic protection surveys
- Launcher and receiver surveys
- Pipe replacement surveys
- Water crossing surveys
- Wildlife sweeps
With our expertise in surveying, forestry and environment, applied GIS, UAVs, mobile mapping and high-definition LiDAR scanning, we bring together the latest technology and deep-rooted experience in oil and gas to deliver sustainable energy solutions.
GeoVerra’s team members support the entire lifecycle of sustainable energy projects; this includes field and office support for upfront feasibility and project planning, through all phases of construction and execution, on to clean up and final commissioning. Plus, we have an in-house team of skilled forestry and environmental experts that can help manage environmental planning and regulatory permitting, timber salvage planning, and clearing coordination, making GeoVerra a one-stop-shop operation.
Our experience at industrial facilities and on mainstream pipelines and transmission lines lends itself to the transportation of sustainable energy products, like carbon dioxide and hydrogen. And our familiarity with many of these projects — knowing the ins and outs of a site and the intimate details of a project — enables us to drive forward more efficiently, saving clients time, money, and stress.
Some of the client projects we support include:
- Carbon dioxide pipelines for enhanced oil recovery as well as permanent sequestration
- Solar and wind farms for electricity generation
- Hydrogen storage, transportation, and related infrastructure
- Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) capturing, transportation, and related infrastructure
“We want to recognize this phenomenal team onsite and their commitment to personal safety as well as reinforcing safety responsibilities to the Prime Contractor.”– Lucy Wan, Coastal GasLink Pipeline, TC Energy
“Ovintiv and GeoVerra have always had a remarkable working relationship, and I’ve known some of their employees for over 15 years now! We appreciate their responsiveness, proactive attitudes, and the fact that they are on top of current regulatory requirements. I would not hesitate to recommend their services.”– Dana Underwood, Senior Surface Land Coordinator, Ovintiv
“The quality of GeoVerra’s application, DSA, and aerial photo review were exceptional! It was very easy to read and follow. Thank you for providing such high-quality work!”– Nicole Koscielny, Reclamation Assessor, Alberta Energy Regulator
ATCO – The Northwest Calgary Connector (NWCC)
The NWCC project involved the installation of a 14 km of natural gas pipeline and the construction of four above-ground facilities in Calgary, AB. With decades in the industry, GeoVerra knows that each pipeline project comes with unique challenges. But the NWCC project stood out due to the variety of land tenures and survey techniques required throughout the life of the project. With Geoverra’s background knowledge of the project and previous successful projects, ATCO entrusted GeoVerra to meet these challenges.