September 2016



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GeoAdvice 10th Anniversary Logo Final-01The team at GeoAdvice Engineering is proud to announce a major milestone in the history of the company. The year 2016 marks the 10-year anniversary of the founding of GeoAdvice Engineering. What began as a small consulting firm, with one employee working in his basement, has grown to be a highly respected engineering consultancy within the field of water resources. Our skill, quality, efficiency and integrity as engineering consultants has led GeoAdvice to become leaders in water system analysis and planning. Over the last 10 years, GeoAdvice has been recognized many times over for our service to both public and private sector clients throughout Canada. However, we know that we could not have made it to this point on our own. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our valued clients and partners for their ongoing support over the last 10 years. We look forward to the future as we hope to continue to grow and evolve as new opportunities arise.


GEOEXPEDITION 2016: WHISTLER, BC                                    

This year the GeoAdvice team went north to Whistler, BC, the world-renowned year-round alpine resort, for our annual GeoExpedition. While enjoying some well-deserved R&R at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler, the team participated in hours of zip-line tours through the Whistler backcountry and a day hike of Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains including a scenic journey on the Peak 2 Peak Gondola. Click here to check out some photos of our 2016 GeoExpedition!


GEOADVICE HAS BEEN APPROVED FOR OQM CERTIFICATION BY APEGBC Engineering Inc. is pleased to announce that the company has met the requirements for Organizational Quality Management (OQM) certification and is now officially OQM certified. Our team has been collaboratively working with APEGBC to implement the policies and procedures necessary to ensure the highest level of quality in all of our projects. At both the individual and organizational level, the OQM program aims to improve the quality management and overall efficiency of professional engineering practices by building consistency across their operations. The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia (APEGBC) developed this program to recognize organizations that consistently maintain a high standard of quality management. We have always been proud of the quality of service that we provide and our OQM certification is only the next step in our ongoing commitment to our clients.



On November 15, 2016, GeoAdvice will host a lecture by world-renowned researcher Professor Kobus van Zyl, P.Eng., of the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Professor van Zyl is recognized internationally as one of the leading researchers on water loss management and the understanding of pressure - leak flow rate relationships. His lecture is intended to expose participants to the latest knowledge on the occurrence, behaviour, modeling and management of leaks in pressurized pipe systems. To view the training brochure, please click here. Click here to register for the workshop. Seats are limited.



On November 4, 2016, Dr. Werner de Schaetzen, P.Eng., will lead an introductory course on the modeling of water distribution systems. The water distribution system modeling training begins with the basics of hydraulic theory as it applies to water distribution system modeling, then takes participants through more advanced topics such as working with multiple scenarios, model calibration, pump selection, energy cost studies, extended period simulation, fire flow analysis and water quality analyses. Participants will become familiar with EPANET and use the software to reinforce concepts with hands-on tutorials. For more information, and to register for the course, please click here.



On December 6, 2016, Dr. Werner de Schaetzen, P.Eng., will lead an introductory course on the modeling of sanitary sewer collection systems. The sanitary sewer modeling training begins with the basics of hydraulic theory as it applies to sewer collection system modeling, and then takes participants through the sanitary sewer data model. Both steady-state and extended period simulations will be presented in this course. Sewer load allocation and model calibration will be discussed. Participants will become familiar with EPA-SWMM (transport component only) and use the software to reinforce concepts with hands-on tutorials. For more information, and to register for the course, please click here.



Improving Water Quality via Flushing - Hydraulic Modeling with Clearbrook Waterworks District, BC

Clearbrook Waterworks DistrictGeoAdvice Engineering Inc. (GeoAdvice) was retained by the Clearbrook Waterworks District to develop a unidirectional flushing (UDF) program for District’s water distribution system. Flushing is one of the most effective tools available to maintain and improve water quality. Almost all utilities use some form of flushing on a regular basis; however, these flushing programs are not typically sequential and often do not use valve isolation techniques. GeoAdvice used hydraulic modeling to develop and optimize the CWD UDF program, creating 130 sequences to cover the entirety of the District distribution system.

Water system inspection and flushing are crucial elements of any piping maintenance program. UDF consists of isolating particular pipe sections by closing the appropriate valves and opening hydrants in an organized sequential manner. In general, flushing proceeds from flushed to unflushed pipes, and from larger to smaller water mains, moving from the source out to the ends of the system. For all UDF programs, GeoAdvice provides maps with full hydrant and valve manipulation instructions for each flushing sequence.

Sewer Master Plan for the City of Terrace, BC City of Terrace, BC has selected GeoAdvice Engineering Inc. (GeoAdvice) to develop and calibrate the City’s sanitary sewer system model in preparation for the City’s 2016 Sewer Master Plan. The model will be developed in H2OMAP Sewer, a sanitary sewer modeling program developed by Innovyze. A flow monitoring program consisting of six temporary locations was conducted to collect sufficient data for model calibration. The main purpose of the calibrated model will be to assess the performance of the existing sewer collection system under existing and future conditions. Further analysis of the model will be conducted to determine the system improvements required to mitigate the deficiencies.

 Integrated Stormwater Management Plan for the Willband Creek Catchment was selected along with Urban Systems Ltd. to complete an Integrated Stormwater Management Plan (ISMP) for the Willband Creek catchment. The Willband Creek watershed is located in central Abbotsford, containing Mill Lake, and is bounded to the west by Clearbrook Road, north by Matsqui Prairie and east by McMillan Road with a total catchment area estimated at 1,800 hectares. GeoAdvice will conduct the hydraulic and hydrologic modeling using PCSWMM, a stormwater, wastewater and watershed modeling software program developed by CHI.

GeoAdvice delivered a three-day training course on water distribution system modeling for the City of Prince George. The objective of the training course was to train new City staff and enhance existing modelers in the principles of hydraulic network modeling, the basic and advanced capabilities of InfoWater, the different types of model simulations, and the methods of reviewing and maintaining a hydraulic network model. GeoAdvice also provided the City of Prince George with a review of their current model, developing a list of issues found in the model with accompanying recommendations. This informative training will help the City of Prince George to improve their water distribution system using their enhanced skills.



Water Resources/Stormwater Engineer

GeoAdvice has an immediate opening for a motivated Water Resources or Stormwater Engineer with 5 to 15 years of directly relevant experience to support municipal projects involving municipal engineering, storm water management, hydrologic/hydraulic modeling, and watershed planning.

The successful candidate will be responsible for providing technical support on a variety of stormwater and watershed management and modeling projects. This position supports a variety of water resources projects within GeoAdvice and requires a professional with the demonstrated ability to work well with others as a member of the team.

For more information, please visit our website.

Send your resume and cover letter to



GeoAdvice is proud to feature Brieuc Gailly, our most recent intern, in this newsletter. Brieuc comes to us from Gerpinnes, Belgium and is completing his final year of Civil Engineering at the Université Catholique de Louvain. He worked with GeoAdvice until the end of July 2016 and we were extremely pleased to have him on our team. Please take this opportunity to learn a little more about Brieuc!

Who are your favourite authors?

Leo Tolstoy and Hergé. The former because he has this ability to project one into the mind of a fictional character so well that the reader feels discomfort. The latter because for decades he has made children, adults and elderly alike laugh and dream through comic books filled with philosophical masterpieces.

Who is my hero in real life?

Werner de Schaetzen. Just kidding! Aung San Suu Kyi. This 71-year-old Nobel Peace Prize recipient fought peacefully for years against the military power in Burma. She had been put under house arrest for 15 years but has recently been appointed the head of the state of Myanmar with 86% of the votes. I had the chance of listening to one of her speeches; she was so inspiring, projecting wisdom, peace, and forgiveness. It will be one of my most cherished memories until my last day.

What is my idea of happiness?

Love, Laugh. Give Freely, Care. Be kind. Think Deeply. Be truthful, not only to others but also to yourself.

What is the military event I admire the most?

Probably the insubordination of the German General Dietrich von Choltitz. Presumably advised by a Swedish Consul, he didn’t obey the direct order of Hitler to destroy the Louvre, the Cathédrale de Notre-Dame, the Sacré-Coeur de Mont Martre, the Eiffel Tower and more, which were all rigged with explosives when the Allied Forces entered Paris.

Who is my favourite composer?

Edvard H. Grieg. He made some of the best Romantic Classical music based on the rhythm and lyricism of Norwegian folk songs.

A Decade is Behind Us

GeoExpedition 2016: Whistler, BC

GeoAdvice is OQM Certified

Workshop with Professor van Zyl of Cape Town University

APEGBC Course: Hydraulic Modeling of Water Distribution Systems

APEGBC Course: Hydraulic Modeling of Sanitary Sewer Collection Systems

Recent GeoAdvice Projects

GeoAdvice is Still Hiring

 Brieuc Gailly in the Spotlight

Welcome to Our New and Returning Municipal Clients!

British Columbia Institute of Technology

Capital Regional District, BC

City of Abbotsford, BC

City of Burnaby, BC

City of Coquitlam, BC

City of Courtenay, BC

City of Nanaimo, BC

City of Powell River, BC

City of Prince George, BC

City of Surrey, BC

City of Terrace, BC

City of Trail, BC

City of Vancouver, BC

City of Victoria, BC

Clearbrook Waterworks District, BC

District of Mission, BC

District of North Vancouver, BC

Denver Water CO, USA

Lake Cowichan First Nation, BC

Regional Municipality of Peel, ON

Regional Municipality of Waterloo, ON

GeoAdvice Has A New Professional Engineer!

 Jonathan Hung has Obtained his P.Eng. with APEGBC

Congratulations to Jonathan Hung, Project Manager/Water Resources Engineer for GeoAdvice, for obtaining his P.Eng. In Canada, the title “Professional Engineer” is restricted by law so Jonathan is now licensed by APEGBC to practice engineering in British Columbia. As a professional engineer, Jonathan will be legally and ethically responsible for his work, maintain the highest levels of competence, continually upgrade his knowledge, and adhere to APEGBC’s strict Code of Ethics.

GeoAdvice Quiz: Celebrate our 10-Year Anniversary

1.    What does one call a period of ten years?

2.    What does one call a ten year anniversary?

3.    On what day was GeoAdvice incorporated?

4.    When did GeoAdvice move into Unit #204 on St. Johns Street?

5.    Which famous company is also celebrating its 10-year anniversary in 2016?

6.    In which country was the GeoAdvice logo made?

7.    Which municipality was GeoAdvice’s first client?

8.    In which two countries has GeoAdvice funded the construction of elementary schools?

9.    How many kids is GeoAdvice helping every month with World Vision?

10. Who built the first GeoAdvice desk and set up the first printer?



“I hired GeoAdvice after a terrible experience with another local consultant that left me with a poorly developed InfoSWMM model, inaccurate field tests, and needless capital recommendations. They did a fantastic job of identifying problems, correcting the sewer model and revising the system recommendations. GeoAdvice saved the District millions of dollars in infrastructure investments and developed sound recommendations for future system investigations and field work. I would highly recommend GeoAdvice services to any municipality – they truly are the local experts in hydraulic modeling and analysis.”

Hirod Gill, Ph.D., P.Eng District of Mission, BC




Quiz Answers:

1) Decade 2) Tin Anniversary

3) September 19, 2006 4) June 2009

5) Twitter 6) Rwanda 7) City of Abbotsford, BC 8) Kenya & Tanzania 9) Six

10) Rodolphe (Werner’s Brother-in-Law)



































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Celebrating 10 years of excellence. Thank you for your support!

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