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The Importance of In-Situ Mock-Ups

Check out the latest issue of Construction Canada for a thoughtful analysis by our own Vice President of Building Science, Ibrahim El-Hajj, of why In-situ Mock-ups remain a beneficial part of construction methodology even with 3D virtual modelling. By identifying potential challenges not always apparent in drawings, In-situ Mock-ups reduce risk by helping the various trades co-ordinate their activities, increasing the chances of keeping projects on-time and on-budget while maintaining quality and compliance.

New Vice President - Environmental

We are excited to share that Patrick (Rick) Fioravanti, P.Geo. has been promoted to Vice President - Environmental. An Environmental Geoscientist with over ten years experience, Rick has been instrumental in our Environmental Services. He holds an Honours Bachelor of Science with distinction in Toxicology from the University of Guelph and is a member of APGO - Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario.

As the former Manager of Environmental Services, Rick managed Phase One and Two Environmental Site Assessments, soil management, and remediation projects. He has successfully filed over 60 Records of Site Condition and is actively working on 10 Risk Assessment Projects. Rick specializes in using emerging technologies like high-resolution site characterization and contaminant forensics, significantly contributing to our clients’ development objectives.

Rick's extensive knowledge and dedication have greatly benefited our team and clients. Please join us in congratulating him on this well-deserved promotion. We look forward to his continued leadership and success in his new role!🎉

Ready for a busy summer!

It's an exciting time of year as we continue building up our team ahead of the busy summer season so we can continue satisfying all our clients' needs! Welcome to DS Consultants Snimarjot Saini and Harsh Patel!

More new team members!

More new team members getting ready for our busy summer season in the field! Welcome Ruby Cat, Shawan Liu, Vincent Nguyen, Telucy Lu, Elsie Sirett and Tami Edun!

New additions to DS Consultants!

We're gearing up for a busy summer and introducing the newest members of the DS Consultants team! Danijela Boras, Samuel Li, Gavin Sliva, Isabel Bowers, Dylan Powis.

DS well-represented at ONEIA Business & Policy Forum

An excellent day of networking and discussion at the annual Ontario Environment Industry Association (ONEIA) Business and Policy Forum in Toronto on May 7, 2024. DS Consultants Ltd. was well-represented by Vice President Environmental Services Patrick (Rick) Fioravanti, P.Geo., Head of Risk Assessment Reese McMillan, and Senior Environmental Engineer Efuange Khumbah. Reese co-moderated a brownfields roundtable that included an engaging policy discussion with Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks staff on possibilities for streamlining the Record of Site Condition and Risk Assessment processes.

Great progress at Bravo in South Vaughan!

Wonderful to see so much progress!  DS was retained by Menkes Developments Ltd. and QuadReal Property Group to complete hydrogeological investigation to support the design of the Bravo towers in the Festival Condos development of the South Vaughan Metropolitan Centre (VMC).  This included drilling large diameter pumping wells and pumping testing to evaluate the aquifer characteristics.  DS is providing a comprehensive pre- and post-construction groundwater monitoring program.

DS consulting on new South Niagara Hospital

We're pleased to have been providing geotechnical consulting services as well as material and inspection testing services for EllisDon Infrastructure Healthcare (EDIH) as they construct the new South Niagara Hospital near the QEW in Niagara Falls. With a full scope of hospital services and 469 single patient bedrooms, this facility is set to become an integral part of the healthcare system in Niagara Region when it opens in 2028. You can read more about the project in their January newsletter or watch it taking shape on a time-lapsed camera!

Look how we've grown!

We're looking forward to even more in 2024! From 5 employees in 2017 to now over 140 engineers, geologists, hydrogeologists, environmentalists, building scientists, field and laboratory testing staff, we've continued to grow our comprehensive suite of services and our geographic presence in Vaughan, Cambridge, Barrie/Collingwood & Hamilton to provide our clients across southern Ontario with nearby cost-effective solutions, always following our motto - "Client First – Quality Always."

2023 Newsletter

We covered so much ground over the last year! Check out the highlights we were able to fit into our annual newsletter!

Sharing Knowledge at Fall Science Summit

Thanks to Bureau Veritas North America for organizing their Fall Science Summit on Nov. 16.  For one of the case study presentations, our own Rick Fioravanti was pleased to share some of the work the DS Consultants Ltd. team has been doing to remediate hexavalent chromium impacts in groundwater at a former automotive site in Milton.  A successful pilot of a pump and treat program in 2022 resulted in full implementation this past spring.  RSC filing for future residential use is expected in 2024-25.  DS has been providing a full suite of services at this site, including environmental, geotechnical, hydrogeological and materials inspection/testing.

DS Consultants at Fall Science Summit

Environmental Services Manager Rick Fioravanti is presenting Thursday, Nov. 16 at this year's Bureau Veritas North America Fall Science Summit. He'll be sharing a case study based on the successful pump and treat program DS implemented for a former Milton industrial site found to be contaminated with hexavalent chromium. He and Head of Risk Assessment Reese McMillan are looking forward to a full day of knowledge sharing. Also on the agenda: new developments in soil vapour intrusion assessment, contaminated site remediation, recent litigation, and more!

Grand Opening of Hamilton Office Celebration

Thanks to all who joined us for our Cocktail Reception celebrating the GRAND OPENING of our 4th office in Hamilton.

We were happy to host clients and guests Wednesday October 11, 2023, from 12 pm to 3 pm at the Edgewater Manor located at 518 Fruitland Road, Stoney Creek.

Hamilton Office

DS Consultants Ltd. would like to announce the GRAND OPENING of our 4th office in Hamilton.

Our newest location is 1290 Arvin Avenue, Unit 4, Stoney Creek, Ontario L8E 0H7, 905-264-9393.

RemTech East

Excited to engage with the brownfields community next week at #remtecheast. Stop by for a chat at our booth with Reese McMillan, Osbert (Ozzie) Benjamin and Rick Fioravanti. We would be happy to discuss navigating tricky environmental projects including remediation, risk assessment and RSCs.

Map below shows GTA RSCs filed on the MECP's new system. Yellow circled locations were RSC files completed by DS.

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