Naviq Consulting Inc. provides specialist geotechnical and permafrost engineering. The principal consultant is Dr. Jim Oswell, P.Eng. Dr. Oswell has over 35 years of international experience in many areas of geotechnical and foundation engineering, including conducting geotechnical investigations for commercial, institutional and industrial projects, shallow and deep foundation design, ground improvement, slope stability and soil-pipe interaction studies.

Dr. Oswell has extensive experience in northern Canada as well as having managed permafrost engineering projects in Alaska and Russia. His Canadian experience includes over 15 years of consultations to Enbridge Pipelines (NW) Inc. for the Norman Wells oil pipeline and as a consultant on the design of the Mackenzie Gas Project (MGP). For the MGP, he participated in both the Joint Review Panel and National Energy Board public hearing processes. Dr. Oswell provided geotechnical and permafrost consulting services on the Alaska gas pipeline project.

Naviq Consulting Inc. has extensive experience in pipeline-soil interaction and pipeline geotechnique. Dr. Oswell consults to clients in Canada and internationally on issues related to pipeline-soil interaction, pipeline stress analysis and geohazard management for pipelines. He has conducted forensic investigation of loss of containment of pipelines due to geological hazards in Canada, Ecuador and Colombia. He has prepared expert witness reports for numerous incidents and appeared as an expert witness in court and at public and regulatory hearings.

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