Team | Mid-Columbia Kootenay Reference Group Coordinator
Richard is a Professional Engineer who works with people on hydro-geological projects. His work has included fluid flow through porous media, geology and reservoir modelling. Together with his wife and business partner Susan, they have taught water analysis interpretation to engineers and geologists for over 20 years. Richard also teaches an on-line course on how to analyze GIS data and make maps using the open-source QGIS software.
His specialty is water chemistry and what it tells about the history of the water. Using a finger printing system he has categorized oilfield brines by geological age in BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan. He is now transferring that knowledge to fresh water systems, mapping aquifers and developing simple ways to test fresh water samples to detect surface contamination. He is currently working with residents of Box Mountain, just south of Nakusp, collecting samples from over thirty water sources, analyzing them, mapping the aquifers, and helping people with water problems.
Richard graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a bachelor degree in Geological Engineering and his current interests, besides water, include remote sensing of the environment using satellite data and drone images, interpreting bird song recordings, and using machine learning and artificial intelligence in these studies.