Field Services

The Field Services Group utilizes Norwest professionals who are supported by key, industry leading, associates and strategic partners. We provide field services for extractive energy and natural resource projects from initial resource definition through to final reclamation. Together we execute safe, cost effective and timely field programs that deliver high quality data to our clients. Norwest personnel have planned, initiated and managed numerous field programs with diverse objectives for a wide range of resource industries.

Norwest has a Certificate of Recognition (COR) and operates within an active and comprehensive Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) program. This program is monitored and maintained by a full time risk management professional who reports directly to the president of Norwest.
Norwest offers our clients a diverse range of Field Services solutions for all phases of a project including:

Field Services

Our specialized team of environmental professionals offers a broad range of water, air, and soil analysis and monitoring field services to support our clients’ environmental assessment, remediation, and compliance needs.

Our services include:

  • Multi-media compliance sampling and monitoring
    • Groundwater
    • Free and dissolved gases
    • Surface water
    • Air
    • Soil gas sampling
    • Shallow soil sampling (hazardous and non-hazardous)
    • Free-phase hydrocarbon sampling
    • Whole rock analysis and geochemical testing
    • Isotope sampling
    • Tracer testing
  • Monitor well construction
  • Phase 1 and 2 site investigation
  • Remediation equipment implementation
  • Soil/groundwater remediation operations
The Norwest Field Services Group manages exploration and delineation programs in the oil sands, unconventional oil and gas, and potash industries from project conception through to reclamation. To date Field Services has successfully managed the planning, permitting, and field execution of more than fifty Oil Sands Exploration (OSE) programs. These projects consisting of over 2,000 oil sands evaluation wells, as well as hundreds of hydrogeological and geotechnical wells. The projects have been in both the surface minable and in situ recovery areas of the Athabasca region of Alberta and Saskatchewan. The Field Services group has completed several potash exploration and development programs in addition to many CBM, heavy oil, shale gas, and tight sand gas projects in Canada, the USA and internationally.
The key disciplines under the Field Services Group are:

Project management:

  • Planning; budgeting, scheduling, permitting, staffing, procurement
  • Project controls; cost tracking, progress & change management, reporting
  • Execution; drilling, construction, multidisciplinary data collection
  • Environmental; HSE & regulatory compliance, water and waste management, reclamation

Geological Supervision:

  • Geological supervision of coring operations
  • Geophysical logging QC
  • Data collection, description and secure transmittal


  • Leases, roads and sumps building oversight
  • Equipment needs and scheduling
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Leases, roads, and sumps reclamation


  • Supervision of Drilling activities
  • Specialization in OSE programs
  • Field operations drilling management
  • Regulatory and safety compliance on rigs
  • Well licensing and ERCB DDS filing

Land services:

  • Permitting, stake holder consultations, road use agreements
  • Registered Alberta land agents strategic partner
  • Specialization in OSE programs
  • Current with all regulatory requirements


  • Surveying and mapping
  • Registered ALS strategic partner
  • Specialization in OSE programs
  • Audited HSE system in place

Risk Management:

  • HSE regulatory management
  • Field Health and Safety supervision
  • Document and address hazards, near misses and incidents
  • Conduct field HSE investigations
  • Ensure safety/tailgate meetings are documented
  • Monitor training and certifications for Contractor personnel

Multidisciplinary Projects:

  • Geology, Hydrology, Surface Water and Environmental
  • Geotechnical, Drilling, Reservoir and Mine Engineering
  • Construction, Reclamation, and Community Relations
Norwest field personnel provide installation and monitoring services for instrumentation at both active and reclaimed mine sites. The geotechnical knowledge of our field staff enables them to perform visual inspections of operational mine conditions in addition to instrument monitoring. This provides our clients with the benefits of integrating visual observation with data acquisition. Consistent instrumentation data is valuable and a trained eye will provide key information to assess operational performance.
Norwest’s field staff is supported by knowledgeable engineers who verify, analyze, and interpret the field data. This process allows field information to be given to our designers and clients in a timely fashion. Then, with the use of industry proven software and user friendly databases, large amounts of data can be summarized and presented easily.

Our services include:

  • Geotechnical field program planning
  • Instrumentation needs assessment
  • Core logging and geological interpretation
  • Geotechnical instrument installation
    • slope inclinometers
    • vibrating wire piezometers
    • stand pipe piezometers
    • monitoring wells
    • extensometers
  • Initialization and monitoring of field instrumentation
  • Verification, analysis, and interpretation of the instrumentation data
  • Geotechnical performance reporting
  • Web-based GIS mapping
  • Hydrologic and hydrogeologic sampling and database management
  • Real time field hydrologic data entry and QA/QC
  • Hydrologic testing and monitoring
Operational monitoring and data management is a value added service which can benefit our clients in many ways. Verified technical information can be an invaluable asset to any mine site. Norwest’s Field Services Group provides a clear picture of current geotechnical or hydrogeologic conditions to optimize design and resource use for our clients.
Norwest’s Field Services Group offers a comprehensive range of services to meet our clients’ geotechnical site investigation and construction needs. From site investigations for design to construction and operations, our technical staff provides a clear picture of foundation conditions for a variety of earth structures. Geologic logs, photos, geophysical well logs, and a variety of appropriate sampling techniques give our clients a clear picture of the subsurface conditions.
Our group provides construction design and in-field expertise to our clients who require environmentally and economically sustainable solutions that support their mine developments and operations. Our expertise comes from engineers and geologists with years of experience who know what to look for when carrying out site investigations.
Norwest has strong experience in areas that include:
  • Designs
    • Open-pit slopes
    • Waste dumps
    • Rock piles
    • Earth dam structures
    • Man made lakes
  • Slope stability assessments
  • Infrastructure offset or boundary assessments
  • Mine waste management
  • Mine closure, progressive reclamation, and geomorphic landscape designs
  • Rock slope hazard assessments
  • On-site construction management
Norwest’s experts provide hydrology, hydrogeology and engineering field services to assist clients with a wide variety of water resource issues including:

Well and Aquifer Testing

  • Well installation oversight
  • Pump/packer/IFOT installation
  • Aquifer testing (transducers, dataloggers, IFOT)
  • Multiple and single well drawdown testing (standard and discrete intervals)
  • Groundwater sampling (hazardous/non-hazardous by pump, bail and air-lift)
  • Tracer testing
  • Slug testing (standard and discrete intervals)

Water Supply Well Construction

  • Supervise onsite drilling and well design
  • Logging
  • Well completion
  • Well testing and
  • Water quality sample collection

Surface Water

  • Surface water flows (weirs, flumes, and continuous monitoring)
  • Surface water quality sampling (manual and automated)
  • Spring and seep mapping
  • Stormwater inspections
  • Hydrologic feature verification (GPS)
  • Beneficial use survey
  • Wetlands delineation
  • Stakeholder field meetings
  • Reservoir construction oversight
  • Infiltration investigations