Vertex integrates internal research with operations to develop best practices and then implements these practices to create the most innovative and effective solutions. We are vegetation experts, and it is our goal to introduce efficiency to reclamation and re-vegetation by integrating our expertise in research with our practical field-based approach.
Our plant science expertise starts with assessment and evaluation but then incorporates innovative approaches into large scale replanting, revegetation and reclamation of complex sites.
Vertex has assessed rare plants on over 250,000 hectares of land throughout Western Canada. Vertex is able to conduct large studies in the short field season using its internal apps which reduces data management and human resource time. Vertex has developed numerous, successful rare plant transfer techniques that combine traditional knowledge and western science.
Plant & Revegetation Services
Vertex has extensive planting and revegetation experience on large-scale projects for a variety of industries such as oil sands mines, coal mines, peatland harvesting, conventional oil, insitu-sands, and linear developments. Vertex has developed multiple innovation propagule collection and planting techniques for an industry that minimizes project execution timelines which reduce overall maintenance costs related to invasive species management and infill planting.
Reclamation Certification Using Disturbance Recovery Models and Remote Sensing
Providing practical and economical solutions is one of Vertex’s commitments to our clients. Conventional reclamation assessment of oil sand exploration well/corehole programs requires field assessments of all associated well sites and access roads. These field assessments have a high cost and environmental impact and are often highly subjective. Vertex’s Research and Development, Operations and Remote Sensing teams worked collaboratively to develop a remote sensing approach combined with disturbance recovery models to overcome these limitations. The approach utilizes remote sensing data and ecological resiliency factors to rank the well sites and access roads, and only sites with reduced recovery/resiliency are field assessed. Between 2021 and 2022, Vertex used this approach for Imperial Oil and received a reclamation certificate for a 29-site oil sands exploration program.
Biophysical Impact & Wetland Assessment Reports
Retained by the client to complete a Biophysical Impact Assessment Report (BIA) for submission to the municipality as well as the completion of a Wetland Assessment and Impact Report (WAIR) for submission to Alberta Environment and Parks. The client is submitting a development permit for approximately 68 acres of land in a large western Canadian urban centre that will include residential (R-G, M-1, M-2), mixed-use (MU-1), and commercial (C-C1) areas.
Wind Farm Biophysical Surveys
The client purchased a proposed wind farm development. They were seeking regulatory advice on the data that had been collected to date and what surveys Vertex recommend to be completed. The client was looking to avoid regulatory delays that they have seen on current wind farms that they were constructing. Vertex incorporated options to address concerns that they had.
Virtual Land Department Outsourcing
An Energy & Production (E&P) client is a non-op working interest partner in a large property in NE BC. The client, being a foreign entity, was looking for a company in Calgary to house its, files, manage its day-to-day land obligations and provide a Calgary address for correspondence with industry
- Environmental Emergency Response
- Environmental Monitoring
- Fresh Water & Aquatics
- Hydrotechnical Services
- Phase I & II Assessments
- Reclamation & Remediation
- Remote Sensing & Geomatics
- Toxicology & Risk Management
- Vegetation & Plant Sciences
- Waste & Well Services
- Wildlife Services
Related Case Studies
- Reclamation Certification Using Disturbance Recovery Models and Remote Sensing
- Biophysical Impact & Wetland Assessment Reports
- Solar Power Renewables Project
- Wind Farm Biophysical Surveys
- Regulatory Renewal for Peat Horticultural Development
- Virtual Land Department Outsourcing
- Sustainable Peat Harvest Operation