Principals and Associates

 

Murray Sarafinchin, B.E.SC., M.A.Sc., P.Eng.
Chairman and CEO, Principal Engineer

Murray is a licensed Professional Engineer, a designated Consulting Engineer and an honorary Specialist in Geotechnics with over 35 years of diverse GeoEngineering experience on over 2000 projects in 15 countries. Murray is responsible for Project Management on public and private sector projects involving geological mapping, geophysical surveys, geotechnical site investigations, environmental site assessments, site remediation, risk assessment, deep excavations, slopes, deep and shallow foundations, dams, tunnels, pavements, mines, hydrogeological studies, contaminant migration, groundwater control and supply, construction inspection and laboratory testing, instrumentation and monitoring, advanced computer modelling, GIS mapping, mining, forensic engineering, comprehensive reporting, litigation support and expert testimony.

 

Scott Jeffrey, P.Eng., LEED® Green Assoc.
Associate

Scott is a licensed Professional Engineer with over 15 years of diverse geoengineering experience on a wide variety of earth and civil structures in Ontario. He is responsible for project engineering and project management on a wide range of public and private sector projects involving geotechnical site investigations, earthworks and foundation developments, environmental site assessments, site remediation, foundation design and construction, ground improvement, foundation stabilization, slope stability analyses, slope stabilization, hydrogeological studies, pavement investigations, construction inspection and materials testing, field instrumentation and long term monitoring, and detailed geotechnical analyses and reporting.

 

Shafi Andseta, Ph.D., P.Geo., QPRA.
Associate Project Manager

Dr. Andseta is a licensed Professional Geoscientist in our Environmental Hydrogeology Department. Shafi has over 25 years of experience in the private and government sectors, plus previous post graduate academic lectures and coordination. Her areas of expertise include environmental site assessments, risk assessment, site remediation, hydrogeology and project management. Shafi specializes in designated substances, hazardous materials, asbestos and air quality management projects. Shafi has managed numerous environmental projects within Ontario and abroad. Shafi is a Qualified Person under O.Reg.153/04 for submitting Records of Site Condition and Risk Assessment and a Member, Canadian Nuclear Society (CNS).

 

Elena Pazinich, M.Sc.
Environmental Hydrogeologist

Since 1990, Elena has worked in the areas of hydrogeology, environmental engineering and geophysics on a wide range of projects in Canada, Europe and the Middle East. Elena has carried out a wide variety of environmental and geotechnical tasks including subsurface investigations, environmental site assessments, site remediation, hydrogeological studies, groundwater monitoring and modelling, and engineering reporting.

 

                           
Stephen Darmawan BEng, MEng, MIEAust, CPEng
Principal Geotechnical Engineer, Geotesta, Australia

Stephen is a geotechnical engineer with more than 25 years of experience with extensive experience in slope stability assessment, geotechnical investigation for buildings and infrastructure developments including water mains, road embankments and cuts, road pavement designs, bridges, railways, wind farms and ports.
He has gained particular experience in geotechnical instrumentation, analysis and design including slope stability assessments, foundation and settlement analyses for commercial and civil development projects, numerical modelling and finite element geotechnical analysis, deep foundation and retaining walls, and assessment of ground subsidence and soil settlement. Stephen is a registered building practitioner (Vic) and Chartered Professional Engineer with Engineers Australia.

 

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Lawrence G. Pinter, B.Sc., P.Eng.
Principal Environmental Engineer, Pinter, Saskatchewan

Lawrence is a geo-environmental engineer with specific experience in environmental site assessments, contaminant remediation, landfill sitings and design, and waste management. Lawrence has been involved in a number of major petroleum hydrocarbon, agricultural chemicals, heavy metals and dioxin and furans contamination assessment and remediation projects. His project list also included the siting, design and construction of landfills, hazardous materials storage cells and a composting facility. He has been involved in the assessing and decommissioning several old dump sites and landfills. His other work in hydrology and hydrogeology as well as heavy construction has provided him with a unique combination of knowledge and practical skills. It also has provided him with a detailed understanding and sensitivity to environmental concerns. His training and experience provides Lawrence with a unique and practical perspective and approach to environment issues, problems, emergencies and challenges particularly for First Nations and Northern Saskatchewan. He has been working and consulting in the geoenvironmental sector since 1987. He has permission to consult from the engineering associations in Saskatchewan, Alberta and Manitoba.

 

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Ram Jagdat, B.A.Sc., P.Eng.
Consulting Engineer, Principal, Canada Engineering Services

Ram has over 40 years of diversified engineering experience in Geotechnical, Environmental and Structural Engineering. Major projects in which he was involved were the investigation, analysis of 350 miles of the Republic of Guyana Roads and the establishment of a model for maintaining these roads, including bridges and culverts. He worked as a project manager for a hydropower access road through jungle territory and later as a bridge design engineer, designing the abutments of a 1.25 miles long bridge – the world’s longest floating bridge. He was responsible for the monitoring of the rebuilding a of a 100 feet deep slope failure in Toronto. Other major projects he was responsible for was the rebuilding of a 100 feet deep slope failure in Toronto. He has carried out hundreds of geotechnical investigations all over Ontario, including investigations of numerous tailings dam projects in northern Ontario and was responsible for monitoring of deep foundations for many major high-rise buildings in Ontario, founded on caissons, piles and helical pile foundations.

 

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Omid Mahabadi (Geomechanics), PhD
Geomechanica

Omid holds a PhD degree in civil engineering from the University of Toronto specializing in computational geomechanics. He uses his knowledge of rock mechanics and numerical modelling by means of hybrid continuum-discontinuum numerical methods to analyze phenomena involving rock fracturing. Omid loves the outdoors, camping, skiing, photography, and travelling.

 

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Andrea Lisjak (Tunnel & HF), PhD
Geomechanica

Andrea holds a PhD degree in civil engineering from the University of Toronto specializing in computational geomechanics. His area of expertise is the development and use of hybrid continuum-discontinuum numerical methods to investigate failure processes in brittle rocks, in particular rock micro-seismicity and damage development around deep underground excavations. He enjoys travelling and triathlon training.

 

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Bryan Tatone (R&D), PhD
Geomechanica

Bryan holds a PhD degree in civil engineering from the University of Toronto specializing in a combination of experimental and computational geomechanics. His area of expertise is rock discontinuity roughness and shear behaviour, which he has studied with micro-CT imaging and the application of hybrid continuum-discontinuum numerical methods. Bryan enjoys mountain biking, playing ice hockey, and heading to the cottage on the weekend with his family.