Piteau Associates was founded in 1976 by Dr. Douglas R. Piteau. Under the name D.R. Piteau & Associates Ltd., the company provided geotechnical consulting engineering services to the mining, transportation and utility sectors from an office in West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Having pioneered a number of data collection, analysis and design methods used in modern rock mechanics, Dr. Piteau was widely recognized as a leading expert in the field, which led to many exciting opportunities throughout the Americas, Asia, Europe, Africa, and Australia.
In the late 1970s, the company expanded to include hydrogeological expertise needed to support geotechnical projects. The addition of these capabilities led to a wide range of opportunities in other sectors, including groundwater supply assessment and development, landfills, dam seepage, and construction dewatering.
After the death of Dr. Piteau in 1984, the Company’s name was changed to Piteau Associates Engineering Ltd., and Dr. Dennis Martin. was appointed President. The Company continued to provide geotechnical and hydrogeological consulting services and expanded in response to a growing number of opportunities worldwide. In the 1990s, the firm established a forestry geotechnical group and became involved in the emerging contaminated sites sector in British Columbia. Dr. Martin passed away in 1998 and was succeeded by Mr. Alan Stewart. Mr. Mark Hawley was appointed President and CEO in 2009.
In response to ongoing high demand for geotechnical engineering and hydrogeology services on several major mine feasibility studies and operating mines, Piteau Associates Perú S.A.C. was established in 1999. In 2011 Piteau Associates Chile SpA was established in Chile to support continued growth and to formalize the Company’s longstanding commitment to the mining industry in Chile.
A Piteau Associates branch office was opened in Kelowna, BC, Canada in 2012 to provide groundwater resource consulting services throughout the BC Interior, and in 2013 Piteau Associates USA Ltd. was established in Reno, Nevada to better serve US mining clients.
In concert with the recent addition of several experienced and internationally respected experts in hydrogeology, hydrology, and geochemistry, Piteau Associates has developed a multi-disciplinary Water Management Group, and has expanded its geographic footprint with new offices in the US (Denver & Tucson), South Africa (Johannesburg), and England (Shrewsbury).