INTERA is pleased to announce the hiring of Dr. Eduardo de Sousa and the official opening of our first Australian office in Perth, Western Australia. Dr. de Sousa, a Principal Hydrogeologist with nearly 20 years of practical experience, will serve as the Managing Director of INTERAs’ Perth Operations. Dr. de Sousa remarked “Perth is an ideal location for INTERA to best serve our existing mining clients in Australia.” Initially, INTERA will primarily provide mining-related services from our Perth office, focusing on hydrogeology, geochemistry, engineering, and modelling, especially for decision support. While the short-term goal is to establish INTERA’s presence and ensure that our mining clients get the service and support they need, we plan to work and collaborate in the environmental and water resources markets, including contaminated sites, groundwater management and allocation, and numerical modelling for decision support. Eduardo added, “Through our local expertise and collaboration with staff in INTERA’s North America and European offices, we are more than well equipped to serve and support Australian clients in the management of natural resources.” Eduardo also remarked, “These are exciting times for me, because I can now engage my INTERA colleagues from North America and Europe to help my local clients deal with a wider range of challenges in dewatering and pore pressures, coal seam gas, mine planning, pit design, tailings and waste rock management, and mine closure.” INTERA has been providing groundwater and geochemistry expertise to help close and reclaim the Ranger uranium mine in the Northern Territory for nearly 10 years.  The addition of Dr. de Sousa, and the opening of a permanent office in Perth, will provide new opportunities to further expand our Australian presence.