GEMS joined with Gregg Drilling and TDI Brooks International to form an Arctic team that provides key Arctic geoscience services. A number of our team members have over 30 years of experience working on projects in the Arctic.  Our team’s Arctic experience includes:

  • Site investigations
  • Geophysical surveys
  • Foundation analyses and design for offshore oil and gas exploration and production facilities

GEMS’ professional staff has worked on Arctic projects worldwide involving a variety of soils including permafrost. GEMS’ has provided our clients with geoscience services in the following Arctic regions:

  • Beaufort Sea (US and Canada)
  • Chukchi Sea
  • Bering Sea
  • Labrador Sea (Newfoundland)
  • Barents Sea (Russia)
  • Kara Sea (Russia)
  • Sakhalin Island (Russia)

Our team of professionals has extensive experience in all aspects of Arctic geology and geotechnics. We conduct geophysical surveys and geotechnical investigations using a methodology that results in high quality data for the Arctic and all regions of the world.  We are sensitive to the diverse cultures present and are effective with local, national, and international regulatory processes important to expediting projects. The GEMS team has worked on projects for Shell, BP, ExxonMobil, ConocoPhillips, Marathon, Chevron, Dome Petroleum, TransCanada Pipeline, and Esso Canada.


Our experience specifically includes expertise in the following areas:

  • Cold region foundation design
  • Gravity base foundation analysis
  • Permafrost engineering
  • Thermal properties of soil and frozen soil
  • In situ testing and sampling
  • Ice foundation interaction analyses
  • Specialized cold region laboratory testing
  • Geophysical and ice gouge surveys
  • Production well thermal analyses and thaw settlement
  • Pipeline route selection and burial studies