Services

Circle CRM Group has extensive experience in providing the following list of services. If you are unsure of the services you may require, please call or email us with the details of your development. The majority of our work is in British Columbia and Alberta, but we also offer similar services in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, the Yukon and Northwest Territories, and offer a range of GIS services.

British Columbia

Archaeological Overview Assessment (AOA)

For many clients, the AOA is used when projects intersect with the BC Remote Access to Archaeological Data (RAAD). Utilizing a number of different tools and variables, this desktop assessment determines whether or not projects require further work, in the form of an Archaeological Impact Assessment (AIA).

Archaeological Impact Assessment (AIA)

When a project is deemed to have high potential for intact archaeological resources, a field assessment will determine the presence and/or extent of any cultural material that exists within project boundaries. If such resources are deemed to be of high historic resource significance and are under threat of impact, avoidance or further work will be recommended. If avoidance is not practical, the developer can opt for site alteration through further work, oftentimes involving Heritage Investigations.

Heritage Investigations (Excavations)

Upon the approval of recommendations for further work, mitigation becomes necessary when cultural resources are under threat of impact. Heritage investigations involve controlled excavations that detail and record past occupations, and, depending on the extent of the recovered material, can result in further mitigative work.

Alberta

Historic Resources Application

If Circle CRM Group deems a project to be of very low potential for the presence of, or impact to, intact historic resources, we can submit a Historic Resources application recommending Historical Resources Act clearance.

Statement of Justification (formerly called Historic Resource Overview)

If the potential for archaeology is ambiguous, a desktop assessment can be conducted; this will result in a Statement of Justification recommending either Historical Resources Act clearance or an Historic Resources Impact Assessment.

Historic Resources Impact Assessment

When a project is deemed to have high potential for intact historic resources, a field assessment will determine the presence and/or extent of any cultural material that exists within development boundaries. If such resources are deemed to be of high historic resource significance and are under threat of impact, avoidance or further work will be recommended. If avoidance is not practical, the developer can opt for Circle CRM Group to conduct a Historic Resources Impact Mitigation.

Historic Resources Impact Mitigation

Upon the approval of recommendations for further work, mitigation becomes necessary when cultural resources are under threat of impact. Mitigative investigations involve controlled excavations that detail and record past occupations, and, depending on the extent of the recovered material, can result in further mitigative work.

Construction Monitoring and Post-Impact Assessments

On rare occasions, construction monitoring can be used to assess potential impact to known historic resources that could not be assessed with the above methodologies. If monitoring is not practical, a post-impact assessment can determine the extent of remaining cultural material after construction is complete. These processes are not favourable, as construction activities can completely destroy historical resource sites.

GIS

Conducting field assessments for large areas can be daunting. Utilizing GIS can allow for efficient desktop assessments of project areas in relation to topographic, hydrological, environmental, and cultural data, among others. Predictive modelling can also help target areas of high potential for historic resources such that fieldwork can be more efficient, pinpointing areas where cultural material is more likely to be present. Circle has extensive experience and knowledge when it comes to GIS, and can produce maps and desktop assessments efficiently and effectively.

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