Itasca

Itasca Consulting Group, Inc.

The first Itasca office, Itasca Consulting Group (ICG), was founded in 1981 in Minneapolis, Minnesota by Professor Dr. Charles Fairhurst, graduates of the University of Minnesota, and several private investors to better understand rock masses using numerical modeling. Itasca takes its name from Lake Itasca, in northern Minnesota, which was discovered in 1832 to be the source of the Mississippi River. The word Itasca is an amalgamation of Latin syllables meaning the true source.

ICG focuses primarily on mining engineering but also consults on civil engineering and energy engineering (particularly for hydraulic fracturing and hydroelectric projects). Software was first developed at ICG to solve engineering challenges for our own consulting work; however, almost from our beginning clients requested access to the software, leading to our software development and sales group. Today our office continues to develop and supports Itasca's commercial geomechanical software: 3DEC, FLAC, FLAC/Slope, FLAC3D, PFC, UDEC, and XSite. ICG also has software agents worldwide providing local services, training, and support.

Itasca International, Inc. (III)

Itasca is a global, employee-owned, engineering consulting and software firm, working primarily with the geomechanics, hydrogeological and microseismics communities. We solve problems in many industries including mining, civil engineering, oil & gas, manufacturing and power generation.

Over a history spanning 38 years, Itasca has developed into a firm offering integrated engineering consulting services and software to clients worldwide. Itasca is headquartered in the USA, with subsidiary offices in Minneapolis and Denver, and offices globally in Melbourne, Australia; Sudbury, Canada; Santiago, Chile; Hangzhou, China; Lyon, France; Gelsenkirchen, Germany; Nagpur, India; Johannesburg, South Africa; Asturias, Spain; Luleå and Stockholm, Sweden; Lima, Perú; and Shrewsbury, United Kingdom. Itasca blends local experience with a global perspective and maintains a staff of leading engineers and scientists in fields that include civil engineering, rock mechanics, mining engineering, geophysics, hydrogeology and software engineering. We conduct a face-to-face business in the language of our clients while providing a broad base of expertise for every project by teaming staff from offices across the world.

Itasca combines its background of practical engineering and field experience with unparalleled knowledge of computer modeling and data analysis techniques. We provide the world’s most widely used set of commercial geomechanical-modeling software, along with software for hydrogeological analysis, microseismic processing and geotechnical data visualization. Our state-of-the-art software is sold and supported around the globe through our network of offices and affiliated sales agencies. A significant portion of our consulting services involve the application of these products we have developed over the course of our business to the analysis of rock and soil mass performance, and the engineered structures that are dependent on that behavior.

Operating as both engineering consultants and software developers creates a dynamic interplay where the capabilities of the consultancy are extended with direct access to the internals of the software tools we use. In turn, the software is continuously developed, improved and proven in the real-world problem-solving environment. Itasca's expertise also is utilized frequently for expert testimony in litigation, due diligence reviews and audits, and for permitting and regulatory review. Our spectrum of clients includes mining companies, petroleum service and operating companies, civil design and construction firms, government agencies, research universities, and other engineering consulting firms.

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