TK Consult AG offers an extensive service catalog in environmental and hydraulic engineering consulting, with special emphasis on the numerical modelling of hydrogeology, hydrodynamics, geothermal and software development.

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Hallenstrasse 10 , Zurich , CH-8008 Switzerland

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Business Type:
Engineering service provider
Industry Type:
Soil and Groundwater - Soil and Groundwater Consulting and Engineering
Market Focus:
Internationally (various countries)
Year Founded:
1995
Employees:
1-10
Turnover:
$1,000,000 US - $10,000,000 US

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TK Consult AG offers an extensive service catalog in environmental and hydraulic engineering consulting, with special emphasis on the numerical modelling of hydrogeology, hydrodynamics, geothermal and software development. 

Modelling is a useful tool for engineering design and analysis. Models solve physical problems by appropriate simplifications of reality. In engineering and environmental applications, modeling is divided into two major parts: physical/empirical modeling and numerical modeling. Laboratory tests are examples of physical modeling. Numerical models usually take the form of algebraic equations. In most engineering cases, these mathematical models cannot be solved analytically, requiring a numerical solution on a computer. Numerical models usually need to be carefully calibrated and validated against existing data. Error analysis of the numerical model is also required in this step. 

TK Consult AG was founded in 1995 by Dr. J. Trösch and Dr. U. Kuhlmann, two former collaborators of ETH Zürich. Our engineers put at your service the broad experience and the in-depth know-how collected after numerous projects in different branches of engineering. Such experience allows us to innovate smart solutions well suited to different needs and clients. Our strong skills in IT and programming facilitate this task. 

Over the last two decades, TK Consult AG has participated in a large number of projects in different countries (Switzerland, Germany, Oman, Peru, etc.). Our clients, both particular or from industry or governmental agencies, show their satisfaction with the services rendered by calling us recurrently.

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Our services are grouped into seven branches of knowledge:

Groundwater
  • 1D/2D/3D groundwater flow modeling
  • Steady state/transient; saturated, unsaturated and partly saturated formations
  • Well catchment and protection areas
  • Optimum design of monitoring networks
  • Design of excavation and drainage systems
  • Automatic model calibration based upon available measurements
  • Site characterization

Geothermal and geopower
  • Thermo-hydro-mechanical (THM) modelling of geothermal reservoirs
  • Quantification of induced seismic hazard associated to geothermal activities
  • Evaluation of geothermal potential of shallow aquifers for heating purposes
  • Heat pump design
  • Automatic model calibration based upon available measurements
  • Site characterization

Surface water
  • 1D/2D/3D surface flow modeling
  • 1D/2D river morphological modeling
  • Flood and hazard maps
  • Flood control and design of prevention measures
  • Modelling of dam break scenarios and forecast of the corresponding damage
  • Morphological development of rivers
  • Sediment transport and wood debris
  • Habitat modeling
  • Automatic model calibration based upon available measurements
  • Site characterization

Contaminated aquifers
  • Modelling of contamination episodes and aquifer restoration
  • Modelling of radionuclide waste disposals
  • Multiphase, multicomponent transport
  • Automatic model calibration based upon available measurements
  • Site characterization

Hydropower
  • Residual flows
  • Fish ladder modeling
  • Regulation of Upsurge and Downsurge
  • Reservoir sedimentation and flushing
  • Modeling of impacts related to hydraulic structures
  • Automatic model calibration based upon available measurements

Rock mechanics
  • Analysis of well logs and inference of reservoir geomechanical properties
  • Modelling of drilling/blasting induced fractures in boreholes and tunnels
  • Automatic model calibration based upon available measurements

Software development and training
  • Real time flood monitoring and control/regulation
  • Tailored software solutions and in-house training
  • Real time forecast models
  • Real time inverse modeling

Sophisticated models demand sophisticated software packages. The quality of our work is the result of the combination of engineering skills and the mastery in using well-known and verified software packages.

For the modelling of groundwater flow and contaminant transport, we use the Finite Element software packages SPRING, CASA, TRANSIN and iTOUGH2. Surface water models are developed by means of FLUX/FLORIS2000, 2DMOD, BASEMENT and SMS. LIMNMOD is utilized to develop limnology models. In addition, we develop own different software toolboxes. To that end, our programming engineers are 'multi-lingual' (Fortran, C++, C#, Perl, R, Matlab, Julia, Haskell, Java, Python, html, php, css, bootstrap, JavaScript, etc.).

Our engineers actively cooperate in the development and enrichment of the aforementioned software packages. This warrants an up-to-date and in-depth know-how of the software capabilities and therefore, this is synonym with good performance. Model outputs (just numbers) are often transformed according to the wish of our clients. To that end, we develop scripting tools for format-exchanging and visualization interfaces that meet the client needs. These interfaces are often based upon GIS software packages like QGIS or 3D visualizations in Paraview or TecPlot.