History of Itasca
Since the merger of the Itasca companies with Hydrologic Consultants Inc. of Colorado in 1999, Itasca is a company whose combined knowledge and experience in hydrology and geomechanics extends over twenty-five years. Now Itasca is able to offer integrated services in the geoengineering industries where solutions to geotechnical problems are dependent on both the geomechanical and hydrological aspects of the site.
Below is a timeline of the development Itasca and milestones in its history.
|1981||Itasca Consulting Group, Inc. founded by faculty members of the Department of Civil and Mineral Engineering at the University of Minnesota (Dr. Charles Fairhurst, Dr. Peter Cundall, Dr. Barry Brady, Dr. Tony Starfield, Dr. Ray Sterling) to provide services in rock mechanics, numerical modeling of geotechnical environments, and underground space use.|
|1984||UDEC becomes first numerical modeling code made commercially available from Itasca.|
|1986||FLAC is first released.|
|1988||Itasca Geomechanic AB is founded by Magnus Bergman in Stockholm, Sweden, becoming the second Itasca office; 3DEC is first released.|
|1989||Hydrologic Consultants, Inc. is founded in Denver as an employee-owned consulting firm specializing in environmental and mining hydrology.|
|1991||Itasca Consultants, S.A. is founded in Lyon, France by Dr. Daniel Billaux.|
|1993||Itasca S.A. is founded in Santiago, Chile.|
|1994||Itasca Africa Pty., Ltd. is founded in Johannesburg, South Africa; FLAC is licensed to over 1,000 users worldwide; FLAC3D, PFC2D, and PFC3D are first released.|
|1996||Itasca Consultores, S.L. is founded in Oviedo, Spain, by Dr. Pedro Varona.|
|1999||Itasca Consulting Canada Inc. is founded in Sudbury as a result of a merger between independant consultant Richard Brummer Associates and Itasca.
A new parent company named HCItasca is formed as a merger between the Itasca companies and Hydrologic Consultants Inc. of Colorado.
|2002||FLAC/Slope is first released.|
|2004||Itasca Consulting China Ltd. is founded in Wuhan, China.|
|2006||Itasca Consulting Group, Inc. Japan Office, Research Center is founded in Shizuoka, Japan.|
|2007||Itasca Houston, Inc. and Itasca Australia Pty Ltd are founded in Houston, Texas and Richmond, Australia, respectively.|
|2008||HCItasca hosts the First FLAC/DEM Symposium in Minneapolis. The symposium is the first-ever presentation of all Itasca software in one gathering.|
|2009||The parent company HCItasca is renamed Itasca International Inc. Itasca International Inc. acquires Applied Seisomology Consultants (ASC), adding its world-leading expertise in miscroseismics to the Itasca portfolio of services.|
|2010||Itasca India Consulting Pvt. Ltd. is formed in Nagpur, India.|