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Electrical, Instrumentation, Control Systems Engineering (Oil-Gas-Petro-Pipeline) Expert

Technical Consultant #2501



Seasoned Electrical Engineer with over 20 years of extensive in operations, maintenance, technical support, design, construction, and commissioning activities for petrochemical facilities, oil and gas facilities, electrical utilities and pipelines in the electrical, instrumentation, automation and functional safety disciplines as an owner’s engineer.  

Leadership: Build and sustain an effective team of electrical/instrumentation and control system engineers and designers, to achieve project goals. Provide extensive experience in developing, and managing project scopes, deliverables, man-hour estimates, and schedules.

  • Power system design from 480V to 144kV.
  • High voltage substation design/utility interconnections for industrial facilities.
  • Cogeneration expertise for petrochemical and oil/gas facilities.
  • Technical resource for small, medium and mega-projects.
  • Front end engineering design for electrical and automation disciplines.
  • Electrical testing, commissioning, trouble-shooting and failure evaluation.
  • Electrical equipment MRQ’s and technical bid evaluation for all electrical equipment.
  • Electrical, instrumentation and automation performance specifications.
  • Main Automation Contractor (MAC) definition, evaluation and selection.
  • Safety Instrumented System (SIS) guidance. 

Specific Areas

Functional Safety

  • Functional Safety lifecycle guidance and leadership.
  • SIL Determination and Verification studies.
  • HAZOP, HAZID, SILD, SILV procedures and standards.
  • Project Management and technical expertise for various clients.
  • SIS implementation in facilities.
  • Course instruction for SIS systems.

Emergency and UPS Power Systems

  • Inverters, battery chargers, static transfer switches;
  • Emergency diesel generators up to 2 MW.

DC Systems

  • DC distribution system;
  • Switchgear DC battery bank sizing.

Overhead Distribution

  • Three phase 240kV, 138kV overhead transmission design;
  • Three phase and single phase 25kV 14.4/8kV overhead distribution design;
  • Fiber and OPGW systems with transmission lines;
  • System planning including system reviews, evaluations and future loading;
  • Construction design standards;
  • Fusing coordination and protection;
  • Rural subdivision design including both overhead and underground cabling;
  • Overhead to underground power line road crossing design.

Rotating Machines

  • Induction motors up to 50,000 HP, 11 kV;
  • Synchronous motors up to 8,000 HP, 13.8 kV.


  • Protection and Control schemes for all electrical apparatus;
  • Lightning (surge) protection including insulation coordination;
  • Schweitzer, Multilin, Basler, and Areva protection relay applications including settings files, IRIG-B, Ethernet, RS-485, and RS-232 communications;
  • Restricted earth fault, differential (transformer, bus and generator).

Instrumentation and Control

  • Control narratives;
  • Shutdown keys;
  • Pipeline Pump Control;
  • PLC’s (Allen-Bradley & Modicon);
  • DCS (Honeywell, DeltaV, Siemens);
  • Closed loop PID control;
  • Fire, gas vibration, density, pressure, temperature, level and flow instrumentation;
  • Modbus, ControlNet, Profibus and Ethernet communications;
  • Control valves and MOV’s;
  • Catalyst metering;
  • Control systems electrical design, and P&ID development;
  • Pump and Compressor Control.


  • Custody transfer flow computers;
  • Flow meters;
  • Truck/Rail Loading/Unloading;
  • Measurement Canada requirements;
  • LACT stations.


  • Commissioning Management including execution plans, schedules and budget;
  • Electrical apparatus testing;
  • Commissioning procedures;
  • Field commissioning.

Expert Witness Experience

  • Technical functional safety expertise on discovery phase for a $100 million litigation on an industrial boiler case.


Undisclosed Company, Senior Electrical Engineer, 2013 - Present

  • Provide professional electrical engineering for 138kV substation design, management and commissioning;
  • Design of 138kV, 25kV, 13.8kV, 4.16kV and 480V single line diagrams, including, protection/metering calculations and design.
  • Perform short circuit, load flow, arc flash, protection calculations in ETAP for 138kV, 25kV, 13.8kV, 4.16kV and 480V voltage levels.
  • Design e-house layouts for electrical equipment.
  • Design 138kV substation layout and connection calculations.
  • Design of 138kV transmission line routing and wire sizing.
  • Creation of all electrical specifications for the above projects, including electrical design, switchgear, MCC, motors, cabling, grounding, transformers, neutral ground resistors, variable frequency drives, electrical and instrumentation.
  • Created and designed electrical commissioning check sheets, documents and management system.
  • Reviewed and approved the design and calculations of electrical equipment layouts, cable schedules, load lists, studies, protection settings, electrical heat trace design, instrumentation, control narratives, shutdown keys, and safety system design.
  • Witness testing of transformers, switchgear, motor control centers, motors, etc.
  • Construction inspections to ensure that equipment installation meets design.
  • Development of construction, electrical testing and automation RFP’s and contract strategies.
  • Provided guidance and direction on Safety Instrumented System implementation, including IEC 61511 interpretation and training.

G.D.C, Senior Electrical Engineer, 2016 - Present

  • Provide professional electrical engineering expertise and authentication for single line diagrams, grounding, cable tray routing and panel drawings for compressor stations.

Access Pipeline, Calgary, Alberta, Senior Electrical Engineer, 2009 - 2012

  • Provided engineering support for maintenance and capital projects of switchgear, transformers, motors, VFD’s, heat tracing, MCC’s, HVAC control systems, fire alarms, PLC’s and industrial field instrumentation, 138kV transmission lines and the 13.8kV distribution system.
  • Developed strong project management and scheduling skills by dealing with many maintenance and capital projects, in addition to daily urgent technical support requests.
  • Provided Electrical, Instrument and Control Engineering and Project Management services for Jackfish 1 and 2 LACT Expansions.
  • Single Line calculations, design and approval for medium and low voltage system upgrades.
  • Front End Engineering Design (FEED) and detailed design and approval of PLC and SCADA upgrades, vibration monitoring systems, fire and gas detection UPS (uninterruptable power supply), electrical protective relay upgrades and vibration monitoring systems for pump stations and LACT units.
  • Design of medium and low voltage for greenfield pump stations, including Front End Engineering Design (FEED) experience and detailed design including PLC, fire and gas detection, electrical heat trace, viscometer and densitometer control, leak detection, switchgear, MCC's, motors, cabling and transformers.
  • Detailed design, calculations, construction and commissioning of a 3.5MW generator power supply synchronized with a 1.2MW utility supply for providing power to three 4500 HP motors on a variable frequency drive.
  • Provided detailed design, calculations, engineering expertise for electrical coordination, relay protection, arc flash calculations, SIL determination and verification studies.
  • Front End Engineering Design (FEED) and detailed design of block valve sites and metering stations for a 42" pipeline installation.
  • Detailed design of single line diagrams for MV and LV of a SAGD (Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage) facility.
  • Hazardous Area classification calculations and design for the above listed facilities.
  • Design and development of electrical standards and specifications.

Nova Chemicals Corporation, Red Deer, Alberta, Electrical Engineer, 1999 - 2009

  • Provided leadership and direction on design issues.
  • Developed a strong working relationship with EPC as a client representative.
  • Provided leadership and direction for design issues in Offsites on behalf of Nova Chemicals.
  • Responsible for identifying and resolving a number of designs, economic and interface issues.
  • Maintained a strong working relationship with an EPC firm as a client representative.
  • Developed strong project management skills by working a wide range of issues under a tight schedule.
  • Developed strong project management skills by working a wide range of issues under a very tight schedule.
  • Responsible for identifying and resolving a variety of schedule, economic and interface issues
  • Provided technical decisions to EPC when required and checked drawings and design as a client rep.
  • Developed strong project management skills by working a wide range of issues under a very tight schedule.
  • Developed understanding of CSA, IEEE, API and NEMA standards as related to electrical engineering.
  • Participated in design and construction reviews with the construction and commissioning teams.
  • Developed skills in the following areas: 138kV substation and transmission lines, medium voltage switchgear, motor control centers and distribution, grounding, relay protection and control, hazardous area classification, electric heat tracing, instrumentation systems and control systems, including design calculations.

Design Experience

  • Design and calculations of medium voltage switchgear single line diagrams, control circuits, cable sizing, cable schedules.
  • Design and calculations of low voltage single line diagrams, including load lists, transformer sizing calculations, load flow and short circuit calculations.
  • Load list studies and calculations, including feasibility, IFR and IFC studies for various stages of the project.
  • MCC schematic design for interface to DCS, PLC and SIS systems.
  • Relay protection design, including overcurrent, short circuit, load flow, arc flash studies on ETAP.
  • Hazardous area classification design and calculations including fugitive emissions.
  • Electrical heat trace design and calculations, including specifications, tracer selection, heat loss calculations, tracer length calculations.
  • Instrumentation calculations including control valve sizing, pressure drop calculations, flow, pressure, temperature design calculations.
  • Control system architecture design and selection.
  • SCADA communications design for remote interfacing to DCS.
  • Developed technical skills in the following areas: high-voltage 138kV transmission lines, 15kV, 5kV and 600V distribution and switchgear, 5kV and 600V MCC’s, substation design, high-voltage grounding, relay protection and control, hazardous area classification, electric heat tracing; power, instrumentation and fiber optic cabling.
  • Participated as an integral member of a multi-disciplinary engineering team.

Additional Professional Experience


  • Petrochemical Facility FEED
  • 240kV Substation FEED

P.P. Pipeline Projects

  • Prince Rupert Terminal
  • Redwater Cogeneration Facility
  • 138KV Scoria Substation
  • 25kV Infrastructure
  • RFSII/ RFS3 Fractionation Plant
  • Legacy DCS Upgrade FEED
  • Multiple Cavern Storage Projects
  • Multiple Rail and Truck
  • Loading/Unloading Projects
  •  Marine Terminal FEED
  • Resthaven LACT and Tube Storage
  • Saturn LACT and Tube Storage

INEOS Oligomers

  • 13.8kV Auto Transfer Upgrade

Plains Midstream

  • Merox Addition
  • Josephburg Pump Station
  • Truck Off-loading

Catch Engineering

  • Insurance Technical Expert

Laricina Energy LTD

  • Salewski 10.7 SAGD FEED
  • Germain SAGD Project
  • Germain Communications Tower
  • Electrical Specifications

Access Pipeline

  • Jackfish 1 Expansion
  • MEG LACT Expansion
  • Viscosity Control Optimization
  • Expansion Power System Analysis
  • LLB VFD Upgrade
  • Jackfish 2 Commissioning
  • MEG2B LACT Expansion
  • SL/LLB Pumpstations, including 138kV substations
  • Jackfish 3 Expansion
  • Pipeline Expansion Upgrade

Bruce Nuclear Power

  • Generator AVR Upgrade

NOVA Chemicals

  • Joffre 2000 Utilities and Infrastructure Expansion including Cogeneration
  • 138kV Substation and Transmission
  • E1 Cooling Tower Medium Voltage Relay Upgrade
  • PE1 15 kV Substation Expansion
  • PE1 Catalyst Metering Upgrade
  • MI Main Substation Relay Upgrade
  • Protective Relay Application Guidelines
  • Critical Motor Ride Through Capability Study
  • ETAP Reference Model

Nova Chemicals – Pipeline

  • Joffre and Didsbury Pump Station Smoke, F&G Detector Upgrade
  • BV-8 and BV-2500 PLC Upgrade
  • BV Sites UPS & Rotophase Upgrade
  • Didsbury Pump Station Pressure and Vibration Upgrade
  • Brightview PS MOV & MCC Upgrade
  • Joffre Site Flow Computer Upgrade

Honors & Publications


  • TUV certified Functional Safety Engineer
  • TUV certified Functional Safety Expert


  • Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Arizona, State of Colorado and Provinces of Alberta and British Columbia (fluent)
  • Dutch (conversation, writing, reading)


  • English (fluent)
  • Dutch (conversation, writing, reading)

Academic and Professional Affiliations

  • Member of IEEE, ISA, APEGBC and APEGA


  • Authored and presented a technical presentation for the IEEE Electrical Safety, Technical and Mega-Projects workshops.


  •  B.Sc. Electrical Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada




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