Making positive environmental changes.Submersible submersible, small, mobile undersea research vessel capable of functioning in the ocean depths. Development of a great variety of submersibles during the later 1950s and 1960s came about as a result of improved technology and in response to a demonstrated need for Consulting and Engineering (SUBCOE), an original equipment Sudbury-based company with offices in Edmonton and Bulgaria, has been known for manufacturing switchgear The term switchgear, used in association with the electric power system, or grid, refers to the combination of electrical disconnects, fuses and/or circuit breakers used to isolate electrical equipment. and process automation systems for electric submersible pumps, but they also specialize in electrical engineering electrical engineering: see engineering.
Branch of engineering concerned with the practical applications of electricity in all its forms, including those of electronics. .
In fact, they conduct industrial studies using ETAP eTAP Electronic Teaching Assistance Program
ETAP European Technology Acquisition Programme
ETAP Entrepreneurial Technology Apprenticeship Program
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ETAP Expanded Technical Assistance Program , which is a power-modelling software that enables them to do power system designs and studies, as well as harmonic analysis and relay coordination.
"It gives us the ability to model their complete power system," explains SUBCOE's general manager Brian Burton. "Basically, it enables us to revue the power being used and to see if there are some cost-effective solutions to reduce the power consumption and the relative costs associated."
Currently, they're conducting a power study for Chevron, one of the largest integrated energy companies in the world, in Kazakhstan, which is the largest country of Central Asia. The company, which is headquartered in San Ramon, California San Ramon is a city in Contra Costa County, California, United States. It is a part of the San Francisco Bay Area. Since 1980, the population of San Ramon has increased by over 128% from 22,356 to 51,027 in 2005. and does business in approximately 180 countries, is involved in every aspect of the oil and natural gas industry, including exploration and production; refining, marketing and transportation; chemicals manufacturing and sales; as well as geothermal and power generation.
SUBCOE has seven engineers working on the on-going project. They're are also working on a complete power modeling study of the Suncor facility in Fort McMurray, Alberta Fort McMurray, is a community in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, in the northeastern part of Alberta, Canada. Although it is commonly referred to and thought of as being a city, Fort McMurray is not incorporated. , which extracts and upgrades oil sands into high-quality refinery-ready crude oil products and diesel fuel. Suncor has grown to become a major North American North American
named after North America.
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"The first part of the project for Suncor was to model the existing system," explains Burton. "Then, we'll build a model for their upgrades and expansions."
Of course, the environment still remains a priority for SUBCOE as the studies aim for optimum efficiency, safety, and avoidance of unnecessary damage.
"The environment is one of the biggest hurdles that we all need to address and we know that some of the services that we offer, especially on the power engineering side, will have a definite impact on the environment," Burton said. "If you can tweak your power supply to be more efficient, then that's got a positive effect on us all overall."
Of course, they still haven't lost sight of their pumping applications in mine dewatering Dewatering (dē′wöd·ər·iŋ) is the removal of water from solid material or soil by wet classification, centrifugation, filtration, or similar solid-liquid separation processes. as they recently signed on as a Northern Ontario distributor for pump manufacturer ABS. Plus, they have the distribution rights in Eastern Canada for Weatherford International's horizontal pumping systems (HPS See Seer*HPS. ).
"The Weatherford HPS has the ability to move the fluid to surface in one lift," he proclaims. "When you add in a variable speed drive, it increases the pumping range available from the same system. So in peak times, like spring runoff, you have the ability to increase the flow rates, and to efficiently lower the rates when the demand is not there."
The company also has its own wireless motor controller, which provides full protection, monitoring, and trending capabilities.
Ultimately, Burton indicates that the company has had an international focus, especially in Northern Africa and the Middle East, where he spent 20 years providing pumping solution for oil wells.
"There's a direct correlation between the oil sector and the mining sectors," he concludes. "It's all mining of some sort, and we're trying to cross-feed some of that oil field technology into the mining industry. My long term goals are to continue to grow our business and bring value to the domestic energy and mining sectors in Canada."
By Gianni Ubriaco
For Northern Ontario Business Northern Ontario Business is a Canadian magazine, which publishes monthly in Greater Sudbury, Ontario. The magazine covers business news and issues in Northern Ontario.