Ian J. Burgess, P. Eng.
Senior Electrical Engineer


Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering, University of New Brunswick, 1975

Master of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering, University of New Brunswick, 1978

Registered Professional Engineer in the Province of New Brunswick

Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)

Member of the International Society for Measurement and Control (ISA)

Thirty Four years experience in electrical engineering.
 

WORK EXPERIENCE:

June 1997 to Present - E & I Engineering Ltd.

  • Co-founder of E&I Engineering.
  • Northgate Minerals Corp.: Acted as Owner’s Engineer for the review of the electrical design for the project. This is for a $250 million dollar processing plant. One of the key areas reviewed was the System Impact and System Assessment Studies for the integration of this remote site into the Ontario Hydro power grid.

  • Cavendish Farms Ltd:  Project Engineer responsible for the Electrical and Instrumentation design for several projects at a potato processing plant; the largest of which a $5 million dollar Fryer Upgrade Project. This involved the complete design for the power distribution, motor control, instrumentation, and building services. 

  • Atlantic Wallboard Limited: Project Engineer responsible for the Electrical and Instrumentation design for a $95 million dollar wallboard manufacturing facility. This involved the complete design for the power distribution, motor control, instrumentation, and building services.  Also responsible for the commissioning and startup of the plant.

  • Irving Personal Care Limited: Project Engineer responsible for the Electrical and Instrumentation design for a greenfield $65 million dollar diaper manufacturing facility. This involved the complete design for the power distribution, motor control, instrumentation, control system design and building services.  Also responsible for the construction supervision and commissioning and startup of the plant.
  • Coleson Power Group: Project Engineer in the Controls Group responsible for the cutover design of the existing control system to the new DCS. This involved a detailed review of the exiting wiring and drawings and the subsequent design of the new system that would allow a cutover of each of the three units while the other two units remained on-line. Also involved in other various control aspects of the project including DCS selection, PLC integration as well as being responsible for the preliminary engineering cost estimate for the controls portion of the project.
  • Noranda - Brunswick Mine, Paste Backfill Project: Project Engineer responsible for the coordination of the Electrical and Instrumentation portion of this $23 million dollar project on behalf of the owner. This involved supervision and direction to the consulting engineers as well as coordination with plant staff. Also responsible for the construction supervision and commissioning of the plant. In addition, responsible for the coordination of the control system design and implementation of a hybrid control system using a Fisher Provox DCS and an Allen-Bradley PLC.
  • Noranda - Brunswick Mine, Ag Mill Project: Commissioning Engineer responsible for commissioning of a $25 million dollar Ag Mill plant. Coordinated contractor’s work and was responsible for any design changes. Supervised commissioning of electrical and instrumentation systems with plant staff. Also worked closely with manufacturer’s representatives to tie their systems into the plant electrical and control systems.
  • Noranda - Brunswick Mine, Miscellaneous Projects: Design and Commissioning Engineer for the following projects:
  • Controls Upgrade for the 6MW Gas Turbine Generator. This involved conversion of relay controls to a PLC based control system. Also carried out all power cabling and protective relaying modifications and checkout.
  • 6000KVAR Capacitor Bank Installation. This project involved power system design, installation supervision and commissioning of a de-tuned 13.8kV, 6000 kVAR capacitor bank.
  • Underground Power System Upgrade Project. This project involved power system design, installation supervision and commissioning of a $970K power system upgrade for the underground power distribution system. Project management and cost controls were also provided.
  • Irving Tissue Company – TM1 Electrical System Upgrade: Design Engineer responsible for the design of the upgrade of the No. 1 Tissue Machine electrical system from 6.9kV to 13.8kV. This project involved construction of a new electrical substation, new MCC’s, cable tray system and controls. A new DCS control system will be installed as all the existing motors will be converted to DCS control. This work will be carried out in an operating plant during operation of the mill and during the monthly shutdown days. Also responsible for carrying out coordination, harmonic and power factor studies. 
  • Stone Container (Canada) Ltd. – Design Engineer responsible for design of the Electrical and Instrumentation for the installation of a new lube system for Paper Machine No. 6. This involved installation of a new MCC, power distribution and control cabling. Coordinated control philosophy with plant staff and wrote PLC program for motor control portion of project  Also commissioned and assisted in the startup the system.
  • Noranda inc. - Heath Steele Mines: Design Engineer and commissioning Engineer responsible for the following projects:

     

    • B-Mine Pump Station. This project involved the installation of a new pump station. Design responsibilities included power system distribution, control and instrumentation.
    • Pump Station Upgrade. This project involved upgrading of several pump stations from relay logic to PLC control. Provided design and commissioning services.

    • General Engineering. Provided general engineering services for all power distribution on the property. This includes emergency standby generation and power factor improvement.
  • Pioneer Chemicals Canada Inc.: Design engineer responsible for the electrical and instrumentation design for the following project: 

     

    • Spill Prevention Project: This project involved installation of instrumentation and a PLC system to prevent spills in caustic soda delivery system.
    • MCC Upgrade Project: This field-mounted starters to a new MCC Room based system. As part of the project a new PLC system was installed to control the motors.
  • Power System Studies: Responsible for carrying out the following power system studies over the last 14 years:

 Arc Flash Studies

  • Irving Tissue, Saint John

  • Irving Pulp, Saint John

  • Irving Personal Care, Moncton

  • Xstrata Zinc, Brunswick Mine

  • Xstrata Zinc, Heath Steele Mine

 Fault & Protection Coordination Studies:

  • Xstrata Zinc, Brunswick Mine

  • Xstrata Zinc, Heath Steele Mine

  • Irving Tissue, Saint John

  • Lake Utopia Paper

  • Irving Personal Care

  • J.D. Irving, Chipman Sawmill Division

 

July 1, 1985 to May 30, 1997 - Neill and Gunter Limited

  • Electrical Engineering Department Manager from September/86 to September/96
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  • Design Engineer for many small and several large projects throughout the 12 years at Neill and Gunter. These projects mainly involved power distribution and control in an industrial environment. Some of the larger projects are as follows:
    • SSP Project – March/94 to October/96 - Design Engineer for the commissioning, start-up and operation of a novel plasma-based waste incineration pilot plant in Singapore. Involved in the power supply design and implementation as well as all aspects of power distribution, control and instrumentation. 
    • N. B. Power Belledune Generating Station Project – January/91 to March/94 - Design Engineer for the design and commissioning of the plant metering, station service transfer, generator protection and unit synchronising systems for a 450MW coal fired power-generating station.
    • Presswood Pallet Plant - ACUMA Presswood Pallets Inc. - Project Engineer responsible for the design of the power, control, and lighting circuits for a 45,000 square foot facility. This plant included a Data Highway with 9 Allen-Bradley PLC 5's and a central Data Monitoring PC. Also supervised the commissioning and start-up of the electrical and control portions of the plant. 
    • Winder Rebuild Project - Rothesay Paper Ltd. - Project Engineer responsible for the design of power and control circuits required for the installation of new drives, programmable controllers and complete new power and control wiring for two paper machine winders. Site services during shutdown and commissioning were also provided. Project Manager for this job overseeing the work of the mechanical and civil portions of this job. 
    • Woodroom Project - Rothesay Paper Ltd. - Project Engineer responsible for the conversion of the woodroom from relay and pneumatic controls to a completely digital control scheme using an Allen-Bradley 2/30 programmable controller and several colour graphics consoles. Also responsible for supervising the commissioning of this project for the client.
    • Power Systems Engineer carrying out the following power system studies:
      • Design of overhead power distribution lines. 
      • Power system study with regard to plant expansion. 
      • Power factor studies. 
      • Fault and protection co-ordination studies. 
      • Substation ground grid design. 
      • Ground potential rise study. 
      • Harmonic analysis.
December 1, 1983 to June 30, 1985 Allen-Bradley Canada Ltd. 
  • Sales Engineer for a major control equipment supplier. In this role became very familiar with motor control and PLC equipment. As well, became familiar with the many industries in the province of New Brunswick.
July 1,1981 to November 30, 1983 Fenco Shawinigan Maritimes Limited
  • Design Engineer involved mainly in medium voltage power distribution system design for industrial plants. Also carried out several fault and protection coordination studies for customers such as Brunswick Mining and Smelting, DND Halifax, Texaco Oil Refinery and Consolidated Bathurst.
July 1, 1977 to June 30, 1981 New Brunswick Electric Power Commission
  • Protection Relay Engineer: Worked in the Relay Group responsible for the setting of all the protection relays for the transmission and generation systems for the utility. Worked in this role for approximately 2 years.

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  • System Performance Engineer: Worked in the system Performance Group responsible for testing miscellaneous control systems in generating stations and switchyards. This included station services transfer schemes, unit synchronization schemes and fault recorder systems.