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Domson Engineering & Inspection Ltd. is pleased to formally announce that it is now a subsidiary of Industrial Inspection & Analysis (IIA).

IIA is a high growth inspection, testing, and analytical business seeking to build a multi-national platform to serve a breadth of industrial sectors and geographies. Their expanding global footprint includes operations in California, New Mexico, Texas, Florida, Georgia, and Minnesota.

Domson is proud to be IIA's first Canadian location.

As Domson nears its 20th year in business, the acquisition provides the Domson brand with a strong leadership group, one that is seeking to expand their service capabilities and geographic range to all their valued clients. Domson is joining IIA's other successful inspection and non-destructive testing brands, which includes US NDI, Fox NDE, and NDT Labs, as well as its engineering and analytical brands, which includes QC Group and Infinium NDE.

"This acquisition further enhances our inspection and analytic capabilities with Domson's well-established expertise within the mobile crane and lifting industry for inspection, certification & engineering services," explains John Cote, CEO of IIA.  "A key part of the IIA vision is serving diversified industries and diversifying our geographic presence. Our focus will continue to be on the customer, employee training, and investing in our capabilities."

IIA's vision is to provide story-worthy service and solutions even through the most challenging situations.

To learn more about the new ownership group, please visit: https://industrial-ia.com/

Domson will continue to operate as Domson Engineering & Inspection Ltd. a subsidiary of IIA.

Previous owner and president, Dennis Domenichini, is excited to act as interim General Manager until a formal replacement can be found.

Inquiries and comments are welcomed and encouraged! As always call us at (905) 789-1326 to book an inspection or ask any questions, or email us at: information@domson.ca

Original story:  
https://www.newswire.com/news/industrial-inspection-analysis-acquires-domson-engineering-inspection-20130208
 
Keith Boshart
Sales & Marketing Coordinator
(905) 789-1326, ext. 308
keith@domson.ca

 
Heath, Derek Alfred (1932-2017)
 
It is with great sadness that we announce that Derek passed away peacefully on Wednesday 22 November 2017 after a courageous struggle with illness. Beloved husband of Bridget (Bridie) Heath, loving father of David (Helen) and Angela, grandfather of Megan, Amanda and Jessica. He is survived by brothers Dennis, Frank and Brian and will be fondly remembered by coworkers, family and friends in Canada, Ireland, England and New Zealand.
 
Derek was President of CSNDT, the precursor to CINDE, and was an active and engaged NDT professional throughout his career. He was thought very highly of among colleagues and friends and will be missed by those who were lucky enough to meet him in this tight-knit industry.
Clean energy is coming to Canada’s oil patch. The government of Alberta — home to the world’s third-largest oil reserves — on Wednesday auctioned off 595 megawatts of renewable energy capacity to be built in the province. That exceeded the government’s target of 400 megawatts.
 
The process marks a major step for Alberta — Canada’s largest consumer of coal and its second-largest producer of the fuel — in its efforts to transition to all renewable and gas-fired generation by 2030. Rather than a change in direction, Alberta’s government billed the move toward renewables, part of its Climate Leadership Plan, as a continuation of the province’s leading position in energy.
 
It’s an industry that’s going to continue to be at the core of who we are and what we do for many, many years to come,” Premier Rachel Notley said at a news conference. The winning bidders were Capital Power Corp., which is planning a wind farm with 201 megawatts of capacity, EDP Renewables, which is developing a 248-megawatt project, and Enel Green Power SpA, which will build two wind farms with total capacity of 146 megawatts, according to an emailed statement. Combined, the wind farms can power more than 250,000 homes, officials said.
 
The weighted average bid was 3.7 Canadian cents (3 U.S. cents) a kilowatt-hour, the lowest price for wind power ever in Canada. Developers agreed to sell power for 8.5 Canadian cents a kilowatt-hour in an Ontario procurement last year.

Climate Leadership Plan
 
The Climate Leadership Plan seeks to phase out all pollution from coal-fired electricity and get 30 percent of the province’s power, or about 5,000 megawatts of capacity, from renewable sources by 2030. The first round of the competition started with a request for expressions of interest in March and saw 29 projects advance to the bidding stage.
 
Alberta’s government, controlled by the left-leaning New Democratic Party, has sought to balance efforts to curb climate change while not harming the province’s major industry. Alberta’s oil sands contain the world’s third-largest stores of crude, with proven reserves of about 165.4 billion barrels, and produced about 2.5 million barrels of crude bitumen last year, roughly the same oil output as the entire country of Mexico.

Coal Production
 
Coal is also a major industry in Alberta. The province consumes about two-thirds of the fuel used in Canada for generating electricity, according to the nation’s natural resources department. Alberta has 6,457 megawatts of coal-fired generating capacity, more than four times the 1,530 megawatts in second-place Saskatchewan. The province also accounted for 42 percent of Canada’s coal production last year, according to government estimates. Alberta was expected to produce 27.5 million tons of coal this year, according to the province’s energy regulator.
 
Notley credits the Climate Leadership Plan with helping the province secure federal government approval for Kinder Morgan Inc.’s expansion of the Trans Mountain oil pipeline as well as Enbridge Inc.’s expansion of its Line 3 conduit. Both projects have been seen as key supports for the oil sands, which are a top target of environmentalists seeking to limit global greenhouse gas emissions.
The Pembina Institute, a Calgary-based environmental organization that has been critical of the oil sands industry, praised the power auction on Wednesday, saying it showed that renewables are the affordable electricity-generation option for the province moving forward.
 
It’s a good example of how a competitive process coupled with good policy design can result in cheap clean energy,” Binnu Jeyakumar, the institute’s program director for electricity, said in an emailed statement.
 
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Heavy Canadian crude fell to a three-year low against benchmark prices Tuesday as bottlenecks on pipelines and rail networks crimped exports.
 
Canadian crude’s discount to West Texas Intermediate futures has widened more than $15 since August as pipeline companies including Enbridge Inc. rationed space amid high Western Canadian inventories. Rail cars struggled to catch up on deliveries after line disruptions over the past two months.
 
You are in a serious pain point right now,” Mike Walls, a Genscape Inc. analyst, said by phone from Boulder, Colorado. “It’s the perfect storm of too much supply and not enough capacity.”  Western Canadian Select’s discount to WTI steepened $3.50 to $25.25 a barrel, the weakest price since February 2014, according to data compiled by Bloomberg at 9:52 a.m. Calgary time. It was $10.05 below WTI four months ago. The outright price of the crude slid $4.07 to $32.17 a barrel, the lowest level since June. Edmonton Mixed Sweet crude’s discount to WTI grew $1 to $7 a barrel, the widest since January 2015, and the price fell $1.57 to $50.42 a barrel.
 
TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone pipeline to the U.S. shut for almost two weeks last month after a spill in South Dakota, contributing to rising oil inventories in Western Canada. While service on the line has resumed, it’s required to run at a reduced pressure, meaning less oil can pass through.
 
Enbridge said Monday it would ration space on some of its pipelines by another 5 percent in December. The announcement came after the company required shippers on light oil feeder pipelines around Edmonton, Alberta, to restrict deliveries because of “high inventories.” Enbridge’s main line ships heavy and light crude from Edmonton to Superior, Wisconsin.

Rising Production
Crude export pipelines were already filling up as new oil sands production entered the market. Suncor Energy Inc.’s Fort Hills mine, for example, is starting up now and scheduled to reach 20,000 to 40,000 barrels a day by next quarter.
When pipelines fill up, excess crude is typically pushed onto rail cars, requiring a bigger price discount for the crude to make the more expensive form of transport profitable. Space on rail cars is in short supply after three disruptions to the Canadian National Railways Co.’s system in the past two months. The company is playing “catch up,” Kate Fenske, a spokeswoman, said by phone Monday. Business on all of the company’s lines is up 10 percent since last year, she said.
 
Canadian National gives shippers who have committed to use capacity on the network priority when space is limited because the rail company would have to pay a penalty for shipments not delivered, Fenske said. But Canadian oil shippers have been reluctant to sign up for committed space on rail networks after three new oil export pipelines were approved over the past year, Genscape’s Walls said. That’s in contrast with shippers of other commodities, who have been signing up for space, he said.
Two of the new oil pipelines, the expanded Trans Mountain line to British Columbia and Enbridge’s Line 3, could start operation as early as 2019.
“You may not see a lot of people committing on rail right now and that’s causing the differentials to blow out,” Walls said.
 
Article via EnergyNow.ca.
As a world leader in advanced non-destructive testing solutions, Eddyfi Technologies is pleased to announce the signature of an official, long-term agreement with Heat Transfer Consultants Inc. (HTC, also known as Inspection Software Systems (ISS)) for the exclusive distribution of TubePro and a series of advanced NDT reporting software.
 
Ten years ago, HTC created the best reporting software for heat exchanger tubing inspection. Since then, TubePro dominates the market, allowing efficient reporting for thousands of jobs worldwide. Simultaneously, Eddyfi Technologies took the market by storm with the Ectane® test instrument, which has become the standard in the industry. Because of this, HTC and Eddyfi Technologies decided to join forces and take the next step in terms of reporting software.
 
NDT professionals and decision makers involved in asset management need better reports and they need them faster. This is exactly where we are going. Instead of having Eddyfi and HTC follow independent development tracks, we will harmonize and coordinate our efforts. This unique business relationship and intimacy will allow Eddyfi and HTC to share data structures and align roadmaps to continuously deliver next-generation reporting tools for the industry,” said Louis Beaulieu-Charbonneau, marketing and products VP at Eddyfi Technologies.
 
TubePro 5 brings a ton of key features to improve productivity such as picture-based ultrafast tubesheet mapping, and it comes standard with 3D modeling and visualization tools. Many more capabilities will be implemented on a regular basis, including compatibility with innovative tubing probes and array data formats, through systematic updates, and it will be better synchronized with the Magnifi® software. Lars Meyer, co-owner and lead programmer at HTC said: “We have come to the end of what version 4.x of TubePro could deliver. It was a good software, but the new platform offers much more potential and we are glad to partner with Eddyfi to market this software worldwide.”
 
Eddyfi Technologies and HTC will leverage their relationship to address the reporting needs people are having with a variety of NDT techniques. “Eddyfi Technologies now possesses a broad portfolio of advanced NDT systems. It is inevitable that we will seek to create, with HTC, the most brilliant reporting software for those and for others that we will acquire in the future,” concluded Louis.
 
About Eddyfi Technologies

Eddyfi Technologies maximizes the potential of multiple advanced NDT inspection technologies. It focuses on offering high-performance NDT solutions for the inspection of critical components and assets through four complementary brands and product lines: Eddyfi, Silverwing, Teletest, and TSC. Eddyfi Technologies serves customers in more than 80 countries in such major industries as nuclear, power generation, oil & gas, and aerospace. The group employs more than 250 people and leverages 10 centers of excellence and sales offices worldwide, all staffed by NDT experts.
 
View more information on the Eddyfi Website.
Jesse Garant Metrology Center is pleased to announce the launch of its new high energy industrial CT scanning service. With this system, the company will be the only private lab in the world that provides this specialized inspection service. The new capability will transform the landscape for non-destructive testing and support innovation within advanced manufacturing.
The system is the first of its kind that pairs a 3 MeV cone-beam x-ray source with a large format 2k x 2k flat panel digital detector. It will be able to accommodate rapid inspection of mid-size parts, up to 44.5 inches in diameter by 63 inches in height. This will be advantageous for internal inspection of engineered parts, plastics, composites, castings, and 3D printed parts for a variety of industries, including aerospace, space, defense, automotive, and oil and gas.
 
“It’s always been embedded in the vision of the company to provide trusted solutions that create meaningful advancements in industry. The new computed tomography system is a huge leap forward for mid-size part validation and feasible high-volume part inspection,” says Jesse Garant, President.
 
The unique system offers multiple advantages for non-destructive testing, including a drastic reduction in inspection time for scanning mid-size parts and assemblies. While existing high energy CT inspection services may take 4-16 hours to complete scans, the new system is able to scan parts in less than an hour. The service will also be beneficial for inspection of multi-material parts and assemblies, allowing for cleaner separation of internal components, and inspection of higher density materials not possible with lower energy micro CT systems.
“We’re helping manufacturers qualify and validate parts that either weren’t possible because of limitations with existing technologies or weren’t feasible because the service was too costly or took too much time,” adds Garant.
 
The company aims to fill the gap in current inspection technologies that limits the application of industrial CT technology due to part size and density. This will allow for internal inspection and dimensional validation of high value parts that would otherwise go into production without proper inspection. The exclusive technology will provide accurate metrology data for precise 3D measurements of external and internal part geometries.
 
Calibrated to NIST traceable artifacts, the new machine will help manufacturers maintain the quality and consistency of pre-production and production parts requiring first article dimensional validation. The system will also support PPAP and AS9102 Form 3 reporting requirements specific to the automotive and aerospace industries respectively.
The costly endeavor led by the company required a sizeable $4.5 million investment in technology as well as three years of planning, design, development, and construction to reach full operation. The new system required sourcing from both local and international manufacturers, vendors, and specialists, including the construction of the largest 1m x 1m flat panel detector in the world.
 
With federal operational permits currently in place, the new system is now live. Jesse Garant Metrology Center is currently taking on orders from companies who wish to access this innovative technology during the system’s ramp up period.  
 
Founded in 2009, the company was one of the early pioneers of using CT technology for industrial inspection in North America. Since its inception, the NDT and metrology lab has conducted tens of thousands of inspections for major companies from around the world and is ranked as one of the fastest growing businesses by PROFIT 500. With a total of $15 million invested into imaging technology over the past five years, the company has steadily expanded to meet the growing demand for frequent and large volume inspection projects in the North American market.
 
For more about how our high energy CT service can support your part inspection needs, please contact Mike Earish, Senior Project Manager, at mikee@jgarantmc.com.
 

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