Specializing in design engineering that is customized to the needs of the client, Stamped Engineering Corporation is a team of multidisciplined Professional Engineers and Technologists with proficiency and experience in a variety of industries.
President and CEO Jeenu Riat is an Aerospace Engineer with over 25 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry in Alberta. She utilizes her process, and mechanical technical design experience united with her leadership for Stamped Engineering. Jeenu supports stress analysis, patent design, and forensic engineering, and helps her team fulfill a niche in the market to provide lean, innovative, and quick turnaround solutions. Jeenu spoke with us recently about the founding ethos behind the company, some of the issues that need to be addressed across the industry, and the exciting innovation that converts organic waste to clean energy, heat, and electricity.
Stress analysis expertise
“Stamped Engineering was founded in 2017 to fulfill the gap in the market of engineers having pride in and taking responsibility for their work,” Jeenu explains. “We service several disciplines: process, piping, mechanical, electrical, civil, structural, process, aerospace, procurement, project management, instrumentation and controls, 3D modeling and design. We support a variety of industries with sound, quality engineering.”
The driving force behind the creation of the company originated from Jeenu’s own professional observations, showing that quality engineering was not entirely accessible to all walks of the industry.
“Often times, I would go out to site and find contractors struggling with drawings they received from engineers that weren’t stamped or they couldn’t get in touch with the appropriate technical staff to find out why those drawings were specified with certain pieces of equipment, things like that.”
Although larger firms have the bandwidth to support contractors with more technical engineering issues, they are not accessible or affordable enough to represent a viable option for most smaller clients.
“Companies that could respond with the support needed were not available on the timelines required, or simply not affordable. Based on our model of being leaner than the larger companies, getting rid of the middle overhead, our clients receive answers directly from the experts – and that’s us.”
As an aerospace engineer by profession, Jeenu developed extremely niche skills in stress analysis, and is able to take complex problems, use software to execute the issues, quicker and faster, while analyzing the bottlenecks to identify the weak points in the system.
“I think that’s really something that lends itself to the oil and gas industry – where are the weak points? Whether it’s in process conditions, piping or in structural. Where are the weak points that we can anticipate and therefore prevent from becoming an issue further down the design and implementation process?”
One such example of this crossover was a recent client which had designed a safety system for the oilsands industry, needing Stamped Engineering to conduct a stress analysis in order for a patent to be granted.
“They needed us to make sure that the design that they were proposing – which we ended up tweaking a little bit – would withstand intense forces from all directions and different applications. We designed all of that for them, along with quality manuals, safety manuals, training manuals. But it all started from that expertise of being able to give them confident data that they could take back that would provide confidence to the end users.”
The company takes on clients completely from firm referrals, which means senior industry professionals from large firms who are going out on their own and know who to call to get the best possible advice and service.
“It’s really about those that value the expertise that they’re getting, so most of them have been in contact with someone on our team, or myself personally, in a capacity to really, fully appreciate that expertise.”
Wide range of services
The company is certainly not limited to its stress analysis capabilities, offering a wide range of services in the process, piping, mechanical, electrical, civil, and structural disciplines, as well as conducting risk assessments, process hazard analysis, inspections, and cannabis facility designs.
“There are a lot of things that we do, but we also execute traditional Oil & Gas projects. Our projects range from decommissioning pipe bridges, walkways, ventilation rooms, electrical heat tracing projects – there’s variety to the work that we do, and it’s based on the expertise of our staff.”
The company really focuses on customer service in order to offer the best possible value to potential clients, providing free consultations and sound, reliable advice based on technical knowledge, expertise, and commitment to being up on the latest standards and regulations, being aware of clients’ needs and not pushing an agenda on them.
“The biggest misinterpretation that we come across is when we get asked to just stamp something – sometimes there is a lot that goes into that. It can be as simple as doing all the calculations to make sure something is done right, or looking at regulations and helping clients get permits, but more importantly it’s a responsibility and liability. It’s making sure that every other person or professional that has touched that job has done their job correctly.”
This means that Stamped Engineering has an overall responsibility to check that all parts of the job are up to the relevant standards before being able to stamp it, even if it has only been bought up at the final stage.
“We have a professional duty to not ignore what we see,” Jeenu says. “If we go conduct an inspection and notice that incorrect equipment is spec’d in, as it is not fire rated, and our scope was only on the structural side of things, we must alert the client for an additional review. Our number one oath is to public safety, and we take our job very seriously.”
As an Edmonton, Alberta-based business, the company is proud to know it works within a province with world-class engineering standards driven by the oilsands, and pushes the very highest safety standards.
“I’m proud to be an Albertan engineer, owning an Albertan company. I feel that our standards are not only world-class, but when it comes to industrial safety, some of the other provinces look to us for additional regulations that aren’t enforced across Canada, driven by the oilsands commitment to safety. I am happy to know they are following suit. I think we are leaders in the industry in keeping our public safe.”
The company is licensed to work across Western Canada, and hopeful that regulations will change, and it expects to be able to practice across the whole of Canada without having to file separate paperwork in separate provinces, making it much more of a seamless enterprise.
“So, we’re waiting for those [regulations] to come on board,” Jeenu says. “Some of our staff members are licensed in the US and abroad as well, so there are a lot of areas that we can support that extend far beyond Alberta.”
The industry at the moment needs to recognize that regulations must be simpler in order to have engineers follow them successfully. There are numerous guidelines and standards that need to be known, with several key issues in getting that information across.
“There has not been an effective streamlined method of communication to new engineers, specially to engineers that have come from other countries. I think this leads to confusion and frustration for owners and operators that want permits immediately. We’re hoping that by working with government agencies and bodies we can make this process simpler.”
The good news is that there are already positive signs of improvement in this area, with some clarity starting to arise in building codes and other regulations in the last few years, making it easier for engineers and contractors to follow.
“Our most exciting piece of news is related to the innovation that we developed, which is waste to energy,” Jeenu concludes. “We’re hoping sooner than later we’ll be able to showcase this with a demonstration pilot plant, where we literally take organic waste and other garbage and turn it into heat, power, and biofuel and biochar.”
Working tirelessly to hold the engineering industry to account and making the world a safer and more innovative place, Stamped Engineering has an exciting future ahead. Find out more about Stamped Engineering Corporation by visiting www.stampedengineering.com.