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2013-2014 Project List

Project 1) Shell Canada - Calgary -

Supplementing Oil Sands Energy Requirements with Renewable Energy

About Shell

Shell(1) has been active in Canada since 1911 and is one of the country’s largest integrated oil and gas companies.  Headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Shell Canada employs more than 8,000 people across Canada.

Our core values of honesty, integrity and respect for people form the basis of the Shell General Business Principles.

Our Business Activities in Canada

Shell Canada's Upstream businesses explore for and extract natural gas, and market and trade natural gas and power. Our Downstream business refines, supplies, trades and ships crude oil worldwide and manufactures and markets a range of products, including fuels, lubricants, bitumen and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) for home, transport and industrial use. Shell Canada is also the country's largest producer of sulphur.

We work with neighbouring communities, employees, First Nations, governments, and other stakeholders to reduce impacts and maximise benefits from our operations.

(1)  Shell Canada Home Page:

(2) Shell Canada Sarnia Manufacturing Centre;

Project Background:

Extracting bitumen from the oil sands is an energy intensive process and by extension emissions intensive. Part of the extraction process involves a long linear length of pipe carrying oil sand ore slurry. This segment of line is referred to as a “hydro-transport” line. The purpose of the line is to wash the bitumen out of the sand/clay matrix using turbulent flow, residence time and heat. The slurry is maintained at a temperature of about 50C. The length, unobstructed view of the sky and linear nature of the line is thought to be a perfect opportunity to capture and recover renewable energy. Heat is currently supplied by burning natural gas, which contributes to CO2 emissions.

Shell is committed to reducing emissions globally including the oil sands and has developed emission reduction plans for its operations. To maintain that leadership Shell will need to explore and, where effective, deploy, new and innovative ways to continue reduce its emissions intensity. 

Study Scope & Deliverables

Alberta receives significant sunshine over the course of a year, especially in late spring summer and early fall. This study will explore the feasibility of using renewable (solar) energy to raise and/or maintain the hydro-transport line temperature.

This feasibility study includes quantifying solar energy availability in the region, identifying efficiency, cost & reliability of renewable energy alternatives, methods of energy delivery to the hydro-transport line, and recommendations based on both economic and emissions impacts. The study may also include a review of federal and provincial funding incentives including legal and commercial requirements as well as social factors. The study findings should be delivered in a professional report and accompanying presentation covering;

  • Availability of solar and wind energy in the Ft. MacMurray region
  • Review of proven renewable energy technologies deployable in northern Alberta
  • A screening level economic evaluation (CAPEX/OPEX)
  • Identification of incentives and funding opportunities (such as tax issues, local/provincial/Canadian content requirements, technology risk, commercial issues etc.)
  • Identification of  regulatory/social issues and how they might be resolved
  • Recommendations and next steps


This project is an excellent opportunity for students to learn about the oil and gas industry and its emission strategies, renewable energy, and bitumen extraction, as well as gain experience in engineering, economic evaluation and policy compliance.

1 chemical engineer,1 Lawyer, 1 business/economist, 1 electrical engineer, 1 mechanical engineer


Project 2) Magna International – Cosma International - Troy, Michigan

Note one or two of the possible projects for Magna will be selected through the student bidding process.

Control Arm With Integrated Ball Joint or Bushing Functions

About the Company:

Cosma International, a wholly-owned operating unit of Magna International, is one of the world's premier global automotive suppliers providing a comprehensive range of body, chassis and engineering solutions to our OEM customers.

About the Project:

Due to the cost of the bushings and ball joints being over half the value of a control arm and links, the desire would be to develop methods of attachment for the control arm and links to the cradle and spindle without the use of these types of joints. The proposed joints would have to provide the damping, stiffness and travel capability similar to bushings and ball joints.



Discipline Mix:

Mechanical, Comm, Law


Project 3) Magna International – Magna Seating - Novi, Michigan

Seat Height Adjust without Forward Motion

About the Company:

Magna Seating, a wholly-owned operating unit of Magna International, is an innovative leader in the development and manufacture of high quality complete seating systems, seat structure and mechanism solutions as well as foam & trim products for the global automotive industry.

About the Project:

Conventional manual and power height adjustment systems are linkages that translate the consumer forward in vehicle as they lift upward. The purpose of this project would be to develop a way to generate vertical lift without any forward translation. One potential way to accomplish this would be with a Reuleaux Triangle.


  • Review list of product requirements provided by Magna, ensure all items are clear.
  • Utilize Magna templates to create marketing documentation for the new concept
  • Perform a patent search to ensure the concept is not protected under a 3rd party filing, and ensure the final concept does not create an IP related issues.
  • Brainstorm/research potential solutions, ensure Reuleaux Triangle solution is considered
  • Create simple sketch of brainstormed solutions
  • Review concepts with Magna, utilize a Pugh analysis as a team to decide which concept to pursue
  • Start with typical seat frame/adjuster assembly CAD data (provided by Magna). Create CAD model of new height adjuster system
  • Once concept is completed, run FEA simulation to determine if the concept will achieve the loading required
  • Adjust CAD model to address any FEA issues
  • Start with a seat frame provided by Magna, and create a prototype property to review the new concept
  • Create a detailed Bill of Materials (BOM), determine the material and manufacturing costs for the components. Compare those costs to the conventional system the concept replaces


Discipline Mix:

Mechanical, Comm, Law


Project 4) Magna International – Magna Seating - Novi, Michigan

Vibration Isolation Seat Mounting System

About the Company:

Magna Seating, a wholly-owned operating unit of Magna International, is an innovative leader in the development and manufacture of high quality complete seating systems, seat structure and mechanism solutions as well as foam & trim products for the global automotive industry.

About the Project:

The vibration of the vehicle floor (caused by road inputs such as bumps & pot holes) causes vibration in the seat frame which is ultimately felt by the consumer. The purpose of the project would be to isolate the consumer from that vibration to improve comfort. One method of reducing the vibration the consumer feels is to add an isolator between the cushion frame and the seat adjuster.


  • Review list of product requirements provided by Magna, ensure all items are clear.
  • Utilize Magna templates to create marketing documentation for the new concept
  • Perform a patent search to ensure the concept is not protected under a 3rd party filing, and ensure the final concept does not create an IP related issues
  • Brainstorm/research potential solutions
  • Create simple sketch of brainstormed solutions
  • Review concepts with Magna, utilize a Pugh analysis as a team to decide which concept to pursue
  • Start with typical vehicle/seat frame CAD data (provided by Magna). Create CAD model of new isolator concept
  • Once concept is completed, run FEA simulation to determine if the concept will achieve the loading required
  • Find & utilize software to virtually determine how much the vibration has been reduced
  • Adjust CAD model to address any simulation issues
  • Start with a seat frame provided by Magna, and create a prototype property to review the new concept
  • Create a detailed Bill of Materials (BOM), determine the material and manufacturing costs for the components. Compare those costs to the conventional system the concept replaces


Discipline Mix:

Mechanical, Comm, Law


Project 5) Magna International – Cosma International - Troy, Michigan

CAE methods to accurate predict weld fatigue performance in a weld structure

About the Company:

Cosma International, a wholly-owned operating unit of Magna International, is one of the world's premier global automotive suppliers providing a comprehensive range of body, chassis and engineering solutions to our OEM customers.

About the Project:

Accurate fatigue prediction through CAE methods for welded structures. A software package or method that has the ability to predict weld crack initiation and comprehends the effect of weld geometry on the fatigue life of the joint. Preferably, a commercially available software can be utilized for the analysis. The client is looking for the methods and any technical data required to accurately predict the failures.


  • Review of commecially available software
  • Review of methods and data required to to predict the failures.
  • further deliverables to be defined with the student team


Discipline Mix:

Mechanical, Comm, Law


Oil and Gas, Chemicals Companies/Projects

Project 6) BP - Calgary

Waste Heat Recovery in SAGD

About BP:

Headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, BP is active in Canadian oil sands production, Arctic exploration in Alberta and the Northwest Territories, and its marketing and trading activities span the nation and expand into the U.S 

BP Canada Energy Group ULC holds three oil sands opportunities in Northern Alberta suitable for in situ development using steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) technology. 

The Project:

We recognize that oil sands projects raise environmental challenges and we are actively seeking ways to undertake these projects in a way that minimizes the environmental footprint.

Improving energy efficiency is critical to reduce CO2 emissions, and BP is taking actions to maximize heat integration, but even with maximum heat integration, low grade streams still contain significant amounts of energy.

Both Organic Rankin Cycle (ORC) and Steam Cycle (SC) are widely used to recover process heat and generate power. Steam Cycle is normally more favourable for hot process streams(e.g. power generation from gas turbine exhaust), and ORC is widely used to recover low grade waste heat (e.g. power generation from geothermal).

In both ORC and SC applications, the lower the turbine exhaust pressure is, the more power is generated. Vacuum pumps can be used to lower turbine exhaust pressure and may get more net power generated with the penalty of higher capital. This project will compare ORC and SC in recovering wasted heat from boiler flue gas, and evaluate the economic impact from including or excluding a vacuum pump in either application. All four configurations should be analyzed and compared:

  • Scenario 1: ORC without vacuum pump
  • Scenario 2: ORC with vacuum pump
  • Sceanrio 3: SC without vacuum pump
  • Scenario 4: SC with vacuum pump


This project is an excellent opportunity for students to gain an understanding of SAGD operations, heat recovery methods, techno-economic analyses, and oil & gas emissions and reduction strategies.

Project deliverables:

  • Professional report with findings and recommendations.
  • Final presentation in BP Calgary office.


Discipline mix: Engineering, Business,


Project 7) Pembina - Calgary

Redwater Fractionation Optimization

About Pembina:

With nearly 60 years experience, Calgary-based Pembina is a well-managed and responsible transportation and service provider to North America’s energy industry. We've leveraged our strong record of profitable growth to expand beyond our core business of operating conventional crude oil and natural gas liquids feeder pipelines. Today, our company also provides a full spectrum of midstream and marketing services, gas gathering and processing, as well as transportation support to Alberta’s oil sands industry.

About the Project:

The Redwater Fractionation facility is a natural gas liquids processing facility. A blend of natural gas liquids is accepted at the plant and refined into usable products such as propane, butane and condensate. The Redwater facility makes use of high pressure, underground cavern storage to decrease storage costs and increase flexibility. The plant also houses facilities for truck and rail loading and unloading. This project will be concerned with the optimization of a specific portion of the fractionation train. The specific area of the plant to be optimized is currently under review.

It is intended that this project will require students to gain an understanding of the equipment in question and how it could be improved. Deliverables will include preliminary pricing of modifications and an economic review of the value to Pembina.

3-4 students, mech eng, chem eng, eng chem, business.



Project 8) City of Kingston

Assessment of the Feasibility and Benefits of Conversion of Municipal Fleet from Diesel to Natural Gas Fuels

About the Company:

The City of Kingston is a municipal government organization for a population of approximately 120,000 that also is the sole shareholder in a utilities corporation that provides local distribution of electricity and natural gas. The City of Kingston has good data on the number and types of fleet vehicles in service, annual kilometers driven, fuel consumed, cost of fuel and greenhouse gas emissions.

About the Project

The project will involve the examination of the technical and financial feasibility (including risks and capital conversion costs and timelines) of converting all or a portion of the City of Kingston’s fleet from diesel to natural gas fuel. The City of Kingston is interested in examining this switch as a potential method of reducing fuel costs, increasing synergistic dividends (by purchasing natural gas from Utilities Kingston), reducing emissions from fleet operations and the potential to create a retail opportunity for external fuel sales. 

Project Deliverables/Activities

This project may include: evaluating the availability of fuelling infrastructure, engine technology, fleet replacement costs and timelines, capital costs, impacts on service, training requirements, impacts on emissions and safety, economic considerations, or other factors to be developed with consultation from the City of Kingston. Findings and recommendations should be summarized in a professional report and accompanying presentation covering:

  • Fuel type (CNG or LNG)
  • Availability of fuelling infrastructure and engine technology
  • Fleet/equipment replacement costs, replacement/warranty timelines and strategies
  • Fuelling station and local gas distributor capital costs
  • Impacts on service levels, emissions, fuel costs, vehicle life, safety, training, etc
  • Profit implications for the local distribution company and thus the City of Kingston
  • Examples of other Canadian municipalities or organizations undertaking fuel switching of their fleet.
  • Cursory examination of other fuel switching options (full electric, LNG, compressed air, etc.)


This project is an excellent opportunity for students to apply their engineering judgment and analysis, learn about the City of Kingston and Utility Kingston, as well as examine opportunities for fuel use and its impacts.

Discipline mix:

4 (chem eng, mech eng + commerce)


Project 9) Agrium - Carseland (Calgary)


About the Company:

Agrium is a major retail supplier of agricultural products and services in North and South America and a leading wholesale producer and marketer of all three major agricultural nutrients. We are also a premier supplier of specialty fertilizers in North America through our Advanced Technologies business unit.

Agrium Carseland Nitrogen Operations (CNO) is located SE of Calgary. The site produces 1500 MTPD of Anhydrous Ammonia, 2000 MTPD of granular Urea and up to 800 MTPD of specialty slow release fertilizers called ESN and Duration. 

About The Project:

The site is currently undergoing a major overhaul and will be restarting in late Sept 2013. The project team will work with site personal to define the project arfter startup. It's possible the project will be jointly defined with business people in the Calgary head office.

This project provides a unique opportunity for a student team to work closely with senior Agrium Carseland site people to define a project that will be of value to them and interest to students.

Discipline mix:



Project 10) Devon - Calgary

Thermal Heavy Oil Transportation Alternatives  and Recommendation

About Devon:

Devon Energy Corporation is a leading independent oil and natural gas exploration and production company. Devon's operations are focused onshore in the United States and Canada. We also own natural gas pipelines and treatment facilities in many of our producing areas, making us one of North America's larger processors of natural gas liquids. (from website)

About the Project:

The assignment is to offer to Devon Canada’s thermal heavy oil group alternatives to transporting our bitumen product to market. The team will devise a number of options critically considering health and safety, surety of continuous flow, the environment, socio-economic implications, capital and operating cost, economics, commodities trading and contractual implications just to name a few. Your solutions will need to consider other business and marketing alternatives where possible.


A conceptual engineering design, cost and schedule analysis and identification of economic drivers and benefits associated with each alternative.


2 engineers, 1 business student, 1 lawyer, possible a marketing students


Project 11) Suncor - Calgary

Up to two projects of the five projects listed below will be supported by Suncor this year.

NOTE: If you want to work on a Suncor project, but don't mind which one, please pick this project (11) and indicate the fact that you're okay with any Suncor project in your 1st choice description.

Feasibility Comparison among Firebag 5&6, Mackay River 2 or New SAGD Facility (Lewis Lake or Meadow Creek)

About Suncor:

In 1967, we pioneered commercial development of Canada's oil sands — one of the largest petroleum resource basins in the world. Since then, Suncor has grown to become a globally competitive integrated energy company with a balanced portfolio of high-quality assets, a strong balance sheet and significant growth prospects. Across our operations, we intend to achieve production of one million barrels of oil equivalent per day.

About the Project:

Suncor Energy’s plan is to embark in profitable growth. The purpose of the project is to compare the economic feasibilities and benefits of investing in Suncor's different facilities. If we are to invest in all these facilities, which order or priority makes the most economic sense?
In order to be sustainable, Suncor needs to ensure that its investment dollars are correctly allocated to the right opportunities that will drive growth into the future. 

Deliverables / Activities:

This project is an excellent opportunity for interested students to apply both their engineering and economic strengths in assessing high level value of oil and gas facilities. The project should include a comparison of each site, including recommendations on geology, capacity, performance, existing infrastructure, available labour, future technologies etc. Calculations and explanations detailing the value and potential return on investment from each site are essential. A professional report and supporting presentation summarizing the findings and methodology is required.

Discipline mix:

mech eng, chem eng, reservoir eng, geol eng, commerce


Project 12) Suncor - Calgary

Cogeneration vs. OTSG (Once Through Steam Generation)– Economical Analysis

About Suncor:

See Above (Project #11)

About the Project:

One potential future bottleneck at the Firebag facility is the lack of steam generating capacity. Traditional operators use Once Through Steam Generators (OTSGs) to generate steam. Fuel is combusted and directly heats feed water through radiation and convection. Some operators, including Suncor, have installed numerous cogeneration facilities to generate electricity alongside the required steam in Heat Recovery Steam Generators (HRSGs). Fuel is used to fire a gas turbine generating electricity, the exhaust gas is then directed to an HRSG where additional fuel is combusted and heats feed water via convection.

Deliverables / Activities:

The project is to compare the economics of building a cogeneration facility (HRSG) vs an OTSG considering commodity pricing, electricity demand, reliability and availability.
This project will require student to gain an understanding of the equipment in question and how it could be improved. An economic review and comparison of each option (OTSG vs HRSG) is essential. Deliverables include a professional report and supporting presentation summarizing conclusions and recommendations including both economic and environmental considerations.

Discipline mix:

mech eng, chem eng, Env eng, business,



Project 13) Suncor - Calgary

Evaluation of Firebag Heat Integration

About Suncor:

See Above (Project #11)

About the Project:

Suncor Energy Inc.’s Firebag is a major In-Situ facility which has been in operation for about a decade. Operating this facility safely at design is considered a must in order for Suncor to grow as a company.
The purpose of the project is to evaluate the heat integration of the plant and determine where we can optimize our operation, with specific focus on heat transfer occurring between utility and process streams.
This project is an excellent opportunity for interested students to learn about heat integration and typical oil & gas utility operation and optimization 

Deliverables / Activities:

Evaluate the efficiencies of the current overall system and provide recommendations on how to ensure we gain the maximum cooling/heating from the utilities mentioned above. A professional report and presentation including a review of the current design, economic considerations as well as recommendations for improvements is required.

Discipline mix:

mech eng, chem eng, business, etc



Project 14) Suncor - Calgary

NRU (Naphtha Recovery Unit) Diluent Reduction Project

About Suncor:

See Above (Project #11)

About the Project:

The Secondary Extraction facility (located in Fort McMurray) is the Naphtha Recovery Unit (NRU). Naphtha is very important to the extraction process, where it is added to form a bitumen feedstock in preparation for upgrading. During the process, small amounts of naphtha are bled off and lost with tailings. The secondary extraction facility was constructed to remove these small amounts before emission to tailings ponds. Recovered naphtha is often recycled back into the extraction process. Suncor would like to move toward an annual loss ratio of 4 barrels of lost to tailings ponds per every 1000 barrels of net bitumen produced.
The main technology used in the NRU is a stripping process. This technology is typically applied in liquid/gas separation process. To enhance separation efficiency, the NRU induces a vacuum condition within the stripping process. This condition provides a favorable pressure of for naphtha to vaporize and separate. Naphtha is carried and removed by steam as an overhead product. The remaining water and sand mixture is pumped from the bottom of either tower through pumps to the tailings ponds.

Deliverables / Activities:

This project is an excellent opportunity for students to gain an understanding of the equipment in question and the opportunities for optimization. The current naphtha losses result in a loss of $40 million per year which could be recovered as potential savings. This project will develop recommendations/requirements for new or additional equipment, process changes, etc., to achieve this result. Deliverables will include a professional report and supporting presentation detailing the economic and technical value captured by implementing these improvements.

Discipline mix:

chem eng, mech eng, commerce, etc


Project 15) Suncor - Calgary

An integrated SO2 and NOx removal system -feasibility study to investigate the possibility of modifying an FGD system to remove NOx

About Suncor:

See Above (Project #11)

About the Project:

Three of the boilers at Suncor can use petroleum-coke (petcoke) as fuel in producing steam from boiler feed water. The flue gas resulting from the combustion of coke consists primarily of CO2, H2O, ash, vapor, SO2, and NOx gases. The Flue Gas Desulphurization (FGD) Plant is designed to reduce SO2 emissions by over 90%. While the SO2 emissions are greatly reduced by the existing FGD facility, the reduction of NOx emissions from the boilers has become an area of investigation.

As a leader in the Oil Sands industry, we trust that the reduction of NOx emissions supports Suncor’s vision on sustainable development of natural resources. A reduction in NOx emissions will have a positive impact on personal health and the environment. 

Deliverables / Activities:

This project is an investigation into the feasibility of modifying the FGD system to accommodate a NOx removal system.
This project is an excellent opportunity for students to gain an understanding of fired boiler operation, desulphurization and NOx removal systems, as well as air quality treatment in the oil & gas industry. It is expected that students will produce a professional report and presentation detailing a summary of the current process, recommendations and proposed design of the new process including a NOx removal unit, as well as the economic impacts of such changes. The proposed design may be supported by a simulation and/or control schemes, process flow diagrams or other engineering tools.

Discipline mix:

mech eng, chem eng, eng chem, commerce, etc


Project 16) Agrium -Fort Saskatchewan, AB

Ammonia Plant Debottlenecking and Storage Tank Design

About Agrium:

Agrium’s Fort Saskatchewan Nitrogen Operations (FNO) is located approximately 20 km northeast of Edmonton, AB. The site produces 1,250 MTPD of anhydrous ammonia, 1,250 MTPD of granular urea and approximately 300 MTPD of aqueous ammonia.

About the Project

The final stage of ammonia production at Agrium FNO is a refrigeration process. Warm, high-pressure ammonia is drawn from the refrigeration process to directly feed the urea production process. Cold, low-pressure ammonia is sent to an atmospheric storage tank where it is later used for rail and truck loading, as well as aqueous ammonia production.
During hot summer days, ammonia production is limited by the amount of cooling water and steam available to drive the refrigeration process. Warm ammonia requires less energy to produce than cold ammonia, and the urea plant can only draw so much warm ammonia. The addition of a warm ammonia storage tank would remove a known plant bottleneck, provide available feed for the urea plant during ammonia plant shutdowns, and improve overall plant flexibility.
The scope of this project is to study the refrigeration process of the ammonia plant at FNO, determine how much additional warm ammonia production would be required to allow the ammonia plant to reach full production rates on hot summer days, and size and cost a warm ammonia storage tank/bullet that would be required to hold the additional warm ammonia production.


Students will produce a professional report and presentation summarizing results from and methodology used in producing:

  • A working model of the FNO ammonia refrigeration process, built using either UniSim® or PRO/II®
  • Cost and sizing of a warm ammonia storage tank, including required piping, controls, pressure relief, etc.
  • Economic analysis, recommendations sand next steps


This project is an excellent opportunity for students interested in process simulation, industrial chemical production, equipment sizing and controls, and technoeconomic analysis.

Discipline Mix:

  • 3 - 5 Chemical Engineering / Engineering Chemistry students
  • Mechanical Engineering and Business/Commerce student would be an asset
  • Experience and/or interest in process modeling/simulation would be an asset



Project 17) TOTAL - Calgary

Feasibility Study to Replace Diluent in Oil Sands SAGD Process

About TOTAL:

Total E&P Canada is a Calgary-based energy company focused on oil and gas exploration and production in the Athabasca Oil Sands region of Alberta. We are a wholly-owned subsidiary of Total S.A. (Total), the world’s fifth largest publicly traded integrated energy company, based in Paris, France.
Total established its presence in Canada in 1999 and has since built a strong team and a varied portfolio of oil sands projects. Our goal is to become a leading operator in the Athabasca Oil Sands within the 2020 timeframe. To achieve this, we have embarked on one of the largest investments in Total's history; between 2010 and 2020, Total will invest approximately $20 billion in Alberta’s economy and grow by an additional 1,000 employees.

About the Project:

In the SAGD process, a light hydrocarbon diluent is used to reduce the density and viscosity of bitumen. Diluent is added at two locations for different purposes:

  • To facilitate oil/water separation by gravity methods in process equipment in the central processing facility (CPF) and;
  • To meet pipeline specifications for export from the production site and sale to the market (density, viscosity, vapor pressure, water content).

The diluent currently used at Surmont Phase 1 (S1) is synthetic crude oil (SCO), supplied from upgrading operations in Alberta. Surmont Phase 2 (S2) was designed for flexibility to handle different proportions of two diluents: either SCO or a naphtha cut from an upgrader, which is significantly lighter than SCO.

The focus of the project is to study the feasibility of replacing all or a portion of the S2 diluents with natural gas condensate available commercially in Alberta. The evaluation will consider process, logistical and market availability factors.

The objectives are to:

  • Propose a representative condensate composition to be used for the project with market availability research and process compatibility as key inputs.
  • Develop a detailed process simulation model and use it to evaluate the maximum amount of condensate that the S2 facilities can accept without any modifications, assuming the balance of the diluent used is SCO. Include an evaluation of the optimum blend ratio with bitumen, the limiting process factors, equipment bottlenecks and logistical challenges to supply the diluent.
  • Propose an optimum condensate amount, addition method (full diluent mixing vs. dedicated trains), and split of condensate to be added to the separation process versus as trim diluent to meet pipeline specifications, for the case where no process equipment is modified.
  • Propose equipment modifications and operating condition changes that could be implemented as a retrofit to further increase the proportion of condensate, and evaluate their feasibility and cost. Evaluate the economic attractiveness of the modifications relative to the base case of no equipment changes.
  • Evaluate and quantify where possible any expected changes to the energy efficiency and environmental performance of the project associated with the recommended partial switch to condensate.


Students will prepare a professional report and presentation summarizing and supporting the findings of the above objectives as well as a functioning process simulation model.

This project is an excellent opportunity for students interested in operational flexibility/optimization, process simulation and design, and technoeconomic analysis.

Discipline Mix
4 to 5 students (Chem Eng, Eng Chem, Mech Eng, Commerce)


Project 18) Statoil - Calgary

About Statoil

Statoil is an international energy company based in Norway, with corporate functions both in Stavanger and Oslo. As a technically based company, Statoil is always striving to be innovative.

We currently own interests in 1,129 square kilometres (279,053 net acres) of oil sands' leases located in the Athabasca region of Alberta.

We recently started producing oil at our Leismer facility, currently producing approximately 10,000 bpd. Along with this production, our main oil sands goal is to develop new technology which can bring costs down and reduce environmental impacts

About the Project:

Statoil is focused on lowering the environmental and social impacts of our operations in the oil sands. Of specific concern are gas emissions and water usage. A significant way to reduce these impacts is to optimize our oil sands facilities. A major component of the overall sustainability of our Central Processing Facility, having a large impact on gas emissions and water use, is the management of heat. Statoil has the ambition to reduce our water intensity by 45% and our CO₂ intensity by 25% by 2020. To help meet these targets our 2013/14 Queen’s Project is to analyze the heat integration system and technologies used in our CPF and identify where improvements can be made which will impact gas emissions.


Project 19) Dupont - Kingston

Seed Treatment Process Technology

About DuPont:

For more than 200 years, DuPont has brought world-class science and engineering to the global marketplace through innovative products, materials and services. Our market-driven innovation introduces thousands of new products and patent applications every year, serving markets as diverse as agriculture, nutrition, electronics and communications, safety and protection, home and construction, transportation and apparel. Today, DuPont is proud to build on this heritage by partnering with others to tackle the unprecedented challenges in food, energy and protection now facing our world. Together, we believe we can provide enough healthy food for people everywhere, decrease dependence on fossil fuels, and protect people and the environment for generations to come.

About The Project:

There is a growing trend within the agriculture industry towards seed treatment (applying pesticides, herbicides or supplemental nutrients to the seed prior to planting) to reduce the cost and dosage vs. post emergent field application. This project will focus specifically on the equipment design for seed treating, and how to design a process that meets all of the critical-to-quality objectives (e.g. accurate/uniform dosage, rapid throughput, ease of operation, low cost). This project is of particular relevance to DuPont’s Crop Protection Chemicals business, and is being sponsored by DuPont’s R&D Centre in Kingston with the objective of identify opportunities where we can leverage our knowledge in chemical process development to the agriculture industry.

Key Deliverables/Activites:

It is intended that this project will require student to gain an understanding of process technology for seed treatment. Deliverables will include an assessment of customer needs, a survey of commercially available seed treatment equipment, and recommendations for what a next-generation seed treatment process would look like.

3-4 students - mech eng, chem eng, and business.


Bio and Pharma Companies / Projects

Project 20) Pureingenuity - Kingston

Turnkey Craft Beer Brewing Facility

About the Company:

Pure Ingenuity Inc. specializes in design and fabrication of custom process equipment for Food , Pharma , Chemical and Beverage industries . This includes pressure vessels , piping and machinery. Please see web site

About the Project

Pure Ingenuity seeks to evaluate the business opportunity of offering complete craft brewing facilities to Craft Brewers in the North American market.

Project Deliverables/Activities

This project may consist of some or all of the following:

  • Market survey and strategy/IP and contractual issues
  • Development of a design package composed of:
  • Process flow diagrams and heat and material balance
  • Plant P&IDs and control system design (see below)
  • Sized equipment list
  • Design of the heating and refrigeration systems.
  • Sizing of a boiler, piping and valves for the steam and condensate systems
  • Sizing heat exchangers.
  • Specifying process pumps and valves.
  • Suggesting important parameters to monitor, temperatures, pressures, flow rates etc. so that the brew master with be able to gather data to tune and improve the process.
  • Vendor quotes for selected pieces of equipment
  • Capital cost estimate
  • Economic Analysis

It is expected that students will prepare a professional report and accompanying presentation summarizing their results and recommendations from the objectives outlined above. This project is an excellent opportunity for students interested and passionate about brewing technolgy, plant design, sizing and costing, and economic/market analysies and surveys.

Discipline mix:

law, commerce ,engineers …some combination of mechanical ,chemical and electrical .


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Project 22) PnuVax - Montreal -

Development of a Novel Device to Reduce Energy Losses in a Large-Scale Biopharmaceutical Facility

PnuVax Incorporated is a recently-formed Canadian biotechnology company, with headquarters located in Kingston, Ontario.

Students participating as members of the PnuVax TEAM group will be provided with a unique opportunity to gain practical experience in the field of large-scale biopharmaceutical manufacturing. Students who are specifically interested in pursuing a career in drug/biopharmaceutical manufacturing are strongly recommended to consider this project.

By working closely with PnuVax employees, students will have the opportunity to significantly expand their knowledge surrounding biomedical/biochemical engineering, and large-scale utilities handling and process design, compliant with regulatory requirements unique to the biotech industry.

Current biopharmaceutical facilities require extensive pipework including sterilizable-in-place (SIP) lines that are critical for the safe and effective manufacture of product. The ability to reduce pipework energy losses through the design and implementation of a novel device would not only significantly reduce operational costs, but also reduce sources of possible contamination.

PnuVax is seeking highly motivated and capable students with a passion for biotechnology to design a novel device for integration into an existing large-scale facility. This project may combine technical, operational, and economic analyses. Use of an Arduino coupled with hands-on process equipment will be used as the basis for this project.

Out-of-province travel will be required for the PnuVax TEAM group over the course of this project.

Discipline Mix: CHEE - Biomedical/Biochemical Engineering Stream


Project 23) The Grange of Prince Edward Vineyards and Estate Winery

Corporate Scorecard & Heath Effect Optimization

About Grange of PEC:

The Grange of Prince Edward is a family run winery in Prince Edward County Ontario. We produce only 100% estate grown and made products because we want our wines to reflect our region and our distinct style. We grow 7 varietals and produce 3 distinct lines of wine to suit our diverse clientele. We believe in value, and are major supporters of eating and drinking locally and utilizing natural processes and ingredients.

About the Project:

Vineyards can be attractive investments however they are often very high risk.  The combination of long processing times, variable input quality and quantity can make determining whether a vineyard is valuable a very difficult task. 

Large companies often develop corporate scorecards; frameworks of properties or metrics that they feel forecast or indicate success.  These are often very specific to either the company or industry they are developed for. 

Wines are also being extolled for their positive health effects- people often suggest that a glass of red wine every day can improve health.  This is based on the assumption that there are nutrients that are extracted from the skin of the wines during production.  However, the differing methods of wine production mean that this may not always be true, and the concentration of beneficial compounds may vary.

Grange of PE's mandate is to develop a corporate scorecard that benchmarks the indicators of value for vineyards.  Grange of PE is interested in estimating how it can improve its performance in each area on the scorecard, especially in the health effects of its wines.

Key Deliverables:

Develop a framework to determine the performance and value of a vineyard using a corporate scorecard approach.  Research and benchmark the performance of Grange in the categories proposed in the scorecard.  Pay special attention to the health benefits of wine vs the processing method/type of wine.

Prepare a report detailing the scorecard structure and method(s) of evaluation as well as the performance of Grange of PE in each area.

A part of the report should summarize how the processing of wines changes their health effects and suggest improvements to their process.  An experiment and/or chemical analysis will be required.

Note: Due to the harvesting season, this project will require the team to start taking samples and perform analysis work early in the fall semester.


Project 24) Abbott Point of Care - Ottawa

Chemical Reduction Strategy

About The Company:

Abbott Point of Care is a market leader in point of care testing, based in Ottawa, Ontario and Princeton, New Jersey. We develop and manufacture medical diagnostic products for blood analysis which provide health care professionals with crucial diagnostic information, accurately and immediately, at the point of patient care. Through the use of advanced semiconductor manufacturing technology, established principles of electrochemistry and state-of-the-art computer electronics and software, Abbott Point of Care developed the world’s first hand-held automated blood analyzer (i-STAT) capable of performing a variety of commonly-ordered blood tests on two to three drops in just two minutes at the patient’s side. The i-STAT System offers a diverse menu of blood gas, chemistry, coagulation and cardiac marker assays, which facilitates improved patient care by ease of use and rapid time to accurate results. With annual growth in sales above 10%, Abbott Point of Care is a dynamic and exciting work environment.

The Project:

In Ontario, Ministry of Environment (MOE) maintains National Pollution Release Inventory (NPRI) which is a list of chemicals (MPO – manufactured, produced or otherwise used) and their threshold that the facilities in Ontario are required to maintain.

For companies all over the world, going green means reducing the environmental impact from cradle to grave. Leading companies, such as Steelcase, have changed the raw materials they use in textiles to ones that are truly benign. Going green can have business benefits. The benefits extend not only to protecting people and the environment, but also to reduced company operating costs. For example, in Canada, chemicals that are on the National Pollution Release Inventory (NPRI) list require organizations to incur a cost for tracking and reporting these compounds. Organizations are required to track chemicals used, created or released from site that meet the reporting thresholds and submit an annual report on how the specific chemicals are used, created or released. Corporations are now required to submit a Toxic Substance Reduction Work Plan (TSRWP) for each chemical for which the reporting thresholds are met (first report due June 1, 2013). Abbott’s mandate to become greener at every location globally is an essential strategic priority.

The goal of this project is to help Abbott Point of Care move towards using chemicals that are not on the NPRI list. Working with their engineers, who are improving or developing new processes that reduce or eliminate harmful chemicals, the goal of this project is to identify and assist the engineers towards alternative raw materials. This project provides an opportunity for students to be involved in a project that is leading edge environmentalism

Key Deliverables:

Understand and benchmark current usage of Acetone in the process. Research and propose alternatives methods to significantly reduce usage. Reduction and replacement are within scope, this includes the possible adoption of green solvents. Develop a tactical and effective strategy that includes proven methods to reduce or replace toxic substance usage at APOC by May, 2014.

Students from chemical engineering and environmental engineering.


Project 25) Sentinel BioTech - New Jersey

High Speed Carbon Dioxide Medical Device Development

About Sentinel:

Sentinel is focused on providing autonomous mobile medical solutions to post-operative and chronic care settings. Sentinel is developing wearable sensor solutions for monitoring patient metabolism and blood perfusion. The technologies under development will enable revolutionary modes of care, reducing the cost to treat patients while catching complications early and improving outcomes. 

About the Project:

As part of our ongoing efforts, Sentinel has developed a high speed chemiluminescent oxygen sensor and is looking into development of a high speed carbon dioxide companion sensor. Over the last two years, we have worked with Queens and the TEAM project to investigate an additional CO2 sensor technology for inclusion into our system. In the first year, the preliminary work resulted in the identification of technical possibilities for a sensor going forward. In the second year, our TEAM project included developing hydrogel proof of concept experimental models of the sensors. This year, we are looking for a team to continue these efforts and analyze / prototype a sensor as part of the TEAM project. A miniaturized high speed CO2 sensor would help decrease current device costs as well as expand the range of markets that we can access with our technology. 


- Evaluating current CO2 sensing technology and background studies
- Experimental planning for improving sensor performance
- Hydrogel model refinement and testing of performance
- Prototyping of concept to demonstrate performance enhanced proof of principle

This is an excellent opportunity for students interested in biomedical engineering, applying research and testing of hypotheses, as well as prototyping.

As this may include building a functioning prototype, project work will likely begin earlier than other projects. Students who are willing to work hard, create something new and be on the cutting edge of biomedical engineering are encouraged to apply for this project. Passion is required!

Discipline Mix:

3 – 4 chemical, electromechanical, or biomedical engineering students focused on transduction, and not afraid to get their hands dirty with lab work, experimentation and prototyping.


Other Types of Companies or Projects

Project 26) Canadian Wollastonite - Kingston

Prefeasibility evaluation specifically focused on the creation of a high surface area amorphous silica product through the dissolution of wollastonite in various acids.

About the Company:

Canadian Wollastonite is a recently licensed mining company that is developing a world class wollastonite deposit located north of the 401 along Hwy 15. Mineral extraction commenced in 2012 making the CW deposit the first such industrial mineral mine licensed in Southern Ontario in 34 years and the only wollastonite producer in Canada.

Project Description:

CW has successfully demonstrated the decomposition of wollastonite in hydrochloric acid yields a reaction of CaSiO3 + 2HCl ‐> CaCl2 + H2O + SiO2. The solid is amorphous silica with a very high surface area (and value). The liquid by-product is calcium chloride solution. Both have potentially viable local markets.
The goal of this research project is to further this work by looking at the dissolution of wollastonite in various acids with the view of optimizing the economic returns of both the amorphous solid and the liquid by-products, preparing a preliminary flow-sheet for the process, and estimating the underlying cost structures.

A business case supporting (or rejecting) the process of dissolution of high grade wollastonite in various acids for the creation of amorphous silica and industrial aqueou- salt by-products. 
The business case will draw from analysis of the process engineering involved, preliminary market evaluations for the product(s), an analysis of capital requirements and the expected return on capital, and practical considerations of what and how this production line could be developed.

Students will prepare a professional report summarizing their findings and recommendations as well as proposed process flow sheets and economic calculations and research. This project is an excellent opportunity for students to learn about process evaluation, mineral treatment, economic evaluation (CAPEX) and feasibility, as well as a chance to work with a local company just starting commercial operation.

Discipline Mix:



Project 27) 3M Canada – Personal Safety Division - Brockville, ON

3M is a global technology company that has operations in more than 60 countries with laboratories in 34. 3M’s Occupational Health & Environmental Safety Division is a leading designer and manufacturer of respiratory protection products for the health care, industrial, first responder and the military markets. Our Brockville Site houses a research and development laboratory, quality assurance laboratory, a filter manufacturing plant and a carbon treatment plant. Treated activated carbon is used in respiratory protection products to remove toxic gases and vapors from air. The carbon treated in Brockville is used in 3M plants globally to manufacture respiratory protection filters.

Today, 3M’s sorbent treatment plant is focused on relatively straightforward reactant imbibing and drying processes. Although the sorbents made via this method work very well for many applications, respiratory protection products being designed today require materials with improved capability. Promising novel sorbent formulations have been identified on a bench-top scale. This project will evaluate how these novel materials would be produced on a larger production scale. The envisioned new process involves material synthesis and isolation techniques that ensure suitable product porosity.

To be successful, the new process must be capable of making high quality materials with very low process variability at a competitive price. In addition, the process must be compliant with 3M’s safety and environmental policies. At the end of this project it would be desirable for 3M to have the information necessary to assess whether or not to fund installation of this new facility as designed by the project team (economic justification and evaluation)

The project output should include:
1. Layout & Specification for the new process
2. Description and ranking of each idea considered
3. Energy requirements of the new process.
4. Type and quantity of waste generated
5. Estimate Capital costs
6. Estimated cost of the final product
7. Summary, conclusions and recommendations.

Students will preapare a professional report and presentation detailing their results and recommendations of the objectives outlined above.

This is an excellent opportunity for students to apply design and scale-up principles, learn about industrial manufacturing methods, and economic evaluation techniques.


Project 28) The International Group, Inc. (IGI) - Toronto

Automation of Testing Machine

About the Company:

IGI operates several wax refineries both in Canada and US to provide petroleum based wax related products.

About the Project:

IGI’s waxes are used in most car thermostats. Their large linear expansion during the transition from solid to liquid actuates the switch re-directing  water to the cars radiator for cooling. The waxes are tested extensively to ensure precise performance characteristics.  A thermal expansion tester (dilatometer) is used to monitor and record the volume change during the process. The dilatometer needs to be automated to free the operator from consistent involvement with the test. This test is critical for the qualification of waxes used as thermostat.

Key Deliverables:

The test will be fully automated after the operator has loaded the machine. The project will design the interface between the existing manual test rig and the test results will be available in graph format and data tables. The wax will be heated in controlled steps. The linear expansion will be measured and recorded. The rate of heating can vary for different wax grades. It is envisaged that a PC based programmable controller will be used for the independent variable and data collection. Accuracy, resolution and repeatability for the tests will be important and will be defined as part of the project.  A test rig and representative wax samples will be available for the project duration.

2 or 3 engineering students with ability or willingness to gain microcontroller programming experience.


Project 29) Northland Power - Kingston

Business and Technical Evalution of Heat Recovery Steam Generator Upgrade

About Northland Power:

Northland Power is a Toronto based Canadian company which develops, builds, owns and operates clean and green power generation projects, mainly in the provinces of Ontario, Quebec and Saskatchewan. Our facilities generate about 1,265 MW of electricity. We’ve been in business since 1987. Our units and shares have been publicly traded since 1997.
Northland aims to increase shareholder value by developing high-quality projects supported by long-term power purchase agreements while carefully managing development risks. We focus on green (renewable energy) and clean, efficient natural gas projects.

About Kingston Generating Station:

Kingston Generating Station is a combined-cycle power plant located in Loyalist Township near Lake Ontario. Originally a cogeneration facility, the plant now operates in combined-cycle mode, since the closure of the adjacent Invista Millhaven plant in 2009. Kingston operates one 70 MW General Electric 6FA heavy duty industrial gas turbine to generate electricity. The turbine exhaust gasses are captured in a heat recovery steam generator (HRSG), which is used to produce steam to power a 45 MW General Electric steam turbine, also used to generate electricity.
The facility commenced commercial operation in January 1997 under a 20 year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with the Ontario Electricity Financial Corporation.

About the Project:

As the PPA expires in January 2017 the facility is investigating what upgrading is required and what is economically justified in order to secure another 20 year PPA. One of the options is to upgrade components of the 6FA gas turbine to enable a 10% increase in output and 3% improvement in heat rate. This will have an effect on the exhaust energy entering the HRSG. As HRSG’s are designed for specific applications it is unknown at this stage what the effect of the proposed upgrades would have on the temperature profile through the HRSG and the ability to convert the exhaust heat into steam at the pressures and temperatures required for efficient operation of the steam turbine. The project entails working with the OEM’s to determine the effects of upgrading the gas turbine hardware and the effect on performance on the HRSG and consequently the steam turbine performance.

Desires Outcomes:

1. Complete a feasibility study to determine if the HRSG is capable of successfully functioning with the proposed upgrade to the gas turbine and to determine the effects on plant operation and efficiency of such an upgrade.
2. Prepare a report detailing the necessary modifications (if any) required for the HRSG to continue to function effectively after the upgrades are implemented, and outlining any optional modifications/upgrades to the HRSG which would improve the thermal efficiency of the plant.

Discipline Mix:

3-4 students comprising chemical and/or mechanical engineering students, business student(s).


Project 30) Polycorp Ltd - Elora, ON

Feasibility Analysis of a $100M Manufacturing Facility in Kazakhstan

About Polycorp:

Polycorp Ltd. is a privately owned Canadian company that specializes in the design and manufacture of engineered elastomeric parts that provide cost effective solutions for corrosion, abrasion, impact, noise and vibration problems. Polycorp has established its reputation as a market leader in three distinct areas: Mining, Protective Linings and Transportation, with a strategy of balanced, sustainable and profitable growth. Having achieved market leadership in North America, the Management Team’s focus is on expanding geographically, with emphasis on areas under serviced by competitors.

About the Project:

A Mining Company in Kazakhstan is interested in establishing a Joint Venture
with Polycorp to manufacture and market Mining, Transportation and Protective
Linings products within the Former Soviet Republic. The objective of this
project is to determine plant capital costs, estimate plant operating costs,
evaluate current and potential market opportunities.

Key Deliverables/Activities:

  • Equipment cost breakdown
  • Suggested equipment sizes and number
  • Rough estimate manufacturing costs
  • Are there sufficient market opportunities to support and sustain $50M Mining, $25M Transportation and $25M Protective Linings sales annually.
  • Propose plant process flows/equipment location
  • Commentary on business conditions and practices in the area
  • Commentary as to whether new, used or refurbished equipment should be sourced
  • Conclusion as to the viability of such a venture


Project 31) Ontario East Wood Centre - Prescott, ON

Wood Pellet Pilot Plant Design

The Company:

The Eastern Ontario Wood Centre works with industry, university and government to build jobs and growth through innovation in upgrading resources from Eastern Ontario’s forestry and agricultural sector.  

The Project:

Wood pellets are a rapidly growing part of the global market for renewable energy. Eastern Ontario’s hardwood forests, second largest in the world, are an ideal feedstock for their production; however, they currently play a small role. This project will lay the technical and economic groundwork to develop a “bolt-on” process unit to transform the 60% of sawmill input that becomes low-value byproducts of lumber production. By constructing a 5,000 tonne/day pilot, it will help a consortium of companies in the area to develop and optimize the process (drying, size reduction, extrusion and cooling)with the goal of improving the economics to make woodchips and sawdust into wood pellet fuel, ultimately for power production at industrial scale.   

Key Deliverables:

A design and techno-economic analysis of wood pellet production from unmerchantable forest harvest: in particular, this work should identify and provide features that allow process optimization for a subsequent 20,000 tonne/day demonstration unit. 

Discipline Mix: Eng, business,


Project 32) Ontario East Wood Centre - Prescott, ON

Wood Drying Investigation

The Company:

The Eastern Ontario Wood Centre works with industry, university and government to build jobs and growth through innovation in upgrading resources from Eastern Ontario’s forestry and agricultural sector.  

The Project:

Small-scale drying (~20-25 thousand tonnes/yr.) of wood chip waste from sawmill production is a major barrier to improving mill economics by converting the chips into wood pellets to serve the growing market for renewable energy.

Conventional processes have both high capex and opex. An innovative approach is needed to reduce these costs    

Key Deliverables:

A design and techno-economic analysis of drying mill wastes and forest harvest: in particular, this work should compare capex and opex with that of traditional approaches.

Discipline Mix: Eng, business,


Project 33) Bombardier Transportation - Kingston

Product Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) for marketing, sustainability, and regulatory competitive advantage 

About Bombardier:

With 62 production and engineering sites in 25 countries and more than 40 service centres at customer premises across the world, Bombardier Transportation is the global leader in the rail industry. We cover the full spectrum of rail solutions, ranging from complete trains to sub-systems, maintenance services, system integration and signaling. Our installed base of rolling stock exceeds 100,000 rail cars and locomotives worldwide. Our 36,200 employees continue a proud tradition of delivering ingenious rail transportation solutions, including:

  • Rail vehicles - automated people movers, monorails, light rail vehicles, advanced rapid transit, metros, commuter/regional trains, intercity/high-speed trains and locomotives
  • Propulsion and controls - complete product portfolio for applications ranging from trolley buses to freight locomotives
  • Bogies - product portfolio for the entire range of rail vehicles
  • Services - fleet maintenance, operations and maintenance (O&M), vehicle refurbishment and modernization, and material management
  • Transportation systems - customized “design-build-operate-maintain” transportation system solutions
  • Rail control solutions - advanced signaling solutions for mass transit and mainline systems


About The Project:

A Queens Master International Business (MIB) project identified an environmentally driven business opportunity in the form of carbon pricing that could be leveraged in European and Asian public transit markets.

Bombardier Transportation (BT) – Millhaven site is in the midst of revising their product platforms. A business and product strategy to maximize the marketing potential, financial aspects of carbon pricing, and regulatory requirements would provide a competitive advantage. TEAM participants will work with business, engineering, and regulators to provide actionable recommendations that will improve BT’s subsystems and enhance the performance and sustainability of their products.

The TEAM project would:

  • Combine a sustainability and life cycle analysis with customer/marketing desires and regulatory requirements, provide strategic product design guidance to Bombardier, in a way that,
  • The project develops a framework to gauge the sustainability, and
  • Fleshes out how carbon pricing impacts actual design.


Suggested Disciplines: 

Chemical, Mechanical, Civil, Electrical Engineers, Commerce, and Law.



Project 34) Lafarge - Kingston

Biomass Fuel Business, Legal , Process Optimization Analysis

About Lafarge:

Lafarge North America is the largest diversified supplier of construction materials in the United States and Canada. Our products are used in residential, commercial, and public works construction projects across North America.

Lafarge is convinced that sustained economic growth cannot occur without social progress, environmental protection and respect for local communities. Discover our values, our sustainable development priorities and our daily operations in the field.

Sustainability is a way of life for our company. While we sincerely strive for sustainable actions as a matter of what is right, Lafarge understands that in order to be successful - we must be financially sustainable. Therefore, it makes business sense to do what is right. We know that we have more to do to continue to improve our environmental performance but we are proud of the steps we are taking every day. We are always seeking ways to increase our performance at our operations but beyond that we work to develop innovative solutions that can help design professionals achieve sustainable design.

About the Project:

Working with project partners WWF Canada and Pollution Probe, Lafarge is in the process of adding the capability to utilize construction waste biomass to offset the carbon footprint of the plant, and involved . This is part of a $9 million world class research program and the work the TEAM does will form part of the published research findings.

At the same time, the Province of Ontario is developing new waste management regulations and the role of energy recovery in those regulations is emerging as a technology that merits study.

There is an opportunity to work with the environmental manager of the lafarge plant and to optimize the technical and business aspects of the their project by: analysing/quantifying the raw material, preparing a Life Cycle Analysis, making recommendations around material segregation processes to recover high value materials, and provide a more homogenous feed to the cement process. There is need to provide a legal analysis, and to work with engineers to facilitate a smooth permitting process.

The project may include the following issues that need to be dealt with.

Business Issues:
• Analysis of value in the supply chain, and guidance to engineering to optimize life cycle analysis and process economics.
• Analysis of higher value by-products.
• Analysis of local market size of the raw material, and market size of higher value by-products.

Legal Issues:
• Addressing public questions and concerns
• Providing an analysis to provide a permit for the process of using the desired raw material, and providing guidance to the engineering team to ensure the optimum design meets permit requirements. 

Engineering Issues:
• Analysis and quantification of the raw materials
• Preparation of Life Cycle analysis
• Recommendations for design modifications to improve the Life Cycle of the materials being handled, improve economics, enable permitting, and address public concerns.

Discipline Mix:

-Engineering, Law, Business



Project 35) Ontario Power Generation (OPG) - Toronto

Energy From Waste Feasibility Analysis

About OPG:

Ontario Power Generation (OPG) is an Ontario-based electricity generation company whose principal business is the generation and sale of electricity in Ontario. OPG currently has an electricity generation portfolio of 19,051 megawatts (MW), made up of 4 nuclear, 5 thermal, 65 hydroelectric, and 2 wind power generating stations.

About The Project:

OPG is interested in learning about the current state of Energy From Waste (EFW) developments. In order to help gain this understanding, OPG would like the Queens University team to put together a proposal for developing an Energy From Waste (EFW) facility in Ontario. This proposal should be written as if it was a comprehensive board recommendation to proceed with the construction of an EFW facility in Ontario.

The scope of this proposal should include:

Plant Location and Capacity:
Determine a location in Ontario that would be suited for a new EFW facility, and what plant capacity (MW) could be accommodated, given the incoming waste stream.

Business Case:
Estimate the net present value of proceeding with the proposal, given the construction cost, operating cost, expected revenue, and plant life.

Risk Assessment:
Identify risks associated with the proposal and the potential impacts that could occur.

Construction Cost Estimate:
Estimate the cost to construct the facility, with the recommended technology.

Operating Cost Estimate:
Estimate the cost to operate and maintain the facility, with the recommended technology.

Revenue Estimate:
Estimate the amount of revenue that the facility could earn.

Technology Assessment:
Carry out a review of current technologies being used for EFW and recommend which technology to be used.

Environmental Assessment:
Examine the environmental aspects associated with the facility (i.e. air, water, noise, and socioeconomic) and analyze how those would fit into the existing regulations in Ontario

Societal Acceptance:
Carry out a review of the societal acceptance of EFW in different jurisdictions around the world and identify key issues related to public acceptance.

Discipline Mix:



Project 36) Utilities Kingston - Kingston

Pressurized Services (Forcemain) Condition Assessments – A Technological and Financial Review

About Utilities Kingston:

Utilities Kingston is unique in Ontario, combining water, wastewater, gas and electrical services and a broadband fibre optics provider in one company under the leadership of a single CEO.

This structure enables the complex choreography of multiple work programs, leading to the timely and cost-effective completion of the work. Along with helping to ensure that infrastructure repairs are less disruptive to residents and businesses, one of the most obvious benefits of a multi-utility structure that has all services under one roof, is cost-savings from economies of scope. We benefit from a shared services model for activities, equipment, and systems, ranging from customer care, billing, accounting, fleet and even some operational functions.

About the Project:

This project is intended to investigate options that can be used to assess the condition of forcemains through out Kingston. Forcemains are large pipes that carry wastewater under pressure.

Many forcemains are nearing the end of their life cycle. Presently there is not a clear program in place to assess the condition of these assets, to maximize their useful life.
Identify the available technologies for assessing the condition of Kingston’s sewer forcemains.

Building on the technologies discovered, conduct a technical, financial and feasibility review and comparison of the various methods. Provide a cost/benefit analysis comparing technologies and include discussion regarding effects of pipe diameter (ie: does cost effectiveness change based on pipe diameter).

Finally, prepare a recommendation for a pilot project. 

Deliver a report which reviews available technology and recommends next step in terms of a pilot project to test the recommended technology.

Discipline Mix:

Mechanical, Civil/Municipal, and Busines


Project 37) Groundfloor Trading - Waterloo

Development of Day Trading System using Advanced Statistical Methods

When Billy Beane decided to apply mathematics to baseball, a fundamental change occurred. The same thing is happening on Wall Street and trading desks around the world.

About the Company:

Ground Floor Trading was founded by Michael Pretti less than a year ago. Specializing in non discretionary, quantitative algorithmic trading solutions, Mike has assembled a team with former Google employees, engineers and actuaries. This is the second algorithmic trading firm founded and operated by Michael.

Mike has over 15 years of development experience. After graduating from the University of Waterloo with a mathematics degree ( Joint Honours Computer Science and Combinatorics and Optimization ), he joined IBM’s pacific development team in Vancouver. While there he worked in the transportation industries (Air Canada, British Airways), and the financial services industry (TD Canada Trust, National Bank, Penson, Desjardins ). Leaving IBM, Mike discovered the world of day trading via Swifttrade ( now known as ). While consulting for the Credit Union Central, creating a secure data delivery network for form applications, he formed his own proprietary trading firm in North Vancouver. This firm took advantage of the newly created speeds of ECNs on the NYSE floor. Other trading opportunities presented themselves with the discovery of dark liquidity pools, and market auction processes.

Mike has recently moved back east, and is attempting to duplicate his westward success in the thriving technology centre of Waterloo, Ontario. Join the TEAM project to be part of this exciting project.

Project Description:

Ground Floor Trading is looking for 4¬ to 6 students to assist with the design, implementation and testing of automated day¬trading strategies. This TEAM Project allows students to have hands on experience in a fast paced work environment. Chief Strategist and Owner, Michael Pretti, will be working closely with students to design, back¬test and implement strategies.

We use whatever tool is available to get the job done. In the fast paced world of equity markets, this is typically a blend of computer science, statistical analysis and finance.

Data is critical. A key component is collection and storage of all relevant data. This requires someone to firstly identify and access this data, then to write a program or script that will pull in this data source regularly and into our own controlled data center. Tools needed to do this range from writing a script to pull, and parse the data from either a website, or grab the data in socket form as it is going back and forth over the network. Additionally, statistical methods such as principle component analysis (PCA) have to be implemented. PCA is a tool used in industry (i.e. chemical process industry, NASA, etc.) for a variety of applications including predictive models.

Implementation: Most of the programming and development work is done in Java. Any mission critical piece of code is written in C++. Python has been used in quantopian to allow those without as extensive programming experience to backtest a strategy much quicker than writing your own backtester. Our development environment is eclipse, using the google plugins (Cloud SQL, AppEngine,


You will be involved in the strategy and details of creating and testing a day trading system.

Discipline Mix:

Anyone with an interest in finance, advanced statistical methods and software design.

Knowledge of Java, matlab, C++ or C#, and statistics is an asset. The department head of chemical engineering has offered assistance to the team with PCA.


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