Company Profile

In October 1983 Strum Engineering Associates Ltd. was incorporated as a privately owned consulting engineering company specializing in the fields of electrical power systems and industrial process automation and instrumentation. With its head office located in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, and a branch office in Sydney, Nova Scotia, the Company provides engineering services to industry, utilities, government and institutions primarily in the Eastern Canadian region.

The President, C.E.O., and Director of Engineering, Mr. N.R. Strum, P. Eng., brings more than thirty-nine years of experience in the power systems and project engineering fields to the Company. Mr. Strum's former positions as a Department Manager in Nova Scotia Power Corporation's Systems Engineering Division, and as Vice-president and Manager of the Engineering Department of a large international, multi-disciplined engineering consulting firm, together with his experience as President and Director of the Company since 1983, permit him to offer a broad base of specialized experience and expertise to engineering projects of a high level of complexity.

Mr. F. Fahey, P. Eng., joined the Company in May 1985 as a power system design engineer. Mr. Fahey has had twenty-two years of consulting experience in the heavy industrial field; in particular, in pulp mill, refinery, and shipyard engineering projects. This experience, together with several assignments with various government and institutional departments, has provided Mr. Fahey with a broad experience base and makes him well suited to working on multi-disciplined project engineering assignments.

Mr. R. McCarthy, P. Eng., who joined our staff in 1987, after accumulating several years experience in offshore oil related projects, has been involved in many complex multi-disciplined engineering projects in the capacity of either a senior design engineer or project engineer. His responsibilities have included detailed design, construction, testing and commissioning services, scheduling, project design and construction functions to meet very demanding schedules. The types of projects in which he has been involved include electrical power system design and control, and include such clients as the pulp and paper industry throughout the Maritimes, the tire manufacturing industry, and utilities such as Nova Scotia Power Corporation.

Mr. Eric Vienneau, P. Eng., who joined the company in 1998, as a senior power systems engineering specialist has over thirty-nine years of experience in the field of electric power systems engineering, twenty-nine of which were with the local electric utility, Nova Scotia Power Corporation or its predecessor. Mr. Vienneau has developed a high level of expertise in the specific fields of overhead and underground power distribution systems standards of design, maintenance, and operational procedures, studies of short circuit, protection, and protection coordination, reliability and quality of supply, as well as general modelling of power distribution systems for all types of computer-base studies.

Mr. William Pickup, P. Eng., who joined the Company in 1991, is a senior project engineer as well as engineering manager of our Sydney N.S. office and has an extensive background in electrical engineering in heavy industry, in particular in relation to electrical power utilities and the underground coal mining industry. Since joining the Company, Mr. Pickup has been involved in several major power generation and distribution projects, including a major electrical upgrading of a hydro-electric generating plant in new Brunswick. Mr. Pickup has more than twenty-eight years of experience in project design, installations, testing, and commissioning in this field.

Mr Paul Babin, P. Eng., joined the company in 2001 as a Senior Mechanical Engineer. He has more than fifteen years of experience in the design, construction and commissioning of instrumentation and mechanical systems for the power utility and heavy industries. His extensive work experience includes a number of assignments as lead mechanical design engineer.

In addition to the foregoing key people, Strum Engineering employs six electrical and mechanical engineers at the senior and intermediate level, six certified senior electrical and mechanical engineering technologists, and a large group of technical and clerical support staff and CADD operators.

As a further significant resource to the Company, and to supplement our mechanical engineering capabilities, Strum Engineering has developed a long term association with Orlic Engineering Inc., a firm with extensive experience in industrial mechanical engineering. The principal engineer of Orlic Engineering Inc., Mr. Anton (Tony) Orlic, P. Eng., has more than forty years of industrial experience, primarily in the areas of high pressure steam plant and steam production and distribution system design, industrial and commercial refrigeration systems, heating, ventilating and air conditioning, heat recovery and conceptual design and layout of industrial processes.

As outlined in the foregoing information, Strum Engineering Associates Ltd. specializes in electrical power systems, process automation, instrumentation and controls, and various mechanical systems design. Our firm offer services in the following specific areas of engineering:

Electrical Engineering Studies:

  • Generation Expansion for Utilities and Private Power Producers
  • Electrical System Short Circuit, Protection Coordination, Arc Flash
  • Electrical System Load Flow and System Voltage Profile, Power System Transient Stability, Motor Starting
  • Insulation Coordination
  • Power Factor Improvement
  • Power System Harmonics and Quality
  • Energy Management and Conservation
  • Technical and Economic Feasibility
  • Industrial Process Automation
  • Mechanical Engineering Studies:

  • Power Generation Plants
  • High Pressure Steam Plants and Distribution Systems
  • Industrial Refrigeration Systems and Plants
  • Industrial Process Automation
  • Design and Specification:

  • Transmission and Distribution Substations
  • Power Distribution Systems
  • Protection, Control, Metering and Instrumentation
  • Emergency and Standby Generation Systems
  • Power System Harmonics Filters
  • Grounding Systems
  • Lighting Systems
  • Industrial Process Automation and Instrumentation, Programmable Control Systems, Distributed Controls, (DCS, DCMS), SCADA Systems
  • Industrial and Commercial Buildings and Related Electrical and Mechanical Systems
  • Water Treatment, Waste Water, Solid Waste Collection, Processing and Disposal
  • Power Generation Plants
  • Boiler and Heating Plants
  • High Pressure Steam Plant and Distribution Systems
  • Industrial Refrigeration Plant
  • Field Services:

  • Complete Electrical and Mechanical Commissioning Services
  • Process Automation and Instrumentation Pre-commissioning Testing
  • Full range of Electrical Power Systems Testing
  • Insulation Systems Testing, Including High Voltage D.C. Testing
  • Protective Relay Calibration and Setting
  • System Fault Investigations, All Levels of Voltage
  • Infrared Thermographic Surveying
  • Power System Qualitative and Harmonics Measurements
  • Soils Resistivity and Ground Electrode Resistance Surveys
  • Project Management:

  • Planning and Scheduling
  • Cost Estimating
  • Inspection and Expediting
  • Site Supervision
  • In summary, these services represent a unique offering by an established privately owned and operated Nova Scotia consulting firm, with the capability to effectively serve government, industries, institutions, and businesses throughout eastern Canada and USA.