Mechanical & Electrical Engineering Services

TBT Engineering’s Mechanical & Electrical Engineering Services is headed by a leading Mechanical and Electrical Group with a broad range of strengths and services to help our clients achieve high quality solutions at a competitive cost.


Commercial – Institutional

TBT Engineering provides complete mechanical and electrical engineering solutions for Commercial and Institutional clients and facility owners. Our technical staff work primarily to plan, design and consult with clients on versatile projects.

We have served a broad client portfolio that encompasses private corporations, First Nations, non-profit organizations, housing corporations and public sector infrastructure including federal, provincial and municipal.  Our projects have been successfully completed in hospitals, schools, clinics/labs, courts, police detachments, correctional facilities, office buildings, apartments, recreational centres, restaurants and hotels. Other engineering services are also available for your project through partnerships with our sub-consultant architects, structural, environmental and municipal engineers.


Mechanical HVAC and Plumbing Systems

Heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems within a facility are critical to a healthy workplace and when designed properly will operate with the lowest possible cost to the owner over the life of the equipment. Similarly, building plumbing designs that fully consider the latest in water conservation technologies inevitably translate to significant operating costs savings over the life of the facility. Comfort, versatility and energy efficiency are just some of the important considerations our engineers incorporate into our mechanical designs. Our Engineers and designers carry out detailed heating and cooling load analysis utilizing computerized energy modeling software prior to making equipment selections. Right sizing equipment is just a first step for ensuring good performance with minimal operating cost. Profor can provide high quality mechanical HVAC and plumbing designs for new and existing facilities. Our design philosophies fully consider green building and sustainable design principles.


Electrical Power Distribution, Protection, Lighting, and Grounding

Power and lighting requirements are a core business of electrical consulting. We provide value engineering utilizing the latest codes, industry standards and we take innovative approaches to system design and product selection. Profor has extensive experience and understanding of the latest in efficient electrical products and applications resulting in the lowest lifecycle costs and years of energy savings.


Life Safety Systems and Fire Protection Systems

As a mandatory code requirement, the protection of the occupants in a building is carefully reviewed by our mechanical and electrical technical staff. Often working with other consultants, a coordinated approach is taken to all life safety items such as; fire alarms, sprinklers, extinguishers, smoke and heat detection, monitoring, emergency lighting, way finding, and backup power.


Communications, Cabling,  and Security

Coordination of design and provision for IT, video, phone lines, and building security is essential to a modern building design. In collaboration with our clients, we review and confirm all aspects of the design and implementation to ensure a smooth transition at the time of occupancy.


Asset Condition Assessments

Owners and operators of buildings must have plans for the life cycle costing of their assets. Condition assessments form a major part of maintenance planning and are often an important tool for planning future upgrades and replacement of major building components. Our Asset Condition Assessments allow our clients to prioritize and properly plan for immediate action or future deferral of preventative maintenance and capital upgrades.


Feasibility Studies, Reports and Cost Estimates (Mechanical and Electrical)

As an important planning tool for clients, a Feasibility Study can help to validate a project at the earliest stages. A proper option analysis is an important first step to advancing a project to the planning, design and construction phases. Typically, several options are compared using cost, quality, availability, life cycle, and other factors during the evaluation. Profors’ Feasibility Reports have a reputation for clear and concise analysis and costing allowing our clients to confidently plan for major capital expenditures.


Contract Administration

TBT Engineering has delivered contract administration services to key clients for many years on hundreds of successful projects. TBT recognizes that planning, scheduling, and controlling activities during the construction phase are paramount to a successful project.  We provide timely inspections of the construction work to verify conformity to the contract documents and ensure high quality workmanship. Project documentation is actively managed and distributed to all stakeholders. Issues are resolved in a timely manner. This tight control along with effective communication to all stakeholders demonstrates our commitment to exceptional service during the construction phases of a project.


Project Management

Project management is the process and activity of planning, organizing, motivating, and controlling resources, procedures and protocols to achieve unique goals and objectives. Projects are typically time-constrained and often limited by funding or deliverables. The primary challenge for Project Managers is to achieve all of the project goals and objectives while honoring the preconceived constraints of scope, time, quality, and budget.

TBT Engineering can provide professionally accredited Project Manager Services. We have successfully managed many projects on behalf of our clients that typically range from engineering services for new facilities involving sustainable design principles, to extensive mechanical and electrical retrofits to existing facilities of all types and complexities. Close attention is paid to a clear, concise, and timely communications, and risk analysis and management before and during the project.


Insurance Investigation and Reporting

The need for an investigation by an engineer after an event is often required to determine an opinion of probable cause or fault. Our mechanical and electrical engineers will investigate, record, analyze the cause of failures, equipment condition, installation quality, and compliance with codes, standards and regulations. If you are an insurer or owner, Profor’s experienced team can provide investigative services to meet your needs.


 

Industrial 

Our knowledgeable industrial division offers a collaborative approach to our client’s individual needs by understanding and recognizing their specialized processes. Practical and creative solutions are developed to reduce downtime, streamline operations, achieve savings and improve profit.

We have completed a vast selection of projects for paper mills, manufacturing facilities, grain elevators, mines, saw mills and public utilities. Other engineering services can be provided if required for your project through partnerships with sub-consultants such as architects, high voltage & controls specialists, structural, environmental and municipal engineers.


Industrial Heating and Ventilation

Whatever industry you are in TBT can incorporate the latest technological developments in the design of complete systems to heat and ventilate your facility. Our expertise includes steam generators, boilers and economizers to condensing systems, chillers and heat/energy recovery units. These engineered systems provide increased safety, air quality compliance, and comfort resulting in greater productivity.


Material Handling

Transferring of product whether it is for a production line or filling a grain bin must be done efficiently and safely while not damaging or degrading the material. If your requirements are for belt, screw or chain conveyors, bucket elevators, or pneumatic conveyance systems Profor’s industrial design team will have your solution. We also have vast experience in dust collection methods including the transport and disposal of grain dust from elevators and wood chips and dust from mills. This ensures air quality compliance and health and safety concerns are addressed.

Our knowledgeable industrial division offers a collaborative approach to our client’s individual needs by understanding and recognizing their specialized processes. Practical and creative solutions are developed to reduce downtime, streamline operations, achieve savings and improve profit.

We have completed a vast selection of projects for paper mills, manufacturing facilities, grain elevators, mines, saw mills and public utilities. Other engineering services can be provided if required for your project through partnerships with sub-consultants such as architects, high voltage & controls specialists, structural, environmental and municipal engineers.


Piping and Process Design

Processes in industry utilize various types of piping systems to transfer power, control or actuate devices and equipment. For many years, TBT has provided mills and manufacturing facilities with engineering services related to steam and condensate designs, pneumatic and hydraulic systems, and process piping for various fluids and effluents. Our experienced design team can provide comprehensive system and piping design and analysis utilizing Finite Element Analysis software. As well, TBT’s highly qualified designers can produce fully detailed industrial piping equipment drawings, isometrics, and 3D modeling.


Electrical Power Distribution, Protection, Lighting Grounding

Power requirements for industrial needs can all be sourced through Profor. We provide value engineering utilizing the latest codes, industry standards and innovative product selection. Profor provides and coordinates other electrical engineering services if required for your project through partnerships with sub-consultants and specialists in industrial controls and heavy power systems engineering.


Feasibility Studies Reports and Cost Estimates

As an important planning tool for clients, Feasibility studies help to validate a project at the earliest stages. A proper option analysis is an important first step to advancing a project to the planning, design and construction phases. Typically, several options are compared using cost, quality, availability, life cycle, and other factors during the evaluation. Profors’ feasibility reports have a reputation for clear and concise analysis and costing allowing our clients to make informed decisions and confidently plan for capital expenditures.


3D AutoCAD Modeling

TBT can provide conceptual designs and prototyping services utilizing the latest in 3D modeling software. Our 3D computer modeling capabilities provide an effective tool for visualization and option analysis that help our clients to understand and interpret sophisticated designs virtually, before they’re built. As well, 3D software helps to connect each phase of the design process through a single digital model. The model allows our design team to test, innovate, and optimize 3D CAD designs efficiently and accurately resulting in maximum value solutions for our clients. TBT currently works with the latest versions of AutoCAD Inventor, REVIT, and Plant Design.


 

First Nations

TBT has developed many long term working relationships with First Nations Communities and Tribal Councils which have resulted from many years of completing successful design and engineering projects. TBT Engineering’s engineering designs respect the need for rugged simplicity in remote areas where access to maintenance contractors cannot always be relied on. As such, our philosophy is to design to the culture and not the status quo.

First Nations Communities across Ontario continue to have expanding infrastructure requirements that are critical to basic community needs and economic development. TBT recognizes these needs and has the resources and experience to provide high quality, low maintenance and reliable mechanical and electrical infrastructure designs and retrofits. TBT has completed well over one hundred successful projects with First Nations clients across Ontario and is firmly committed to maintaining our successful track record going forward.


Remote Fuel Systems

Proper management, storage, and handling of liquid fuels in remote communities is critical to reliable equipment operation and reducing the risk of costly contamination to the natural environment. Many existing fuel storage tank farms are designed around older or out dated codes and standards. As a result, issues often include poor access for operators and maintenance personnel, limited overfill protection, inadequate leak detection, and substandard control equipment.

TBT has extensive expertise in fuel system design and understands the unique challenges of fuel handling and storage in remote areas. Our design philosophy goes well beyond minimal code requirements resulting in industry leading designs. Our design team carefully considers proper containment for spills, robust leak detection, safe fuel transfer areas and processes, abundant access for operator and maintenance personnel, and user friendly web based remote access controls. Based on hundreds of successfully completed fuel system projects, TBT is uniquely qualified to upgrade existing systems and provide designs for new fuel storage and handling systems that have a reputation for extremely safe, low risk, and reliable long term operation.


Diesel Generating Stations

The generation of electrical energy for primary or backup power is the lifeblood of many remote communities that do not have access to the Ontario provincial electrical grid. TBT can provide complete services as a prime consultant for new and retrofitted generating station projects right from feasibility study stages to final commissioning. Assessment of existing facilities is a crucial first step that considers life expectancy, efficiency, capacity and expansion capabilities. As well, appropriate infrastructure such as proposed site location, buildings, access and distribution lines are factored into the study phase that weighs all options against life cycle costing. TBT has the experience and can assemble a highly competent team to provide full engineering services from upgrades to new stations built to Hydro One Remote Communities design standards.


 

Specialties


Energy Audits

TBT Engineering has many years of experience with commercial sector mechanical and electrical systems design, computer simulated energy analysis and building commissioning. As a result, TBT Engineering intimately understands the energy use and balance within buildings and the complex relationship between electrical and mechanical systems and how they affect operating costs. TBT Engineering has completed over 40 comprehensive energy audits of commercial and institutional type buildings helping our clients to achieve their energy reduction targets.

Our energy audits are based on computerized energy simulation utilizing the latest version of Carriers Hourly Analysis Program (HAP). Computerized energy simulation provides a powerful tool for comparing energy consumption and operating costs of various design alternatives. Once an energy model is constructed, it can be used repeatedly to analyze and compare various HVAC or Electrical upgrades or potential energy retrofits. With such a powerful tool, Profor can quickly identify high value opportunities and upgrades that offer a quick return on investment.

Renewable Energy

TBT has assisted our clients with a wide variety of renewable energy options for their specific location and needs. We have successfully completed projects utilizing photovoltaics, solar thermal (heat recovery solar walls) and smart lighting (intelligent dimming ballast control & daylight harvesting). Smart metering and small wind energy studies and designs are also in our design portfolio.

LEED® Design and Certification

TBT Engineering’s Electrical Division actively considers and promotes the efficient use of electricity and fuel as a matter of policy in all of our mechanical and electrical designs. Our firm currently employs (2) LEED Accredited Professionals (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) that are actively involved in the LEED designs and certification process on several projects. Profor has provided innovative and unique green solutions in our engineering designs on both LEED and non-LEED certified buildings for over 20 years and have fully contributed to helping our clients meet their energy reduction targets while minimizing the negative impact on the natural environment.

Certified Commissioning

The verification of systems, assemblies and equipment has become an important stage in the project planning and executing process. This ensures that all building systems function as intended and proper training has taken place. To meet stakeholder project requirements, the commissioning plan is executed by members of the project team. At various stages of design and construction documentation is carried out by the commissioning authority. In the case of existing facilities the need to re-commission systems is sometimes necessary. Incomplete commissioning on a previous project or changes and additions through the years can affect systems operation and functionality. Our team will properly lead, plan, document and manage your project commissioning requirements so that maximum efficiencies, life cycle and savings are achieved.


Retro-commissioning

Existing-building commissioning, also known as retro-commissioning, is a systematic investigation process for improving or optimizing an older building’s operation and maintenance. It may or may not emphasize bringing the building back to its original intended design since the original design documentation may no longer exist or be relevant. The goals and objectives for applying the process, as well as the level of rigor, may vary depending on the current needs of the owner, budget, and condition of the equipment. The retro-commissioning process most often focuses on dynamic energy-using systems with the goal of reducing energy waste, obtaining energy cost savings, and identifying and fixing existing problems.

TBT can provide full retro-commissioning services utilizing our accredited and experienced commissioning staff. Our Certified Commissioning Building Professional (CBCP) has extensive experience with mechanical design and energy auditing which in turn fully compliments the retro-commissioning process. Other senior senior supporting staff members also have extensive and intimate knowledge of the design, operation, and energy cost management for all types of mechanical and electrical systems within commercial and Institutional facilities. As a result TBT is uniquely qualified to help building owners and operators find ways to retro-commission their facilities for maximum performance and energy efficiency.