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SPED Calgary Chapter Co-president Kevin Noakes and ENMAX Shepard Energy Centre Project Engineer Eduardo Perez arranged the SPED ENMAX Calgary Shepard Energy Centre Site Tour (II) on October 26,2013 at the construction site of the ENMAX Shepard Energy Centre,where we all met at the ENMAX Trailer,at 8:30 am. The focus of this SPED members’meeting featured a professional development technical presentation about the project commissioning,performance testing and the planning and protocol for the turnover of the completed and operational plant from KBV’s construction team to ENMAX.

SCC Member’s meeting highlights 

Kevin Noakes commented on SPED membership renewal as an issue of international proportion. There are about 900 certified  PPD SPED members internationally of which approximately 75% have not renewed their SPED membership/ Certification –a large portion are former SPED Calgary Chapter members. At the October 25th “SPED BOARD of Directors” meeting in Houston,the SPED Directors decided members who don’t renew their membership or fail to provide notice of their required annual continuing education,professional development unit (PDUs) hours (5) for certification continuance will lose their certification standing. SPED will no longer acknowledge former members certification information to inquiries.

SPED will begin issuing cards with a membership expiry date for each member on it. These are being prepared for all SPED members in order to remind us of SPED’s renewal requirement,and for entry to SPED sponsored events where membership is to be acknowledged. More details to come in November.

Spread Some AVEVA Holiday Cheer!

You are  cordially invited to attend AVEVA’s Customer Appreciation & Holiday Cheer Party 2013!  Please join us at NATIONAL Bowl (lower level at NATIONAL Beer Hall) to  celebrate the holiday season and help us spread some AVEVA holiday cheer!  We will provide an informal showcase of our exciting and eventful year in 2013 and offer attendees an opportunity to mix and mingle with industry colleagues…and of course score a few rounds of bowling.

Don’t wait –save the date and rsvp your attendance today!

SPED Calgary at SAIT’s PPD Industry Night –August 2013

Only event photos for the time being.  Does anybody [cough]  Herman [cough]  want to do a write-up?  As usual, clicking on a photo will open a higher resolution version (possibly).  This time ‘The Kevin and Paul Show’ had big help in the form of Jacques De Fortier, one of our new Executives-at-Large.  Guess which SPED Calgary guy he might be.   Also, I’ve learned a good lesson: my big camera is much better, next time I’ll use it instead of this piece of crap  fine piece of Canon machinery.   At first glance, it looks to me like the SAIT fast track PPD program has hatched another fine batch.  You know, back in my day, we didn’t have all this new-fangled education and technology.  We had to live in a cardboard box, and then



















3D Piping Design Before Computers (Plastic Models)

In this brief story about plastic models and how they relate to piping design, I hope to piece together (pun unintended)  some of the bits of plasticinformation that I can find regarding the subject and show how “3D design” (or should I say, interpretation of 3D design)  in those days worked.

As a young man, I built scale plastic models like many others.  [insert personal story here]

Many people have contributed to this story, and they will be quoted and credited as is appropriate.  In some cases, information has been collected but has no attribution.  For these, I’d really like to find out the perpetrators originators.


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AVEVA World North America Day


Registration is Now Open!

North American User Day 2013

 November 14th, 2013

The Calgary Petroleum Club

AVEVA is pleased to announce the confirmed date and venue for the AVEVA World North America User Day.  This year’s event theme is ”Solutions for Lean Construction” and will focus on the significant role software technology plays in construction management from FEED through to Decommissioning.

The one day event will be hosted in two separate locations to accomodate our valued customers and industry colleagues located throughout North America and will provide a detailed, technical program complete with hands-on workshops.  Thursday, November 14th marks the date for the Calgary location!

The AVEVA World North America User Day is organized for engineers and designers who operate AVEVA software in Engineering, Procurement and Construction companies (EPCs) and Owner Operators (OO) in the plant industries.  The user day is intended to deliver product expertise that will expand technical knowledge and enhance skills, which can be applied in real-world environments.

Early Bird Registration Fee –CAN$125*

Delegate registration will include:

  • Full day event participation
  • Breakfast, Lunch and all Coffee Breaks
  • Mix &Mingle Networking Reception Post Event
  • 1/2 day Hands-on Workshop
  • All conference materials

*Workshops have limited space available and will be reserved on a first come, first serve basis.  Don’t wait – register your attendance today!

**Take Advantage of the Early Bird Registration Fee if completed before September 20th, 2013.  Full registration fee is CAN$200.

For more information on the AVEVA World North American User Day visit



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Minutes of Meeting of SPED Calgary-1

Nota bene: Errata in PDF:  Jacques de Fortier is ‘Piping Design Group Lead for SNC-Lavalin Calgary office’, not ‘

Piping Department Training Manager, SNC-Lavalin’.  ’Rob’ should be spelled as, ’Robb’.


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SAIT PPD Industry Night on July 25,2013

PPD Industry Night Invitation

2013 AVEVA Canada-USA Training Schedule

Yahoo and Yeehaw SPED Members,

AVEVA invites SPED Calgary Chapter members to take advantage of PDMS training at exclusive prices.  The regular price for a full 5 day course is $2,995.00 CAD.   The cost for SPED Calgary Chapter members is at a discounted price of $500.00 CAD.

Student payment can be made by credit card.  But should you decide to pay by check it would need to be sent about a month in advance so that it will have time to clear.
To reserve your seat for training and arrange payment please phone the AVEVA Calgary reception line 587-233-0200 or send an email to: Pam Trovinger,  the Training Coordinator, at

800 Delaware Ave,
Suite 300
Wilmington, DE 19801 USA

Click the link below to view the full announcement:

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Notes From Dr. Beazley Regarding SPED Calgary’s First AGM

sped-calgary-agm_2013_034SPED Calgary’s first official Annual General Business Meeting (AGBM) was by
all accounts was a resounding success. Despite torrential rain in the city
leading up to the event, the turnout was, as expected,great and the venue
was standing room only. Three guest speakers were followed by announcement
of chapter ballot results. Aveva sponsored the meeting which was held at
The Belfry in downtown Calgary on 13 July 2013.

Steven Hamilton and Craig York, from AVEVA,gave a demonstration of the new
‘Everything 3D’product. T he presentation was followed by many questions and
comments from chapter members.

Bill Beazley,SPED Executive Director,spoke on the new changes to SPED
Bylaws and the new emphasis on Chapters. He praised the Calgary Chapter for
their many contributions to their members and the society at large.

Kevin Noakes announced the results of the Chapter Election. Kevin
introduced the new SPED Calgary executives:Jean-Marc Cloutier (Vice
President),Lauren Yun (Treasurer) and Bir Khangura (Secretary). Kevin
Noakes and Paul Bowers will continue functioning as co-Presidents.

Bruce Fraser of AMEC gave a great presentation about oil sands mining. The
attending members were very responsive to Bruce’s challenging questions.
Clearly,Calgary remains the center of excellence for Oil Sands Technology

A door prize drawing was held. Door prizes were a SPED coffee mug,a package
of plastic piping fittings from Plastruct,a hydrodynamic educational kit
from HomeScienceTools and an Apple Mac Mini Server.

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SPED Calgary Officers

Kevin Noakes, President
Paul Bowers, President
Jean-Marc Cloutier, Vice-President
Lauren Yun, Treasurer
Bir Khangoura, Secretary
Clarence Wynter, Executive-at-Large
Terri Robb, Executive-at-Large
Jacques de Fortier, Executive-at-Large


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