5:30 PM – 6:00 PM: Registration, networking and cash bar
6:00 PM – 6:15 PM: Announcements and introductions
6:30 PM – 7:15 PM: Buffet dinner, dessert, coffee and tea, and cash bar
7:15 PM – 7:35 PM: Presentation by Dr. Ed Casas, P.Eng. including Q&A
7:35 PM – 7:45 PM: Presentation by Steve Panz, P.Eng., including Q&A
7:45 PM – 8:45 PM: Presentation by Wes Young, P.Eng., including Q&A
8:45 PM – 9:00 PM: Panel Discussion with all presenters and closing
About the Speakers
Dr. Ed Casas, P.Eng.
Vice President, APEGBC
Dr. E.F. (Ed) Casas, P.Eng., is an instructor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Dr. Casas was previously an adjunct professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UBC and taught wireless communications, design of digital and microcomputer systems, digital instrumentation for mechanical systems and several other courses. He earned his Master of Engineering in electrical engineering at McMaster University and, previous to that, earned his Bachelor of Applied Science in electrical engineering at the University of Ottawa.
Steven Panz, P.Eng.
President, Inproheat Industries Ltd.
Steve graduated in mechanical engineering from UBC in 1979. He worked for two consulting engineering firms before joining Inproheat in 1982. Steve started his career at Inproheat as a project engineer and over time moved into applied technical sales. In the early 90’s Steve spearheaded Inproheat’s applied combustion technology penetration towards the growing oil and gas industry in Alberta. In late 2008 Steve acquired Inproheat and is the owner and President of Inproheat Industries.
Wes Young, P.Eng.
Chief Technical Officer, Inproheat Industries Ltd.
Wes Young has worked in resource related industries for over 40 years. He has served the Engineering Department at Inproheat Industries for the past 10 years and is currently Chief Technical Officer. Prior to joining Inproheat, he spent time in mining operations, project development, plant design and startups.
Wes graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Applied Sciences degree in Metallurgy and Materials Science. In his professional career he has spent time with Gulf Minerals, Saskatchewan Mining Development Corporation (Cameco), Wright Engineers/Fluor Daniel, and as a technical specialist to a number of mining and oil and gas consulting firms. Since joining Inproheat, he has led the advanced development of its proprietary brand of submerged combustion technology, SubCom™.
Inproheat was founded in Vancouver in 1958 by Austrian immigrant Eric Panz. The company has been active in the field of heating and heat transfer, offering a line of industrial heating-related equipment to customers in western Canada. In addition to being representatives for major manufacturers of these types of products, Inproheat designs and manufactures its own proprietary submerged combustion systems, thermal oxidizers, cast refractory burner throats, customized skid assemblies for natural gas pressure letdown/odourization, and fuel trains. Inproheat are also suppliers of materials for high temperature insulation, metal ingots, graphite crucibles, abrasives, forging, and diecasting supplies.
Inproheat has been the leader in the development of submerged combustion technology over the last 45 years since its first installation was put into service. Submerged combustion offers extremely high thermal efficiencies for heating liquids and slurries. Simply explained, submerged combustion is the process of burning a fuel in a combustion chamber that is submerged in a liquid or slurry, and allowing the product of combustion gas to make direct contact with the surrounding liquid. Upon contact, the gas rapidly transfers its sensible heat to the liquid and migrates to the surface. Thermal equilibrium is attained and the gases leave the liquid at the same temperature as the liquid. The gas leaving the liquid is saturated with water vapour but, depending on the temperature, may contain less than water vapour than the hot combustion gas. When this is the case, the latent heat of vapourization and the mass of condensate is also recovered in the liquid.
Further thermal efficiencies can be gained by contacting the exhaust gas with the incoming feed liquid, thereby condensing some water vapour and recovering the latent heat. It is possible to attain thermal efficiencies greater than 99% on an HHV basis with submerged combustion heating.
Because there are no heat transfer surfaces to foul, submerged combustion is ideal for heating scaling and aggressive liquids. Inproheat’s SubCom™ technology has recently been applied to the evaporation of waste process streams to reduce the volume of waste disposal and work towards zero liquid discharge operations, with water recovery as a potential added benefit. Dedicated efforts are being made to further advance the technology to improve overall performance and lower costs.
Inproheat maintains offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, and Wiinipeg and has 32 fulltime employees and a roster of 11 Professional Engineers and EIT’s. View website >
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