Business Groups
Technology Commercialization

NORAM's business centres on the supply of proprietary engineering and equipment packages. We work closely with owners to develop efficient plant designs that meet environmental, safety and operability objectives in the most cost-effective manner.

3-D Model of a replacement acid plant converter

The NORAM group is a closely integrated portfolio of companies that allows process development to proceed from concept to full-scale industrial demonstration with a strong emphasis on design-for-purpose. Within the NORAM group we offer clients a full slate of engineering support and equipment supply, including R&D, pilot facilities, fabrication, process design and optimization, construction support and project management.

In addition, NORAM maintains a number of in-house core competencies, with particular depth of expertise in:

•  Fluidised bed technology and thermochemistry
•  Industrial electrochemistry
•  Heat transfer and heat exchangers
•  Hydrogen, sulphur and chlorine chemistry
•  Effluent System Closure

Typically, NORAM does not provide detailed civil, structural and electrical engineering. Rather, we work closely in an advisory role with the owner's engineering and construction firm, which completes the balance of the detailed engineering and construction portions of the project.

Advanced engineering tools
Key to our engineering strength is our ability to generate new or improved processes using a combination of fundamental principles, practical engineering experience and modern engineering tools. Our engineers and technologists apply a variety of advanced process, mechanical and piping design tools to analyze and evaluate chemical plant process and equipment design. These include:

•  Process flow-sheeting - steady state and dynamic
   with heat and mass balance simulations
•  Process simulation - Hysys®, Aspen®, CADSIM®
•  Converter/catalyst modelling
•  Physical properties data bank and property
•  Computational fluid dynamics (CFD)
•  Finite element analysis for equipment design (FEA)
•  Flexibility analysis for ducting and piping design
•  Gas exchanger rating
•  Acid tower rating
•  Distributor hydraulics
•  Dynamic modelling - real-time analysis of
   process fluctuations
•  Heat transfer software
•  Pressure vessel design software   

Fabrication and assembly
NORAM owns and operates a fabrication and assembly facility conveniently located near the US border, approximately 20 kms from the Vancouver International Airport. This facility offers river, road and rail access, allowing us to ship very large pre-fabricated components around the world.

    NORAM fabrication facility

Our fabrication facilities include:

•  58,000 square feet of shop space,
   including a 28,000 square foot
   fabrication bay and 12,000 square
   foot machine shop and assembly bay
•  Clean shop for stainless steel
•  Separate CS and alloy bays (titanium,
   nickel and zirconium)
•  In-house sandblast and paint shop
• 12 bridge cranes, ranging from 5 tons
   - 16 tons (24 - 30 feet high)
•  5-axis NC milling, up to 90" high
•  CNC boring mills
•  30' long lathe with up to 54" swing

•  ISO 9001
•  ASME VIII, Division 1
•  QP 102
•  ASME III, Class 1, 2 and 3
•  ANSI B31 and UL

CFD Modeling of Heat Exchanger

Research Centre
B.C. Research Inc. is located in Richmond B.C., in close proximity to the airport, and within easy reach of the University of British Columbia campus.

In addition, B.C. Research Inc. provides experimental research, process development, pilot plant services (design, construction and operation), mechanical and materials process engineering consulting, and laboratory analysis and testing, supporting early-stage businesses from start-up through to full-scale commercial demonstration.