SINGLE-DISCIPLINE ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING CONSULTING SERVICES
SMP's basic electrical engineering services include involvement in all project phases, when required, from pre-design through to post-construction.
Our expertise is focused in the following market sectors:
- Academic K-12
- Academic Post-Secondary
- Data Centres
- Emergency Services
- Entertainment / Cultural
- Historic Rehabilitation & Heritage Conservation
- Light Industrial
- Office Buildings & Tenant Improvements
- Residential (High & Low Rise, Affordable & Seniors Housing)
- Religious Facilities
- Transportation (Airport & LRT)
lightSPACE, SMP’s in-house specialty architectural lighting studio, are experts in the art of bringing buildings and spaces to life through design; creating connections to our communities and establishing a sense of place. Architectural lighting designers operate in a unique field – marrying art and science by harnessing the psychological properties of light to enhance and define the experience of a space. We understand that light is the key element that shapes our perception of surrounding environments.
Learn more about lightSPACE here: lightSPACE at SMP Engineering
SECURITY & ACCESS CONTROLS
Security systems design is one of the many specialized consultant disciplines offered by SMP, providing design and project management services.
All organizations face some form of security risk. Assessing and understanding the level of risk and the potential threat to a facility’s operations is the basis for establishing an effective security system. Using standardized risk/threat analysis and appropriate Industry standards, SMP’s security subject matter experts can help to establish the level of risk for a facility. Effective measures can then be evaluated and implemented to reduce the security risk.
The SMP Security team works with clients to develop an overall security plan to reduce property losses and risks to people, while minimizing effects on productivity and well-being. We also partner with Architects, Owners and Construction Engineering teams to work towards hardening a project’s perimeter, achieving a secure environment by employing passive design principles while minimizing maintenance and operational costs.
SOLAR PHOTOVOLTAIC & SUSTAINABLE DESIGN
SMP takes our responsibility for sustainable practices seriously. Using an integrated design process, with access to technological advances, each project has an opportunity to excel at sustainability, both in the process of design and in the final built project.
Our internal solar team has worked with many clients to achieve the many various goals for their Solar Photovoltaic (PV) systems. Our project experience ranges from a show piece for sustainability to a major contributor to the buildings electrical power production. The systems designed by SMP have the ability to output data for building operators, tenants, general staff, or visitors to the building. The importance of this technology has continued to rise in the Alberta market and is targeted to be a key electrical production contributor in the future.
FIRE ALARM & LIFE SAFETY
SMP is a leader in fire alarm and life safety systems design and verification. We provide services that include complete fire alarm system engineering services from conceptual to detailed engineering and construction documents, construction observation, final verification acceptance testing, tendering and bid evaluations, existing systems evaluations, code reviews, and local authority approvals.
Our staff are active in the development of codes and standards and continually stay abreast of the latest code changes and technology, and they maintain working relationships with the leadership of international engineering and fire safety organizations, and actively participates in those organizations, which include the Society of Fire Protection Engineering (SFPE) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Our staff also participate in the process of developing national consensus on codes and standards which provides SMP with an understanding of the process, background, and intent of these documents.
POWER SYSTEMS & GENERATION
SMP’s in-house Power & Generation experts bring the expertise to cover electrical power distribution systems from initial planning and design, through studies, evaluations, and single line audits, to final system tweaks and commissioning assistance. Whether it is new construction, a renovation, or a simple replacement of end of life equipment, SMP’s Power & Generation team’s focus is on a cost effective, efficient, and safe design that will allow a facility to easily operate and maintain their system for future years.
The team understands that a facility, whether it be a hospital, business, industrial or housing complex, depends on reliable power systems. Utilizing experience in critical power generation, combined heat and power units, solar installations, and uninterruptible power supplies, our team is able to customize the power system to best suit the requirements of the facility and maintain maximum reliability.
The Power & Generation team can assist owners and operators in evaluating their existing system and provide recommendations for improvements, upgrades, or maintenance operations. Starting with equipment and generator assessments, and capacity and reliability evaluations, the team can help a Client determine where the valuable maintenance budget is best spent on a facility. To ensure ongoing safety of staff and safe operation of a facility, SMP can also perform a wide range of studies on existing or new buildings, such as Short Circuit, Protective Device Coordination, Load Flow, and Arc Flash Hazard Analysis.
IT & COMMUNICATIONS
In an ever-increasing technology-based world, communications and telecommunications systems are a core component of building design and cost. SMP offers design and commissioning of communications and telecommunications systems including: structured cabling systems for telephones and data systems; structured cabling systems for other building systems; wireless systems; head end equipment for off air donor sites; electronics to process signals from VHF; cellular telephones, paging and data systems; and Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS).
Our Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD) IT & Communications specialist will work closely with the client’s IT department, developing robust IT and Communication systems, and if required, Information Management / Information Technology (IM/IT) strategies to accommodate the client’s IT needs.
BUILDING INFORMATION MODELING (BIM)
Since 2008, SMP’s experience with BIM projects has become as diverse as its overall project experience. To date, our BIM experience includes projects ranging in size from 450m2 municipal facilities to 95,000+m2 commercial properties. The BIM requirements for these projects has varied greatly from the process being utilized as a design coordination tool only, to providing modeling services to electrical contractors to prove constructability while coordinating with other trades. Equally as varied are the methods of collaboration implemented; these methods vary from a weekly distribution of models among the design team, to contributing to one multi-discipline building model on a common server.
SMP uses the current Autodesk Building Design suite of products, as Revit and Navisworks are typically mandated as the design authoring and review software utilized in the BIM process. SMP also uses several purpose built third party tools to aid in our workflow.