(PhD, P.Eng, IWE)
Welding Science & Engineering
Simulation Tech. Digital-Twins
Machine Learning in Manufacturing
Fracture Mechanics & FFS
SKC Engineering - a Division of Applus RTD
(Vancouver, BC, Canada)
February 2015 - Present
Manager of Adv. Engrg. & Digital Twins - Machine Learning in Manufacturing (Senior Consulting Engineer)
Applus+ , with over 20,000 employees, delivers technical excellence in industrial sectors across the globe. SKC Engineering – a division of Applus+ in Canada, leads high-end services through digital engineering, machine-learning, simulation and modeling solutions, digital twins, control and automation. The focus here is the manufacturing and fabrication sectors serving over 250 clients located throughout Canada, the United States and Asia. My department is a well-recognized provider of such a service in the region. (Link to SKC Engineering)(Link to Applus RTD)
Applus+ Canada offers hybrid digital twins that combine simulation tools with machine learning algorithms for data-driven prediction using limited data for engineering applications, which is different from typical big data analysis. This service becomes more attractive when our engineers deal with complex processes or structures with CPU time as the bottleneck of engineering decisions. Some applications based on this approach are:
- Digital twin for active exploration of different welding scenarios. Weld engineers can immediately evaluate the distortion profile for any overlay welding pattern. This tool enables them to quickly explore any possible overlay pattern on regular smart devices and automation to recommend the best one. We help our clients to find the best weld sequence in structures comprising multiple welds. This work is a result of the innovation project DeepWeld: development of a distortion control planner for welding based on simulation and artificial intelligence, funded through the Industrial Research Assistant Program (IRAP) from the government of Canada.
- Digital twin for dynamic assessment of softening in pipeline welding. Combining finite element analysis (FEA), artificial neural network (ANN), machine learning (ML), and physical simulation, we constructed a hybrid digital twin to examine the welding’s heat-affected zone (HAZ) softening from multiple welding scenarios. This project leads to a smart computer application where users can take or upload a macro picture of a pipe cross-section with weld(s) and see an embedded Heat-Affected Zone (HAZ) softening map (i.e. Yield Strength and Hardness) around the weld in the picture. The users can define the information on welding’s heat-input and travelling speed. The government of Canada funded this project through the Industrial Research Assistant Program (IRAP).
As Canada’s premier provider of welding engineering services, we use modern high power computing methods for designer-driven optimization for Thermal, Microstructure, and Stress Weld Modeling of welded structures and related welding procedures for all levels of application. Combining these computational capabilities with our extensive practical experience, our welding engineers apply their creativity, expertise, and skill to develop innovative solutions to welding challenges.
When repairing isn’t possible, we offer Fitness-For-Service (FFS) assessment at levels 1, 2 and 3 (API 579/ASME FFS-1, BS 7910) using state-of-the-art computer modeling packages. Based on these computations, the criticality of flaws detected by our visual and non-destructive methods can be determined, and the remaining life of the component/asset is predicted under service conditions.
Technical support and the sole Canadian representative of Zencrack software (Link to Zentech International Limited)
Zencrack is the state-of-the-art software tool for 3D fracture mechanics simulations, including non-planar crack growth predictions for fatigue and time-dependent load conditions.. My recent work with the R&D team of Zencrack in the UK led to developing an exclusive capability of growth prediction on metallurgical notch effect in material such as in the weld fusion line. Sold License to Enbridge.
Contact me for your fracture modeling in welded structures.
Developing customized applications for the SIMULIA(Abaqus) suit (Link to QWeld App)
Qustom Apps was founded by Mike Shubert, whose 28 years of development and product support experience within the Abaqus and Abaqus/CAE groups at Dassault Systèmes provides the expertise required to develop high quality, easy-to-use applications within those environments. I joined shortly after the founding as the consulting and training manager to develop customized welding applications for the Abaqus computational platform. We focus on exceptional customer service, integrating cutting-edge technology into our apps, ease-of-use, and full integration within the Abaqus environment. Please visit (Our Apps) for the latest development.
Contact me for your customized welding application.
Training Provider, Advanced Weld Engineering and Fracture Mechanics
In my interest and contract-based, I deliver training courses to various audiences on topics related to Computational Weld Modeling and the use of many simulation software such as VrWeld, Abaqus-AWI, QWeld, Simufact,... for solving real welding problems. I also deliver specific Fitness For Service and Fracture courses in Welded Structures using computational fracture mechanics software and concepts.
Contact me for your special training package.
Enteknograte Corp. (Toronto, ON, Canada)
August 2012 - January 2015
Co-founder & CEO
Advanced FEA, CFD, Multiphysics, and Digital Twin Where Scientific computing meets, Complicated Industrial needs. (Compnay Website)
Enteknograte is a virtual laboratory supporting Simulation-Based Design and Engineering with the state-of-the-art full spectrum services. Founded in 2012 with a worldwide presence. Calling upon our broad base of in-house capabilities covering strategic and technical consulting, engineering, manufacturing and analytical software development – we offer each of our clients the individual level of support they are looking for, providing transparency, time savings and cost efficiencies.
Enteknograte engineers participate in method development, advanced simulation work, software training and support. Over experiences in engineering consulting and design development enables Enteknograte's engineering team to display strong/enormous client focus and engineering experience. The Enteknograte team supports engineering communities to leverage CFD-FEA simulation software and methodologies. It leads to creating tailored solutions, aligned with the overall product development process of Enteknograte clients.
Fracture Lab, University of Ottawa (Ottawa, ON, Canada)
May 2011 - May 2012
Industrial PDA with Life Prediction Technologies Incorporation (LPTi)
Position: PDA and R&D Associate
The Material Fracture Laboratory at the University of Ottawa hosts the leading facilities in conducting projects in the field of fracture of materials, the design of damage tolerant materials, X-ray tomography, femtosecond laser machining, and material characterization (tensile machines, microscopes,…), for several applications including for welding and welded structures. I have been closely collaborating with Life prediction Technologies Incorporation (LPTi), a world-class company in delivering prognostics systems and life assessment services for turbines and other high-temperature structures. (Link)
Goldak Technologies Inc. (Ottawa, ON, Canada)
September 2009 - April 2011
P/T while doing Ph.D., my supervisor's company
Position: Computational Weld Modeling Analyst
The company is a global provider of “Computational Welding Mechanics” technology and the software package “VrWelde” developed for thermal, microstructure and stress analysis of welding and welded structures. (Link)
SAPCO (Supplying Automotive Parts Co.)
November 2002 – August 2007
Position: Director of Engineering Dept. at Industrial & Scientific Services (ISS)
The company is a tier 1 supplier of Irankhodro OEM – the major Peugeot joint venture in the Middle-East with a 50 % market share. SAPCO supplies parts to four Peugeot production lines, one Renault production line, one Suzuki SUV production line, and design support and part supply to seven domestic-designed car brands. (Link)
September 2001 – October 2002
The company is a tier 2 automotive steering systems and parts manufacturer to SAPCO. An automotive part manufacturer with well-developed production facilities and technologies, international level quality and advanced engineering capability.
Position; Batch and Product Engineering
Lectured / Instructed:
Industrial & Scientific Services Company (ISS Co.)
These courses were designed for industrial audiences as in-service training and were partly instructed in manufacturing sites. I taught over 5 courses to 20-35 trainees per topic. I was fortunate to deliver such industrial courses because not only did I develop my lecturing skills, but I also interacted with industrial staff and had a chance to understand the practical aspects of welding theory. I conveyed my knowledge in a realistic setting and gained experience in actual problems. Such an experience is an asset that I use in my teaching. I designed several laboratory tests to be performed at the manufacturing site for trainees to see practical applications in routing engineering.