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Established in 1972 in Edmonton, Alberta, RAE Engineering and Inspection Ltd. has a long working history within the western Canadian upstream and mid-stream petroleum industry. With a combined experience level of over 450 years, the company has developed into one of the leading providers of “total asset integrity management” (TAIM) in Western Canada. RAE Engineering’s head office and laboratories are located in Edmonton with branch offices in Calgary, Grand Prairie and Red Deer.

At RAE Engineering, our focus is on determining and managing the integrity of pressure equipment, pressure piping, tanks, pipelines, and related mechanical equipment. Our expertise in Codes and Standards, combined with our mechanical and materials engineering background, enables our clients to always design, construct, and operate safely and efficiently, while maintaining compliance with all applicable regulatory bodies.

Our inspection services involve pressure equipment and boilers of all types, aboveground storage tanks, and pipelines – in the power generation, mining, forestry and petroleum industries. We provide comprehensive engineering support and expertise in fitness-for-service evaluation, corrosion assessment, corrosion prevention, and coatings and linings inspection. RAE Engineering can also assist with the evaluation of pressure equipment assets prior to purchasing and can provide ongoing support in the management of client-owned and operated equipment.

RAE Engineering has developed and maintains a comprehensive and cost-effective equipment data management service for our clients. The RAE Equipment Management System database (REMS) is a very intuitive and easy to use database. REMS is client accessible 24/7, currently holds in excess of 70,000 pressure vessels and other assets, and is capable of interfacing with computerized maintenance management systems (CMMS).

Our clients are also supported by an industry-leading Coatings and Linings Laboratory as well as a Materials Laboratory – both located in our Edmonton facility.

Our Vision

RAE Engineering and Inspection strives to be the Total Asset Integrity Management service provider of choice.

Our Mission

RAE Engineering and Inspection Ltd.’s experience provides total asset integrity, compliance, and reliability through professional services. RAE Engineering and Inspection Ltd. is a Total Asset Integrity Management company.

Our Values

Safety:  Protecting people, assets, and the environment.

Integrity:  Adhering to ethical standards, honouring relationships and our commitments.

Quality:  Meeting or exceeding clients’ expectations and compliance requirements.

Personnel:  Treating our personnel with respect and recognizing their skills, abilities and ethics, training and challenging our personnel to facilitate their development, and creating a satisfying work environment.

Our Management Team

Christo Rust

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Christo Rust, President of RAE Engineering and Inspection Ltd. Christo brings a wealth of experience and expertise in the management of public and private sector companies whilst holding a B. Tech Management degree and National Diploma. With 22 years of management tenure and having served RAE Engineering since 2005, today, as President, Christo leads a multi-disciplinary Team to execution and operational excellence. Collaborating, planning, and initiating undertakings that encompasses strategic initiatives, together with the VP Inspection, VP Engineering and VP Finance, Christo leads the day-to-day affairs to achieve RAE Engineering and Inspection Ltd.’s corporate mission, and vision.

Pieter Visagie, M.Eng., P.Eng.
Vice President Engineering

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Pieter Visagie, holds the position of Vice President Engineering. Graduating from North-West University in South Africa with both his Bachelors and Masters in Mechanical Engineering. Pieter started at RAE Engineering in 2009 as a Simulations Specialist, evaluating oil and gas static equipment. His areas of expertise include storage tank design, mechanical design, structural integrity evaluation, design review, API 579 fitness-for-service, thermal fluid system design and evaluation, and Finite Element Analysis. He is also certified as a API 653 tank inspector and is actively involved in inspections, repairs and alteration of storage tanks.

With experience in design and software applications, Pieter is able to lead the engineering team at RAE and present innovative solutions to everyday problems.

Our Senior Technical Experts

Al Keeler, P.Eng.
Senior Engineer

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Al has a degree in Chemical Engineering, training from the Banff School of Advanced Management and has been a professional engineer for over 40 years. Al has been with RAE Engineering since 2002 utilizing his expertise in project management, aboveground storage tank assessments, design and API 653 inspections, failure investigations and reliability management. He also has an extensive background in thermal power generation.

Cobus du Plessis
Team Lead Boiler Inspection

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Cobus has an SA National Diploma in Mechanical Engineering, a diploma in water chemistry, National Board certification and is a well-recognized boiler inspection and optimization expert in Western Canada. Cobus has several years experience in process engineering and laboratory microbiological research. He has over 25 years of pressure equipment design and design reviews including boilers of all sizes – HRSG, OTSG and power boilers. Cobus is also involved in creating weld procedures for special materials, inspection planning and shutdown coordination, and acts as Chief Inspector for several RAE Engineering clients.

Shawn Santo, P.Eng.
Technical Coordinator-Engineering

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Shawn graduated from U of A with a Bachelor’s Degree in Metallurgical Engineering. He has since achieved National Board Competency and is also certified as an ABSA In-Service Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspector and API 570 Piping Inspector. He is a member of NACE, ASME and AWS. His areas of expertise include drafting and revising equipment specifications, API 579 fitness-for-service, MPI/UT, failure analysis, remaining life assessments, welding procedures and protective coatings and linings. At RAE Engineering, Shawn is a Senior Engineer, a Chief Inspector and acts a Technical Coordinator for the Engineering Team.

Trevor Paananen, P.Eng., MBA
Technical Coordinator-Inspection

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Trevor graduated from the U of A with a Bachelors Degree in Metallurgical Engineering with a Masters Degree in Business Administration. He is also qualified as an ABSA In-Service Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspector, API 653 Tank Inspector and Trainer, and National Board Certified Inspector. Trevor is Senior Integrity Engineer with RAE Engineering, as well as the Technical Coordinator for the Inspection Team. He also acts a Chief Inspector for a number of RAE Engineering clients.

With offices in Edmonton, Grande Prairie, Red Deer and Calgary, we are here to ensure that the needs of our clients are met.