As industrial scientists and engineers, we help our clients face some of the most technically difficult problems in industry. Our expertise, founded on a strong history in fluid dynamics, has grown to include capability in the areas of chemical, process and geotechnical engineering.
To tackle such complex challenges, Coanda develops and leverages a range of advanced methodologies such as physical and computational (CFD) modelling, mathematical and statistical modelling, data science, artificial intelligence and analytics, custom software development, and bespoke instrumentation. Our scientific, logical approach to industrial and engineering challenges consistently leads to fundamental, lasting solutions.
Attaining Real Value
Our customers attain real value through tangible metrics such as driving down manufacturing or operating costs; enabling new, core technologies that allow them to improve their processes or by optimizing their systems to meet a regulatory mandate.
We offer an unparalleled blend of academic-level knowledge and approach, broad-spectrum expertise and substantial infrastructure resources delivered within the responsive framework of a consulting team focused on timelines and budgets to resolve customers’ technical challenges.
We have extensive experience in model design and fabrication, computational fluid dynamics (CFD), software development, artificial intelligence, and advanced fluid dynamics measurement techniques, as well as field services and custom research equipment manufacturing.
Canadian Roots, Multinational Talent
Since it was founded in 1995, Coanda has brought together talented scientists, engineers and technical staff from around the world to form our current team of over 100 employees. We have three locations in Western Canada.
Our two main locations in BC and Alberta total over 65,000 square feet of laboratory, office, machine shop and warehouse. We maintain an inventory of permanent equipment, infrastructure and instrumentation that clients can utilize for their research purposes – complex liquid and gas piping loops, a spray nozzle testing facility, a water channel, a wind tunnel as well as a wide array of pumps, blowers and compressors.
In February 2021, Coanda became part of the Tetra Tech family, joining a team of 21,000 employees and a network of 450 offices spread across the globe. Tetra Tech’s focus on Leading with Science® perfectly aligns with our core values and strengthens Coanda’s ability to deliver enhanced solutions to our clients’ challenges, through a much larger global network of technical experts.
Our brand new facility in Burnaby, on the outskirts of Vancouver, consists of several key areas:
- A fully equipped fluids lab (gas and liquid systems, spray nozzle facility, water channel, fluidized beds etc.).
- An analytical lab equipped with a range of instrumentation to characterise fluid samples (Anton Paar rheometer, Malvern particle sizer, etc).
- A supporting machine shop equipped to handle small to medium sized fabrication and modifications to complex parts and instrumentation.
- A large warehouse set-up to store client models and equipment, field materials and associated test fluids.
- The main engineering office, where the majority of our scientific evaluation, engineering and data processing takes place, alongside our High Power Computing simulation cluster for CFD and custom software development department.
- The corporate administrative office, where our Business Development, Administrative and accounting departments reside. This also houses video conferencing spaces, meeting rooms and training rooms.
Following our expansion into Alberta almost a decade ago, our Edmonton facility features similar capabilities to our main hub in BC, with a fluids laboratory and supporting office space and team. The Edmonton branch is strategically located close to many of our clients’ facilities in order expedite the testing of time-sensitive materials and fluids. Our field services division also operates out of Edmonton for quick and efficient deployment.
Our presence in Calgary consists of a satellite office where a concise team of lead scientists are available for face to face meetings and rapid client response.
Coanda maintains a variety of permanent pieces of infrastructure instrumentation that clients can utilize for their research purposes: complex liquid and gas piping loops, spray testing equipment and visualization tanks as well as a large array of pumps, blowers and compressors that can be customized to a client’s specific needs.
Maintenance of confidentiality is paramount at Coanda. Retention of proprietary trade secrets, test data and materials as well as sustained client privacy are the primary goals of our company. Great care and attention is taken to ensure that sensitive information and materials are not disclosed during or after the life cycle of any research-based program or fee-for-service project.
More than ever, the importance of an environmentally responsible approach is becoming synonymous with sound business practice. At Coanda, this translates into doing as much as we can to overcome our clients’ challenges while improving the efficiency of their processes. A lack of efficiency is accountable for much of today’s industrial pollution and overuse of raw materials. It is Coanda’s goal to positively impact the world we live in with the application of knowledge gained through research in fluid dynamics.
In the last decade alone, we have helped our clients become cleaner versions of themselves by cutting water and energy consumption. We’ve helped pioneer some of the key advancements in tailings technology to mitigate the impact of the mining process on the Northern Alberta landscape. In other industries we’ve cut down usage of hazardous substances in the flushing of pipeline systems, by reducing purging times and volumes. We’ve increased the mixing efficiency of large scale scrubbers resulting in lower chimney emissions from boilers; we’ve improved the behaviour of froth treatment plants, allowing cleaner water with fewer traces of heavy metals to be released back into the environment.
Our work isn’t just limited to large corporations and multi-nationals, we have worked with numerous high-tech start-ups to develop technology aimed at innovation and efficiency – fuel cells, diesel emissions and water treatment are some of the areas that we have collaborated on with developing companies.
Engineers of Tomorrow
We know that the students of today will be the engineers of tomorrow and in that effort we support co-op and post doctoral programs at universities, so we can show students the importance of doing things right, from concept to realization. We’ve worked closely with universities, developing equipment to help train new engineers and develop the science that leads to a better understanding of fluid dynamics and, in turn, solutions to today’s ongoing challenges.