Canada Industrial & Commercial Incidents

Edmonton & Calgary Fire Cause & Origin, and Expert Witness


BRIAN THICKEA graduate in Applied Science from the University of British Columbia in 1974, Brian completed his Masters Degree in Business Administration at the University of Alberta in 1984.


Brian gained his early experience as a junior design engineer and resident engineer with Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. from 1974 to 1980. He was involved in detailed design and laboratory testing of control rod mechanisms as well as  the installation of process equipment and piping in the reactor building in CANDU reactors Canada and Argentina.


For three years, from 1980 to 1983, Brian was a senior mechanical engineer with Monenco Consultants. His responsibilities included the design specification of steam generators, coal handling, ash handling, air and flue gas systems, and the detailed design of hot water, steam, fire protection, potable water and other piping systems. Work involved the tendering evaluation and award of construction contracts and technical support during the fabrication and installation of systems.


Brian spent three years with Anderson Associates Consulting Engineers Inc. as a mechanical engineer primarily involved in the development of proprietary instrumentation for the oil patch. An interest in Forensic Engineering was developed at that time.


In 1987 Brian joined Alberta Power Ltd. (now Atco Power) as a plant engineer and later as a  lead engineer. His skills proved invaluable in the design of various improvement projects and in the upgrading of defective plant components. Among his responsibilities were the testing of utility plant equipment including boiler, turbine, condenser, water pumps, pneumatic conveying systems, filters, heat exchangers, cooling towers, feed water heaters, fans, HVAC, coal pulverizing and conveying equipment.


In 1990, Brian joined Babcock and Wilcox as Regional Manager, taking responsibility for boiler maintenance and construction services in Alberta and Saskatchewan. He opened the regional office in Edmonton which quickly grew to produce revenues of twenty million dollars per year.


Brian became a principal with Anderson Associates in 1993. His broad range of experience has enhanced the company's ability to tackle the mechanical design of a number of patented devices for clients.

Brian is also actively involved in the investigation of industrial and commercial incidents including determining the cause of fires and explosions as well as the sequence of events leading up to mechanical failures, worker injury or loss of production.


Brian has been accepted as an expert witness in the courts of Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan and the Northwest Territories in a variety of fields including accident reconstruction, fire cause and origin, stress analysis and heat transfer.


Member, Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta (APEGA)


Associate Member, Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)


Member, Canadian Association of Technical Accident Investigators and Reconstructionists (CATAIR)


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