EM Analysis and Shipboard EME
InField's expertise is in computational modelling of complex electromagnetic environments (EMEs) with a speciality in Navy Ships including Communication, Navigation, Radar and Electronic Warfare Systems. We conduct extensive modelling of shipboard structures, emitters and receivers in order to predict the near-field electromagnetic field distributions, far-field radiation patterns, and provide a comprehensive analysis of a ship's electromagnetic environment effects (E3), including:
Evaluation of antenna coupling;
Antenna radiation blockage and obstacle interaction;
Source - Victim electromagnetic interference (EMI);
Optimization of Topside Arrangements;
RF Radiation Hazard (RADHAZ) predictions and procedures;
Source - Victim field exposure;
EMC Shield designs;
Radar Cross Section (RCS) predictions; and,
E3 Tests and Trials.
Montreal’s InField Scientific ensures electronics aboard Canada’s Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships
are ship shape
Irving Halifax Shipyard
When the Royal Canadian Navy’s Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS) set sail they will have components developed by some of the world’s most well-known technology and defence giants, and some Canadian small businesses too.
With the increasing number of complex systems aboard naval ships, electromagnetic interference is a continuous challenge. To ensure shipboard electromagnetics function properly, a Montreal-based technology firm of just six employees is leading the way.
InField Scientific Inc. may be small in size, but its impact on the successful operation of AOPS will be significant.
InField is a sub-contractor to Lockheed Martin Canada, who was selected by Irving Shipbuilding Inc. to deliver an adapted version of their Combat Management System 330 for surveillance on AOPS. InField is providing Electromagnetic Environment Effects (E3) analysis, modeling, simulation, troubleshooting, and testing, which are essential for the safety of the sailors onboard.
The goal of InField is to mitigate Electromagnetic Interference (EMI), which is a term used for the electrical signals that interfere with the normal operation of electronic equipment.
All electric and electronic equipment generate signals that can potentially interfere with the normal function of another nearby piece of equipment and degrade performance, introduce errors or operational faults, and cause total component failure. Therefore, the correct placement and testing of equipment aboard a naval vessel, is vital to the successful daily operation of the ship and optimization of the performance of the on-board equipment.
Founded in 1994 by Dr. Amy Pinchuk, InField is 100 per cent Canadian-owned and has gained global recognition in its highly specialized field. A big part of its strength is its small team of knowledgeable, dedicated professionals who collaborate to provide direct personal service to their clients.
InField works directly with navy customers, prime contractors, system integrators and design agents to optimize designs, predict electromagnetic environments, assess and mitigate risks, develop procedures, and resolve electromagnetic interference issues.
“Simply put, without these important series of tests and measures, AOPS or any other naval vessel cannot safely and effectively fulfil its missions,” asserts Dr. Pinchuk.
The relationship with Lockheed Martin Canada is a testament to the quality of InField’s work. The partnership began in 1996 with the CFAV Quest Mid-Life refit, and was followed by the Halifax-class Modernization project at the Halifax Shipyard to extend the operational life of the Royal Canadian Navy’s 12 Halifax-class frigates.
“We have been very fortunate to identify and work with many innovative Canadian companies such as InField,” says Rosemary Chapdelaine, vice president and general manager, Lockheed Martin Canada Rotary and Mission Systems. “As we turn our attention to the naval projects currently moving forward, we are keen to expand our existing partnerships and establish new ones with leading-edge Canadian firms."
Not only has this partnership resulted in work on AOPS valued at $1.1 million so far, it has also opened lucrative export opportunities with navies throughout the world. InField’s involvement on AOPS is a strong example of the National Shipbuilding Strategy’s success in engaging Canadian businesses of all sizes and from coast-to-coast-to-coast.
The partnership between Infield and Lockheed Martin falls under Canada’s important Industrial and Regional Benefits (IRB) program. The IRB program ensures that 100% of the value of a significant defence contract is spent in Canada. It has allowed InField to grow, raise its national profile, and establish itself as a global leader.
“AOPS has not only enabled us to refine our technological expertise in electromagnetics, it has also allowed us to increase our level of experience working on highly complex naval projects and enhance our business partnerships with companies such as Lockheed Martin Canada and Irving Shipbuilding Inc,” says Dr. Pinchuk.
The Halifax Shipyard’s work building the Royal Canadian Navy’s future fleet, as part of National Shipbuilding Strategy, is benefiting Canadians from coast to coast to coast. As of September 2017, Halifax Shipyard has more than $1.9 billion in spending commitments as part of the National Shipbuilding Strategy, including over $265 million in Quebec.
Published: November 21, 2017
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Lockheed Martin Canada Mission Systems & Training Invests in Canadian Naval R&D
Provides grant to Quebec-based engineering and technology small business
Lockheed Martin Canada Mission Systems & Training (LM Canada MST) today announced the award of a new research and development grant to Quebec-based InField Scientific. The grant will support InField’s continued development of advanced technologies that are used to characterize and protect the ships of the Royal Canadian Navy.
“InField Scientific is a recognized leader in this very specialized engineering domain,” said Kevin Arthurs, Director of Naval Programs for LM Canada MST. “The work they are doing, which we are very proud to support, will result in increased protection and safety for Canada’s ships and sailors.”
InField has worked with LM Canada MST for eighteen years and is an important partner on the Canadian Halifax Class Modernization project. This relationship has expanded to include work on Canada’s Arctic Offshore Patrol Ship program. In addition, InField is contributing to LM Canada MST’s technical solution in its recent export sale to the Royal New Zealand Navy’s ANZAC Frigate System Upgrade (FSU).
“We are proud of our company’s history working with the Navy” said InField’s founder and President, Dr. Amy Pinchuk, Eng., “and we are excited about this grant from LM Canada MST, which along with guidance from Dr. Robert Paknys of Concordia University, will help us to increase our technical capabilities and hire additional highly qualified staff. We are also very grateful to LM Canada MST for taking the initiative to promote InField to the Royal New Zealand Navy in connection with the ANZAC FSU program, which resulted in our first export contract.”
Rosemary Chapdelaine, who leads LM Canada MST’s operations, said “We have been developing, modernizing and supporting combat systems for the Royal Canadian Navy for more than 30 years. During this time, we have been very fortunate to identify and work with many innovative Canadian companies such as InField. As we turn our attention to the naval projects currently moving forward, we are keen to expand our existing partnerships and establish new ones with leading-edge Canadian firms.”
Published: Pointe-Claire, QC, December 9, 2014
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