Rashmiya Raviraj B.A.Sc., CFEI, P.Eng.

Intermediate Associate, Fire & Electrical
Direct: 647-738-5786

Our Associates perform on-site investigations to determine origin and cause of complex losses. Their process: examine and collect evidence, take on-site photos, interview witnesses, conduct testing in our lab and analyze data to produce technical reports that are clear and concise.

 

expert summary

Ms. Raviraj is an Associate in the Fire Investigation Group at -30- Forensic Engineering. She holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Honours) in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo. Since beginning her work as a forensic investigator in June 2013, Rashmiya has been involved in more than 100 fire investigations, primarily involving electrical failures. Through her work, she has developed expertise in both complex industrial and residential electrical fire losses and has further been involved with the quality assurance and quality control program for Photovoltaic installations with -30-‘s Renewable Energy Team. Ms. Raviraj is a licensed Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario.

SPECIALIZED PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCIES

  • Residential and Complex Industrial Electrical Fire Loss Investigation
  • Root Cause Failure Analysis of Electric and Electronic Assemblies, Appliances and Installations
  • Quality Control and Commissioning of Photovoltaic Installations
  • Experience on TTC electrical projects working on Union Station Revitalization Project that is currently underway

academic background

Bachelor of Applied Science with Honors in Electrical Engineering with an Option in Management Science, University of Waterloo, 2013

additional courses

  • Fire Findings: Residential Electricity for Fire Investigators (May 2015)
  • Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (April 2015)
  • SD Meyers: TMI Principles of Transformer Maintenance Online Training Program (December 2014)
  • -30- Forensic Engineering: X-ray Safety Training (December 2014)
  • Fire Findings: Investigation of Gas and Electric Appliance Fires (November 2014)
  • CSA Group: 2012 Canadian Electrical Code Essentials (April 2014)
  • -30- Forensic Engineering: Confined Space & Asbestos Awareness (December 2013)
  • DEHN Stops Surges: Lightning and Surge Protection (October 2013)
  • Infraspection Institute: Infrared Thermography Level I (September 2013)

employment background

-30- Forensic Engineering
Associate
June 2013 – Present, Toronto, ON

  • Conduct research and analysis of components and systems involved in failure of large solar installations (industrial and commercial)
  • Test operation of electrical systems and equipment
  • Investigation and reporting on forensic engineering matters including:
    • Electrical distribution failures and fires
    • Electrical transformers failures and fires
    • Photovoltaic installations failures and fire investigations
    • Photovoltaic installations commissioning experience
    • Project management failures
    • Industrial production and operations
    • Utility operations and maintenance practices
    • Small motor and appliance failures

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
Technical Advisor
September 2012 – December 2012

  • Performed patent searches, analyzed prior art and provided technical opinions
  • Worked on preliminary stages of drafting a patent application for a client
  • Created technical drawings and worked as a liaison between clients, patent agents and lawyers

Toronto Transit Commission (TTC)
Electrical Engineering Assistant
January 2012 – April 2012, Toronto

  • Assisted with utility locates using electrical drawings over various contracts and worked with traction power and overhead systems
  • Calculated voltage drops and wire size requirements in order to implement new exhaust fan design replacements for various station locations
  • Worked on a duct bank drawing to help identify traction power, AC signals and AC station feeders throughout the existing subway system
  • Learned MicroStation to assist team of engineers and designers to produce and trace designs for a large variety of electrical systems

Toronto Transit Commission (TTC)
Construction Inspector
May 2011 - August 2011, Toronto

  • Assisted on site as a construction inspector for estimated $161,000,000 Union Station Revitalization project
  • Updated contract change drawings, request for information forms and scheduling charts
  • Created a database to track all the chemicals and products used in the lifespan of the project

professional societies and associations

  • Professional Engineers of Ontario, Member
  • National Association of Fire Investigators, Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator
 

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