Brindley Engineering News & Press

Brindley Engineering Celebrates 2018 Success by giving back to Local Charity; Feed My Starving Children (FMSC)

Celebration reflects company culture of investing in and supporting the local community

LISLE, IL March 20, 2019 — Today, Brindley Engineering, one of Chicago’s world-class engineering firms in capital & maintenance projects, reliability initiatives, and construction solutions celebrated a successful 2018 with a company-wide visit to a local charity, Feed My Starving Children (FMSC), in Aurora, Illinois. The company sets annual performance goals (or “KPIs”) around growth, talent acquisition, retention, customer outcomes, social responsibility, awards & publications, customer diversity, and more. All 2018 goals were exceeded so the company celebrated by giving back.

“We love our community and the more we invest, the more connected we feel,” said founder and president, Tom Brindley. “When we have success, it’s a no brainer to turn to our community and give back what we can. Our entire company participated in a successful 2018 and in this event – we are proud to feel connected to such a great initiative in our own backyard.”

FMSC is a nonprofit dedicated to providing nutritious meals to children worldwide. The Brindley Engineering staff packed 236 boxes of dried food, equaling 50,112 meals, or enough to feed 137 kids for an entire year. This event is one example of Brindley Engineering’s dedication to corporate social responsibility. In 2019 so far, the company has also raised money for the Lurie Children’s Hospital and for the Muscular Dystrophy Association at a charity bowling event sponsored by a local client. The total raised at the event was over $100,000.

About Feed My Starving Children

Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) is a Christian nonprofit dedicated to providing nutritious meals to children worldwide. FMSC meals are hand-packed by volunteers and sent to an incredible network of partner organizations who distribute them to those in need. Nearly 1.2 million volunteers packed more than 333 million FMSC meals in 2017. More than 90 percent of total donations go directly to feed kids. To learn more, visit www.fmsc.org.

About Brindley Engineering

Headquartered in Lisle, IL, Brindley Engineering was founded by President Tom Brindley, P.E., in 2004. After years in the field, Brindley saw a growing need to improve reliability and decrease overall infrastructure life cycle costs. Brindley Engineering analyzes, designs and advises on the challenges of aging, mission-critical infrastructure, for capital and maintenance projects, as well reliability initiatives and construction solutions. Brindley Engineering services clients in a variety of industries including Oil & Gas Extraction and Pre-Processing (Upstream), Pipelines and Terminals (Midstream), Petroleum Refining (Downstream), Gas Processing, Chemical Plants, Steel Mills, Petrochemical Plants, Power Plants, Pharmaceutical, Manufacturing, Water Treatment. To learn more, visit brindleyengineering.com.

Brindley Engineering Announces Office Expansion

Build-out reflects customized work space to meet needs of growing workforce with strong emphasis on unique collaboration space.

 LISLE, IL March 4, 2019 — Today, Brindley Engineering, one of Chicago’s world-class engineering firms in capital & maintenance projects, reliability initiatives, and construction solutions, announces construction build-out for expanded headquarter office located at 901 Warrenville Road in Lisle, Illinois This is another milestone for the growth story of Brindley Engineering, an innovative, tech-forward, engineering firm founded with a vision to provide the highest level of service to clients in capital and maintenance projects, reliability initiatives, and construction solutions 

The build-out includes an open-office plan with ample natural lightsit-stand desks, high-end central conferencing facilities for collaboration, and varied work environments to support a healthy, engaging place to workModern finishes will be incorporated throughout the office space, including branded wall graphicsmodernized lighting, custom millwork, and flooring.  

We created an office-layout team, furniture team, and IT team to help design and curate our build-out, said founder and president, Tom Brindley. We spend a considerable portion of our lives physically at work and with our co-workers.  Therefore, the environments we work in should be healthy and engaging.  Just like when you are in your home, you like to work from your home office, or the sofa, or the kitchen table.  We like to vary our environments to fit our moods and our tasks. 

The office is located close to Morton Arboretum in close proximity to the downtown Lisle train-station. There is an in-building fitness center with locker rooms, in-building cafeteria, and beautifully maintained grounds.  Dan Ryan, project manager for Brindley Engineering, will lead the construction team on behalf of the firm with Ostrander Construction serving as project superintendent. Ware Malcomb will provide the architectural services.  

About Brindley Engineering

Headquartered in Lisle, IL, Brindley Engineering was founded by President Tom Brindley, P.E., in 2004. After years in the field, Brindley saw a growing need to improve reliability and decrease overall infrastructure life cycle costs. Brindley Engineering focuses on asset evaluations and efficient repairs rather than costly and time-consuming replacement of infrastructure. Brindley Engineering services clients in a variety of industries including Oil & Gas Extraction and Pre-Processing (Upstream), Pipelines and Terminals (Midstream), Petroleum Refining (Downstream), Gas Processing, Chemical Plants, Steel Mills, Petrochemical Plants, Power Plants, Pharmaceutical, Manufacturing, Water Treatment.

Brindley Engineering Hires Instrumentation Engineer Mina Imani

Long time industry leader to develop Brindley Instrumentation and Controls team, liaison with clients for all growth initiatives.

LISLE, IL November 28, 2018 — Today, Brindley Engineering, one of Chicago’s world-class engineering firms in maintenance, reliability and constructability, announced the addition of Ms. Mina Imani to its team.  This is another milestone for the growth story of Brindley Engineering, an innovative, tech-forward, engineering firm founded with a vision to provide the highest level of service to clients in the maintenance, reliability, and constructability areas.

Imani is an Instrumentation and Controls leader who has spent 16 years working for Oil and Gas consulting companies, small and large size in Canada and Middle East. Imani joins Brindley Engineering most recently from Alberta, Canada where she worked at Canadian firm, Bantrel, specializing in engineering, procurement and construction management services to upstream and refining plants.

Imani joins Brindley as an Instrumentation Engineer, who will be making a major impact in this specialized department of Brindley Engineering. Over the past 12 months, Brindley Engineering has added to its client-roster ExxonMobil Joliet, the CITGO refineries in Lake Charles, LA, Corpus Christi, TX, and Aruba; Graycor Inc., Praxair, and others.

“Client’s desire to improve the on-stream efficiency of their refineries is an increasing focus and that is a core strength of Brindley Engineering,” said founder and president, Tom Brindley. “Mina knows how to build relationships and direct growth initiatives for our clients. She will make a huge impact to help customers navigate Instrumentation and Controls programs.”

“I was referred to Brindley by one of its very own clients,” said Imani. “That’s the best kind of referral for me and I wanted to be part of Brindley because it’s growing, innovative, and the fact that a client referred me speaks volumes to Brindley’s reputation.”

Imani has a degree in electrical engineering from Khajeh Nasir Toosi University in Iran. She lives in Naperville with her husband and daughter.

About Brindley Engineering

Headquartered in Lisle, IL, Brindley Engineering was founded by President Tom Brindley, P.E., in 2004. After years in the field, Brindley saw a growing need to improve reliability and decrease overall infrastructure life cycle costs. Brindley Engineering focuses on asset evaluations and efficient repairs rather than costly and time-consuming replacement of infrastructure. Brindley Engineering services clients in a variety of industries including Oil & Gas Extraction and Pre-Processing (Upstream), Pipelines and Terminals (Midstream), Petroleum Refining (Downstream), Gas Processing, Chemical Plants, Steel Mills, Petrochemical Plants, Power Plants, Pharmaceutical, Manufacturing, Water Treatment.

ACI Conference in Quebec City

In March 2019, Brindley Engineering will be attending the American Concrete Institute (ACI) Semi-Annual Convention in Quebec City, Canada.  ACI Conventions are excellent opportunities to learn about concrete and to meet professionals passionate about this exciting material!  At the convention, Brindley Engineering will be participating in committee meetings for 546D (Packaged Repair Materials) and 546 (Repair of Concrete), of which Nicholas Triandafilou, P.E., S.E. has been a member since 2016.  Brindley Engineering is looking forward to catching up with old colleagues, making progress on concrete repair publications, attending technical sessions, and meeting new concrete enthusiasts.

https://www.concrete.org/events/conventions/currentconvention.aspx

Brindley Engineering Hires Top Process Engineer Executive Gavin Palmer

Long time industry executive to lead Process Team initiatives for company’s long-term growth and scale.

LISLE, IL November 13, 2018 — Today, Brindley Engineering, one of Chicago’s world-class engineering firms in maintenance, reliability and constructability, announced the addition of Gavin Palmer to its executive leadership team as Process Team Lead.  This is another milestone for the growth story of Brindley Engineering, an innovative, tech-forward, engineering firm founded with a vision to provide the highest level of service to clients in the maintenance, reliability, and constructability arenas.

Palmer is an industry veteran in Technical Process leadership on small, mid and large capital projects in the refining, energy and chemical industries. He will be responsible for directing and building out the Brindley Engineering Process department infrastructure, serving client needs for small, mid and large capital work in refining and other industries. Palmer’s strategy includes an emphasis on the recruitment and mentorship of top young Process Engineering talent, with a focus on the development of their careers.

This hire comes at a time when the industry is growing, and engineering resources are at a premium.

“We need to encourage younger generations that engineering is an exciting field of study, and offers a promising career,” said Palmer. “I’m excited to join a company with dynamic leadership and help Brindley Engineering with targeted growth in both size and services in the coming years.”

“Maintaining current infrastructure in refineries and chemical plants for our clients remains critical to ensuring safe, efficient and reliable operations of these facilities in the future,” said founder and president, Tom Brindley. “Gavin and the team he is building will provide clients with FEL/FEED and project scoping services allowing Brindley Engineering to tackle larger projects, while maintaining their current values of providing a creative, meticulous and reliable customer-focused environment.”

Palmer joins Brindley Engineering most recently from Ambitech. Previous to Ambitech, Palmer worked at Stepan Company, leading teams of operators in the day-to-day operation of site utilities.  Palmer has held Process Engineering roles of increasing responsibility for nearly 20 years.

Palmer has a master’s in chemical engineering from Loughborough University in England. He lives in Mokena with his wife and 4 children.

About Brindley Engineering

Headquartered in Lisle, IL, Brindley Engineering was founded by President Tom Brindley, P.E., in 2004. After years in the field, Brindley saw a growing need to improve reliability and decrease overall infrastructure life cycle costs. Brindley Engineering focuses on asset evaluations and efficient repairs rather than costly and time-consuming replacement of infrastructure. Brindley Engineering services clients in a variety of industries including Oil & Gas Extraction and Pre-Processing (Upstream), Pipelines and Terminals (Midstream), Petroleum Refining (Downstream), Gas Processing, Chemical Plants, Steel Mills, Petrochemical Plants, Power Plants, Pharmaceutical, Manufacturing, Water Treatment.

Brindley Engineering Hires Industry Recruiting and Human Resources Executive Mark Manalad

Long time industry executive to lead talent acquisition and human resources initiatives for company’s long-term growth and scale.

LISLE, IL November 2, 2018 — Today, Brindley Engineering, one of Chicago’s world-class engineering firms in maintenance, reliability and constructability, announced the addition of Mark Manalad to its management team.  This is another milestone for the growth story of Brindley Engineering, an innovative, tech-forward, engineering firm founded with a vision to provide the highest level of service to clients in the maintenance, reliability, and constructability areas.

Manalad is a seasoned recruiting and human resources leader whose career spans two decades of work in the engineering sector. Manalad joins Brindley Engineering most recently from Ambitech. Previous to Ambitech, Manalad worked in both staffing agencies and well-known engineering consulting firms as well as  operated his own boutique search firm.

Manalad joins Brindley as a Manager of Talent Acquisition and Human Resources who will be making a major impact in the growth and culture of Brindley Engineering. Over the past 12 months, Brindley Engineering has added to its client-roster ExxonMobil Joliet, the CITGO refineries in Lake Charles, LA, Corpus Christi, TX, and Aruba; Graycor Inc., Praxair, and others.

“Building the right teams and culture are imperative to successful outcomes for our clients,” said founder and president, Tom Brindley. “Mark knows this industry well and understands what it takes to thrive at our company. We are looking forward to seeing his talent and culture-building efforts in action.”

“At Brindley Engineering your voice is heard and ideas implemented,” said Manalad. “It’s a truly special place with a culture that reflects compassion, passion, and meticulous attention to detail. I can’t wait to see this place grow and wow clients like no other firm can.”

Manalad has a BS in Psychology  from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He lives in Oswego with his wife and daughter.

About Brindley Engineering

Headquartered in Lisle, IL, Brindley Engineering was founded by President Tom Brindley, P.E., in 2004. After years in the field, Brindley saw a growing need to improve reliability and decrease overall infrastructure life cycle costs. Brindley Engineering focuses on asset evaluations and efficient repairs rather than costly and time-consuming replacement of infrastructure. Brindley Engineering services clients in a variety of industries including Oil & Gas Extraction and Pre-Processing (Upstream), Pipelines and Terminals (Midstream), Petroleum Refining (Downstream), Gas Processing, Chemical Plants, Steel Mills, Petrochemical Plants, Power Plants, Pharmaceutical, Manufacturing, Water Treatment.

Brindley Team Presenting at the ASCE Forensic Engineering 8th Congress Conference

Come see the Brindley Team present at the ASCE Forensic Engineering 8th Congress Conference in Austin, Texas that occurs between November 29th through December 2, 2018 at the Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capital located at 701 E. 111th Street in Austin, TX.

Brindley Team Speaking Topics and Times:

  • Chris Naegele – Artic Structure Forensic Study – Saturday December 1st at 1:30 PM
  • Kathy Sitko – Oil Refinery Failed Wire Ropes Case Study – Sunday December 2nd at 10:30 AM
  • Mike Buckley – Material Deterioration, Fitness-For-Service Analysis and Repair of a Streel Tank – Sunday December 2nd at 10:30 AM

Conference Sponsors:

  • Gold Sponsors: Exponent Engineering; ZS Architectural
  • Silver Sponsors: Element Analytical, PLLC; Nelson Forensics; Simpson Gumpertz &Heger Engineering of Structures and Building Enclosures; Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.
  • Corporate Sponsors: Bank of America; Geico; Pearl Insurance; UPS
  • Cooperating Organizations: Construction Leadership Council; SEA of Texas

Brindley Engineering Announces Hiring of Industry Executive Bernie Gunn


Long time industry executive to lead innovative customer-centric initiatives for
company’s long-term growth and scale.

LISLE, IL September 18, 2018 — Today, Brindley Engineering, one of Chicago’s world-class engineering firms in maintenance, reliability and constructability, announced the addition of Bernie Gunn to its executive leadership team.  This is the next chapter of the growth story for Brindley Engineering, an innovative, tech-forward, engineering firm founded with a vision to provide the highest level of service to clients in the maintenance, reliability, and constructability areas.

Gunn is a seasoned leader whose career spans three decades of client and employee-development positions and has led some of the highest-performing engineering teams across a multitude of disciplines. Gunn joins Brindley Engineering from Ambitech and Zachry Engineering groups, where he spent over 20 years and held leadership positions as Vice-President of Engineering and Vice-President of Major Projects.

Gunn joins Brindley as a Principal who will be leading business development as well as overseeing operational execution strategy to help Brindley Engineering continue to scale and provide the best client service in the industry. Over the past 12 months, Brindley Engineering has added to its client-roster ExxonMobil Joliet, the CITGO refineries in Lake Charles, LA, Corpus Christi, TX, and Aruba; Graycor Inc., Praxair, and others.

“Our people set us apart,” said founder and president, Tom Brindley. “Bernie is another strong addition to our team, he brings a level of expertise that our organization and clients will benefit from. We are looking forward to seeing his technical acumen, creativity and passion in action.”

“Technology is more advanced and more important than ever before in our industry,” said Gunn. “Brindley Engineering is well positioned to help clients function in high tech environments using 3D, relevant data and software platforms. Our talent thrives in high tech environments and will bring a level of efficiency unimagined by our clients. I’m excited to be part of this journey.”

About Brindley Engineering
Headquartered in Lisle, IL, Brindley Engineering was founded by President Tom Brindley, P.E., in 2004. After years in the field, Brindley saw a growing need to improve reliability and decrease overall infrastructure life cycle costs. Brindley Engineering focuses on asset evaluations and efficient repairs rather than costly and time-consuming replacement of infrastructure. Brindley Engineering services clients in a variety of industries including Oil & Gas Extraction and Pre-Processing (Upstream), Pipelines and Terminals (Midstream), Petroleum Refining (Downstream), Gas Processing, Chemical Plants, Steel Mills, Petrochemical Plants, Power Plants, Pharmaceutical, Manufacturing, Water Treatment.