NECEC 2022

The 31st Annual Newfoundland Electrical and Computer Engineering Conference

November 15, 2022
Holiday Inn St. John's Conference Centre
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

Scalable Cloud Computing and Polyglot Persistence

by Ian Matthews, Head of Product Development, Verafin


Scalability is a constant concern for cloud companies. As the world continues to become more digital so too does the volume of data flowing through the cloud and if not managed correctly, can lead to bottlenecks throughout the system. Traditional relational database technology has come a long way and is great for capturing and storing data but has its limits when data throughput passes a certain threshold. In the past decade, a number of new data storage solutions have materialized and have changed the landscape for how to approach data storage, each having been designed for a specialized workload for a specific use case. Data Lakes, thanks to the elastic computing model of AWS, is now becoming a cost-effective method of managing structured or unstructured data at extremely large scale. Data Lakes and elastic computing have revolutionized how production systems can comb through massive amount of data, looking for anomalies, train machine learning models or provide insight into user data. Combining this with the concept of polyglot persistence to segment and serve production data using the most appropriate data store has quickly become the industry standard for solving large scale complex problems. In this discussion we will look at the advantages and disadvantages, as well as describe some real-world use cases for the application of this architecture.

Speaker's Bio:

Since graduating from Memorial University in 2014 with a degree in Electrical Engineering, Ian has been involved in many aspects of the engineering field; including electrical design, software developer, product owner, and engineering team lead. Ian has been part of the team at Verafin for the past six years and has played a lead engineering role in advancement of Verafin's cloud processing scalability and is currently the Head of Product Development with a team of more than 100 people.

Ian has been delivering new and innovative solutions for a myriad of different companies before joining Verafin. While employed at Kraken Sonar Systems, one of his most notable projects included being the developer on Synthetic Aperature Sonar systems, the KATFISH towfish and graphical interface.

Project Nujio'qonik: Harnessing Newfoundland and Labrador's Wind Energy

by Jan van der Tempel, Founder and Director, DOB-Academy; Founder and CEO, Ampelmann Operations


World Energy GH2, an affiliate of World Energy, will harness Newfoundland and Labrador's wind energy to develop the fuel of the future. World Energy GH2's Project Nujio'qonik aims to be Canada's first commercial green hydrogen/ammonia producer created from 3+ Gigawatts of wind energy in one of the world's best wind resource regions. The Mi'kmaw name for Bay St. George, NL, is Nujio'qonik. Pronounced 'new-geo-ho-neek,' it means 'where the sand blows.' The area's wind resource is one of the best in the world.

Serial entrepreneur, inventor and teacher Jan van der Tempel, PhD, of DOB-Academy, will take you through the development to-date and the outlook to make Canada a major player in green hydrogen 'production.

Speaker's Bio:

Dr.Ir. Jan van der Tempel is a Civil Engineer (TU Delft 2000). He worked at Boskalis designing installation methods for Horns Rev, the first large commercial offshore wind farm before returning to TU Delft to start his PhD in Offshore Wind Foundation design. In 2002, he invented the Ampelmann system, which he developed parallel to his PhD work. Furthermore, he developed the Offshore Wind teaching curriculum. He ended his stint in 2012.

Upon graduating in 2006, he gathered a team to develop the Ampelmann prototype in 2007. He spun this technology out into a commercial company. Ampelmann now employs 400 people worldwide, with 65 units in operation and offices in 12 countries. In Canada, Ampelmann has a Joint Venture with Horizon Maritime.

In 2014, he founded DOB Academy, an institute for (offshore) energy teaching to companies and government in a historic building in Delft. Since then, DOB has expanded into several countries: Japan, Ireland and now Canada. The DOB Academy is a partner in World Energy GH2's Project Nujio'qonik, Canada's first commercial green hydrogen/ammonia producer created from 3+ GW of renewable electricity through wind projects in one of the world's best wind resource regions. The DOB Academy is partnering with Qalipu First Nation and College of the North Atlantic to create North America's first wind training institute.

In parallel, Jan is building on his 2007 invention DOT turbine: a wind turbine without a generator but with a sea water pump coupled to the blades. The high-pressure sea water can be converted into: power with a pelton turbine; fresh water with RO; and those combined can be turned into Hydrogen. This last step is still under construction.