Multi-Discipline Engineering

Instrumentation & Controls Engineering Services

High-quality, fit-for-purpose I&C designs that keep your project on budget.

Avoid costly rework and stay on schedule with our flexible instrumentation & controls engineering services

Our I&C team is a core part of our multi-discipline engineering services has a broad background in industrial process automation and controls for small and large facilities.

This includes developing and implementing control strategies using a Distributed Control System (DCS) and Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs). We work with control systems and communication protocols for a variety of process technologies. These range from utility systems to novel integrated processes.

Common engineering services include:

  • P&ID input preparation
  • instrument index development and review
  • instrument datasheets preparation
  • inline instrument sizing

Control System Development

Control systems for greenfield facilities can require a multitude of vendor packages. In these cases, we integrate the packages into a single, plant-wide control system.

System integration experience

  • Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS)
  • Emergency Shutdown Systems (ESD)
  • Burner Management Systems (BMS)
  • Fire and Gas Systems that comply with international standards (IEC 61508 and IEC 61511)
  • High Integrity Pressure Protection Systems (HIPPS)

Measurement and control systems can be designed to our established philosophies or customized to meet your specific needs.

Understanding the importance of facility uptime, we take great care when integrating new system components into existing architecture. In these cases, our goal is to deliver a seamless, integrated control system.

Our team will identify the most cost-effective option when replacing or modifying existing controls. For example, Vista successfully upgraded a plant’s legacy, pneumatic control system to a programmable logic controller (PLC) based architecture.

Optimized Network Architecture Case Study

Vista revised a preliminary design for a plant-wide control network. This included implementing an innovative, remote IO system complete with centralized controllers.

The revised control system hardware was developed with a star network. It also met the critical redundancy requirements of two independent routing pathways.

The result saved many kilometers of fibre optic cable by efficiently routing the home runs using pre-planned fibre panels.

wiring control panel

I&C Engineering Services​

Vista is a consulting engineering firm that provides cost-effective instrumentation & controls designs to owners and operators in traditional and emerging energy markets.

​Field Instruments & Engineering Analysis

  • Datasheets
  • Instrumentation installation drawings
  • Layout and location drawings
  • Instrument index
  • Inline instruments sizing and calculation
  • Material take-offs (MTOs)

Package Equipment Instruments

  • Shutdown key
  • Cause and effect diagrams
  • Alarm and set points
  • Control narrative and philosophy
  • Process and instrumentation diagrams (P&IDs)
  • HAZOP and SIL determination

Communication & Security System Engineering

  • Fiber optic block diagram
  • Fiber optic cable layout and schedule
  • Communication block diagram

Process Control Engineering

  • Shutdown key
  • Cause and effect diagrams
  • Alarm and set points
  • Control narrative and philosophy
  • Process and instrumentation diagrams (P&IDs)
  • HAZOP and SIL determination

Instrumentation & Control Specifications

  • Instrumentation and control specifications
  • Instrumentation and control Design Criteria
  • Emergency System specification
  • DCS and PLC specifications

Control System Engineering

  • Block diagrams
  • I/O assignment
  • Drawings: architecture, junction box, termination and schematic, control panel, wiring for DCS, PLC, SIS, RTU
  • Cable schedule
  • Material take-off (MTO)

Consultation Request

Get started with our professional engineering consultants. Learn how we provide high-quality, fit-for-purpose I&C designs that keep your project on budget.

Quality is Everything

It’s not just about delivering high-quality instrumentation and controls engineering designs – that’s a given.

At the end of the day, engineering services are really about transparency, collaboration, and relationships. You want a partner you can trust to keep your project on budget and schedule. We want clients to return because you see the quality of our relationship as much as the quality of the design.

Highlighted Projects

Vista’s engineering experience spans multiple decades and industries. Our highlighted projects document how we helped facility operators reduce project total installation cost (TIC) and total cost of ownership (TCO). They also explain how we’ve implemented complex new technology for emerging energy start-ups.

Multi-Discipline Engineering Services

As an integrated engineering firm, our I&C services are part of a multi-disciplinary offering. Team members from each engineering discipline work together to find project design solutions fit for your unique challenges.

The engineering group also collaborates with our drafting and design services and project support teams.

Engineering Technology with a Purpose

It’s easy to get distracted by fancy new engineering technology. But it’s important to keep the focus on how each tool will benefit the project.

We’re a technology-agnostic engineering company and system integrator. That means we can deliver high-quality instrumentation and controls engineering services with your preferred software or tools.

Our approach is simple, the technology must serve a purpose. Whether it’s laser scans and point cloud data or computer-aided design (CAD) applications and engineering programs.

Have a specific need for an application? Our in-house development team is available to customize a problem-solving tool. For example, this video demonstrates how we collaborate on P&IDs in real-time.

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System Integration Partner

As an AVEVA Partner, Vista Projects specializes in the implementation, configuration, administration, and support of AVEVA’s Asset Information Management suite.

We support both owners/operators and EPCs with capital project implementations. The union of our integrated engineering and technical expertise is a true advantage. Our team has the knowledge and experience to help you maximize the return on your software investments.

What Our Clients Say

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Chad Radke
Chad Radke is Vista's Projects Director

Career Opportunities

We are always open to meeting new candidates who could be a great fit with our team. If this sounds like you, check out our industrial engineering jobs and apply to be considered for future opportunities. You may also apply specifically for future roles in instrumentation and controls engineering or I&C drafting and design.

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