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 Expert  108245

Expert in Pressure Vessels and Piping

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

California (CA)
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Summary of Expertise: Listed with other top experts in: 
PRESSURE VESSEL; PRESSURE PIPING SYSTEM. Expert has designed hundreds of pressure vessels for the petroleum, chemical, nuclear, and other industries. He is an acknowledged expert in the design, material selection, welding, and quality assurance in this area.

ASME BOILER AND PRESSURE VESSEL CODE; ASME PRESSURE PIPING CODE. Expert has worked with ASME codes and standards since 1956 and has served on the code committees since 1968. He has summarized all of the changes to these codes since 1952. He has a complete library of boiler and piping codes and a database containing descriptions of all changes as far back as 1950 and all ASME Code Interpretations since they were published in 1977.

PRESSURE VESSEL QUALITY CONTROL. Expert is an expert in practical quality assurance. He has assisted many companies to become accredited by ASME and has also been an outspoken critic of current practices which rely on documentation and procedures rather than on results, product compliance, and controlled costs. The US NRC and DOE have based their new quality approach on his guidelines.

NUCLEAR POWER PLANT OPERATION. A member of the nuclear code committee since 1968, Expert has worked at most nuclear sites in the US and has consulted at plants in South America, Europe, and Asia. He has been a prime mover in many successful efforts to reduce costs of repairs, modifications, and operations. Expert is acknowledged as an expert in structural design, welding, quality assurance, codes and standards, nuclear components, pressure vessels and piping, and ASME material certification, traceability, and verification. He has testified as an expert witness in lawsuits involving as much as $1 billion.

LAYER VESSEL DESIGN; LAYER VESSEL CONSTRUCTION. Expert has designed hundreds of layer vessels while at CBI that were built to withstand pressures from 2000 to 15,000 psi. He worked closely with materials, welding, and construction details.

WELDING DESIGN. Expert has worked with welded structures for 40 years, having responsibility for design, application, and examination. He has written new criteria for welding and inspection of welding and has testified in Federal court on welding issues.


ASME boiler and pressure vessel code


ASME piping code


ASME pressure piping code


boiler code


layer pressure vessel construction


layer pressure vessel design


piping standard


piping system


pressure piping system


pressure vessel


pressure vessel code


pressure vessel quality control


unfired pressure vessel

Expert wrote some of the first manufacturing quality assurance programs in 1965. Since that time he has written ASME Code rules on the subject and has been a critic of the implementation of such programs for their ineffectiveness and outrageous costs.

quality assurance


quality control

Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: San Jose, California;  San Francisco, California;  Sacramento, California;  Oakland, California;  Stockton, California;  Fremont, California;  Modesto, California;  Salinas, California;  Santa Rosa, California;  and Hayward, California.

Often requested
with this expert:

Weld Structure, Tanks, Vessels
Metallurgical Engineering, Materials Processing, Materials...
Welding, Fabrication, Piping, Pressure Vessels,...
Gas and Oil Pipeline Safety Codes and Standards

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1953   B.S.   Civil Engineering   Illinois Institute of Technology  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title  

1996 to







1981 to 1996


Expert Associates





1976 to 1981


Nuclear Technology, Inc.



Manager, Special Projects


1956 to 1976


Chicago Bridge and Iron Company



Project Engineer


1953 to 1956


U.S. Navy


Civil Engineering Corps




Career Accomplishments:

Expert is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Welding Society, and the National Society of Professional Engineers. He is a founding member and Chairman of the ASME Pressure Vessel and Piping Division.


He is a Registered Professional Engineer in California, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Washington, and Wisconsin.


Expert is a Fellow of ASME. He is a recipient of the 1993 ASME Bernard F. Langer Award and the 1980 ASME Centennial Medal.

Publications and Patents Summary

He has authored several publications.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - Cost Engineering Magazine  
 - Pressure Vessels and Piping, Codes and Standards for Quality Engineering  
 - International Conference on Pressure Vessel Technology  

Government Experience:
Years   Agency   Role   Description
1996 to   U.S. Department of Energy   Consultant   Expert is consulting on spent nuclear fuel storage at the Hanford site.
2001 to   U.S. Department of Energy   Consultant   He is consulting on spent nuclear fuel storage at YMPC.

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Expert has consulted on the use of and understanding ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code. He has consulted on design, materiale, welding, fabrication, non-destructive examination, testing, and quality control/assurance.
Recent Client Requests:
  • Expert for consulting on DOT and ASME code compliance evaluation of a fillet welded sleeve on a pipeline.
  • Expert for consulting on Pressure Vessel Determination.
  • ASME code expert for consulting on ASME Section VIII ASME B31.3.
  • Pressure vessel expert for consulting on failure and safety standards.
  • Expert in Boiler Feed Water Pump Problem.
  • Pressure vessel design expert for consulting on design of cylindrical S&T heat exchangers with non-circular and tangential connections.
  • Aluminum welding expert for consulting on 5083 to 6061 flange welding.
  • Expert for consulting on Independent QA/QC for prep overlay.
  • ASME expert in nuclear fabrication for consulting on nuclear certification.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your expert consulting needs.  Expert is available for consulting to corporate, legal and government clients.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Expert Witness:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
Expert has been an expert witness in several cases:

1. He prepared an expert report regarding ASME Code quick-actuating closure.

2. He prepared a technical report and was deposed on the issue of a quick opening closure. Without going to trial, a Summary Judgment was entered in favor of the defendants. The judge's ruling quoted portions of his report several times.

3. He was deposed regarding ASME Code requirements for quick-opening closures. His testimony pertained to safety aspects of the Code requirements. The case was settled favorably out of court.

4. For Enserch vs. Exxon (1996-1997), He prepared testimony and gave deposition on the issues of hydrostatic testing of pressure piping systems, welding programs, quality assurance, B31.3 Piping Code, and miscellaneous construction issues.

5. He prepared testimony and gave deposition regarding reasons for the release of anhydrous ammonia from a railroad tank car. The case was settled out of court shortly after deposition was given.

6. He acted as an expert witness and consultant in a case where the issues involved quality assurance, ASME Code requirements for power boilers, and management conduct. The case was settled shortly after deposition.

7. He provided expert testimony in the area of traceability of material. The problem was the cause for the destruction of a petroleum plant. He provided guidance to attorneys on Code requirements and evaluation of technical experts reports, including aspects on materials, fabrication, and examination. The case was settled out of court in favor of the client.

8. He provided expert testimony regarding the design of a jacketed pressure vessel with a quick opening closure.

9. He provided testimony regarding inadequate quality assurance efforts on the part of a contractor who overran cost and schedule at a nuclear power plant. The case was settled out of court.

Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Expert on ASME codes for consulting on Shear Wave UT Per ASME Code issues.
  • Expert in welding processes for a construction case.
  • Steam burn expert for consulting on litigation involving steam release from boiler in power plant.
  • Expert in Welding for consulting on putting together piping systems.
  • Expert for consulting on value of used and damaged cryogenic tanks.
  • Food processing equipment expert for consulting on silicon adapter seal.
  • Expert for consulting on the historical use of asbestos in power plant design in the late 1960's to early 1970's..
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding expert testimony, litigation consulting and support, forensic services, or any related expert witness services.  A few litigation needs include product liability, personal injury, economic loss, intellectual property (patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright), and insurance matters.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

International Experience:
Expert has consulted with clients in Switzerland, Slovenia, France, Germany, Korea, Taiwan, Japan, and Canada.

Additional Skills and Services:

Expert offers training and seminars on ASME Code including Sections III & VIII; nuclear power plant issues; and quality assurance and practical approaches for reducing costs.


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