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 Expert  711241

Expert in Electrical Power Generation and Control--Design, Project Management and Troubleshooting

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Maryland (MD)
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Expert has provided project management, issue management, owner's engineer, agency contact, design, plant modification, installation supervision, start-up, commissioning, and troubleshooting services for power generating plants, auxiliary systems and sub-systems for more than thirty years. Most of these services have been performed for the nuclear, hydropower, cogeneration, reciprocating gas and liquid fuel engine and combustion turbine industries. He has set up and commissioned systems that control power factor, real power, reactive power, and system voltage in small and large power plants in paralleled operation as well as islanded or isolated systems.

Expert's expertise has been applied to power generation station as well as industrial applications in critical and non-critical situations. The purpose for the systems which he has designed and installed and for which he has provided startup and troubleshooting services range from critical, uninterruptible nuclear power station battery and inverter systems with diesel generator and battery charger backup to a meteorological data station backup diesel power system with a slow transfer switch. Less critical applications involved US Air Force Base power systems on foreign soil designed to automatically start and provide power to on-base residences and diesel power for emergency building lighting.

Expert has provided design, installation supervision, start-up, commissioning, and troubleshooting services for power systems in power plants and industrial applications for more than thirty years. Most of these services have been performed for the nuclear, hydropower, cogeneration, diesel power, and gas turbine industries and the skills directly apply to any critical process plant or power distribution system.

For more than twenty years, Expert has evaluated the technical and financial feasibility of hundreds of potential cogeneration sites. These include small host facilities such as hospitals and nursing homes and large host facilities such as industrial manufacturing plants. The cogeneration equipment he is familiar with includes packaged units as small as 60 kW as well as large scale gas turbines with heat recovery boilers and steam generators in plant configurations up to 500 MW (500,000 kW). Financial feasibility analysis includes evaluation of the present cost of meeting electrical and useful thermal needs and comparing that to the cost of alternative arrangements such as with a cogeneration system installed. Net present value analysis and power generation project cost estimates are used to determine if alternatives have demonstrable economic performance when compared to common investment standards or to host facility cost of capital and investment criteria. Expert is well experienced in presenting complex investment analysis in a way that is understandable by non-financially trained persons.


electric energy generation


electric power plant


gas-turbine generator


generating station


hydroelectric energy system


power generation system


generator design


diesel standby electricity generation


diesel-electric energy generation


gas turbine electric energy generation


standby electric-energy generation


uninterruptible energy generation


electric distribution system


electric power distribution


electric power system


power distribution


power engineering


electrical power engineering




energy-efficient cogeneration

For more than thirty years, Expert has worked in the power generation industry designing, installing, starting-up and troubleshooting control systems. He regularly purchases text books and reads magazine articles on the subject. He routinely designs complex control systems for sophisticated electrical power generation plant prime movers and auxiliary equipment. Control functions include automatic routine process operation, manual operator participation, electrical protection, mechanical protection and personnel safety. He has followed technological changes from hardwired relay logic systems through remote controlled Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition Systems (SCADA). With the technology available today, the question is seldom "Can we do this.." but "Is it cost effective to do this..."

Expert has most versions in his company's library from 1981 through the current version. He has studied and used the NEC every year since the 1970s. He periodically attends refresher courses sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association for the most recent versions of the National Electrical Code. He has the Canadian Electrical Code, Hazardous Locations textbooks and other interpretive texts for more in-depth analysis and comparisons in the ANNA, Inc. library. He has personal contacts at the NFPA offices to secure opinions on difficult interpretations and special circumstances and has also taken courses and maintains a library on the National Life Safety Code (NFPA-101).

Expert has a thorough knowledge of electrical and mechanical physics and theories and has worked with the application of those theories to practical electro-mechanical equipment. As an example a medium voltage circuit breaker is an extremely complex arrangement of electrical and mechanical subcomponents that work in an integrated fashion to perform the overall objective. Expert has, by consulting the vendor manuals and using other sources, the ability to understand the details of electro-mechanical equipment, how it is intended to work and how it may not have worked properly. Furthermore, he is talented at explaining this operation to non-technical persons.

Expert is an expert in the design of electrical power generation and distribution systems in commercial, industrial and utility facilities. His design objectives include personnel and equipment safety, reliability, availability, expandability, efficiency and cost effectiveness.

He uses computer software to analyze real and reactive power flows, voltage control and the application of protective and control devices in electric power systems.


control system analysis


control system design


electric circuit design


electric relay logic


electrical-power system control


National Electrical Code


National Fire Protection Association code


circuit breaker


electric generator




circuit protection


electrical load flow analysis


overload protection

Expert has an understanding of the business of power generation and the financial benefit of reliable electric power. His understanding of business combined with his analytical skills allow financial analysis of cogeneration feasibility, risk assessment, condition of power generation assets with respect to their capital cost equivalent, maintenance costs, reliability and therefore, financial net present value. His business skills combined with his engineering understanding of power system efficiency and reliability allow him to develop useful financial models for presentation to non-technical persons.

Expert is an experienced project manager for design and construction of power generation systems. He is familiar with the earned-value system in which project status and team performance using both financial and percent completion metrics on the same graph to visually display the project status, history compared to the original plan.

Expert is familiar with transient events such as switching transients, load additions and reductions, lightning strikes, faults and equipment failures within the electric power system that cause transient conditions, which may sometimes damage electrical and other equipment. Transients may be divided into the time frame of their existence and may be in the microsecond range, the millisecond range or the seconds range, each with its characteristics, causes, results and mitigative measures.


energy-efficient engine cogeneration


energy-efficient generator


energy-efficient steam cogeneration


earned-value system


power generation project management


electric surge

Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania;  Reading, Pennsylvania;  Lancaster, Pennsylvania;  Baltimore, Maryland;  Frederick, Maryland;  Gaithersburg, Maryland;  Bowie, Maryland;  Wilmington, Delaware;  Vineland, New Jersey;  and Alexandria, Virginia.

Often requested
with this expert:

Biomass Power Generation Technology and Engineering:...
Hydropower, Hydraulic Turbines, Fluid Mechanics,...
Electrical Power Distribution, Switchgear, Product...
Power Plant & Marine Propulsion Engineering, Boilers,...

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution   Honors
1985   MBA   Colgate Darden Graduate School of Business Administration   University of Virginia   President, Consulting Club
1972   BSEE   Electrical Engineering   Clemson University  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

1988 to


(Expert's Firm)



Power Plant Consulting Engineering and Business Manager


Expert is President and CEO of a small consulting firm. His high level of expertise leads to his engagement to perform consulting services within the international power generation industry.

1985 to 1988


(Expert's Firm)



Power Plant Project Manager


Electrical power engineer, hydropower plant design and construction project manager, cogeneration feasibility analyst and cogeneration marketing manager

1981 to 1983


New York Power Authority and Indian Point 3 Nuclear Plant



Consultant Engineer


Nuclear power plant operational experience review engineer, modification, additions and testing engineer

1972 to 1981


Tennessee Valley Authority


Browns Ferry Project Design Offices & Plant Units 1,2, & 3, and Watts Bar Nuclear Plant Units 1 & 2,


Electrical Engineer and begining 1978, Group Leader


Design, fire restoration and construction of commercial nuclear power stations

Career Accomplishments:

Expert is a Registered Professional Engineer in Maryland and dozens of other states.


Expert is certified by the Association of Energy Engineers as a Certified Cogeneration Professional. He is or has recently been a member of EGSA NSPE, MSPE, ACEC, CECM, ASME, ISA, NFPA, IEEE, AEE, and IGTI.


James Wright Educator Award from Electrical Generating Systems Association (EGSA).

Publications and Patents Summary

Several technical papers related to electric power generation and troubleshooting; list and copies of papers available upon request.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - NETA World. International Electrical Testing Association  
 - Power Generation Conference  
 - Electrical Generating Systems Association  
 - On-Peak Performance Magazine, a suppliment to Consluting-Specifying Engineer  

Government Experience:
Years   Agency   Role   Description
1972 to 1983   Tennessee Valley Authority   Engineer, leader   See employment section for work for TVA and NYPA
2006 to   DOE--Idaho National Laboratory   Project Manager   Architectural Engineering services on six year small business contract
1990 to   Lackland AFB   Consultant   Provided services through varied companies in perhaps ten engagements related to onsite cogeneration power generation in prime power, paralled fashion
1990 to   US Coast Guard   Engineer   Design and field services for ship system upgrades and comnmissioning

Consulting Services:
Recent Client Requests:
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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 performed as expert witness for approximately 20 cases, divided approximately equally between plantiff and defendant sides. Full list available upon request.
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Expert for consulting on Hydropower turbines.
  • Expert in switchgear design case.
  • Ethylene processing plant expert for consulting on management of change.
  • Expert in electric generators.
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  • Expert in Matter relating to diesel generator power stations, including concerns relating to diesel generators and the cooling water system.
  • Expert in expert witness required for switchgear case.
  • Power relay expert for consulting on property loss due to fire as a result of insulator flashover .
  • Power generation expert for consulting on power generation brokerage business.
  • Expert in power plant procedures for consulting on condemnation case.
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  • Hydroelectric power generation expert for consulting on need to consult re:hydroelectric power generating unit.
  • Diesel generator expert for consulting on cannondale generators.
  • Expert in cogeneration power plants for litigation involving an accident at the plant.
  • Expert in DC lube oil system for consulting on failure of the emergency system due to faulty contactor.
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:
Years   Country / Region   Summary
1990 to   All Central American and some South American countries   Dozens of small projects including startup and troubleshooting for days or weeks at a time
to   Ireland   Worked in Belfast on oil rig at Wolff & Mann shipyard
to   Korea   Three projects to perform troubleshooting services
1989 to 1991   Philippines   Startup and commissioning of power generation diesel engine-generators at Clark Air Force Base, Angeles City, Luzon.
2004 to 2004   Malaysia   Troubleshooting turbine generator problem in shipyard working on new oil rig

Language Skills:
Foreign Language   Description
Spanish   Expert is not able to construct sentences but does understand a few hundred words of Spanish and with an interpreter has delivered power generation operator and technician training in Spanish. For the right contract, would attain elementary fluency in six months.

Additional Skills and Services:

Expert teaches a half-day course in Troubleshooting several times per year for the Electrical Generating Systems Association. He has developed and taught a four day course titled: Switchgear and Controls for Power Generation

Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

Expert has experience locating vendors in the following areas: * Switchgear and components related to switchgear * Power system components such as transformers and circuit breakers * Control systems and components * Data acquisition systems and components.

Expert has access to his company's database of thousands of industry contracts and vendors


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