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 Expert  719825

Expert in Flow Measurement, Level Measurement, Process Control, Variable Speed Drives


Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

New York (NY)
USA
Education Work History Career AccomplishmentsPublicationsConsulting Services Expert Witness

Summary of Expertise: Listed with other top experts in: 
Expert has over 40 years of experience specifying, installing, starting-up, calibrating and troubleshooting flowmeter systems. He has authored a flow measurement textbook and developed and taught seminars for over 30 years. Qualified as an expert witness, Expert has performed numerous flowmeter studies and comparative analyses of flowmeters. He is knowledgeable of both gas and liquid flowmetering technologies.
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airflow measurement

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flowmeter

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flowmetering

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flowmetering technology

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fluid flow measurement

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gas flow measurement

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liquid flow measurement

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liquid metering

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metering

Expert has directly applied his education to positions in the steel and chemical industries, including 15 years of on-site chemical plant experience. His work in process control and instrumentation has also extended to the food, electric power (including nuclear), and pharmaceutical industries. In one situation, his novel control improvements increased profitability by over $1M per year and resulted in higher production rates with no additional capital equipment or labor requirements. He has authored an advanced regulatory control text.
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chemical process control

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control loop

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advanced process control

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process control system

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process control system design

With years of extensive experience in specifying, building, installing, starting-up, calibration and troubleshooting process control instrumentation, and flow metering, Expert gained expertise in boiler and incinerator controls, control strategy development, distributed control systems, and programmable logic controllers. He has managed the instrumentation, electrical, and utility areas on a plant-wide basis. He was involved with long-range capital planning, utility process engineering, energy conservation, and the development and implementation of capital projects addressing system efficiency, system simplification, and operating flexibility, reliability, and maintainability. In one instance, Expert developed an on-line method to calculate catalyst recirculation in a fluid bed reactor, which replaced the previous cumbersome (and unused) method. His actions also reduced annual energy costs by substituting a waste fume flow for combustion air and by atomizing with plant air instead of steam.
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process control instrumentation

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process monitoring

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chemical process control instrumentation

Expert has over 15 years of involvement with hazardous waste incinerators, including related process changes, operation, maintenance, process control upgrades, and efficiency improvements. His novel application of instrumentation and control technology enabled significant energy saving by substituting a waste fume for combustion air while simplifying the mechanical system.
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incinerator

Expert authored a variable speed drive applications textbook. He developed and taught a variable speed drive seminar for over 10 years.
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variable-speed drive


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Localities:
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: New York, New York;  Yonkers, New York;  Newark, New Jersey;  Jersey City, New Jersey;  Paterson, New Jersey;  Elizabeth, New Jersey;  Bridgeport, Connecticut;  New Haven, Connecticut;  Hartford, Connecticut;  and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Often requested
with this expert:

Flow Metering and Control of Water/ Gases/ Steam/ Slurries/...
Flow Measurement and Metering
Industrial Utilities and Forensic Engineering
Fluid Flow and Heat Transfer Instrumentation, Meter...

Education:
Year   Degree   Subject   Institution   Honors
1975   M.S.   Electrical Engineering   University of Illinois  
1973   B.S.   Electrical Engineering   University of Connecticut   Honors

Work History:
Years   Employer   Title   Responsibilities

2002 to

 

(Undisclosed)

 

Principal

 

Consulting and teaching in flow measurement, level measurement, instrumentation, process control, and process enhancement.

1998 to

 

(Undisclosed)

 

Principal

 

Consulting and teaching in flow measurement, level measurement, instrumentation, process control, and process enhancement.

1983 to 1998

 

Nepera Chemical

 

Manager of Utility and Instrumentation Engineering

 

Responsible for instrumentation, control, electrical and utility engineering on a plant-wide basis.

1980 to 1983

 

Mobay Chemical

 

Senior Process Control Systems Engineer

 

Corporate instrumentation and control engineering.

1975 to 1980

 

United States Steel

 

Instrumentation Engineer

 

Corporate instrumentation and control engineering.


Career Accomplishments:
Associations/Societies

Expert is a Life Fellow of ISA. Member of various ISO TC30 and ASME MFC committees.

Licenses/Certifications

Expert is a Professional Engineer.

Professional Appointments

Expert is an Editorial Advisory Board Member of INTECH (1995-present) and Flow Control (1996-present) magazines. Expert was a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of INTECH Brasil magazine (2002-2007).

Awards/Recognition

Expert was CONTROL's Chemical Industry Engineer of the Year (1993). He received the ISA Douglas H. Annin Award (1992). He was also awarded the ISA PMCD Best Paper Award (1984).


Publications:
Publications and Patents Summary

Expert has writen about 10 books on flow measurement, level measurement, advanced regulatory control, and variable speed drives. He also edited a book on flow measurement and has writen over 350 technical articles.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - ISA  
 - INTECH  
 - Momentum Press  

Government Experience:
Years   Agency   Role   Description
2005 to 2005   NASA Langley Research Center   Instructor   Teach Industrial Flow Measurement

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Expert saved approximately $2,500,000 for a Client by determining that certain equipment did not need to be replaced.
  • He has resolved numerous miscellaneous instrumentation problems/questions by telephone.
  • Expert performed an uncertainty analysis for a flow laboratory and discovered significant opportunity for improvement.
  • In a legal case, Expert was able to examine/test flowmeters and quantify their errors.
  • Expert was able to improve water balances in a water distribution system and identify past measurement errors that resulted in additional revenues of approximately $1,000,000.
  • Carroll Township Authority v Municipal Authority of the City of Monongahela (1990-present)Expert determined that the MACM sewage flowmeters used for billing were not accurate and helped CTA persuade MACM to correct said installations. Expert wrote expert reports and testified in county and federal courts. Bayshore Regional v Killam (2001-2002)Expert developed information, wrote an expert report, and spoke during arbitration to respond to allegations that the Killam instrumentation review process caused construction delays. James and Stephanie Fee v Great Wolf (2003-2004)Expert (with Walt Boyes) investigated an incident where swimming pool chemicals mixed to produce a chlorine cloud in which Stephanie Fee was injured. Expert wrote a report describing the mechanism and was deposed. Water Treatment Facility v Paper Company (2006)Expert investigated the performance of a flowmeter measuring and billing for effluent to the water treatment facility to defend allegations that the flowmeter was measuring erroneously low for many years. Expert wrote an expert report, rebutted plaintiff's expert reports, and prepared for arbitration. Chemical Company v Refiner (2008)Expert defended claims that 50 year-old flowmeters passing approximately $200 million of steam per year were inaccurate, wrote an expert report showing that the flowmeters were reasonably accurate, and was deposed. City v System Integrator (2009)Expert investigated and wrote a report regarding the installation of a water flowmeter used for billing that was not properly installed. Pending Action (2014-Present)Expert is investigating the installation and operation of a large municipal sewage flowmeter to determine why it is not measuring accurately. Expert wrote an expert report and is awaiting client action. Other cases include: • Consulting expert for two patent infringement cases (2009-2013)• C&H Food Service (2011) natural gas flowmeter • Elmira Floral (Westport/Swan v Travelers) boiler outage (2011)• Faribault, MN water meters (2012)• Duchesne, UT pool (2014)• Winery SO2 flowmeter (2015) • Chlorine Loading/Unloading Valve (2016)
Recent Client Requests:
  • Flow control orifice expert for consulting on Low temperature flow through precision orifice.
  • Expert in Steam Metering.
  • Expert in water management for consulting on testing of venture meters when pitot tube testing is unable to be done due to physical constraint and limitations.
  • Mass transfer expert for consulting on thermodynamics, mass transfer.
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 testified in county and federal courts.
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Food processing equipment expert for consulting on silicon adapter seal.
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
1976 to 1977   Brazil   Represented US Steel to start up steel facilities valued at approximately US $250,000,000.
1979 to 1980   Italy   Represented US Steel to start up a steel facility valued at approximately US $100,000,000.
1995 to 2006   Brazil   Taught various seminars in Portuguese.
2012 to 2012   South Africa   Taught flow measurement seminars.
2014 to 2014   Singapore   Taught flow measurement seminars.

Language Skills:
Foreign Language   Description
Portuguese   Speak and communicate fluently. Teaches seminars in Portuguese.

Additional Skills and Services:
Training/Seminars

He developed and taught flow measurement, flow systems, pressure and level measurement, and variable speed drive seminars.

Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

He possesses 40 years of experience in locating, recommending, calibrating and specifying equipment in his fields of expertise.


 

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