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 Expert  723100

Expert in Pulping,Fiber Raw Material, Biomass,Sourcing,Processing and Quality Control; Occupational Safety


Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Washington (WA)
USA
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Summary of Expertise:

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Expert has 47 years of experience in the forest products industry. At Weyerhaeuser, he initiated the Fiber Raw Materials Technology program that developed and implemented processes and quality assessment methods to maximize the value of wood and non-wood fiber sources. He managed departments that focused on fiber raw materials and pulping and bleaching processes. A shift in career focus took him to the occupational safety and health field as Director of Technology Safety and Western Region Pulp and Paper Safety Coordinatior. He returned to R&D as a Senior Scientific Advisor and was regarded as the leading expert in his field, frequently providing on-site technical support from the forest through the pulp mill.

Expert's involvement in technical associations has allowed him to build a global contact network. Now aided by the internet, he can quickly make contacts to access the experience and expertise of others, learn of new technology and business developments and obtain data that would not be available through other sources.

As a consultant, his focus continues to be on fiber raw materials supply, processing and quality. Based on his broad experience at Weyerhaeuser, he is able to provide a unique perspective to mills that do not have access to the in-depth technical support that he can provide. His forest-to-product view allows him to bridge the gaps that often exist between fiber suppliers and fiber users. In this way, implementation of solutions have longer-term impact and benefits.

As an educator, Expert can not only teach his knowledge to others, but is skilled in developing courses that meet the unique needs of adult learners. In TAPPI, he participated as Board Education Chairman of the program that obtained certification of their education products by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training. IACET's programs certify learning at all levels, including university curriculums.

Expert has served as an expert witness in a variety of cases, including a shipboard fire on a boat carrying wood pulp, spontaneous combustion of waste wood in home construction, injury of a worker doing welding in a kraft pulp mill digester and two wood processing equipment patent infringement cases. He is experienced in preparation of testimony, deposition statements and court appearances.

Occupational safety and health has been an active part of Expert's career. Shortly after starting work at Weyerhaeuser, he joined the local volunteer fire department near his home. His leadership and teaching skills resulted in being promoted to Station Lieutenant and Training Officer. At work, he lead safety committees and developed a process for analyzing project safety prior to beginning new work or going out to mills for sampling and testing. When the Weyerhaeuser Technology Center identified the need for a stronger emphasis on safety, Expert was chosen to be the Director of Technology Center Safety. This role was expanded to include the Western Region pulp and paper mills as Western Safety Manager. This focus on safety continues in Expert's consulting work. While working on projects in the field or at mills, he includes identifification of safety hazards and opportunities for improving the safe behavior of employees in his reports. He has personally never had a serious workplace accident or injury.

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sapwood

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scrap wood

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springwood

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wood forestry

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alder wood

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ash wood

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balsa wood

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beech wood

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birch wood

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cypress wood

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elm wood

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energy-efficient wood processing

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eucalyptus wood

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fir wood

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hazardous waste handling equipment

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larch wood

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lignin

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mahogany wood

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poplar wood

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pulp-and-paper technology

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pulping technology

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recycled pulp-and-paper fiber

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redwood

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safety technology

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agricultural-residue fuel

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biomass

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biomass fuel production

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contractor safety

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crop-residue fuel

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forest residue fuel

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cellulosic pulp

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forest product

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hemlock wood

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pine wood

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pulp quality

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pulpwood processing

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pulp chemistry

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pulp manufacturing

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pulp processing

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pulpwood

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wood by-product

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wood product


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Localities:
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Seattle, Washington;  Tacoma, Washington;  Bellevue, Washington;  Everett, Washington;  Federal Way, Washington;  Kent, Washington;  Yakima, Washington;  Bellingham, Washington;  Lakewood, Washington;  and Renton, Washington.

Education:
Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1966   BS   Wood Technology   University of Washington  
1967   MS   Pulp and Paper Science & Engineering   University of Washington  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

1967 to 2003

 

Weyerhaeuser Company

 

Research & Development

 

Senior Scientific Advisor

 

He initiated the Fiber Raw Materials Technology program that developed and implemented processes and quality assessment methods to maximize the value of wood and nonwood fiber sources. As a Senior Scientific Advisor he was regarded as the leading expert in his field and provided on-site technical support from the forest through the pulp mill. During his career, he was a strong safety advocate and managed the Western Corporate Region Safety and Health Program.


Career Accomplishments:
Associations/Societies

TAPPI - Fellow and Distinguished Service Award Forest Resources Association - Education Consultant Pulp and Paper Safety Association

Professional Appointments

Senior Technical Editor - TAPPI Journal; Affiliate Professor - University of Washington, Lower Columbia College

Awards/Recognition

TAPPI Distinguished Service Award TAPPI Fellow TAPPI Outstanding Local Section Member TAPPI Division Leadership & Service Award Outstanding Alumni and Lifetime Service Award at University of Washington School of Forest Resources


Publications:
Publications and Patents Summary

He has published 17 articles, authored 2 chapters in pulp and paper textbooks, and scripted 2 CD-based education programs

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - TAPPI Journal, Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry (TAPPI)  
 - World Pulp and Paper Technology, Sterling Publications  
 - Encyclopedia of Forest Sciences, Elsevier Academic Press  
 - Annual Meeting , Associação Brasileira Técnica de Celulose e Papel  
 - Joint Conference of China Paper  

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • He has provided gate to digester audits at two New Zealand pulp mills to determine methods of optimizing the use of conifer and hardwood plantation species.
  • He is leading a team on a retainer basis to increase the yield of pulp from woods, woodyard and wood products residual sources. The organization is made up of woodlands, woodyard and pulp mill segments that have historically not worked together on projects requiring team cooperation, development of mill-wide data bases and total mill economics.
  • He analyzed the wood supply and processing system for a southern US pulp mill and identified the opportunities for process changes that would increase the pulp yield by 1% point, roughly equal to $8-10 million per year savings.
  • He developed and coordinated implementation of a chip quality control program for a pulp mill with 15 primary suppliers. The resulting data allowed the mill to recommend changes at their supplier sawmills that improved paper quality and justified bonus payments for improved chip quality.
  • As primary technical resource of a municipal solid waste recovery company, implemented the capability to characterize the components of municipal waste and determine the yield and quality of fiber and co-products recovered in a novel waste processing system.
Recent Client Requests:
  • Expert on Slurrying of bagasse pulp.
  • Biomass expert for consulting on using biomass for a new energy facility.
  • Expert on material handling of wood chips for local power company quote.
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:
Has served as an expert witness in cases involving shipboard fire of a boat carrying wood pulp, spontaneous combustion of wastewood in home construction,injury of a worker doing welding in a kraft pulp mill digester, patent infringement in wood chip production and processing equipment.
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
2002 to 2003   New Zealand   Assessment of utilization of plantation conifers and hardwoods.
1976 to 1979   Surinam   He lead a project to utilize mixed and plantation tropical hardwood forests for pulp and paper use, including developing chemical treatment methods for fast-deteriorating chip piles.
1981 to 1984   East Kalimantan Province of Indonesia   Evaluated the wood and pulping properties of all commercial hardwood species in the forests in the Weyerhaeuser concession.

Language Skills:
Foreign Language   Description
Spanish   He is able to translate technical information with some use of references.

Market Research:
Well-known globally for knowledge of fiber raw materials sourcing and quality control. Maintains a network of industry leaders in chip production and quality, including new sources of raw materials. This includes not only forest materials, but also wood waste, nonwood fibers and fiber recovery from municipal solid waste.

Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your marketing research, industry research, and company research needs.  For research needs involving multiple experts or secondary research, a Research Director can be assigned to coordinate the work into a custom report for you as a potentially quicker and more cost effective alternative to doing this work yourself or hiring a boutique consultancy.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Additional Skills and Services:
Training/Seminars

Organizing chairman - TAPPI Chip Preparation and Quality Short Course (1986-2003 and 2005-2006); Organizing Chairman and Instructor - Australian Pulp and Paper Industry Technical Association Chip Production and Quality Course (2000 to present); Organizing chairman - TAPPI Kraft Pulping Short Course (1992-2002); Co-chairman - PAPTAC Kraft Pulping Course (2003-2006); Organizing Chairman - Introduction to Pulp and Paper (2001 - University of Washington); Chairman - TAPPI Pulp Screening and Cleaning Short Course (2000); Seminar Chairman - TAPPI Pacific Section Annual Seminar (1990-2003)

Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

Evaluated vendor products and performance for most woodyard and woodroom design and modernization projects at Weyerhaeuser, including pilot plant evaluations and mill trials. As a consultant, evaluates the opportunities for production system improvements and recommends equipment to achieve performance goals and maximum returns.

Other Skills and Services

Expert in using digital photography to document field and mill observations, close-up photography of samples to illustrate causes and solutions to process problems and documenting safety inspection and investigation findings. Extensive background in tracing pulp dirt defects back to their cause based on fundamental knowledge of potential raw material and process related contamination.


 

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