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 Expert  724634

Expert in Imaging Sonar, Sonar Data Interpretation, Maritime Oil Spill Target Detection, Air Safety Search


Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Massachusetts (MA)
USA
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Summary of Expertise:

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Expert has spent over 35 years in the science of oceanographic search and consulted on over 350 operations to locate hard-to-find submerged targets. These have included aircraft and aircraft parts, chemical toxins, spilled petroleum products, weapons, navigational obstructions, lost cargo, missing vessels, vessel parts and other high value objects. Expert has taught courses in the science of sub sea search to civilian, government and military organizations. He is the senior author of two textbooks on sonar used by domestic and international commercial and government organizations.

Expert has been involved in high profile operations such as locating the debris resulting from the TWA Flight 800 747 accident off Long Island, NY. He has also been involved in other important programs such as the search and recovery of China Airlines Flights FLT358 and FLT611 747 accidents and on Korean Airlines FLT858 707 accident. Expert has consulted on dozens of other air accidents over water including all aspects of location and recovery. He has developed and implemented techniques to remotely detect DFDR/CVR aircraft "black Boxes" acoustic beacons during sea search operations for downed aircraft, significantly reducing at-sea search time. He has consulted for aircraft manufacturers, domestic and overseas governmental transportation safety boards, aircraft engine manufacturers, aircraft owners, and airlines.

Expert has developed and implemented reliable equipment and methodologies used to map submerged regions contaminated with spilled petroleum products including number 6 & 7 heavy crude oil during the cleanup phase. He consulted on the Athos I oil spill in the Delaware River and the DBL 152 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico after Hurricane Katrina. He has consulted on numerous ship grounding episodes by remotely locating the responsible navigational obstructions including those affecting the Queen Elizabeth II, M.V. Limar, SS Energy Enterprise, MV Anthea Y and numerous other grounding incidents. Clients have included London insurers, legal advisers, marine surveyors and ship owners.

Expert has been involved with numerous search and recovery of drowning victims and supported forensic efforts in other submerged body recovery operations. Expert has developed a variety of forensic containment systems to preserve evidence during body recovery.

Expert has been deposed in the past and is familiar with the process.

Expert's long association with the marine search sciences has allowed him to build a strong foundation for testing and evaluating many types of sonar, sonar software and geodetic mapping instrumentation used in underwater search programs including ROVs and AUVs.

Expert can serve as an expert witness or litigation consultant in witness in litigation areas involving hydrographic surveying, sonar operations, search operations, shipping accidents, oil clean up and submerged aircraft recovery operations.

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accident investigation

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acoustic sensor

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aircraft accident

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aircraft black box

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shipping accident

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underwater accident investigation

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maritime accident

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imaging sonar


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Localities:
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Boston, Massachusetts;  Worcester, Massachusetts;  Lowell, Massachusetts;  Cambridge, Massachusetts;  Brockton, Massachusetts;  New Bedford, Massachusetts;  Fall River, Massachusetts;  Lynn, Massachusetts;  Manchester, New Hampshire;  and Providence, Rhode Island.

Education:
Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1973   BA   Marine Biology   Windham College  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Title   Responsibilities

1981 to 1982

 

West Indies Marine Laboratory/NOAA

 

Operations Director, Hydrolab Subsea Habitat

 

Responsible for all personnel, safety systems, diving operations, hyperbaric chamber operations and Habitat systems

1976 to 1981

 

Benthos, Inc

 

Sales Engineer

 

Sales and field engineering for all deep ocean camera systems, installed systems on submarines


Career Accomplishments:
Associations/Societies

International Association of Air Safety Investigators

Licenses/Certifications

NOAA Certified Recompression Chamber Operator

Professional Appointments

Chairman of the Board, Draper Brothers Company


Publications:
Publications and Patents Summary

Has 16 publications and two recent books in imaging sonar science

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - Lower Cape Publishing  

Government Experience:
Years   Agency   Role   Description
1981 to 1982   NOAA   Operations Director   Responsible for all personnel, safety systems, diving operations, hyperbaric chamber operations and Habitat systems.

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • He has consulted with oceanographic manufacturing companies in the development of international business
  • He has consulted with sonar manufacturers to improve their products from a user standpoint
  • He has consulted with AUV (autonomous underwater vehicle) manufacturers to improve their acoustic imaging capabilities
  • He has consulted with oceanographic survey companies to improve their survey techniques.
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 deposed in the past and is familiar with the process.
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
1980 to   Far East   He has travelled extensively to the Far East and worked with oceanographic companies.
1980 to   Europe   He has travelled extensively to Europe and worked with oceanographic companies
1990 to   South America   Has travelled to various countries in South America

Language Skills:
Foreign Language   Description
Japanese   Comprehension only on a basic level
French   Only on a basic level

Market Research:
Expert's long association with the marine search sciences has allowed him to build a strong foundation for testing and evaluating many types of sonar, sonar software and geodetic mapping instrumentation used in underwater search programs including ROVs and AUVs..

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

Has taught seminars on deep ocean optical imaging, sonar imaging, air safety where accidents are over water, taught classes to US Navy SEALS in support of acoustic imaging prior to amphibious assault, numerous other sonar imaging courses

Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

Expert has the experience of locating vendors of remote sensing equipment, sonar systems and software, proton and cesium magnetometers and software, Autonomous Underwater Vehicles, mooring systems, scientific marine instrumentation, search and recovery equipment, forensic containment systems.

Other Skills and Services

Expert has experience in working in many countries in the regions of Austral-Asia, South America and Western Europe


 

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