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 Expert  727446

Expert in Petrochemical, Pulp & Paper, distillation, Chemical Engineering, Pumps, Piping, Wastewater, CPI


Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Alabama (AL)
USA
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Expert has many years' engineering design in the Chemical Process and Pulp and Paper fields. He has held positions of Production Engineer, Technical Director, Quality Control Engineer, Process Engineering Department Head, Senior Engineer.

His design experience includes many years wtih major Engineering C & E firms designing Pulp and Paper, Chemical Recovery, Distillation, Absorbtion, solids and fluids handling equipment, flares, fire safety systems, wastewater treatment, air pollution contol, corrosion engineering, steam and condensate systems, process debottlenecking, and other equipment and systems.He has led engineering, operations, troubleshooting, and management on these and other important projects:

• Petrochemical plant ethylene plant operations • PVC compounding • Waste gas scrubber design • Liquid hydrogen storage and safety systems • Tall Oil vacuum distillation and troubleshooting • Heat exchanger design and specification • Activated Sludge wastewater treatment operations and design • High Alloy piping, equipment and weldment design and installation • Chlorine systems handling • Pyrolisis furnaces • Low temperature distillation trains • Batch process esterification for Cancer drug manufacture • Paper mill recausticizing operations process troubleshooting • Power house shutdown job and welding inspection. • Paper mill recovery boiler and bark boiler process troubleshooting • Firefighting equipment and operations

Other typical projects where expert served as Lead Engineer include detailed process calculations for hydrogen tank farm safety and flare systems, air and water permitting assistance, vacuum distillation column and peripheral equipment design, papermill steam dryer section steam control upgrade, papermill liquor slaking system and bleach plant material balance update and upgrades. Specified and purchased pumps, relief devices, compressors, distillation columns, tankage, etc.

Pulp and Paper experience includes process engineering, quality control, paper machine wet end chemistry process engineering, pulp mill, powerhouse, and dry end debottlenecking, woodyard wood chip quality improvement systems experience. Held Technical Director position of a two machine Kraft integrated brown paper mill with responsibility for all process engineers, quality control, environmental permitting and testing, process troubleshooting for bleach plant and lime mud recausticzing for large papermill in the Southeastern U.S., capital projects scoping an cost estimating including chlorine handling systems, energy conservation for paper machine steam systems, mass meter installations, etc.

He has Six sigma Black Belt training. He is also very capable in chemical process modeling using Aspen Plus software.

Expert witness experience includes Plaintiff and Defense work involving toxic gas cloud release with injuries, soil contamination class action lawsuit against a papermill, carbon monoxide poisoning involving a death, hydrogen cyanide exposure to maintenance workers, chemical exposure inhalation hazards and injuries in papermills and chemical plants, etc.

Expert is a Licensed Professional Engineer in several States.

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chemical engineering

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chemical project engineering

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chemical reaction engineering

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cost engineering

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design process

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engineering

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mass transfer

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process water chemistry

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corrosion engineering

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chemical process equipment designing

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compliance engineering

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energy-efficient steam system

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papermaking

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process engineering

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pulp-and-paper industry air pollution control

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pulp-and-paper process control

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pulp-and-paper process control instrumentation

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reclaimed pulp-and-paper fiber

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recycled paper manufacturing

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recycled pulp-and-paper fiber

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design engineering

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paper engineering

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pulp-and-paper technology

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paper mill corrosion

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distillation equipment

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equipment design

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fire safety

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process engineering equipment

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ignition source

Expert has extensive experience in the CPI, petrochemical, and Pulp and Paper industries at the operations level. He has served as Engineer Intern, Shift Supervisor, Production Engineer, Project engineer, Process Engineer, Technical Department Engineer, and Technical Director, in the CPI, Petrochemical and Pulp and Paper industries. As Technical Director of a world-class Kraft linerboard papermill, he managed 28 person department responsible for process engineering, quality control and assurance, statistical process control activities, Cross Direction system troubleshooting and quality assurance, environmental engineering, new product development, customer service.

As a Process Engineer in another world-class linerboard and bleached Kraft market pulp mill, he was responsible for pH control systems design and installation, paper machine chemical furnish control system design and installation, batch digester control process optimization, on the wood chip thickness control system construction team, customer service, various finished and intermediate product quality control functions.

As a Project and Design Engineer in the distillation unit of a world class pulp chemical, Tall Oil plant. Installed a variety of instruments for high temperature, ultra-high vacuum service. Managed first phase of comprehensive instrumentation and control system rebuild project converting pneumatics to DCS. Designed and installed piping, exchangers, nitrogen and chlorine handling equipment. Rebuilt two high vacuum distillation columns with Hastelloy and 904 alloy materials. Managed and designed a $2.6 million distillation area vacuum distillation production increase including column weld cladding and structured packing, shell and tube high allow heat exchanges, reboilers, piping and pumps and nitrogen and water delivery system for Tall Oil separation

As a Shift Supervisor, he supervised crew of six men and made real-time process and maintenance decisions to produce polyester resin in this batch polymerization computer-controlled plant, which was the feedstock to a computer tape film plant. Organized “A” shift to become the most efficient of the four shifts of the polyester terephthalate resin plant.

As a Production Engineer his work has included extensive process troubleshooting, design of ventilation system upgrade for reducing worker exposure to heavy metals supervision of hourly workers as shift supervisor in Engineer training program.

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chemical plant

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chemical process equipment

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chemical process monitoring

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chemical process troubleshooting

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chemical processing

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chemical processing system safety

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fractionating column

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process chemistry

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unit operations

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metal water pipe corrosion

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chemical industry

Expert has been involved in environmental projects, studies, investigations, and permitting activities continuously over his 30+ career.

As a Senior Engineer, duties have included wastewater systems design, air permitting calculations, refinery wastewater and process safety system review and design, firewater system design and modification, specialized wastewater system design. Also wastewater application for state of the art municipal wastewater treatment system for new $10 million wastewater plant, review of chlorination systems and troubleshooting of chlorine contact problems for a POTW, and writing specifications for new sludge handling and digesters equipment.

Soils remediation work has included work as an Expert Witness in a class action lawsuit against a papermill which had polluted soil and groundwater over a 40-year period by dumping boiler ash in a residential community, Phase I and II Environmental Site Assessments for various construction and shopping mall clients, and as an Expert witness for Plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit against a major papermill for a toxic large volume wastewater release. This case included detailed onsite inspections and investigation, detailed material balance calculations, evaluation of environmental sampling effort, analysis of production personnel activities that caused the toxic release, etc. Has designed remediation plans for commercial and industrials clients for UST removal and soil contamination remediation.

Experienced in RCRA, CERCLA, NFRAP, EPA, State EPA's and other Federal regulations for soil contamination and UST removal and closing requirements.

Air pollution permitting and compliance work has included material and energy balance calculations for many types of boilers, management of stack testing crews for TRS (total reducible sulfur) monitoring in paper mills, air permitting assistance fro industrial clients.

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environmental compliance

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air pollution control

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air pollution control system

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environmental engineering

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environmental air quality

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pulp-and-paper environmental control

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pulp-and-paper industry wastewater purification

He is a Licensed Professional Engineer and is a Certified Building Inspection Engineer through N.S.P.E. He has inspected approxinately 3,000 buildings for Owners, Investors, Owners Associations, Banks, Attorneys, etc.

His expertise and experience includes forensic structural investigations for various structural failures, as well as fire cause and origin investigations, indoor air quality investigations, water intrusion investigations, construction defect, window and door testing, etc.

Design experience includes wood framing design, steel design for various buildings.

He has been admitted to District and Federal courts as an expert witness in a number of cases as a Civil Engineer, a structural Engineer, and a Building Inspection Engineer, in cases involving construction defects, hurricane damage "wind vs. water" claims, slip trip and fall injury cases.

He has extensive experience in Wood Destroying Organism (WDO) cases against insurance companies as a Plaintiff and as a Defense Expert Witness. Expert holds a Certified Operator license for termite and WDO pesticide and treatment of structures, as well as a household and institutional pest control license, both from the state of Alabama.

Expert has extensive experience evaluating and troubleshooting all types of mechanical systems in many buildings, including HVAC, VAV, exchanger chiller systems, vertical transportation, domestic water firewater, etc.

His extensive construction cost estimating expertise has resulted in favorable outcomes in various court cases and insurance claims as an expert witness for both Plaintiffs and Defendants, Insured's and Insurers, His cost estimates are routinely admitted in court.

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building code

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building failure

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building inspection

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BOCA model code

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building roof failure

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chemical pulping

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forensic architecture

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forensic construction

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forensic engineering

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construction deficiency

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construction claim

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construction defect

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construction design deficiency

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construction insurance claim

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National Building Code

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Standard Building Code

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National Fire Code

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Standard Fire Code

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International Conference of Building Officials model code

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model code

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water intrusion

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roof design

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heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning system mold

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indoor air pollution control building material

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indoor air pollution control

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construction material deficiency

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defective construction

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water flooding damage

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accident causation

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chemical accident

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chemical exposure

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chemical plant accident

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lock out tag procedure


Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise
Localities:
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Mobile, Alabama;  Gulfport, Mississippi;  Biloxi, Mississippi;  and Pensacola, Florida.

Education:
Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
2002   Post Graduate   Structural Engineering   University of South Alabama  
1981   BS   Chemical Engineering   University of Cincinnati  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

1996 to

 

(Undisclosed)

 

Alabama and Gulf Coast Office

 

President

 

Responsibilities include maintaining relationships with key clients, sales and marketing to old and new clients, Senior Engineer functions, profit and loss responsibilities.

1996 to 1997

 

Herzog Hart

 

Mobile, Alabama office

 

Senrior Engineer

 

Expert wrote specifications for capital process equipment, designed Piping & Instrument Diagrams, assisted instrumentation engineers and designers, etc.

1992 to 1996

 

Walk, Haydel, & Associates

 

Mobile, Alabama office

 

Process Engineering Department Head

 

He developed Piping & Instrument Diagrams, performed process calculations, specified process equipment, specified instrumentation equipment. Projects included various Chemical Process Industries clients, Pulp & Paper mills, etc.

1991 to 1992

 

BCM Engineers

 

Mobile, Alabama office

 

Senior Engineer

 

His responsibilities were in the wastewater treatment department where he designed and specified equipment for activated sludge, chlorination, tankage and oil water separation equipment.

1990 to 1991

 

Brown and Root USA

 

Mobile, Alabama office

 

Senior Engineer

 

He developed Piping & Instrument Diagrams, performed process calculations, specified process equipment, specified instrumentation equipment. Projects included various Chemical Process Industries clients, Pulp & Paper mills, etc.

1985 to 1990

 

Stone Container Corp.

 

Panama City and Jacksonville, Florida mills

 

Technical Director

 

Expert was manager over a 60 person Technical services department which included Process Engineering, Quality control, Air Pollution measurement lab, customer service.

1984 to 1985

 

Sylvachem Corp.

 

Panama City, Florida office

 

Capital Engineer

 

Specified and designed process equipment for a world class Tall Oil plant

1981 to 1984

 

ICI Americas

 

Computer Film plant

 

Engineer Shift Supervisor

 

He participated in and in-depth training program as a shift supervisor for a polyterepthlalate computer film plant.


Career Accomplishments:
Associations/Societies

NSPE ASPE NABIE ASCE ASTM

Licenses/Certifications

Licensed Professional Engineer in Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Lousiana, Arkansas, Pennsylvania and Texas. Certified Building Inspection Engineer Strucutrual Pest Certified Operator License in Alabama

Professional Appointments

Voting Member ASTM Committee C.04


Publications:
Publications and Patents Summary

He has 4 publications in trade magazines.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - Plant Engineering  
 - Condo Owner/Condo Owner  

Government Experience:
Years   Agency   Role   Description
1997 to 1999   U.S. National Park Service   Consultant   He has reviewed, audited, and assisted the National Park Service in making changes to their alternate fuels electric bus program and gas fueling systems at the Grand Canyon National Park. Performed an onsite investigation in the Grand Canyon National Park into bus fires from batteries in electric busses.

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Reviewed extensive reports and lab analyses from a papermill toxic chemical release incident into local receiving waters for a Plaintiff class lawsuit. Performed two onsite inspections of process conditions,piping, etc. and advised attorneys as to what specific records should be subpoenaed from this mill, and what outcomes and acts of omission would most likely be able to be proven in court. Performed detailed material balance calculations using my pulp and paper technical experience to help my client prove their case.
  • Reviewed and studies heavy metal contamination of soils for a Class Action lawsuit in Florida. This involved review and evaluation of hundreds of soil core samples and lab results, strucutural evaluation of over 350 houses and commercial buildings, and testifying in Florida District Court.
  • Evaluated an injured worker's exposure to chlorine dioxide in a paper mill to substantiate an insurance claim. Performed a site investigation and ran gas cloud dispersion mathematical models.
  • He has provided inspections and written evaluations of over 300 buildings that were damaged by Hurricanes Ivan and Katrina for Insurance, Owner, Bank, and Plaintiff Attorney interests. These reports evaluated the mechanism of roof and structural failures for insurance claims.
  • Inspected and wrote a detailed report for a U.S. Gulf coast Condominium building damaged by two hurricanes and a tropical storm over several years. The report sorted out the damage over time for an insurance claim. Then generated bid packages for cost estimating of repairs. Provided a detailed report and cost estimate to client.
Recent Client Requests:
  • Expert for consulting on paper mill water study.
  • Expert in production processing equipment wear.
  • Steam expert for consulting on Hot Water Steam Injection.
  • Expert in Plastic Pipe Opportunity.
  • Oil and gas expert for consulting on manufacturing and distribution product assesment.
  • Expert in cold climate engineering teaching for consulting on consultation.
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:
He has been designated as an expert witness in over 300 cases involving hurricane damage to various buildings and construction defects in buildings. He has been an expert witness in cases involving defective firehose nozzles, worker exposure to inhaled hazardous vapors causing workplace injuries, environmental heavy metal contamination in soils, and in a Plaintiff Class action lawsuit against a world-class papermill where a large volume toxic wastewater spill was involved. He has been an Expert in fire cause and origin cases in Civil and Criminal cases.
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Expert for consulting on potassium hydroxide exposure.
  • Liner board making expert for consulting on processes and chemicals used in liner board paper.
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.

Market Research:
Expert worked in formulation and customer service in the polymer, Chemical Process Industries, Tall Oil, and Pulp and Paper industries. He has extensive experience as an Expert Witness in over 300 lawsuits involving storm damage to buildings from hurricanes Katrina, Ivan, Elena, Ike, Isaac, and many others along the Gulf coast and Florida since 1985. Inspected and evaluated over 50 buildings for structural damage after flooding from Tropical Storm Wilma in Pennsylvania in 2011.

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

He has developed and teaches seminars in: fluid flow calculations for non-Engineers, Building Codes, Wood Destyoying Organism and rot in wood structures, stucco and cementitious materials in building facades.

Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

Extensive experience locating, working with, and obtaining quotes for chemical process and constrcution equipment over many years. Detailed cost estimating in conjunction with Contractors and major suppliers for chemical plant, papermill, and commercial high rise and various residential construction projects.

Other Skills and Services

Has accumulated specialized training and certifications as a Licensed Professional Engineer, Certified Building Inspection Engineer, Wood Destyoying Organism Certified Ooperators license, etc. he has firefighting and Arson and Fire Cause and Origin investigation experience


 

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