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 Expert  727460

Expert in Airworthiness, SHM-HUMS, Structural Analysis/Testing, Metals/Composites

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Summary of Expertise:

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Expert has over 30 years experience in solving aerospace engineering design, analysis and test problems for both metal and composite structures. Expert has considerable experience in Aircraft Structural Health Management and Health Monitoring and has authored internationally recognized papers on this topic. He has strong business, technical management and presentation background and is often used in a trouble-shooting role to isolate and resolve engineering, aging aircraft, aircraft certification, computer-related and manufacturing problems. Expert has considerable technical project management experience at both the national and international level having managed international projects related to composite structures and aircraft battle damage repair for the Canadian Forces, the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and the United States Navy (USN). He is comfortable making presentations to either technical/operational personnel or senior management personnel and has presented numerous papers on a variety of engineering topics at international conferences as well as chaired many technical sessions. In recent years Expert has also been involved in preparing and making presentations to nationally elected government representatives in both Canada and the United States.

Expert has worked in both the structural analysis and test environments in Industry and Government. He has been responsible for the definition, program management, implementation and/or technical management of R&D programs since 1980 and over the past four to five years has been involved with structural health and certification issues related to special mission and aging aircraft systems for aircraft operating in the aerial firefighting, geophysical survey and other low-level roles. Other projects he has undertaken encompass Aircraft Accident Investigation, Structural Health Monitoring Programs, metal and composite structural analysis using both finite element and closed form solutions, and fatigue and fracture mechanics analysis. Expert has strong computer skills in technical, office and project management software and has gained considerable experience with implementing and managing scientific and technical programs over the Internet, particularly where large quantities of data are involved.


airframe fatigue


airframe stress analysis


composite aircraft structure


composite aircraft structure stress analysis

Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution   Honors
1978   B.Sc Honours   Aeronautical Engineering   University of Hertfordshire, England (Formerly the Hatfield Polytechnic)   Honours 2/2

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

2009 to





President and SHM/HUMS specialist


Responsible for setting up and Managing all Projects for the Virtual technical Office

2005 to





Senior Technical Aerospace Specialist


Project Management and execution of Aviation Testing, Safety and Monitoring programs for the United States Coast Guard and for the NASA Aircraft Aging and Durability Program

1992 to







Responsible for Contract Negotiations and Technical Project Management of contracts for clients such as Canadian Air Force, Transport Canada/FAA, United States Navy, Royal Australian Air Force, Sandia National Laboratories and a number of Aircraft Operators and MR&O Organizations

1990 to 1992


S&S Software


Aerospace Division




Responsible for starting up and managing all technical projects, primarily in support of Canadian Forces aircraft structures related issues

1984 to 1990


National Research Council of Canada


Structures and Materials Laboratory, Institute for Aerospace Research


Research Officer


Responsible Aircraft Structural Health Monitoring Programs that were actively monitoring a number of Canadian Forces Fleets and Special Mission Aircraft such as Fire bombers.

Developed a suite of composite structural analysis software in FORTRAN

Participated in analyzing data from the full-scale and component level testing of metal and composite structures

1981 to 1984


Bombardier Aerospace (Formerly Canadair)


Composite and Military Support Divisions


Stress Engineer


Analysis of composite structural components using FEM (NASTRAN) and closed form solutions which were programmed in FORTRAN

Analysis of military aircraft structures using fatigue and damage tolerance principles

responsible for developing and analyzing data from a program for the composite patching of metal aircraft structures

1979 to 1981


Rollys-Royce Aero Engines, Derby England


Stress Department


Stress Engineer


Analysis of Metallic and Composite Engine Nacelle Structure using closed form and other techniques

Research and Development into applications of composites to Aircraft Engine Nacelle Structure

Developed Composite Structure Analysis Software

Analyzed data from Blade-off certification tests

1978 to 1979


Marshall Aerospace, Cambridge, England




Stress Engineer


Closed form stress analysis of aircraft and missile structures

Career Accomplishments:

Associate Fellow, Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute (CASI)

Professional Appointments

Former, Chair, Structures and Materials Section, Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute

Publications and Patents Summary

Expert has published a number of milestone publications including a definitive FAA Report on Aircraft Low-level Loads

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - Defence Science and Technology Organisation, International Conference on Health & Usage Monitoring  
 - Federal Aviation Administration  
 - Consortium for Aerial Firefighting Evolution  
 - Proceedings of 2000 Aging Aircraft Conference  
 - Technomic Publishing Company  

Government Experience:
Years   Agency   Role   Description
2002 to 2005   FAA   Contractor   Various projects related to Aerial Firebombing
2005 to 2006   USCG   Contractor   Various projects related to the monitoring and testing of fixed and rotary wing aircraft
2007 to 2008   NASA   Contractor   Assisted with the Program Management Aspects of the Aging Aircraft and Durability Project
1998 to 2000   Transport Canada/FAA   Contractor   Program Manager for the development of an analysis tool related to the in-flight break-up of aircraft structures

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Expert assisted NASA to refocus research programs in the areas of Aging Aircraft and Durability to facilitate their migration from the Research Laboratory to Industrial Application/Adoption
  • Expert assisted the USCG with the definition of a Test and Evaluation Master Plan through invited participation on a Test Management Oversight Team (TMOT)
  • Expert managed the Development of a technical complex piece of software for the analysis of the nature, location and cause of in-flight structural break-ups using vibratory data obtained from the Cockpit Voice Recorder. The program was sponsored by the FAA/Transport Canada and also involved other US/Canadian and International agencies
  • Expert served as the Canadian Deputy Program Manager for the Canadian Forces on the Composite Repair Engineering Development Program which involved the USN and the RAAF. Expert also served as the Canadian Forces Deputy Program Manager on their Aircraft Battle Damage Repair Program
  • Expert was responsible for developing and implementing a program for the FAA on a C-130A Aerial firefighting Aircraft. The aim of the program was to evaluate the low-level loads experienced by aircraft operating in this role
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:
Provided Technical Expertise/Support to a Number of Aerial Firefighting Operators in presentation to legislative representatives in US Congress/Senate including preparation of documents explaining technical issues
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Expert in Canadain airworthiness requirements for litigation
  • Expert witnesses in aircraft maintenance for case against aircraft manufacturer who also did retrofit.
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:
Presented Papers on trends and pitfalls in Aircraft Structural Health Monitoring

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:

Multiple seminars on issues related to Aircraft Structural Health Monitoring, the design and implementation of such programs and the analysis of the resulting data

Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

Selecting Suppliers, Vendors for supplying Structural Health Monitoring systems for installation on aircraft

Other Skills and Services

International Program Management experience for the Canadian Forces, USN and RAAF in the Area of Composite Structural Repair

National Program Management Experience for the Canadian Forces in the area of Aircraft Battle Damage Repair

Frequently used for Technical Troubleshooting and Independent Validation and Verification of Technical Programs related to aircraft structures


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