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 Expert  727566

Expert in Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Failures, Malperformance, Personal Injury, Accidents, Disputes

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

United Kingdom
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Summary of Expertise:

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Expert has many years' experience in applying her knowledge in the preparation of expert evidence for litigation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution processes. She has investigated mechanical and materials failures and malperformance. She also has experience at presenting the evidence at hearings. She is a qualified commercial mediator.



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Expert has prepared many reports for claims for injury in the workplace and elsewhere. She has acted both for the injured party and the defenders and insurers. Many of the injuries arise from allegedly faulty mechanical equipment.

personal injury


industrial accident investigation


personal accident injury


workplace injury

Expert has worked in the power industry analysing stresses in boilers and piping systems. She has carried out stress and failure analyses from first principles and to design codes. She has also analysed other mechanical engineering structures and systems.



mechanical engineering




mechanical engineering analysis

Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution   Honors
1987   MSc   Mechanics of Materials   University of Strathclyde  
1970   MA   Natural Sciences and Metallurgy   University of Cambridge (England)   First class honours

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

1989 to 2015





Technical Director


Working individually or with a team carrying out forensic investigations and preparing reports.

1975 to 1989


Babcock Energy


Research Centre




Stress analysis of a variety of components and structures relating to power station boilers and pipework

Career Accomplishments:

Fellow, Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Member, Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining. Member, Chartered Institute of Wastes Management.


QDR - qualified mediator from the Academy of Experts. Scottish Mediation Register - accredited mediator. IOSH certificate in workplace health and safety.

Professional Appointments

Board Member of Energy Environment and Sustainability Group of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Publications and Patents Summary

25 published papers and articles

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - Insitution of Civil Engineers  
 - Institution of Civil Engineers  
 - Your Witness magazine  
 - Institution of Civil Engineers - International Conference on Forensic Engineering  
 - International Congress of the International Federation of Hospital Engineering  

Government Experience:
Years   Agency   Role   Description
1990 to 2005   Scottish Energy Efficiency Office, PSA, Carbon Trust   Engineer   Various industrial energy surveys. Study of transferable skills from the oil industry to renewable energy.
1989 to 1995   NHS in Scotland   Engineer   Strategic study of clinical waste incineration.

Follow up studies for several Scottish Health Boards.

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • International Arbitration relating to failure of large valves on a desalination plant. Providing independent assistance to the arbitratorThis involved liaison with mechanical enginering and metallurgical experts on both sides of the dispute. It included site visits the Middle East, organising testwork in Scotland, preparation of reports adn giving evidence at the hearing.
  • International Arbitration relating to disputes over flue gas desulphurisation equipment fitted to power station.Expert gave evidence on mechanical failure of components of the plant. This involved collecting and reviewing information, carrying out calculations and preparing a report. The evidence was presented in the hearing and Expert was examined and cross-examined on it.
  • Personal injury resulting from explosion of pressurised equipment offshore.Expert considered the evidence in the light of regulations and health and safety issues. Failed components were examined and a report prepared. She attended meetings with solicitors and advocates. The case settled out of court.
  • Expert was appointed to witness the dismantling of a failed mud pump at a factory in Italy. This independent inspection enabled the parties to agree a way forward and a settlement of the dispute.
  • Perth Crematorium, Scotland.As a result of new legislation, improved cremators had to be fitted. Expert acted as the consulting engineer by carrying out the design work, preparing specifications and tender documentation, advising the client on choice of contractor and supervising the installation and performance testing.
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 prepared evidence for Courts in England and Scotland and for international Arbitration hearings. She has also been involved as an expert in construction mediation proceedings.

Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Expert witness on boiler for consulting on tenant claimed gas boiler not working since she moved into the property.
  • TASA expert for consulting on mechanical engineer who has been involved in sudden acceleration cases.
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
2005 to 2005   Italy   Witnessing of stripping down of mud pump at factory. The vendor and purchaser were in dispute as to the cause of failure. Mrs Expert witnessed the stripping down, took photographs and discussed the findings with the parties. As a result a settlement was reached.
2012 to 2013   Europe   Expert is part of a team investigating causes of delay and disruption in construction of a major power station project. This has involved several meetings in France and Germany with the client's engineers to discuss a variety of matters relating to the design of mechanical and safety systems
2014 to 1915   Middle East and Europe   Mrs Wassermnn provided independent advice to the arbitrator in an international dispute over failed valves in a major engineering plant.
2014 to 2014   Kazakhstan   Assisting parent company with engineering issues relating to sour gas pipeline from the Black Sea.

Language Skills:
Foreign Language   Description
French   She has a good basis from school augmented by many visits to France and occasional use in technical communications.
German   She has a good basis from school augmented by many visits to Germany and occasional use in technical communications.
Italian   She has some knowledge of the language but is not fluent. She has used her skills in Italy on a number of occasions and in technical writing.
Spanish   She has some knowledge of the language but is not fluent. She has used her skills in Spain.

Additional Skills and Services:

Expert has delivered a CPD seminar 'Dialogue with an Engineer' to several firms of solicitors in Scotland and England. This explores the ways in which an engineer can assist at various stages of a dispute and what information the engineer requires. Examples and case studies are presented.

Other Skills and Services


In 2003 Expert qualified as a commercial mediator with the Academy of Experts in London. Since then she has been on the panel of the Sheriff Court mediation schemes in Edinburgh, Glasgow and North Lanarkshire and on the panel of Catalyst mediation. She is listed on the Scottish Mediation Register for business and commercial, court and workplace mediation.

Expert has carried out mediations on her own and assisted with several mediations for Catalyst, both commercial and employment disputes. She has been lead and assistant mediator on many Sheriff Court mediations covering a very wide variety of disputes.

As part of the mediation accreditation she completes regular mediation training with various organisations.


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