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 Expert  728984

Expert in Process Engineering & Design, APC, Expert Witness; Refining, Petrochemicals & LNG


Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Texas (TX)
USA
Education Work HistoryPublicationsConsulting Services Expert Witness

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Multitalented and versatile leadership & management skills with geographically and culturally diverse teams & projects. Broad and diverse experience in the refining, petrochemical, chemical and biofuels industries. Project management skills include project definition, budget, scope & proposal development and cost control. Staff management skills include project engineering & operations staff supervision & direction. Technical expertise in process trouble-shooting, modeling & design (hydraulics, equipment sizing, HAZOP analysis, Cause & Effect), process control & optimization (regulatory, advanced & model-predictive) and control, electrical & instrumentation systems design (C,E&I). Experienced as an Expert Witness in technical and economic analysis. Overseas experience includes interfacing with foreign government representatives. Other experience includes construction supervision & coordination, operations & technical training, operability & safety analysis, international project execution & management, DCS Hot Cutovers & commissioning and IT/DCS network integration. Operations experience includes staff scheduling & management, startup/shutdown supervision, and turn-around inspection & planning. Project Engineering & Management activities include process unit modifications, grass-roots unit design and DCS/ESD retrofits & upgrades. Capital project management experience ranges $20M to $50MM. Process Design experience includes P&ID development, heat, material & pressure balances, hydraulic calculations, process modeling, equipment sizing & process control applications development. Process Control experience includes development & implementation of advanced regulatory, sequence control, PLC/SCADA and model-predictive control (DMC) applications for refining, olefins & chemicals units. Knowledgeable of numerous programming languages, including Object Oriented Programming (OOP) methodologies, and IT & integrated process control systems network design.
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advanced process control

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chemical process design

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dynamic process simulation

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P & ID

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change management

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chemical operation troubleshooting

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chemical plant design

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chemical plant troubleshooting

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chemical process analysis

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chemical process control

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chemical process control instrumentation

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chemical process modeling

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chemical process troubleshooting

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control system engineering

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design process

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energy-efficient process control

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engineering change control

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feedforward control

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front end loading

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petrochemical process

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petroleum refinery troubleshooting

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process control engineering

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process design

Expert has led a multinational expatriate team in a challenging O&M project with Zero on-the-job accidents & injuries. He participated in a process design Team that completely reworked an EPC Contractor's process design basis on an expansion for two Crude Units in less than 6 months. His Expert Witness experience includes identifying the faulty basis for loss-of-revenue insurance claim. He completely reworked, tested & shipped a chemical injection system application in less than 2 weeks. He has also assessed numerous biofuels development projects for domestic & international clients.

Expert was recognized by previous employers for taking on troubled projects and making them financial & technical successes. He identified deficiencies in shutdown & safety systems utilization to an end user and EPC Contractor on a polyolefins unit project. He successfully managed multiple personality interactions within client & project teams. His applications experience includes reverse-engineering an assembly language equipment sequencing application to new DCS platform that remains unchanged and in service to-date. He also kled highly visible APC project competitive bid evaluation and developed an Advanced Regulatory Control engineering & design Front-End Loading (FEL) procedure.

He had a lead role in justifying an employer's first multivariable control projectand provided justification for a multi-million dollar instrument retrofit project. He implemented first management-of-change procedure for DCS point allocation & configuration. He also created a statistical comparison report of online analyzer vs. lab results. He was the engineer responsible for the Extractive Distillation and Glycols Units.

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atmospheric distillation

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characterization process

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chemical refining

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continuous distillation

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crude distillation

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distillation column control

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energy-efficient distillation

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extractive distillation

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fractionating column

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fractionating column design

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fractionation

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petroleum refinery design review

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petroleum refinery evaluation

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petroleum refinery simulation

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process-engineering distillation

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vacuum distillation


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Localities:
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Houston, Texas;  Pasadena, Texas;  Beaumont, Texas;  College Station, Texas;  Baytown, Texas;  Bryan, Texas;  Sugar Land, Texas;  Port Arthur, Texas;  Galveston, Texas;  and Missouri City, Texas.

Often requested
with this expert:

Refining and Petrochemical Processes including Safety and...
Process Design
Design and Engineering of Chemical Plants and Petroleum...
Hazop Leading and SIL Assessment in Chemical and...

Education:
Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1988   BS   Chemical Engineering   Texas A&M University  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Title   Responsibilities

2002 to

 

(Undisclosed Consulting Company)

 

President & Lead Consultant

 

He provides contracting & staffing service addressing multiple facets of design, construction and project & staff management. He perform operations & maintenance management, process design, control & automation systems design, regulatory, sequence, model-predictive (APC) & SCADA/PLC control design and implementation, capital project development & management for international & domestic clients in refining, petrochemical, specialty chemical & biofuels industries. He is an Expert Witness giving testimony and analysis of refining & petrochemical related cases for insurance and legal industries. He interfaces with and report to foreign corporate executives & government representatives.

1995 to 2002

 

Honeywell Industrial Automation & Control

 

Lead Project Engineer

 

He was recognized for taking on troubled projects and making them financial & technical successes. He managed multiple personality interactions within client & project teams. He turned-around a troubled project on time to meet aggressive client schedule. He managed a subcontractor who was a direct competitor of Company. He also led highly visible APC project competitive bid evaluation. Developed ARC engineering & design Front-End Loading (FEL) procedure. He performed 100% of design & implementation of batch-sequencing application.

1988 to 1995

 

ARCO Chemical Co.

 

Process & Process Control Engineer

 

He had a lead role in justifying Company's first multivariable control project; He implemented first management-of-change procedure for DCS point allocation & configuration. He led development of statistical comparison of online analyzer vs. lab results. He developed rules for tuning vertical & horizontal drum level controllers, a priori. He provided process control support during “hot” cut-overs of pneumatic-to-DCS retrofit project (PO/TBA) and new plant (PO/EB/SM) startup. He developed computer script for maintaining persistent documentation for computer-based control applications. He evaluated process identification & tuning software for Company-wide use. He coordinated Technical Department's participation in the Plant Emergency Team. He also provided justification for a multi-million dollar instrument retrofit project.


Publications:
Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - White Paper: Self-Published  
 - Presentation: Process Plant Debottlenecking & Optimisation Conference, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  
 - Gulf Publishing, International Refining & Petrochemical Conference 2013  
 - Presentation to University of Auckland Dept. of Chemical & Materials Engineering  

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Resolve discrepancies and inconsistencies between design and construction of process control, Fire & Gas, Online Analyzer and Emergency Shutdown systems. Review and recommend modifications to control scheme designs to improve operability, reliability and safety. Test & Commission Fire & Gas, Emergency Shutdown & Process Control applications on Yokogawa Centum CS3000 process control system & safety instrumented systems (SIS). Oversee design, construction, mechanical installation of field instrumentation and Vendor Packages for Fire & Gas, Process Control and Safety Systems. Coordinate construction activities between multiple disciplines, including piping, instrumentation and electrical. Interface and consult with Owner representatives on process design, control & instrumentation requirements for cryogenic service, operability and safety. Commission & revise process control sequence and continuous control applications for LNG vaporization train startup & shutdown and Terminal Sendout, including pipeline monitoring & control. Provide startup & performance-test support to Operations & EPC Contractor.
  • Responsible for economic & technical feasibility assessment of green & brown field biofuels (ethanol & biodiesel) facilities in developed and under-developed regions – U.S. & international. Interfaced with technology vendors, contractors and clients on infrastructure (utilities/offsites requirements and logistics) & feedstock requirements, process design, technical & economic feasibility and product marketing & distribution. Managed & coordinated project development & progress with financial stakeholders. Led project development efforts for clients to meet scope, schedule & budgetary constraints. Summary of Engagements:•Central American Ethanol Plant Feasibility & FEED•Central American BioDiesel/Refinery Feasibility & FEED•U.S. Ethanol Plant Equipment Evaluation/Relocation Feasibility•U.S. Vitamin E to Ethanol Plant Conversion Evaluation & FEED•Sierra Leon, West Africa Bio-fuels Plant Feasibility•Nigeria, West Africa Bio-fuels/Refinery Feasibility•South American Ethanol Plant & Refinery Feasibility•U.S. BioMass-to-Methanol Conversion Process Evaluation•U.S. BioMass Gasification & Conversion Unit(s) Construction
  • Designed & configured SCADA applications for chemical injection systems. Detailed design included PLC configuration, operator interface design & configuration and sequence application design, implementation & commissioning. Sequence application included chemical injection scheduling, chemical consumption monitoring & tracking as well as abnormal event detection & alarming. Entire application written in structured text program environment using OOP methodologies.
  • Performed detailed design, implementation & tuning of regulatory & advanced process control applications to meet objectives for throughput, safety, environmental and quality metrics of Catalytic & Light Ends purifications units including implementation of Fired Heater cross-limit controls. Provided daily control applications and process engineering support for alky, catalytic light ends fractionation, hydro-desulfurization and olefins units. Commissioned & supported multi-variable control (DMC) applications for refinery & olefins units. Supported project development, technical design & implementation of online optimization & abnormal event detection applications. Supported legacy PMX control applications during Experion Migration project.
  • Directed technical staff on multi-unit DCS replacement project which included a very large number of complex control applications, Remote Instrument Enclosure building (RIE) mechanical, HVAC & electrical design and fabrication and fiber optic network installation. Coordinated integration, construction & acceptance testing activities. Performed multiple lead functions while project team was being staffed. Successfully managed multiple personality interactions within client & project teams. Responsible for project delivery, schedule, technical performance and change order estimation. Assisted Project Manager achieve financial results.
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Expert Witness:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
Assessed a Loss-of-Revenue insurance claim relavent to a fertilizer company that resulted in the claim being rejected due to a faulty basis.
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International Experience:
Years   Country / Region   Summary
2004 to 2005   Viet Nam   Managed & directed an international, multi-cultural expatriate and local operations & maintenance staff – directly supervised 35 expatriate operations staff; indirectly managed 12 expatriate maintenance staff - for an Ammonia/Urea plant (the first modern chemical plant in Viet Nam) using Haldor-Topsoe & Snamprogetti technology. Provided guidance and direction to local management on the development of appropriate operations, maintenance & HSE practices, policies and procedures. Generated over 200 reports and policy & procedures recommendations covering various aspects of modern chemical plant operations, maintenance, emergency preparedness and organizational structure & management. Interfaced with plant & corporate management as well as government representatives regarding local staff & management capabilities & proficiency progress.
2002 to 2002   Viet Nam   Reviewed design of Viet Nam's first oil refinery project. Provided guidance on appropriate use of instrumentation, automation and control systems. Performed complete PFD and P&ID review of EPC Contractor's detailed designs. Generated in excess of 100 reports covering numerous facets of process design (including utilities, cooling water, SPM & power generation facilities), refinery operations, control & instrumentation and Oil Movement & Storage systems.

Additional Skills and Services:
Training/Seminars

Conference Presentations: “Achieving Robust Design & Real-Time Plant Performance w/Process Dynamics Analysis”, IChemE Advances in Process Control 10 Conference, York, England, September 2014; “Regaining Operating Excellence through Enhanced Training”, International Refining & Petrochemical Conference 2013, New Delhi, India July 2013; "Dynamic Analysis: The Forgotten Side of Process Design”, Plant Design and Debottlenecking Conference, Malaysia, July 2010;

University Guest Lectures: “Dynamic Analysis”, “Distillation Control Primer” & “Practical Process Control”, University of Auckland, Chemical & Materials Engineering Dept., 2013-2015 ;

Training: “Practical Process Control for Process and C&I Engineers”: 4½ day vendor-neutral foundational instruction for process control & control systems staff of all experience levels, gleaned from 20+ years of real-world experience that conveys practical procedures & practices for high-value control applications design & maintenance.

Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

Knowledgeable with numerous DCS, PLC & SCADA systems vendors equipment.


 

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