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Expert in Chemical Manufacturing, Process Hazards Analysis, Hydrogen Chloride, Cl2, troubleshooting

Expert ID: 730593 Louisiana, USA

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Expert has worked hands-on with most equipment and process technology used in the chemical industry. Reaction, purification, environmental discharge prevention, adsorption, absorbtion, are but a few areas of his expertise. He has also designed facilities for most common means of chemical transportation: ships, barges, rail, trucks, and gas cylinders. His work was all done on location as opposed to from the office. Expert learned the proper functioning of the equipment and many years of detecting problems by on-site troubleshooting.

Expert developed procedures and equipment for numerous plants to handle emergency shutdowns. When a chemical plant loses electricity, air, water, steam, or nitrogen; steps must be taken quickly to avoid loss of containment or worse. Loss of utilities is relatively common and must be considered in the design of facilities. Fail-safe systems must be in-place to permit safe shutdowns, automated systems must be provided to permit safe orderly shutdowns to be handled automatically or from a remote safe location. Flare systems must be designed to handle the anticipated capacity (which should be provable by process simulation). Potential causes for emergency shutdowns must be studied, minimized, accounted for and have special operating procedures in place and trained for as well.

Expert worked over 30 years for EI duPont, industry leader in chemical process safety. The majority of time and effort was devoted to activities to establish and maintain process safety in duPont chemical manufacturing plants domestically and internationally. With the passage of OSHA 1910, programs to insure industrial safety used by duPont were adopted as expected standards known now as PSM (Process Safety Management). Process Hazards Analysis methods: FM&EA, HAZOPS, What-If Checklist, Fault-Tree Analysis, LOPA, SIL, have become common. Expert has worked with, lead, and utilized all of them in his work. The goal is to avoid chemical plant accidents and serious incidents that endanger industrial workers, the community, environment, and destroy investment.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Beaumont, Texas - Port Arthur, Texas - Lafayette, Louisiana - Lake Charles, Louisiana

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1970 Degree: BSChE Subject: Chemical Engineering Institution: University of Delaware

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2004 to 2008 Employer: All States Technical Services (KBR) Title: Engineer III Department: Newark, DE Responsibilities: Completed six months of process engineering in 10 weeks. Redesigned, piping, and DCS configuration. Tested configuration with Process Simulation. Authored operating instructions and training package. Prepared the entire team for a successful startup.
Years: 1968 to 1999 Employer: EI Dupont Title: Senior Research Associate Department: Fluoroproducts Responsibilities: Directed pilot and semi-works, commercial scale retrofits and other engineering projects from inception through startup for new alternate refrigerants and electronic gases. Facilitated hundreds of millions of dollars in pre-tax profits. Mentored numerous engineers.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1982 to 1984 Country / Region: Netherlands Summary: US Liaison from DuPont US to DuPont Netherlands to design build and startup refrigerant manufacturing plant in Dordrecht.
Years: 1991 to 1998 Country / Region: Canada Summary: Provided startup and process improvement problem solving for plant in Maitland Ontario.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
German Took 5 years of German. Can understand spoken and written German.
French Took two years of French Language.

Fields of Expertise

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