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Expert in Chemical Plant Safety Services, Hazard Studies, SIL, Risk Assessment, DSEAR, Water Hammer

Expert ID: 728735 United Kingdom

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Expert's main area of interest is chemical plant and process safety. He has led HazOp [Hazard and Operability] studies on many plants from large scale, high hazard plants using well-established technology (e.g. manufacture of hydrogen fluoride, high density polyethylene, etc) to small custom plants using novel technologies (e.g. an integrated modular heat pump, a refrigerant gas distillation system). He has developed his own software for facilitating this based on his experience and from use of other software used by some clients.

He is also an expert in the leadership of other Hazard Study stages which are much under-valued in the industry by which offer important advantages. Hazard Studies 1 and 2 can offer great benefit to Companies in the early stages of development of a new plant or process, [Hazard Study 3 is what is now referred to by most industries as "HazOp"], Hazard Studies 4 and 5 are useful during plant construction and before commissioning, and Hazard Study 6 is a useful review technique for when a plant has been operating for a few months. HazOp can also be used for existing plants which have been subject to changes or a long time has passed since a general safety review, or even for those that have never had a formal safety review before.

Some plants and factories are not suitable for these procedures, for example multi-product batch plants are often too flexible to enable the HazOp technique to work reliably. Expert has developed his own 'What-If' technique and software to provide a formal process safety review of such plants.

Expert has much experience in analysing pump and pipe systems for water hammer (also known as surge flow) using modern software. He can analyse pipe systems for vulnerability to water hammer and devise reliable and economic solutions to any problems uncovered. This work also includes the development of software to analyse the results of water hammer analysis to calculate the forces on pipelines as a result of water hammer events.

Expert has much experience in carrying out Risk Assessments on process plants, nowadays often associated with the need to carry out SIL assessments [Safety Integrity Level] to satisfy current legislation. He has developed his own software to carry out Risk Graph and LoPA [Layers of Protection Analysis] studies on process risks, He is also familiar with Bow Tie analysis to help with this.

He has consulted for Jacobs Engineering, Ineos, WorleyParsons, Day & Zimmerman, AMEC, Stopford, M W Kelloggs, HazTech, GlaxoSmithKline, Epsilo PharmaServices, BP, Gulf Fluor, Buss Chemtech, Lloyds Register, Excelerate Energy, Outokumpu, Corus, Fluon, Conoco Philips, and smaller companies. These were a variety of projects across all his areas of work.


Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1975 Degree: BSc Subject: Chemical Engineering Institution: University of Leeds, UK

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2006 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Consultant Department: Responsibilities: After 30 years working in the chemical industry, mainly for ICI PLC, he decided to set up his own Company and work as a private consultant. He has now been doing so for 4 years, during which he has experienced a further variety of plants and processes. As a result he undertakes safety and performance studies on almost any type of process plant.

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 1971 to 1978 Agency: Ministry of Defense Role: Student, then PTO2 Description: Full-time study (sponsored student)
Professional and Technology officer after graduation.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 2007 to 2008 Country / Region: Italy Summary: He led a large Hazard Study on a refinery design.
Years: 2008 to 2009 Country / Region: Switzerland Summary: He led a large Hazard Study on a sulphuric acid and hydrofuoric acid plant design.
Years: 2007 to 2007 Country / Region: Sweden Summary: He led a large Hazard Study on a refinery design.
Years: 2012 to 2012 Country / Region: Abu Dhabi Summary: He led a Hazard Study on a chemical plant design.
Years: 2013 to 2013 Country / Region: South Korea Summary: He led a large Hazard Study on an acrylonitrile and sodium cyanide plant design.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Institution of Chemical Enginers - Fellow;
Energy Institute - Member;
Institution of Occupational Safety and Health - Technician member;
Engineering Council - Chartered Engineer.
Licenses / Certifications
Certificate in Functional Safety;
NEBOSH General Certificate.
Professional Appointments
Plant manager, ICI;
Senior / lead engineer, ICI, BNFL, Aker Solutions, Day & Zimmerman;
Consultant, ICI.
Publications and Patents Summary
He registered several patents when working for ICI.
He has presented papers at IChemE symposia and meetings.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
He is aware of Expert Witness requirements and can offer to carry out such work related to chemical plants.
Training / Seminars
He has delieverd training courses on HazOp, SIL assessment, water hammer, DSEAR / ATEX compliance and data reconciliation.
Other Relevant Experience
He has wide experience in non-standard chemical processing techniques and can offer impartial advice on speculative and developing technologies and processes.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
French Basic level only

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