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Expert in Dredging

Expert ID: 734583 Illinois, USA

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Expert is qualified, knowledgeable and experienced in the following areas to provide expert witness or consulting services:
• All Areas of Dredging: Designing dredges, building dredges, operating and repairing dredges, and injuries on dredging projects. His key experience includes dredging contracts, slurry pumping systems, and site investigations. He is also highly experienced in dredging containment areas, including their design, construction and management.

Expert is qualified, knowledgeable and experienced in the following areas to provide expert witness or consulting services:
• Construction Equipment: Design, operation, repair, and use-related injuries.
• Forklifts: Operation, repair, and use-related injuries.
• Farm Equipment: Design, operation, repair, and use-related injuries.
• Diesel and Gas Engines: Operation, repair, and use-related injuries.
• Marine Equipment: Operation, repair, and use-related injuries.
• Rigging: On construction and marine projects, as well as rigging injuries.
• Hydraulic Systems [Fluid Power]: Design, construction of, the operation of, filtration, repair, and use-related injuries.
• De-watering Solids From municipal and industrial water treatment plants with belt presses, plate and frame filter presses and Geo-Tubes -- including use, installation, operation, and repairs.

From 1978 to present, Expert has completed consulting projects in dredging, machinery design, and fluid/hydraulic power. He has undertaken these engagements throughout the U.S., as well as in Canada, Grand Cayman, Saudi Arabia, and Jamaica.

Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1959 Degree: Graduate Subject: Diesel and Gasoline Engine Mechanics Institution: Bailey Technical School (St. Louis, MO)

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1974 to 2010 Employer: Self-employed Dredging Contractor Title: Dredging Expert Department: Responsibilities: Expert's firm has completed over 150 dredging projects for many of the largest corporations and government agencies in the United States. The company designs and builds specialized dredges, dredge systems, and dredge pumps.

In his role, Expert has assumed personal responsibility for project investigation, project management and engineering, bid preparation, and dredge operations. He has been directly involved in dredge plant setup and tear-down and has amassed over 2,000 hours of experience operating dredges.

Expert has undertaken a suite of personal responsibilities within dredge construction, including project management, design supervision, and purchasing. He has also participated directly in welding, steel fabrication, machine shop operations, delivery, assembly, training and testing.
Years: 1960 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Various Department: Responsibilities: Throughout his work history, Expert's titles have included (in reverse chronological order): Fluid Power (Hydraulic) Engineer, Fluid Power Technician, Machinery Repair, Machinist, and Operating Engineer.

Expert's responsibilities have frequently include water-solids separation (particularly from 1990-93) and rigging. Indeed, from 1960 to present, Expert has engineered and implemented hundreds of rigging operations for machinery repair, launching dredges, and as a part of the operation of his company's drag scraper dredging system. He is experienced rigging with wire rope, nylon slings and chain.
Years: 1960 to 1970 Employer: Caterpillar Title: Service Technician Department: Responsibilities: Expert was Field Service Technician for two Caterpillar dealers during this time.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1978 to Present Country / Region: Canada, Grand Cayman, Saudi Arabia, and Jamaica. Summary: Expert has undertaken consulting work in Canada, Grand Cayman, Saudi Arabia, and Jamaica, and for clients in India, France, Costa Rica and Belize.

Career Accomplishments

Licenses / Certifications
Expert has taken Oil Analysis One (a three-day course) (2002).
He is a Certified Level 1 Machinery Lubricant Analyst by the International Council for Machinery Lubrication.
He has taken a Dredge Pump Seminar (1989).
Expert has taken a 250-hour course: Studies in Hydraulic Dredging.
He has taken 10 week-long courses in the troubleshooting and repair of hydraulic systems, power shift transmissions, diesel engines, electrical systems and other Caterpillar equipment.
Awards / Recognition
Award: Best Speaker, Dale Carnegie Course in Human Relations and Public Speaking.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
He has provided expert witness testimony and consulting services for attorneys from 1989 to present. These cases have involved dredging operations and equipment, personal injury while working on dredges, fluid power hydraulics, and failures in construction and farm equipment. His experience includes 30 cases and spans 22 states. He is qualified as an expert witness in federal and state courts.
Other Relevant Experience
Expert's business experience spans over 40 years and includes founding, owning and managing his dredging company. He possesses 36 years of experience as a dredging contractor. He was active in several business in the 1970's, during which time his experience included founding, owning, managing, and partial owning in service equipment and disposal, excavation, farm drainage and terrace construction, and scrap metal processing.

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