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Expert in Flow Measurement, Level Measurement, Process Control, Variable Speed Drives

Expert ID: 719825 New York, USA

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Expert has over 40 years of experience specifying, installing, starting-up, calibrating and troubleshooting flowmeter systems. He has authored a flow measurement textbook and developed and taught seminars for over 35 years. Qualified as an expert witness, he has performed numerous flowmeter studies and comparative analyses of flowmeters. He is knowledgeable of both gas and liquid flowmetering technologies.

Expert has directly applied his education to positions in the steel and chemical industries, including 15 years of on-site chemical plant experience. His work in process control and instrumentation has also extended to the food, electric power (including nuclear), and pharmaceutical industries. In one situation, his novel control improvements increased profitability by over $1M per year and resulted in higher production rates with no additional capital equipment or labor requirements. He has authored an advanced regulatory control text.

With years of extensive experience in specifying, building, installing, starting-up, calibration and troubleshooting process control instrumentation, and flow metering, he gained expertise in boiler and incinerator controls and control strategy development. He has managed the instrumentation, electrical, and utility areas on a plant-wide basis. He was involved with long-range capital planning, utility process engineering, energy conservation, and the development and implementation of capital projects addressing system efficiency, system simplification, and operating flexibility, reliability, and maintainability. In one instance, he developed an on-line method to calculate catalyst recirculation rate in a fluid bed reactor, which replaced the previous cumbersome (and unused) method. His actions also reduced annual energy costs for combustion by substituting a waste fume flow for combustion air and by atomizing with plant air instead of steam.

Expert has over 15 years of involvement with hazardous waste incinerators, including related process changes, operation, maintenance, process control upgrades, and efficiency improvements. His novel application of instrumentation and control technology enabled significant energy saving by substituting a waste fume for combustion air while simplifying the mechanical system.

Expert authored a variable speed drive applications textbook. He developed and taught a variable speed drive seminar for over 10 years.

Expert saved approximately $2,500,000 for a Client by determining that certain variable speed drive equipment did not need to be replaced. He has resolved numerous miscellaneous instrumentation problems/questions by telephone. Expert performed an uncertainty analysis for a flow laboratory and discovered significant opportunity for improvement. In a legal case, Expert was able to examine/test flowmeters and quantify their errors. Expert was able to improve water balances in a water distribution system and identify past measurement errors that resulted in additional revenues of approximately $1,000,000. In another case, Expert was instrumental in obtaining a settlement of over $10,000,000.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: New York, New York - Yonkers, New York - Newark, New Jersey - Jersey City, New Jersey - Paterson, New Jersey - Elizabeth, New Jersey - Bridgeport, Connecticut - New Haven, Connecticut - Hartford, Connecticut - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1975 Degree: M.S. Subject: Electrical Engineering Institution: University of Illinois
Year: 1973 Degree: B.S. Subject: Electrical Engineering Institution: University of Connecticut

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1998 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Principal Department: Responsibilities: Consulting and teaching in flow measurement, level measurement, instrumentation, process control, and process enhancement.
Years: 1983 to 1998 Employer: NEPERA Title: Manager of Utility and Instrumentation Engineering Department: Utility and Instrumentation Engineering Responsibilities: Responsible for instrumentation, control, electrical and utility engineering on a plant-wide basis.
Years: 1980 to 1983 Employer: MOBAY CHEMICAL Title: Senior Process Control Systems Engineer Department: Instrumentation and Controls Responsibilities: Corporate instrumentation and control engineering.
Years: 1975 to 1980 Employer: UNITED STATES STEEL Title: Instrumentation Engineer Department: Instrumentation and Controls Responsibilities: Corporate instrumentation and control engineering.

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 2005 to 2005 Agency: NASA Langley Research Center Role: Instructor Description: Teach Industrial Flow Measurement

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1976 to 1977 Country / Region: Brazil Summary: Represented US Steel to start up steel facilities valued at approximately US $250,000,000.
Years: 1979 to 1980 Country / Region: Italy Summary: Represented US Steel to start up a steel facility valued at approximately US $100,000,000.
Years: 1995 to 2006 Country / Region: Brazil Summary: Taught various seminars in Portuguese.
Years: 2012 to 2012 Country / Region: South Africa Summary: Taught flow measurement seminars.
Years: 2014 to 2014 Country / Region: Singapore Summary: Taught flow measurement seminars.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Life Fellow of ISA.
Member of various ISO TC30 and ASME MFC committees.
Licenses / Certifications
Professional Engineer
Professional Appointments
Expert is an Editorial Advisory Board Member of INTECH (1995-present) and Flow Control (1996-present) magazines. Expert was a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of INTECH Brasil magazine (2002-2007).
Awards / Recognition
Expert was CONTROL's Chemical Industry Engineer of the Year
Expert received the ISA Douglas H. Annin Award
Expert was also awarded the ISA PMCD Best Paper Award
Publications and Patents Summary
Expert has written about 10 books on flow measurement, level measurement, advanced regulatory control, and variable speed drives. He also edited a book on flow measurement and has written over 400 technical articles.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
1. Expert determined that sewage flowmeters used for billing were not accurate and helped the local authority persuade the billing authority to correct said installations. He wrote expert reports, testified in county and federal courts and provides occasional technical support as needed.

2. Expert defended an instrument manufacturer against a claim that an instrument failure caused control actions that resulted in injury.

3. Expert helped a manufacturer representative reconcile conflicting accuracy claims made by the instrument user and manufacturer.

4. Expert developed information, wrote an expert report, and spoke during arbitration to respond to allegations that the instrumentation review process caused construction delays.

5. Expert investigated an incident where swimming pool chemicals mixed to produce a chlorine cloud in which the individual was injured. He wrote a report describing the mechanism and was deposed.

6. Expert investigated the performance of a flowmeter measuring and billing for effluent to the water treatment facility to defend allegations that the flowmeter was measuring erroneously low for many years. He wrote an expert report, rebutted plaintiff’s expert reports, and prepared for arbitration.

7. Expert refuted claims that 50 year-old flowmeters (that were not calibrated for 7 years) passing approximately $200 million of steam annually were inaccurate. The case settled for over $10 million within days of his expert report and deposition demonstrating remarkable accuracy.

8. Expert investigated and wrote a report regarding the installation of a water flowmeter used for billing that was not properly installed.

9. Expert investigated the installation and operation of a large municipal sewage flowmeter to determine why it is not measuring accurately. He wrote an expert report and is awaiting client action.

10. Expert investigated the design, installation, operation and maintenance of a flow measurement system that leaked hazardous material and allegedly caused an injury.

11. Other cases include: Consulting expert for two patent infringement cases (2009-2013), natural gas flowmeter (2011), boiler outage (2011), water meters (2012), SO2 flowmeter (2014), Railroad loading/ unloading valve (2018).

Training / Seminars
He developed and taught flow measurement, flow systems, pressure and level measurement, and variable speed drive seminars.
Vendor Selection
He possesses 45 years of experience in locating, recommending, calibrating and specifying equipment in his fields of expertise.
Other Relevant Experience
Miscellaneous
• Consulting expert for two patent infringement cases
• C&H Food Service natural gas flowmeter
• Elmira Floral (Westport/Swan v Travelers) boiler outage
• Faribault, MN water meters
• Duchesne, UT swimming pool
• Winery SO2 flowmeter
• Railroad car loading/unloading valve
• Defend client against allegations of water meter tampering

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
Portuguese Speak and communicate fluently. Teaches seminars in Portuguese.

Fields of Expertise

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