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Expert in Industrial, Power and other Water Treatment, Root Cause of Operational Failures, Treatment Design and Optimization

Expert ID: 734490 Texas, USA

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Expert has served as a water treatment service representative, a manager and a consultant for more that 30 years. He has a thorough approach to system treatment which is data driven and knowledge based. Root causes and combined contributing causes are determined and proactive actions are utilized to eliminate problem causing factors, or minimize their effect. Recovery of cooling system efficiency and mitigation of effects are a special focus of his efforts. The mechanical causes of problems must be identified and, as much as possible, must be eliminated. Operational causes also must be reduced. Then the chemistry can be optimized and the results are improved, the improvements can be measured, and performance improvements are frequently made. Clear directions for improvements are the result of these efforts.

Expert is knowledgeable regarding refinery, petrochemical and chemical and utility power generation steam systems and the components of the raw water pretreatment system. He can determine the causes of performance problems in these systems and recommend mechanical and operational changes as needed. Expert can provide review of or new chemical program recommendations which will optimize the operating efficiency and run life of the equipment. System redesign recommendations are also a capability.

It is often the case that a utility system is failing, not because of one factor but the combination of multiple causes: operational control problems, chemistry problems, equipment maintenance problems, water supply variability and maintenance shortfalls. Determining the required fixes, and the best order of the fixes is complex, but because of his extensive experience in the field, the multiple problems and their corrections can be put in the best order and supported by data analysis to provide a sensible path forward to correct the problems.

Expert has handled water treatment and water and steam systems in multiple roles: operations (including operating team supervision and management), chemical control, inspections, failure diagnosis, treatment design, and treatment auditing. He has written operations manuals and treatment control instruction manuals. He has conducted numerous training sessions for operations personnel and chemical supplier technicians and representatives. Expert has been a presenter at the Cooling Technology Institute, including frequent appearances on the "Ask the Expert" panel at the annual meetings.

His primary qualification as a trainer, following the expertise, is the ability to speak to groups with varying levels of knowledge and communicate the material at several levels.

Expert can evaluate existing water/steam system designs, for entire plant water balances from raw water to water water, identifying weakness in equipment maintenance/operation and needed upgrades.

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 - Sugar Land, Texas - Port Arthur, Texas - Galveston, Texas - Missouri City, Texas

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Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1978 Degree: Post Graduate Study Subject: Chemical Engineering Institution: University of Houston
Year: 1975 Degree: B.Sc. Subject: Economics Institution: University of Houston

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2017 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Principal Consultant Department: Owner Responsibilities:
Years: 2014 to 2017 Employer: Title: Senior Technical Advisor Department: Technical Responsibilities: Provided Industrial and Power Plant water treatment engineering solutions, treatment guidance, problem analysis and service guidance for customers, service team, and sales group. Performed water treatment training and consulting for the customers and internally for the sales and service teams. Selected treatment programs and dosages for bid offerings.
Years: 2012 to 2014 Employer: Title: Senior Project Engineer Department: Engineering Responsibilities: Provided water treatment engineering services for customer accounts, and water treatment training and consulting for the service teams. Provided account transition services and management.
Years: 2010 to 2012 Employer: Title: Senior Technical Rep. Department: Field Sales and Service Responsibilities: Provided new vendor start-up treatment services and account services and management for all cooling water treatment at a major U.S. Oil Refinery (440,000 Barrels per Day).
Years: 2009 to 2010 Employer: Title: Training Consultant Department: Training Responsibilities: Provided training and consulting in the control of work process and hazard identification and task risk assessment for a large U.S. Oil Refinery. The client was implementing a new, extensive safe process of maintenance and construction job evaluation, hazard management, job permitting and task management. The training of the operations and maintenance employees includes major upgrades in the planning and permitting processes and transfer of knowledge of the requisite skills. Promotion, empowerment, and support of evolution in the company’s operating and maintenance culture is fundamental to this process.

Years: 2008 to 2008 Employer: Title: Director of Sales Department: Sales Responsibilities: The patented process is a breakthrough in resin maintenance that increases demineralizer cost effectiveness without resin replacement. Provided demineralizer technical support and marketed resin cleaning services to users of demineralizers in the petrochemical, paper, lumber, electrical power, and other industries. Sold the process to new customers and resold applications to previous customers.
Years: 1992 to 2007 Employer: Title: Corp. Tech. Consultant Department: Consulting and Technical Services Responsibilities: Master level competence in water treatment for purification of raw water, and treatment of boilers, cooling water and wastewater.
Technical support to the Water Treatment Sales and Service Group
Identified treatment objectives and specified treatment solutions for clients and prospective customers.
Quantified treatment results, identified client needs and determined root causes and solutions to issues.
Developed new treatment methods to address technical problems for the systems and provided rapid large operating and maintenance cost savings and improved operating efficiency, creating cost savings for the customers.
Developed technological advancements in treatments and monitoring methods.
Obtained a US patent for a new process to inhibit corrosion.
Provided technical support for new business development in Mexico 2000-2007.
Application of root cause failure analysis and cause mapping to customer’s systems failures, including facilitating the failure analysis process with the customer’s personnel and preparing cause maps and reports for customers.
Trained the company Consulting and Technical Services Group in the application of these procedures.
Prepared and provided numerous customers a complete training program for plant operators in water treatment theory and unit operations.
Industries treated: Petrochemicals including ethylene and propylene production, polyethylene and polypropylene, styrene, oil refining, sulfuric acid, ethylene oxide, acrylic monomers, and many others including electrical power production and semiconductor production.
Years: 1988 to 1992 Employer: Title: Area Manager Department: Manager: Field Sales and Service Responsibilities: Managed a group to sell and service water treatment in the Houston Area. Tripled sales in seven years in the petrochemical and refining industries.
In the Houston, Texas City, Channelview Areas we provided water treatment products, feed systems, service, control systems, consulting and troubleshooting and training for Steam and Cooling Water treatment in Oil Refineries, Chemical Production Plants, Ethylene and Propylene Production, Large HVAC systems in the Downtown Houston Office Buildings, Semiconductor Plants, Large Industrial Sites, The Johnson Space Center, and multiple other applications.
Years: 1983 to 1988 Employer: Title: Rep. and Industrial Specialist Department: Field Sales and Services Responsibilities: Sold new applications of water treatment in the Houston and Texas City Area. Quadrupled my business base in four years. Supported customer’s applications of water treatment in Industrial systems. Houston Sales leader 1984-1988. National Sales Leader 1987.
Years: 1980 to 1983 Employer: Title: Superintendant Department: Chemical Cleaning and Solvent Recovery Responsibilities: The Environmental Ventures Project utilized Solvent based Cleaning Systems with Automated Washing Nozzles to remove residual chemicals from Tank Truck and Container Shipping Tanks and to safely dispose of the residuals. Subsequent re-distillation and filtration of the solvents allowed their reuse.
Years: 1970 to 1980 Employer: Title: Operations Department: Chemical Production Responsibilities: Involved in all aspects of the production and operation of multiple unit operations in the production of Acrylic monomers: Cryogenic Separation, Catalytic Reactions, High Pressure Gas/Liquid reactions (3,000 psi), Solvent extraction and centrifugation, Multiple stage distillation trains, Refrigeration (Ammonia and Freon Based), large compressor operation (25,000 HP), Steam production and Turbine Operation, High Pressure compressor operation, Waste Treatment Plant Operation. Lead Operator, Trainer, Author of Unit Operation Guidelines, and Training Manuals.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1997 to 2007 Country / Region: Mexico Summary: Technical support as described above. Averaged six separate week-long trips per year.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Cooling Technology Institute or CTI
Member Water Treatment Committee
Secretary, Vice Chairman, Chairman

International Water Conference: Member Advisory Board
Discussor in Cooling Water Session 2015, Discussion Leader in Cooling Water Session, Cooling Water Session Chairman
Publications and Patents Summary
Expert has published 3technical papers, one at each of the following: National Association of Corrosion Engineers, Cooling Technology Institute(CTI), and the International water Conference. Also he published the presentation material for a key session-wide lecture at the CTI.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
Spanish Capable of traveling without translator, comprehend technical discussions with minimal help, can contribute in Spanish.
English Native Speaker, proficient in written and spoken American English

Fields of Expertise

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