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Expert in Marine Oil/ Gas Terminals, Piping/ Pipelines, Boiler/ Machinery/ General Mechanical Forensic Engineering

Expert ID: 723770 New York, USA

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Expert is an experienced consultant with forty eight years of experience in mechanical engineering, including design, analysis, troubleshooting, failure investigations, expert testimony and training.
Expert's specific areas of expertise include engineering and construction support for marine oil and gas terminal facilities both shore-side and offshore, including all topside facilities, marine loading and unloading arms, piping and pipelines, onshore and submarine, in compliance with US and international codes and standards. This also includes single point mooring (SPM) installations worldwide and submarine pipelines running to such installations.
His piping and pipeline expertise include the hydraulic design, hydraulic transient analysis, pipe stress analysis, on-bottom stability and spanning (for submarine pipelines).
Expert has significant experience as a general mechanical engineering forensic investigator for boiler, machinery, rotating equipment and piping/pipelines. In this capacity, Expert has conducted numerous investigations, prepared expert reports, provided depositions and testimony in legal/insurance matters.
Expert is also an experienced instructor providing training courses for engineers worldwide, covering topics such as: Piping and Pipeline codes; Piping, Pipelines and Equipment Integrity & Fitness for Service Assessment; Offshore Hazard, Risk & Reliability; Rotating Machinery, and more.

Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1971 Degree: BS Subject: Mechanical Engineering Institution: Technion - Israel Institute of Technology
Year: 1979 Degree: MS Subject: Mechanical Engineering Institution: Technion - Israel Institute of Technology

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2006 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: President Department: Responsibilities: He is responsible for all consulting, forensic and expert witness services provided by the firm in the areas of marine terminal engineering, general mechanical engineering, boiler, machinery, piping and pipelines code compliance, operations, accident investigations and failure analysis. He also provides training internationally.
Years: 1990 to 2006 Employer: Jacob/CH2M-Hill/Halcrow/HPA (Han-Padron Associates) Title: Chief Mechanical Engineer Department: Responsibilities: He was responsible for all mechanical engineering work performed by HPA throughout a 16 year period. This included design, analysis, feasibility studies, troubleshooting, accident investigations, proposals, bid evaluations and consulting.
Years: 1987 to 1990 Employer: Mechanical Technology, Inc. (MTI) Title: Senior Project Engineer Department: Responsibilities: He was responsible for the development of rotating machinery diagnostic and prognostic algorithms and instrumentation, including laser and acoustic based systems. He also provided troubleshooting services for machinery for the U.S. Navy and industry.
Years: 1986 to 1987 Employer: Boyce Engineering International Title: Principal Machinery Engineer Department: Responsibilities: He was responsible for the development of rotating machinery diagnostic and prognostic algorithms and instrumentation. He also provided troubleshooting services for machinery in the power and petrochemical industry.
Years: 1981 to 1986 Employer: Brown & Root Title: Senior Design Engineer Department: Marine Responsibilities: He provided mechanical engineering services, including design, analysis, feasibility studies, troubleshooting, accident investigations, proposals, bid evaluations and consulting.

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 2004 to 2005 Agency: Norfolk Naval Shipyard Role: Lead Mechanical Engineer Description: He supervised all mechanical engineering efforts on a project for the replacement of a maintenance pier (Pier 3 Replacement), for the maintenance of nuclear aircraft carriers, nuclear submarines and othe naval ships. Also, he performed a preliminary hazard analysis (PHA) for the project.
Years: 1989 to 1990 Agency: Army Tank & Automotive Command (TACOM), Warren, MI Role: Project Engineer Description: He lead the development of an acoustic diagnostics and prognostics test system (ADAPTS) for the track and suspension system of an M-113 armored personnel carrier.
Years: 1988 to 1989 Agency: Army Tank & Automotive Command (TACOM), Warren, MI Role: Project Engineer Description: He lead the development of a laser based diagnostics and prognostics test system (LVIS) for automatic transmissions and transfer cases of army trucks.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
ASME
Licenses / Certifications
P.E. in the states of NY, CA and TX

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
He investigated several cases of ship collision with a dock, assessing cause and origin, scope of damage and cost of repair or replacement. Prepared an Expert Report for each case and gave a deposition.

Example: A ship that was enroute in the Savannah River collided with the Elba Island marine LNG terminal and caused significant damage to the terminal structures and topside facilities. He was the Expert for the top side facilities.
Training / Seminars
He is regularly providing week-long training courses for engineers at various locations worldwide (US locations, U.A.E., Qatar, Kazakhstan and more). He either uses existing course materials customized for the target audience or develops the entire course.

Courses delivered: (1) Offshore Safety, Risk and Reliability,
(2) ASME B31.3 Process Piping Design, Construction & Mechanical Integrity (API 570),
(3) Pipeline and Piping Inspection, Maintenance, Repair & Integrity Assessment (ASME B31 & API 579),
(4) Modern Oil & Gas Marine Terminals Operations & Management,
(5) Mechanical Integrity & Reliability in Refineries, Petrochemical & Process Plants.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
Hebrew
Hungarian

Fields of Expertise

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