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Expert in Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Failures, Malperformance, Personal Injury, Accidents, Disputes

Expert ID: 727566 United Kingdom

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Expert has many years' experience in applying her knowledge in the preparation of expert evidence for litigation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution processes. She has investigated mechanical and materials failures and malperformance. She also has experience at presenting the evidence at hearings. She is a qualified commercial mediator.

Expert has prepared many reports for claims for injury in the workplace and elsewhere. She has acted both for the injured party and the defenders and insurers. Many of the injuries arise from allegedly faulty mechanical equipment.

Expert has worked in the power industry analysing stresses in boilers and piping systems. She has carried out stress and failure analyses from first principles and to design codes. She has also analysed other mechanical engineering structures and systems.

International Arbitration relating to failure of large valves on a desalination plant. Providing independent assistance to the arbitrator

This involved liaison with mechanical enginering and metallurgical experts on both sides of the dispute. It included site visits the Middle East, organising testwork in Scotland, preparation of reports adn giving evidence at the hearing.International Arbitration relating to disputes over flue gas desulphurisation equipment fitted to power station.

Expert gave evidence on mechanical failure of components of the plant. This involved collecting and reviewing information, carrying out calculations and preparing a report. The evidence was presented in the hearing and Expert was examined and cross-examined on it.Personal injury resulting from explosion of pressurised equipment offshore.

Expert considered the evidence in the light of regulations and health and safety issues. Failed components were examined and a report prepared. She attended meetings with solicitors and advocates. The case settled out of court. Expert was appointed to witness the dismantling of a failed mud pump at a factory in Italy. This independent inspection enabled the parties to agree a way forward and a settlement of the dispute.Perth Crematorium, Scotland.

As a result of new legislation, improved cremators had to be fitted. Expert acted as the consulting engineer by carrying out the design work, preparing specifications and tender documentation, advising the client on choice of contractor and supervising the installation and performance testing.


Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1987 Degree: MSc Subject: Mechanics of Materials Institution: University of Strathclyde
Year: 1970 Degree: MA Subject: Natural Sciences and Metallurgy Institution: University of Cambridge (England)

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1989 to 2015 Employer: Cadogans Title: Technical Director Department: Responsibilities: Working individually or with a team carrying out forensic investigations and preparing reports.
Years: 1975 to 1989 Employer: Babcock Energy Title: Engineer Department: Research Centre Responsibilities: Stress analysis of a variety of components and structures relating to power station boilers and pipework

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 1990 to 2005 Agency: Scottish Energy Efficiency Office, PSA, Carbon Trust Role: Engineer Description: Various industrial energy surveys.
Study of transferable skills from the oil industry to renewable energy.
Years: 1989 to 1995 Agency: NHS in Scotland Role: Engineer Description: Strategic study of clinical waste incineration.

Follow up studies for several Scottish Health Boards.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 2005 to 2005 Country / Region: Italy Summary: Witnessing of stripping down of mud pump at factory. The vendor and purchaser were in dispute as to the cause of failure. Mrs Expert witnessed the stripping down, took photographs and discussed the findings with the parties. As a result a settlement was reached.
Years: 2012 to 2013 Country / Region: Europe Summary: Expert is part of a team investigating causes of delay and disruption in construction of a major power station project. This has involved several meetings in France and Germany with the client's engineers to discuss a variety of matters relating to the design of mechanical and safety systems
Years: 2014 to 1915 Country / Region: Middle East and Europe Summary: Mrs Wassermnn provided independent advice to the arbitrator in an international dispute over failed valves in a major engineering plant.
Years: 2014 to 2014 Country / Region: Kazakhstan Summary: Assisting parent company with engineering issues relating to sour gas pipeline from the Black Sea.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Fellow, Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
Member, Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.
Member, Chartered Institute of Wastes Management.
Licenses / Certifications
QDR - qualified mediator from the Academy of Experts.
Scottish Mediation Register - accredited mediator.
IOSH certificate in workplace health and safety.
Professional Appointments
Board Member of Energy Environment and Sustainability Group of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
Publications and Patents Summary
25 published papers and articles

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Expert has prepared evidence for Courts in England and Scotland and for international Arbitration hearings. She has also been involved as an expert in construction mediation proceedings.

Training / Seminars
Expert has delivered a CPD seminar 'Dialogue with an Engineer' to several firms of solicitors in Scotland and England. This explores the ways in which an engineer can assist at various stages of a dispute and what information the engineer requires. Examples and case studies are presented.
Other Relevant Experience

In 2003 Expert qualified as a commercial mediator with the Academy of Experts in London. Since then she has been on the panel of the Sheriff Court mediation schemes in Edinburgh, Glasgow and North Lanarkshire and on the panel of Catalyst mediation. She is listed on the Scottish Mediation Register for business and commercial, court and workplace mediation.

Expert has carried out mediations on her own and assisted with several mediations for Catalyst, both commercial and employment disputes. She has been lead and assistant mediator on many Sheriff Court mediations covering a very wide variety of disputes.

As part of the mediation accreditation she completes regular mediation training with various organisations.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
French She has a good basis from school augmented by many visits to France and occasional use in technical communications.
German She has a good basis from school augmented by many visits to Germany and occasional use in technical communications.
Italian She has some knowledge of the language but is not fluent. She has used her skills in Italy on a number of occasions and in technical writing.
Spanish She has some knowledge of the language but is not fluent. She has used her skills in Spain.

Fields of Expertise

dispute, forensic engineering, expert witness, personal injury, industrial accident investigation, personal accident injury, workplace injury, boiler, mechanical engineering, pipe, mechanical engineering analysis, alternative dispute resolution support, alternative dispute resolution service, alternative dispute resolution procedure, intellectual property alternative dispute resolution, dispute resolution, international arbitration, intellectual property dispute, international dispute, construction dispute, commercial dispute, construction injury, accident dispute, arbitration, alternative dispute resolution, mediation, boiler explosion, patent infringement, ASME pressure piping code, ASME boiler and pressure vessel code, failure rate, fatigue failure, boiler emission, British Standards Institution, fracture analysis, steel failure analysis, steel failure, boiler combustion, mechanical component, welding failure analysis, forensic materials failure analysis, mechanical product, international pressure vessel standard, materials failure, construction accident, waste-heat recovery boiler, waste-heat boiler, combustion, piping standard, pollution control equipment standard, flue gas treatment standard, flange standard, power, force, steam pipe, pollution control equipment code, plastic pipe, piping code, metal failure analysis, fracture mechanics, flue gas treatment code, flange code, materials failure analysis, failure analysis, construction safety, boiler code, accident investigation

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