Expert in Petrochemical, Pulp & Paper, Distillation, Industrial Accident Investigation, Overpressure Investigation and OSHA Compliance
His experience includes many years with major Engineering C & E firms designing pulp and paper, chemical recovery, distillation, absorption,solids and fluids control, corrosion engineering, steam and condensate systems, process debottlenecking, and other equipment and systems. Expert witness experience includes Plaintiff and Defense work involving toxic gas cloud release with injuries, soil contamination class action lawsuit against a papermill, carbon monoxide poisoning involving a death, hydrogen cyanide exposure to maintenance workers, chemical exposure inhalation hazards and injuries in papermills and chemical plants, etc.
Soils remediation work has included work as an Expert Witness in a class action lawsuit against a papermill which had polluted soil and groundwater over a 40-year period by dumping boiler ash in a residential community, Phase I and II Environmental Site Assessments for various construction and shopping mall clients, and as an Expert witness for Plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit against a major papermill for a toxic large volume wastewater release. This case included detailed onsite inspections and investigation, detailed material balance calculations, evaluation of environmental sampling effort, analysis of production personnel activities that caused the toxic release, etc. Has designed remediation plans for commercial and industrial clients for UST removal and soil contamination remediation.
Experienced in RCRA, CERCLA, NFRAP, EPA, State EPA's and other Federal regulations for soil contamination and UST removal and closing requirements.
He has led engineering, operations, troubleshooting, and management on these and other important projects:
• Petrochemical plant ethylene plant operations
• PVC compounding
Refinery Processes and Operations:
• Batch process esterification for Cancer drug manufacture
• Paper mill recausticizing operations process troubleshooting
• Power house shutdown job and welding inspection.
• Paper mill recovery boiler and bark boiler process troubleshooting
• Firefighting equipment and operations
• Waste gas scrubber design
• Liquid hydrogen storage and safety systems
• Tall Oil vacuum distillation and troubleshooting
• Heat exchanger design and specification
• Activated Sludge wastewater treatment operations and design
• High Alloy piping, equipment and weldment design and installation
• Chlorine systems handling
• Pyrolisis furnaces
• Low temperature distillation trains
Pulp and Paper experience includes process engineering, quality control, paper machine wet end chemistry process engineering, pulp mill, powerhouse, and dry end debottlenecking, woodyard wood chip quality improvement systems experience. Held Technical Director position of a two machine Kraft integrated brown paper mill with responsibility for all process engineers, quality control, environmental permitting and testing, process troubleshooting for bleach plant and lime mud recausticzing for large papermill in the Southeastern U.S., capital projects scoping an cost estimating including chlorine handling systems, energy conservation for paper machine steam systems, mass meter installations, etc.
He has Six sigma Black Belt training. He is also very capable in chemical process modeling using Aspen Plus software.
Expert is a Licensed Professional Engineer in several States.
Expert has extensive experience in the CPI, petrochemical, and Pulp and Paper industries at the operations level. He has served as Engineer Intern, Shift Supervisor, Production Engineer, Project engineer, Process Engineer, Technical Department Engineer, and Technical Director, in the CPI, Petrochemical and Pulp and Paper industries.
As Technical Director of a world-class Kraft linerboard papermill, he managed 28 person department responsible for process engineering, quality control and assurance, statistical process control activities, Cross Direction system troubleshooting and quality assurance, environmental engineering, new product development, customer service.
As a Process Engineer in another world-class linerboard and bleached Kraft market pulp mill, he was responsible for pH control systems design and installation, paper machine chemical furnish control system design and installation, batch digester control process optimization, wood chip thickness control system construction, customer service, various finished and intermediate product quality control functions.
As a Project and Design Engineer in the distillation unit of a world class pulp chemical, Tall Oil plant. Installed a variety of instruments for high temperature, ultra-high vacuum service. Managed first phase of comprehensive instrumentation and control system rebuild project converting pneumatics to DCS. Designed and installed piping, exchangers, nitrogen and chlorine handling equipment. Rebuilt two high vacuum distillation columns with Hastelloy and 904 alloy materials. Managed and designed a $2.6 million distillation area vacuum distillation production increase including column weld cladding and structured packing, shell and tube high allow heat exchanges, reboilers, piping and pumps and nitrogen and water delivery system for Tall Oil separation
As a Shift Supervisor, he supervised crew of six men and made real-time process and maintenance decisions to produce polyester resin in this batch polymerization computer-controlled plant, which was the feedstock to a computer tape film plant.
As a Production Engineer his work has included extensive process troubleshooting, design of ventilation system upgrade for reducing worker exposure to heavy metals. Supervision of hourly workers as shift supervisor in Engineer training program.
Expert has been involved in environmental projects, studies, investigations, and permitting activities continuously over his 40+ year engineering career.
As a Senior Engineer, duties have included wastewater systems design, air permitting calculations, refinery wastewater and process safety system review and design, firewater system design and modification, specialized wastewater system design review of chlorination systems and troubleshooting of chlorine contact problems for a POTW, and writing specifications for new sludge handling and digesters equipment.
Air pollution permitting and compliance work has included material and energy balance calculations for many types of boilers, management of stack testing crews for TRS (total reducible sulfur) monitoring in paper mills, air permitting assistance fro industrial clients.
He is a Licensed Professional Engineer and is a Certified Building Inspection Engineer through N.S.P.E. He has inspected approximately 3,000 buildings for owners, investors, owners associations, banks, attorneys, etc.
He has been admitted to District and Federal courts as an expert witness in over 40 lawsuits as an engineer expert witness, and a Building Inspection Engineer, in cases involving construction defects, hurricane damage "wind vs. water" claims, slip trip and fall injury cases.
His extensive construction cost estimating expertise has resulted in favorable outcomes in various court cases and insurance claims as an expert witness for both Plaintiffs and Defendants, Insured's and Insurers, His cost estimates are routinely admitted in court.
Work as an expert witness for industrial lawsuits:
Reviewed extensive reports and lab analyses from a papermill toxic chemical release incident into local receiving waters for a Plaintiff class lawsuit. Performed two onsite inspections of process conditions,piping, etc. and advised attorneys as to what specific records should be subpoenaed from this mill, and what outcomes and acts of omission would most likely be able to be proven in court. Performed detailed material balance calculations using my pulp and paper technical experience to help client prove their case. Reviewed and studies heavy metal contamination of soils for a Class Action lawsuit in Florida. This involved review and evaluation of hundreds of soil core samples and lab results, structural evaluation of over 350 houses and commercial buildings, and testifying in Florida District Court.Evaluated an injured worker's exposure to chlorine dioxide in a paper mill to substantiate an insurance claim. Performed a site investigation and ran gas cloud dispersion mathematical models.
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Mobile, Alabama - Gulfport, Mississippi - Biloxi, Mississippi - Pensacola, Florida - Tallahassee, Florida - Tampa, Florida - Atlanta, Georgia
|Year: 2002||Degree: Post Graduate||Subject: Structural Engineering||Institution: University of South Alabama|
|Year: 1981||Degree: BS||Subject: Engineering||Institution: University of Cincinnati|
|Years: 2019 to 2020||Employer: Shell Norco Refinery||Title: Process Development Engineer||Department: Capital planning||Responsibilities: Detailed process engineering calculations, estimating, process and mechanical design, verification of environmental compliance. Instrumentation specification. Process optimization and process simulation.
|Years: 2013 to 2019||Employer: Huntsman Chemical||Title: Process Improvement Engineer||Department: Process Improvement||Responsibilities: Expert wrote specifications for capital process equipment, designed Piping & Instrument Diagrams, assisted instrumentation engineers and designers, relief device, relief valve, and process safety valve engineering, process safety management (PSM) review and compliance, HAZOP and OSHA compliance engineering, and process simulation with Aspen software.|
|Years: 1996 to Present||Employer: Undisclosed||Title: President and Resident Engineer||Department: Consulting and Design Engineering||Responsibilities: Various consulting and design engineering projects. Expert Witness for cases involving Structural Engineering, industrial accidents, environmental compliance for soil and water contamination along the U. S. Gulf Coast.|
|Years: 1992 to 1996||Employer: Walk, Haydel and Associates||Title: Process Engineering Department Head||Department: Mobile, Alabama office||Responsibilities: He developed Piping & Instrument Diagrams, performed process calculations, specified process equipment, specified instrumentation equipment. Projects included various Chemical Process Industries clients, Pulp & Paper mills, etc.|
|Years: 1991 to 1992||Employer: BCM Engineers||Title: Senior Engineer||Department: Mobile, Alabama office||Responsibilities: His responsibilities were in the wastewater treatment department where he designed and specified equipment for activated sludge, chlorination, tankage and oil water separation equipment.|
|Years: 1990 to 1991||Employer: Brown and Root USA||Title: Senior Engineer||Department: Mobile, Alabama office||Responsibilities: He developed Piping & Instrument Diagrams, performed process calculations, specified process equipment, specified instrumentation equipment. Projects included various Chemical Process Industries clients, Pulp & Paper mills, etc.|
|Years: 1985 to 1990||Employer: Stone Container Corp.||Title: Technical Director||Department: Panama City and Jacksonville, Florida mills||Responsibilities: Expert was manager over a 60 person Technical services department which included Process Engineering, Quality control, Air Pollution measurement lab, customer service.|
|Years: 1984 to 1985||Employer: Sylvachem Corp.||Title: Capital Engineer||Department: Panama City, Florida office||Responsibilities: Specified and designed process equipment for a world class Tall Oil plant|
|Years: 1981 to 1984||Employer: ICI Americas||Title: Engineer Shift Supervisor||Department: Computer Film plant||Responsibilities: He participated in and in-depth training program as a shift supervisor for a polyterepthlalate computer film plant.|
|Years: 1997 to 1999||Agency: U.S. National Park Service||Role: Consultant||Description: He has reviewed, audited, and assisted the National Park Service in making changes to their alternate fuels electric bus program and gas fueling systems at the Grand Canyon National Park. Performed an onsite investigation in the Grand Canyon National Park into bus fires from batteries in electric buses.|
|Associations / Societies|
|Licenses / Certifications|
|Licensed Professional Engineer in Louisiana and Texas|
|Voting Member ASTM Committee C.04|
|Publications and Patents Summary|
|He has 4 publications in trade magazines.|
|Expert Witness Experience|
|He has been designated as an expert witness in over 30 cases. He has been an expert witness in cases involving defective fire hose nozzles, worker exposure to inhaled hazardous vapors causing workplace injuries, environmental heavy metal contamination in soils, and in a Plaintiff Class action lawsuit against an industrial facility where a large volume toxic wastewater spill was involved. He has been an Expert in fire cause and origin cases in Civil and Criminal cases.|
|Training / Seminars|
|He has developed and teaches seminars in: fluid flow calculations for non-Engineers and building codes.|
|Extensive experience locating, working with, and obtaining quotes for chemical process and constrcution equipment over many years. Detailed cost estimating in conjunction with Contractors and major suppliers for chemical plant, papermill, and commercial high rise and various residential construction projects.|
|Expert worked in formulation and customer service in the polymer, Chemical Process Industries, Tall Oil, and Pulp and Paper industries. He has extensive experience as an Expert Witness in over 300 lawsuits involving storm damage to buildings from hurricanes Katrina, Ivan, Elena, Ike, Isaac, and many others along the Gulf coast and Florida since 1985. He inspected and evaluated over 50 buildings for structural damage after flooding from Tropical Storm Wilma in Pennsylvania in 2011.|
|Other Relevant Experience|
|Expert has accumulated specialized training and certifications as a Licensed Professional Engineer, Relief valve/ safety valve/ overpressure training. He has firefighting and Arson and Fire Cause and Origin investigation experience.|