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Expert in Petroleum Engineering - Petroleum Safety, Oil and Gas, Construction, Pipelines

Expert ID: 735538 Texas, USA

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Expert specializes in oil and gas, safety, pipelines, welding, construction, and litigation with over 35+ years of experience throughout the United States. Expert has a degree in petroleum engineering, as well as a law degree. Expert is a registered Professional Engineer in Texas and Wyoming, a Certified Safety Professional (C.S.P.) and several times trained as an OSHA 500-series instructor. He also runs his oil and gas production and drilling business. Expert is one of the few consultants and expert witnesses who is actively engaged in business and industry.

Petroleum engineering, well design, well planning, drilling, completions, workovers, well problems, fishing and trouble-shooting; reserves, costs and evaluation; project and logistics planning; documents and agreements; industry standards and practice; drilling contracts and operating agreements; disposal and injection; and onshore and offshore (includes international projects). Regulations and safety; construction, welding, and repairs; horizontal boring; manuals, training, and procedures. Regulations and standards, programs, audits, training, OSHA, DOT, MMS-BSEE, EPA, process safety and management of change; slips and falls; workplace safety; onshore and offshore (includes international applications). Forensic human factors, accident reconstruction and scientific accident analysis, errors and mistakes, usability testing and reports, signal detection, warnings, instructions, surveys, cognition, attention, memory, human-centered design, research, data analysis, signage, procedures, manuals, and product and system assessments.

Expert has 35+ years of experience in federal, state, and international courts; mediation and arbitration; and dispute resolution. He also has extensive experience developing visual materials and models that can be used in reports and court. Select instances of our previous work include testifying in the BP-Macondo litigation, working on the BP Texas City refinery case, and serving as a consultant for pipeline/well safety for the City of Mont Belvieu, Texas. Projects have covered a variety of topics such as plant and pipeline failures, drilling rig incidents, oilfield fatigue, well blowouts--along with reserve and cost issues, welding hazards, cranes, equipment design and use, and numerous oilfield toxic tort cases (e.g., drilling fluid asbestos cases and others) to give just some examples.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Houston, Texas - Casper, Wyoming

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1979 Degree: Juris Doctor Subject: Law Institution: South Texas College of Law
Year: 1972 Degree: B.S. Subject: Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering Institution: Pennsylvania State University

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1993 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Principal Department: Oil and Gas Responsibilities: Operate wells and our own drilling rigs. Drilled wells in Texas, Pennsylvania, and Peru. Drilled 100+ wells in years 2006 to present.
Years: 1981 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Principal Department: Petroleum and Safety Consulting Responsibilities: Oilfield, construction, pipelines, and safety management. Safety audits, OSHA, operations, engineering, safety programs, design, regulations, industry standards and practice, and ergonomics/human factors/ process safety.
Years: 1987 to 1989 Employer: Maintenance, Fabrication, and Welding Company Title: Manager Department: Responsibilities: Oilfield, plant, and maritime industries providing labor and services.
Years: 1977 to 1981 Employer: Home Petroleum Corporation Title: Drilling and Production Manager Department: Responsibilities: Management, operations, construction, pipeline, and safety responsibility. Geographic area U.S. on/offshore and international. Wells 600 feet to 21,000 feet depth. Much field work for problem solutions.
Years: 1972 to 1977 Employer: Marathon Oil Company Title: Petroleum Engineer Department: Responsibilities: Various engineering responsibilities, including drilling, safety, production, reservoir, construction. Toolpusher on company-owned rigs. Drilling, construction and production onshore, offshore, and international. High angle wells, to 22,000 feet depth.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1993 to 2019 Country / Region: Peru Summary: Operating wells and drilling rigs in Peru.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Texas Workers’ Compensation Commission Extrahazardous Employer Approved Professional Source (1992-1996)
State Bar of Texas (Since 1980) (Currently voluntarily in non-participating status)
American Society of Safety Engineers (Since 1989) (Professional Member)
Member IADC, SPE (Since 1972) (Some safety committee service)
Member ANSI Z49.1 Welding and Cutting Safety Committee (Since 2002)
Licenses / Certifications
Registered Professional Engineer - Texas (Since 1986), Wyoming (Since 2018)
Certified Safety Professional (Since 1990)
Certifications including as crane operator, welder, well control (Various years)
Professional Appointments
IADC Safety Committee – Rig Moving (2000s)
Member Welding and Cutting Safety Committee (Since 2002)
Society of Petroleum Engineers - Gulf Coast Chapter Safety Committee (1991-1993) (Charter Member)
Safety Committee, Associated Builders and Contractors (1992-1995)
Publications and Patents Summary
1. ROAR - 1991
2. Newsletters – 1992 through 2019
3. Case Study of a High-Fatality Gas Pipeline Rupture

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
35+ years of experience in federal, state, and international courts; mediation and arbitration; and dispute resolution. He also has extensive experience developing visual materials and models that can be used in reports and court.

Select instances of our previous work include testifying in the BP-Macondo litigation, working on the BP Texas City refinery case, and serving as a consultant for pipeline/well safety for the City of Mont Belvieu, Texas. Projects have covered a variety of topics such as plant and pipeline failures, drilling rig incidents, oilfield fatigue, well blowouts--along with reserve and cost issues, welding hazards, cranes, equipment design and use, and numerous oilfield toxic tort cases (e.g., drilling fluid asbestos cases and others).
Training / Seminars
OSHA 500-Series Instructor Training

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
English Proficient

Fields of Expertise

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