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Expert in Pressure Vessels, Metallurgy, Piping and Metal Fabrication

Expert ID: 733517 Texas, USA

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Expert founded and was CEO of a major vessel fabrication plant for 37 years.

Expert has a strong knowledge of ASME Section B31.3, B31.4 and B31.8, as instructor for Petroskills.

Expert possesses an extensive knowledge of the metallurgy found in the energy and chemical industries.

As a consultant, Expert has rerated several pressure vessels to a higher pressure for clients including: Lyondell Basel, Kinder Morgan and Lazarus Refining.
He also conducted an inspection and analysis of a used Methonal Plant in 2011 for suitability for re-use.

Expert is currently under contract to oversee the inspection of 31 refinery storage tanks in the Midwest.

Expert has designed, subcontracted and delivered over $1.5 million in pressure vessels for a mid west refinery in 2013, 2014, and 2015.

He is currently in negotiations to furnish inspection services for a $60 million skid mounted refinery addition to be manufactured in Texas and shipped to Africa in late 2018.

Expert undertakes vessel calculation for small firms that do not have access to special software that he utilizes.


Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1963 Degree: Bachelors of Business Administraton Subject: Mechanical Engineering Institution: University of Texas at Austin
Year: 1964 Degree: Masters of Business Adminstration Subject: Production Management Institution: University of Texas at Austin
Year: 1966 Degree: Metallurgy Studies Subject: Energy Industry metallurgy Institution: Rice University Houston

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1964 to 1966 Employer: Cameron Iron Works Title: Plant Engineer Department: Forge Plant Responsibilities: Expert specified chemistries and mult sizes for the forge plant.
Years: 1966 to 2007 Employer: Gulfex LP Title: CEO & chief engineer Department: Engineering Responsibilities: Expert founded and ran a fabrication plant that builds large pressure vessels for refineries and production facilities.
Years: 2007 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Engineering Instructor Department: Training Responsibilities: Expert is currently response for training energy engineers in pressure vessels, heat exchangers, piping, and storage tanks.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
President of the Gulf Coast Plate Fabricators Association for 17 years
Chair of the Steel Plate Fabricators of America Pressure Vessel Section

STI/SPFA Southwestern Regional Representative
Plate Fabricators Association of Greater Houston; Director; President for eight terms

National Steel Tank Institute/Steel Plate Fabricators Association:
Chair, Pressure Vessel Committee
Professional Appointments
Investment Manager for Pension and Health Care Funds for the Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church overseeing the investment of approximately $75 million dollars
Awards / Recognition
Liberty Bell Award, via Houston Young Lawyers Association, for work with youth promoting good citizenship.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Was an expert witness for several months in 2005 in a case of two local forgings companies. I knew the president of both companies and was very knowledgeable about their dispute.
I am currently an expert witness in a case involving the San Diego Zoo suing a fabricator and painter for shoddy work . I am currently under contract to act as an expert witness on a case of an exploded pressure vessel in a poultry processing plant. I am currently engaged for the defense on a exploded pressure vessel in St. Louis in April 2017. This case will go to trial in August of 2019.
Other Relevant Experience
I have been registered in the Boy Scouts of America continuously since Oct. 1952, celebrating 65 years in Scouting. I was a Scoutmaster for 14 years and am still active as a leader in the same troop for 30 years.

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