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Expert in Process Instrumentation and Control

Expert ID: 721702 Canada

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Expert specified and applied analog instrumentation in manufacturing and process control for a wide range of industries, using a variety of instruments and input/ouput devices. He has also used his expertise to troubleshoot systems once installed. Expert designed and applied automatic control systems using analog instrumentation and computer-based control systems for a variety of industries. Both analog and discrete logic automatic control were implemented. He has also performed troubleshooting and PID loop tuning once the systems were installed.

He applied control systems to a wide range of chemical pocesses, from batches to continous processes. These control systems varied from simple to complex applications using a variety of instrumentation and control devices depending on the application. He has also developed P&IDs for these process to identify the process, piping, and instrumentation. Expert designed, implemented, and documented emergency shut-down systems for a variety of processes. These systems varied form simple to complex systems depending on the application and criticality. In addition, he was part of the ISA team that developed the SP84 standard on safety shut-down systems that has now been recognized by OSHA.

Expert specified and implemented a variety of computer-based system across a wide range of industries. They ranged from using simple stand-alone devices, to PLCs, to PCs, to Distributed Controls Systems (DCSs). This was followed by factory acceptance tests, on-site troubleshooting, and startup activities. Expert designed, implemented, and analyzed the performance of control systems in a variety of industries. Proportional, integral, and derivative (PID) loops used in feedback, ratio, cascade, and feedforward were used to achieve optimum control.

Expert designed and implemented electromechanical control systems across a variety of industries. Even with the proliferation of PLCs and computer-based controls in general, electromechanical control still has a role in emergency shutdown systems and in very small/simple control applications.

He developed how-to procedures, designed, and checked the work of others in document preparation and management. He wrote a book (published by the ISA) on the subject. In the field of instrumentation and control, the main documents are: P&IDs, Control System Definition, Logic Diagrams, Instrument Index, Loop Diagrams, Interlock Diagrams, Critical Trip Documentation, Instrument Spec sheets, Manuals for Computer-based Systems, Control Panel Specs, Control Room Specs, Installation Spec, Testing of Alarm and Trip Systems, Inspection of Equipment in Hazardous Areas, Instrument Calibration, etc...

Expert developed engineering standards, generated control philosophies and functional specifications, designed complete control systems, guided and checked the work of engineering consultants, monitored contractors on site, and personally carried on-plant commissioning and start-up. He has also implemented control systems using microcomputers, programmable controllers, DCSs, and analog instrumentation.He has designed P&IDs, logic diagrams, loop diagrams, and control schematics. He wrote specifications, prepared calculations, and developed many other types of engineering drawings and documents such as the implementation of critical loops in compliance with OSHA's requirements. He assisted plants in resolving and troubleshooting difficult problems (from conceptual engineering to maintenance). Additionaly, he has performed plant audits and assessments. Expert developed and conducted training courses and seminars for engineering/technical personnel, operators and sales staff. He took responsibility for the technical compliance for all plants across Canada and Latin America. And he developed ICI's North American Guidelines for Control Engineering.He has experience recruiting, training and managing engineers and technicians. He has
set-up and implemented procedures and policies, monitored team activities and results, and took corrective action where needed. He also has experience preparing job descriptions, budgets, forecasts, progress reports, manpower loadings, and schedules. Expert participated as a voting member of ISA's S84 standard on Programmable Electronic Systems for use in Safety Applications.

Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 2003 Degree: Certificate Subject: Mediation Institution: York University
Year: 1970 Degree: B.Sc. Subject: Mechanical Engineering Institution: Ain Shams University, Cairo

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1985 to 1999 Employer: Title: Instrumentation & Controls Consultant Department: Responsibilities: At ICI, expert developed engineering standards, generated control philosophies and functional specifications, designed complete control systems, guided and checked the work of engineering consultants, monitored contractors on site, and personally carried on plant commissioning and start-up. He also contributed to the implementation of critical loops in compliance with OSHA's requirements.
Years: 1985 to 1988 Employer: Westhead Associates Title: Department: Responsibilities: At Westhead, he assisted plants in resolving and troubleshooting difficult problems (from conceptual engineering to maintenance). He performed plant audits and assessments, as well as developed and conducted training courses and seminars for engineering/technical personnel, operators and sales staff.
Years: 1984 to 1985 Employer: Title: Systems Manager Department: Responsibilities: He recruited, trained and managed engineers and technicians. He set-up and implemented procedures and policies, monitored team activities and results, and took corrective action where needed. He prepared job descriptions, budgets, forecasts, progress reports, manpower loadings, and schedules.
Years: 1980 to 1983 Employer: Title: Senior Control Engineer Department: Responsibilities: Expert designed P&IDs, logic diagrams, loop diagrams, and control schematics. He also wrote specifications, prepared calculations, and developed many other types of engineering drawings and documents such as the implementation of critical loops. He assisted plants in resolving and troubleshooting difficult problems (from conceptual engineering to maintenance). He performed plant audits and assessments.
Years: 1978 to 1980 Employer: Title: Lead I&C Engineer Department: Responsibilities: He designed logic diagrams, loop diagrams, and control schematics. He also wrote specifications, and developed many other types of engineering drawings and documents.
Years: 1976 to 1978 Employer: Title: Principal Department: Responsibilities: As the principal of his own firm, he designed control systems for a blast furnace and a power house, guided and checked the work of engineering consultants, and monitored contractors on site.
Years: 1974 to 1976 Employer: Title: I&C Engineer Department: Responsibilities: He designed control systems for a blast furnace and a power house, guided and checked the work of engineering consultants, and monitored contractors on site.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1985 to Present Country / Region: USA Summary: He is engaged in a variey of engineering activities in instrumentation and controls in the U.S.
Years: 1985 to 1999 Country / Region: Mexico Summary: Expert was involved in a variety of engineering activities in instrumentation and controls in Mexico.
Years: 1995 to 1997 Country / Region: Chile Summary: Expert was involved in a variety of engineering activities in instrumentation and controls in Chile.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Expert is a Member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario
Licenses / Certifications
He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Ontario (P.E.).
Professional Appointments
Expert is a part-time professor at many universities across North America.
Publications and Patents Summary
He has three published technical books to his name and has written numerous technical articles.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
He was an expert witness in a court case involving a large vendor of control equipment and a multi-national chemical company.
Training / Seminars
He generated and conducted instrumentation and control training courses for the University of Wisconsin, the University of Toronto, Dalhousie University, and for the ISA (the Instrumentation, Systems and Automation Society).
Vendor Selection
Expert has wide experience covering a multitude of vendors.
Marketing Experience
He has prepared and met sales forecasts, organized the activities of a small sales group, and developed new markets.
Other Relevant Experience
Expert has experience in mediation.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
Arabic Expert speaks, reads, and writes Arabic fluently.
French He speaks, reads, and writes French fluently.

Fields of Expertise

analog instrumentation, analog output, electronic instrumentation, process control instrumentation, instrumentation process, automatic control, automatic control device, control loop, control network, control process, engineering control computer system, remote control, chemical bath control, chemical process control instrumentation, liquid level control, process chemical control system, thermal controller, chemical industry emergency shutdown procedure, emergency shutdown system, computerized data acquisition, microcontroller, control system analysis, control system design, control system performance evaluation, control system resolution, feedback control system, feedforward control, proportional integral derivative control, electromechanical control, electromechanical control system, documentation process, engineering documentation product, engineering drawing management, manufacturing documentation system, software documentation control, specification documentation process, technical documentation process, electromechanics, facility closure, feedback loop, access control system, Boiler and Industrial Furnace regulation, automation control, on-line analyzer, quality control instrumentation, fluidics, data protection, specification process, engineering project management, technical training, environmental air sample, document management, air sample, corrective action, emission control device, air pollution control system, force measurement instrumentation, air pollutant measurement, computer room security, chemical process safety engineering, heat transfer instrumentation, combustion measurement, instrumentation (equipment), analysis instrument, documentation system, particulate emission control system, water analysis instrumentation, combustion control system instrumentation, combustion control system, water treatment instrumentation, flexible manufacturing system, electrical-mechanical system, chemical process modeling, specification, document, control equipment, chemical process safety management, electric motor control, chemical process safety analysis, energy-efficient data-logging system, computer-aided manufacturing, air-pollutant control equipment, air pollution control, data communication, energy-efficient control system, chemical process safety, data control system, electromechanical device, training, real-time system, fluidic control system, technical document, engineering drawing, procedure, technical skill training, skill training, security system, sampling circuit, on-line chemical analysis, motion control, flow chart, flexible manufacturing, factory automation, electronic switching, control system, computer application process, combustion control, chemical safety, chemical process control, adaptive control

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