Hydraulics and Fluid Mechanics Engineer Fluent in Arabic, French and English

Technical Consultant #1817


Expertise

  • Manage engineering and construction projects in the fields of civil and infrastructure facilities for industrial and urban population growth projects.
  • Pipelines, power substations, hazardous waste treatment plants, oil/water separation, sludge stabilization, water storage facilities, evaporation ponds, hazardous waste landfills, sea water cooling, desalination facilities and service roads.
  • Educator in hydraulic transients, fluid mechanics, irrigation system design, pipe network analysis, groundwater hydrology and drainage.
  • Research and development of pipelines and irrigation systems.
  • Project management including program planning, team building, budgeting and securing funds.

Experience

Independent Consultant, 2010 - Present

Environment Development Co., (EDCO), Jubail Industrial City, Saudi Arabia, 2008 - 2010

  • As a General Manager and Partner built a team of technical staff and administration support for civil engineering and construction buildings and facilities for management of hazardous waste.
  • Executing the engineering and construction of all civil works and structures, including power substation, chemical treatment plant, oil separation unit, decontamination facility, 2x100-Ton scales, drum storage warehouse, evaporation ponds and landfill for hazardous waste.

SOFCON Consultants, Khobar, Saudi Arabia, General Manager, 2003 - 2008

  • Responsible for 550 manpower of the design of industrial and infrastructure projects for Aramco, Royal Commission of Jubail and Yanbu.
  • Major projects included facilities and utilities in PetroRabigh, Karan Gas, Manifa Crude, Jubail II infrastructure, wastewater and potable water pipelines, water storage facilities and land development detailed design, roads and community infrastructure projects.

Bechtel Corp, Jubail (Industrial City) Saudi Arabia, Manager of Engineering, 1997 - 2003

  • Managing an integrated Bechtel and Royal Commission Engineering Department of multi-disciplined engineering specialists, resident engineers, engineering controls personnel and 10 major A/E offices (250 to 300 people).
  • Responsible for maintaining Jubail Technical Standards, preparation of conceptual designs, management of design contractors, preparation of scope documents for contract packages, preparation of scope estimates and budgets, and provision of construction technical and site support.

Jubail projects:

  • $130 million seawater cooling expansion project included management of 5 equipment procurement contracts.
  • $300 million desalination/power plant (100,000 m3/day, 125 MW), expansion of east pump station, industrial waste treatment plant expansion, new intake and gas and power tie-ins.
  • $15 million upgrade of 3 reverse osmosis treatment plants.
  • $56 million desalinated water storage tanks.
  • $32 million industrial site development.
  • $8 million reclaimed water transmission and pumping project.
  • $85 million Jubail highway 1 and emergency evacuation road.
  • $9.3 million seawater canal siphon replacement and new off take structure.
  • $8.5 million power substation (115kV/34.5kV) in secondary industries and line reinforcement to commercial area.
  • Feasibility study and master plan for Jubail II. A new industrial park total area of 5600 hectares (14,000 acres).

Senior Engineering Specialist, Houston, TX, 1991 - 1997

  • Hydraulics and hydrology group, providing support to petroleum and petrochemical projects.
  • Design of hydraulic structures and pump sumps.
  • Design and operation of cooling water.
  • Design and operation of water supply for regional and site storm water systems and for pipeline hydraulics, distribution, and discharge systems. System designed for environmental hydrodynamic mixing, sediment transport, protection against scour, coastal flood protection and hydrologic analyses.

Jubail Technical Studies

Projects:

  • Seawater cooling canal hydraulics - Model study: Increasing canal system capacity and annual SWC sales to industries by 25% with no added investment.
  • Pipe network distribution of desalinated water model study: Assess plans for water distribution and storage and improved site location of new tanks to eliminate double-handling of water and reduce pumping costs.
  • Seawater cooling canal thermal behavior and outfall hydrodynamic mixing model study: Provided means to recycle up to 15% of flow and increase gross SWC supply to industries with annual savings of several million in U.S. funds.
  • Desalination and power technology selection: Most promising technologies and recommended the least cost technology for Jubail. New plant site selection created savings in excess of $120 million during plant life.
  • ARAMCO, methane and ethane gas supply from existing network. Provided plans for future pipe network expansions.

Utah Water Research Laboratory, (USU), 1989 - 1991

  • As Fulbright Senior Scholar and Visiting Associate Professor, taught courses on hydraulic transients.
  • Supervised graduate students' research.
  • Conducted research on valve performance, hydraulic models of spillways, and research on design of spillways.

American University of Beirut, Assistant Professor and later Associate Professor, 1980 - 1989

  • Teaching courses in hydraulic transients, fluid mechanics, irrigation system design, pipe network analysis, groundwater hydrology and drainage.
  • Head of the Soils Irrigation and Mechanization Department; responsible for program planning, budgeting and securing funds for research from sources at the university and outside agencies (Ford Foundation, FAO of the UN, and National Research Council).
  • During tenure with functions including: Member of University Senate, Faculty Advisory Committee, Academic Affairs Committee, University Research Board, and President of Faculty Association.

Honors & Publications

Credentials

  • Professional Engineer, Texas
  • Registered Engineer, Utah

Languages - Fluent in:

  • English
  • Arabic
  • French

Academic and Professional Affiliations

  • Member, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • Member, American Water Works Association (AWWA)
  • American Concrete Institute (ACI) and Saudi Arabia Branch of ACI.
  • Member, U.S. Society of Large Dams, Hydraulics of Dams Subcommittee

Awards

  • Fulbright Senior Scholar Grant
  • A.H. Shouman Foundation Research Prize for Young Arab Scientists
  • American University Research Prize
  • American Society of Civil Engineers - Best Technical Paper
  • Bechtel Corporation Research Awards - Merit
  • Bechtel Corporation Outstanding Technical Paper Award

Education

  • Ph.D. Hydraulics and Fluid Mechanics, Utah State University, Logan, UT
  • B.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering, Utah State University, Logan, UT
  • M.S. Irrigation, American University of Beirut, Lebanon
  • B.S. Irrigation, American University of Beirut, Lebanon
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