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Petrochemical Process Piping and Pressure Vessel Analysis Expert

Technical Consultant #2125


  • More than twenty-five years of petroleum and chemical processing experience in design, design review, analysis, check-out, mechanical integrity, development, troubleshooting, and failure analysis.
  • Recognized authority in pressure vessels, piping, design and troubleshooting of double containment piping systems, expansion joints, and elevated temperature design.
  • Fluid catalytic cracking, hydrofining, and delayed coking units.
  • Chemical processing design methods, and code rules for severe service and other applications.
  • Bulls eye heat treatments of coke drums and heat treatment of coke drum skirts.


Undisclosed Company, President-Owner, Present

  • Expert Advisor working with major petroleum and energy producers: Amerada Hess, Hovensa, ExxonMobil, Valero, ConocoPhillips, Sunoco, Amoco, Lyondell, BP Oil, Praxair, BOC, Air Products, Coastal, Petrotrin, Sabic, Hydro Agri, Rhone-Poulenc, Lummus, UOP, Union Carbide, and Morrison Knudsen.
  • Developed the methodology for and led the assessment of bulls eye heat treatments of coke drums and heat treatment of coke drum skirts.
  • Developed new components, design methods, and code rules for severe service and other applications
  • Performed design reviews, construction inspections and start-up assistance for catalytic cracking, delayed coking, chemicals, specialty chemicals, MTBE (Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether), alkylation, hydrotreating, hydrocracking, cogeneration, tankage and many other downstream units.
  • Performed a wide range of analysis, design, design audits, troubleshooting, check-out, and failure analyses for piping, pressure vessels, heat exchangers, tankage, process equipment and structures. Taught short courses on ASME B31.3, Process Piping; Piping Vibration; and Double Containment Piping.
  • Mechanical lead for grass roots start-ups of fluid catalytic cracking, hydrofining, and delayed coking units.
  • Chairman of the ASME Post Construction Main Committee.
  • Developing standards for assuring the mechanical integrity of pressure equipment that has been in service.
  • Chairman of the ASME B31.3 Code Committee, Process Piping
  • Vice-Chairman of the ASME Post Construction Executive Committee.
  • Founding Chairman of the ASME Subcommittee on (Post Construction) Repair and Testing.

Honors & Publications


  • Licensed professional engineer in sixteen states and provinces

Academic and Professional Affiliations

  • ASME Fellow
  • Board on Pressure Technology Codes and Standards
  • ASME B31, Code for Pressure Piping, Mechanical Design Committee
  • ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code, Subcommittee on Design, Subgroup on Elevated Temperature Design (Chair 96-02), and Subcommittee on Transport Tanks (SCXII)
  • ASTM Committee F-17, Plastic Piping Systems Main Committee
  • ASME Pressure Vessels and Piping Division, Design, and Analysis Committee


  • Awarded the ASME Dedicated Service Award

Publications and Patents

  • Over 50 publications
  • Frequent speaker and chairman in technical forums
  • 5 patents


  • Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, Memorial University, Newfoundland, Canada
  • M.S. Structural Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
  • B.S. Civil Engineering, Union College, Albany, NY
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