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Refinery Rotating Equipment Engineering Consultant

Technical Consultant #2186


  • Over Thirty years of domestic and international experience in rotating machinery selection, installation, startup, maintenance, problem solving, and vibration analysis.
  • Machinery engineering, commissioning, startup and operation of a world-class ethylene plant and many smaller facilities.
  • Established and supervised engineering groups at two plant sites involved in machinery reliability and condition monitoring/vibration analysis.

Expert Witness Experience

  • Provides Expert Testimony in the mechanical and equipment refinery industry.


Undisclosed Company, Technical Advisor, Present

LyondellBasell Projects

  • Provide consulting services on the modification of two circulator compressors and the repair and overhaul of another identical compressor in the OEM vendor shop.
  • Execute technical decisions on balancing, repairs, and evaluation of repair quality.

Technical Advisor, Olefins Plant - Ethylene Plant Expansion

  • Participate in all phases of the project engineering.
  • Participate in the field for installation and startup of 140,000 hp compressor and 18000 hp pump.
  • When completed, this facility became the largest single ethylene production facility in the United States.

Technical Advisor, Vinyl Acetate, Acetic Acid Facility

  • Provide engineering services to a vinyl acetate and acetic acid facility to upgrade the mechanical sealing system on two recycle gas screw compressors.
  • Prepare specifications for an upgraded condition monitoring system for both plants.

Technical Advisor, Olefins Complex

  • Evaluate the reliability engineering organization with the goal of upgrading the organization, engineering training, and reliability improvement programs.

Linde Gas, Technical Advisor, Syngas and Methanol Plant

  • Provide consulting services on upgrades to the compressor and pumping systems for a carbon monoxide production facility.
  • Provide consulting services to a redesigned center seal for two high speed carbon monoxide compressors after a failure.

Chevron Refinery, Technical Advisor, Praxair Hydrogen Plant Upgrade

  • Serve as technical resource in the specification, procurement, testing, and installation of a large steam turbine-generator system.

Carmagen Engineering, Inc., Expert Witness

  • Provide expert testimony in law suit over problems with a very large forced draft fan in a large Midwest ethanol production facility.

Technical Advisor, Saudi International Petrochemicals, Jubail, Saudi Arabia

  • Participate in root cause failure analysis, and recommend bearing design changes, for a large steam turbine.
  • Review machinery installations in grass roots carbon monoxide , vinyl acetate plant and an acetic acid plant.
  • Assist in the solution of a liquid ring compressor problem.

CDI Services-Equistar Chemicals, Technical Advisor

  • Review and revise reliability guidelines for polymer production machinery.
  • Participate in a failure analysis and issue reliability improvement recommendations on hyper-compressors.

Flint Hills Resources (Koch Industries), Consultant

Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel Project

  • Represent Flint Hills Resources during the installation of all machinery on the ULSD Project.
  • Write all procedures for the installation of pumps and compressors.
  • Act as liaison between plant and project personnel.
  • Conduct training for crafts involved with these installations.
  • Write and implement long term storage preparation procedures.
  • Review and revise Flint Hills Resources machinery-related standards and procedures on procurement and installation.
  • Review and revise commissioning and startup procedures for major reciprocal and centrifugal compressors and pumps.
  • Act as general machinery engineering consultant to plant personnel on machinery reliability problems.

Honors & Publications


  • Completed courses and seminars in the areas of machinery engineering, vibration analysis, and general mechanical engineering.
  • Registered Professional Engineer, Texas


  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas, Austin, TX
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