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Refinery Equipment Stress, Finite Element Analysis and fitness-for-service Expert

Technical Consultant #2205


  • Equipment stress, Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and Fitness-For-Service Evaluations (FSE) for the petrochemical industry.
  • Refinery equipment technical educational text author.
  • Design, review, and failure analysis of process and power equipment, piping, and structures.
  • Extensive analytical experience includes linear and non-linear finite element analysis using ANSYS and ABAQUS, buckling analyses, steady state and transient heat transfer and thermal stress analysis of pressure vessels and piping.
  • Fitness-for-service evaluations, fatigue assessments, and flexibility.


Undisclosed Company, Senior Engineering Advisor, Present


  • Performed fitness-for-service evaluations for several coke drum cracks.
  • Performed a design study optimization for a slotted skirt on coke drums.
  • Performed an comparative study of a refractory brick internals structure.
  • Performed a fitness-for service evaluation of a locally-thinned vacuum column.
  • Performed a fitness-for-service assessment of a dented oil storage tank.
  • Investigated the cause of flange leakage due to rapid temperature and pressure changes.
  • Determined the cause of a crack in a heat exchanger tubesheet.
  • Performed a combined computational fluid dynamics and finite element analysis to determine the suitability of several thermal mixing point designs.
  • Performed many finite element analyses on ASME Section VIII, Division 2 vessel parts including skirt-to-shell region, hydrotreater quench nozzle, and nozzle loads.
  • Co-developed and implemented the Omega Method for creep in ABAQUS.
  • Evaluating several failures using this method.
  • Evaluated pressure vessel internals for buckling failure.
  • Designed an on-stream repair for the replacement of a coke drum skirt.
  • Designed many different pressure vessels for severe fatigue service.
  • Acted as Registered Professional Engineer for numerous ASME Section VIII, Division 2 Vessels UDS/MDR

Professional Employment

  • Flour Corporation
  • Syncrude Canada Ltd.
  • Wascana Energy Inc.
  • Imperial Oil

Honors & Publications


  • Licensed Professional Engineer: Canada
  • Alberta Permit to Practice and the Ontario Certificate of Authorization

Academic and Professional Affiliations

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers, (ASME), Pressure Vessels Piping Division - Current Design and Analysis Technical Committee
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers, (ASME), Codes and Standards, Subgroup on Design Analysis


  • Extensively published at peer-review conferences and journals
  • Authored 19 conference papers
  • Published 3 journal articles
  • Presented several tutorials at ASME Conferences


  • M.Sc Aerospace Engineering, University of Minnesota, Saint Paul, MN
  • B.Sc Mechanical Engineering, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada
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