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Industrial & Power Plant Instrumentation, Process Control, and Flow Measurement Expert

Technical Consultant #2394


Expertise

  • Consumer guides for various flow and level measurement technologies in municipal and manufacturing industries.
  • Industrial flow measurement, instrumentation and process control.
  • Variable speed drives.
  • Hazard reviews.
  • Energy conservation, system efficiency, system simplification, operating flexibility, reliability and maintainability.
  • Regulatory and safety: RCRA, cGMP and NFPA/NEC - Waste and hazardous waste water.
  • Perform flow laboratory uncertainty analysis.
  • Protocols for testing competitive instruments.
  • Energy cost reduction through substituting a waste fume for combustion air and by atomizing with plant air instead of steam.
  • Energy conservation.

Expert Witness Experience

  • Determined that sewage flowmeters used for billing were not accurate and helped persuade party to correct said installations.
  • Arbitration for allegations that the instrumentation review process caused construction delays.
  • Investigated an incident where swimming pool chemicals mixed to produce a chlorine cloud in which the individual was injured.
  • Conducted a performance review of a flowmeter measuring and billing for effluent to the water treatment facility to defend allegations that the flowmeter was measuring erroneously low for many years.
  • Defended the claims of 50 year-old flowmeters (not calibrated for 7 years) passing approximately $200 million of steam per year were inaccurate.

Experience

Undisclosed Company, Principal, 2002 - Present

  • Provides instrumentation, process control and market research consulting services to industry and manufacturers.
  • Developed Consumer Guides for various flow and level measurement technologies.
  • Wrote various market studies and analysis.
  • Instructor: Industrial Flow Measurement seminars.
  • Performs expert witness work.
  • Provides consulting services to various manufacturers and end-users.

C&P, Chestnut Ridge, NY, Principal, 1986 - Present

  • Provides instrumentation and process control consulting services to industry and manufacturers.
  • Specialization in flow measurement, advanced regulatory control and the application of variable speed drives.
  • Taught numerous flow measurement and instrumentation seminars.
  • Performed expert witness work including testimony in Federal court.

Nepera, Harriman, NY, Lead Utility and Instrumentation Engineer, 1983 - 1998

  • Managed the instrumentation, electrical, and utility areas on a plant wide basis, including long range capital planning, utility process engineering, boiler and incinerator controls.
  • Energy conservation and the development and implementation of capital projects addressing system efficiency, system simplification, operating flexibility, reliability and maintainability. Familiar with RCRA, cGMP and NFPA/NEC.
  • Increased profitability by $1,100,000 (U.S.) per year, by installing novel control valves that increased main reactor and byproduct processing capacities by 15% and 33%.
  • Reduced annual energy costs by $ 250,000, (U.S.) by substituting a waste fume for combustion air and by atomizing with plant air instead of steam.
  • Eliminated the need for an expenditure of $ 75,000 (U.S.) plus ongoing maintenance expenses and environmental problems by championing a hazard review that eliminated the need for explosion doors.

Mobay Chemical, Pittsburgh, PA, Senior Process Control Systems Engineer, 1980 - 1983

  • Executed the instrumentation portion of capital projects throughout the corporation.
  • Non-project assignments included the development of an instrumentation estimating procedure and a flowmeter technology study.

United States Steel, Pittsburgh, PA, Instrumentation Engineer - Corporate Staff, 1975 - 1980

  • Performed the scoping, estimating, specification, preparation of installation drawings, and startup assistance for process instrumentation systems on various steel-making processes.
  • Effectively coordinated the activities of outside engineering contractors and vendors. Spent 12 months in Brazil directing calibration, checkout, dry run and startup.

Educator

  • Instructor teaching industrial flow measurement and variable speed drive seminars at the ISA Training Center, ISA International Conferences, and at various other locations.
  • Instructor teaching variable speed drive technology seminars for the Association of Energy Engineers.

Honors & Publications


Credentials

  • Professional Engineer-P.E. (Connecticut)

Languages

  • Portuguese - Fluent
  • Spanish

Academic and Professional Affiliations

  • (ISA) Flow measurement and variable speed drives for process control
  • Member of American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Measurement of Fluid Flow in Closed Conduits Main Committee and various subcommittees Member of ISO TC30 SC9 WG4 - Selection of Flowmeters
  • INTECH Editorial Advisory Board Member
  • Flow Control Editorial Advisory Board Member
  • INTECH Brasil Editorial Advisory Board Member
  • Knovel Editorial Advisory Board Member
  • International Speaker: ISA meetings and conferences including, Global Conference and Exhibition on Innovative Solutions in Flow Measurement and Control (flotek.g)

Awards

  • Education and Development in Flow Measurement Technology (ISA)
  • Chemical Industry Engineer of the Year recognizing - instrumentation and control
  • Instrument Society of America; Douglas H. Annin Award recognizing, (Flowmeters)
  • Instrument Society of America Process Measurement and Control Division Best Paper Award
  • International Society of Automation (ISA), Life Fellow for contributions in flow measurement

Publications

  • International Author and Co-Author of over 10 books and over 400 technical articles-subject matter:
  • Flow Measurement
  • Level Measurement
  • Variable Speed Drives
  • Process Control

Education

  • M.S. Electrical Engineering (Optimal Control), University of Illinois, Champaign, IL
  • B.S. Electrical Engineering, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
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