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 Expert  722972

Expert in Industrial Equipment, Controls and Automation, Computerized Devices, Fabrication, Construction


Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Louisiana (LA)
USA
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Expert is an engineering executive who consults on both technical and commercial aspects of automation, primarily for industrial and petrochemical systems, but also for medical, computer, and commercial applications. His engagements have included matters related to product development, intellectual property, accidents and damages, marketing, and business integration. His multi-discipline experience enables efficient solutions to real-world problems in the design room, the manufacturing plant, or the courtroom. His recent engagements include a range of automation areas such as flow measurement, SCADA systems, medical monitoring, pulp & paper procesing, ROV simulation, and boiler burner management.
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automation control

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automatic control

Expert consults on management and business integration issues, generally for technically oriented manufacturing and service organizations. His senior management experience with industrial manufacturing and service-based businesses provides valuable insight into mergers and acquisitions, turnarounds, and technology management issues. In addition to his technical and management experience, he has taught engineering and marketing at the university level. He is fluent in the language of business, and speaks it in plain English. His recent engagements include the business side of oilfield drilling equipment, CNC machining, and technology acquisition by a public company.
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business management

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accident causation

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business strategy

Expert consults on the integration of complete computer systems as well as the individual components that form complex assemblies. His expertise is especially relevant to the technical and commercial aspects of systems involving diverse technologies for industrial, medical, and oilfield environments. Recent engagements include distributed control systems (DCS), remote monitoring systems, and the links between uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) and personal computers. He also participated in the successful defense against the high-profile "Solaia patent" related to integration of programmable controllers with PC-based data acquisition.
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computer system integration

Expert consults on project management and execution of industrial construction projects in the areas of electrical, instrumentation, and automation. His involvement ranges from basic project planning and execution to ancillary matters such as safety, contract administration, and startup/commissioning. He has particular expertise with industrial and petrochemical projects, both onshore and offshore, on domestic as well as international projects. An example of a recent engagement is a multi-million dollar contract dispute at an electrical plant in Maine.
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construction project management

Expert has design and management experience with industrial control equipment including electrical, electronic, pneumatic, and hydraulic devices. He is proficient in relevant industrial codes related to safe and reliable operation of automated control systems and devices. His recent engagements include applications as diverse as manufacturing systems, pipelines, conveyor systems, timber processing, chemical production, and medical equipment.
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control equipment

Expert has designed and managed diverse control system projects worth millions of dollars, primarily in the areas of industrial and petrochemical systems, but also for medical, computer, and commercial applications. He is well versed in current and traditional control system technologies, and also in the various industry codes and guides that regulate control system applications. Consulting engagements have included product development, intellectual property, accidents and damages, marketing, and business integration.
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control system

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accident investigation

Expert consults on all aspects of digital control systems and their related devices, including the computing and communications systems that form the complete system. Applications range from CNC machining, semiconductor placement equipment, oilfield safety systems, and telemetry units. His recent engagements have included digital controls related to bed patient monitoring, steam control, power generation, and gas-liquid measurement.
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digital control system

Expert consults on all forms of electromechanical, pneumatic, and hydraulic control systems, primarily for manufacturing and petrochemical control and safety systems. In addition to traditional industrial equipment, his experience includes earning a patent for a nuclear medical device. Recent consulting engagements have included pipelines, manufacturing systems, automated conveyors, and numerically controlled milling machines.
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electromechanical control system

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automated machinery

Expert consults on industrial Emergency Shutdown Systems (ESD) with particular expertise in the areas of Lockout-Tagout (LOTO) and Emergency Stop (ESTOP). His experience includes electrical, electronic, and mechanical ESD components and systems, including in-depth interpretation and analysis of relevant industry codes and guidelines. Recent engagements have included iron foundry conveyors, automated chip-and-saw equipment, diesel-powered generators, and pipeline leak detection.
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emergency shutdown system

Expert has worked and consulted in the SCADA industry at both the component and system-wide level. He was responsible for design and development of the SCADAWARE® product line as well as numerous systems fabricated from industry-standard components. His consulting engagements for SCADA include product development, performance analysis, patent infringement, and trade secret litigation.
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supervisory control and data acquisition

Expert's involvment with technical industries has always contained a significant role in business management and operations. He started an engineering firm and evolved it into part of a publicly traded company with operations and offices worldwide. His businss operations experience includes personnel management, strategic planning, marketing & business development, facility management, production, and international operations for a $100 million segment of the publicly traded company.
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business operations

Expert has evaluated the technical and commercial aspects of businesses involved in industrial products and services, both domestic and international. The valuations included both stand-alone and integrated operation models in regard to investment optimization and synergy with existing operational units.
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business valuation

Expert has been involved with intellecual property matters for both in-house circumstances as well as while consulting for outside clients. He has analyzed patent claims in regard to prior art studies, infringement litigation, and royalty calculations. The patents have included automated systems, industrial equipment, software processes, monitoring and simulation systems, and medical devices.
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claim (patent)

Expert has been involved with intellecual property matters for both in-house circumstances as well as while consulting for outside clients. He has prepared and analyzed claim charts in regard to prior art studies, infringement litigation, and royalty calculations. The patents have included automated systems, industrial equipment, software processes, monitoring and simulation systems, and medical devices.
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patent claim chart

Expert has investigated industrial construction accidents involving hand tools, work processes, electrical equipment, material handling, and HSE matters. This work has been performed as a both a staff engineer and a senior executive in a publicly traded company.
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construction accident

Expert has been involved in a wide range of control system design roles ranging from staff engineer to senior executive of a publicly traded company. He has published several articles related to industrial control systems, and has provided expert consulting on matters involving intellectual property and accidents related to control system design.
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control system design

Expert is a registered professional engineer (PE) in Electrical Engineering in Louisiana, Alabama, California, and Alaska. He is also registered as a Control Systems Engineer in Louisiana. He is licensed as a Master Electrician in Texas, and is the responsible party as an Electrical Contractor in Louisiana, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Texas. All of these positions involve expertise in the National Electrical Code (NEC), with annual continuing education requirements. Expert frequently evlauates situations involving the NEC as part of his executive position as well as an expert consultant.
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electrical code

Expert is a registered professional engineer (PE) in Electrical Engineering in Louisiana, Alabama, California, and Alaska. He is also registered as a Control Systems Engineer in Louisiana. He is licensed as a Master Electrician in Texas, and is the responsible party as an Electrical Contractor in Louisiana, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Texas. All of these positions involve expertise in several areas of Electrical Engineering, with annual continuing education requirements. Expert frequently evlauates situations involving electrical engineering and control systems engineering as part of his executive position as well as an expert consultant.

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electrical engineering

Expert is a registered professional engineer (PE) in Electrical Engineering in Louisiana, Alabama, California, and Alaska. He is also registered as a Control Systems Engineer in Louisiana. All of these positions involve expertise in engineering design, including multi-discipline projects. Expert frequently manages and evlauates situations involving engineering design as part of his executive position, and also as expert consultant.

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engineering design

Expert has been involved with industrial equipment for his entire professional career. The areas include manufacturing systems, power generation and transmission, instrumentation and control systems, medical devices, and construction equipment.
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equipment

Expert has significant experience with intellectual property including patents, copyrights, and trade secrets. He has worked with in-house IP as well as the IP of outside clients for whom he provided expert consulting. Most of the IP has been related to industrial equipment and devices, computer hardware and software, and medical equipment.
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intellectual property

Expert's involvement with patents began with his a nuclear medical device for which he was a co-inventor. He then progressed to reviewing and analyzing patents for in-house use as well as for outside clients, eventually providing expert consulting and court testimony in a variety of patent matters involving industrial equipment, controls and automation, computer hardware and software, business operations, and medical devices.
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patent

Before founding his own engineering firm, Expert worked in project management for industrial electrical and instrumentation projects while working for both a contractor, and for a major oil company. His own company provided project management for a variety of industrial projects, generally related to electrical power and control, and also computer automation. He merged his firm into a larger company which performs project management worldwide for both its own employees as well as those of other contractors on capital projects as well as maintenance operations.
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project management

Expert has been sailing for most of his life, and has personally refurbished a 34 foot 1972 era fiberglass sloop. He is familar with all ship systems including sail handling, propulsion, instrumentation, and utilities.
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sail

Expert was an early adopter of small computers and manufactured some of the first "PC Clone" systems in the 1980's. He has personally developed a range of commercial and industrial software products, generally related to data acquisition, automated control, and engineering processing.
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software engineering

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industrial accident

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industrial control


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Localities:
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: New Orleans, Louisiana;  Baton Rouge, Louisiana;  Kenner, Louisiana;  Gulfport, Mississippi;  and Biloxi, Mississippi.

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Education:
Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1979   M.S.   Engineering   University of New Orleans  
1975   B.S.   Engineering   University of New Orleans  
2004   Certification   Computer Forensics   Oregon State University  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

2009 to 2012

 

VersaTech Automation Services

 

Corporate Engineering

 

Senior Consultant

 

He served in an senior advisory capacity for company operations and project development and execution.

1997 to

 

(Undisclosed Consulting Company)

 

Engineering

 

Principal

 

He provides litigation support and expert witness consulting to attorneys, insurers, and business owners. His primary practice areas include industrial equipment, computerized devices, electrical and electronic engineering, automation and controls, and related commercial matters. He has experience with intellectual property, accidents and damages, contract interpretation and negotiation, and commercial disputes. He has deposition and testimony experience, and has qualified in U.S. Federal Court.

1988 to 2008

 

TEST Automation & Controls

 

Corporate

 

VP - Operations, VP - Engineering

 

TEST is a publicly held design and manufacturing firm dealing with industrial automation including traditional and computer-based control systems, primarily for industrial applications worldwide. Expert's V.P. of Operations position supervised commercial as well as technical processes and products, including product development and field service. He came to TEST via the acquisition of Dataran in 1988, and retired as VP in 2008.

1980 to 1988

 

Dataran Corporation/Naratad

 

Corporate

 

Principal and Owner

 

Dataran was an engineering firm that designed and managed industrial power and control systems, including computer-based automation. All of Dataran's technology, employees, and on-going projects were acquired by TEST in January of 1988. Art's company manufactured some of the first high performance PC "clone" computers specially configured for industrial hardened and CAD applications. The proprietary technology later developed into TEST's SCADAWARE® telemetry product line.

1979 to 1981

 

University of New Orleans

 

College of Engineering

 

Adjunct Engineering Instructor

 

Expert was an Instructor of Engineering (both Electrical and Mechanical) at UNO, working both full time and part time, while working at Shell and Dataran.

1997 to 1980

 

Shell Offshore

 

Offshore Projects

 

Electrical Engineer

 

He was a project engineer for power, automation, safety and control systems, and communications. He also conducted training sessions related to controls, instrumentation, and computer programming.

1973 to 1977

 

Misc Prior Employment

 

Design and Fabrication

 

Electrical Engineer

 

He held several positions in electrical design and fabrication with Boeing, SECO Industries, and Coulter Electronics. Industries included Aerospace, Petro-Chemical, and Medical.


Career Accomplishments:
Associations/Societies

Expert is a full member of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers. He is a licensed member of the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), and a Senior member of the International Society for Automation (ISA) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). He is a member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE), and American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE)

Licenses/Certifications

Registered Professional Engineer in Louisiana, California, Alaska, and Alabama. Board Certified Forensic Engineer. ISA84 Safety Instrumented Systems Specialist. Qualifying Party for Electrical and/or Instrumentation Contractor licenses in four states. He is a Certified Systems Integrator (IIIE), and certified in Computer Forensics (Oregon State University). He is also a licensed master electrician and qualifying party for several contractor licenses

Professional Appointments

Director of Stewart Resource Center (2008-2009). Senior Consultant for VersaTech Automation Services (2009-2012).

Awards/Recognition

Recognzed as an exert witness in US Federal Court.


Publications:
Publications and Patents Summary

Expert was awarded a patent for an automated nuclear medical device and has several publications on both technical and commercial topics.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - Plant Services Magazine  
 - U.S. Business Review  
 - ENTELEC Conference, Dallas TX  
 - Plant Services Magazine  

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • In addition to public company management, Expert owned and operated an engineering consulting firm that specialized in industrial equipment, power generation, and control systems, including computer-based automation. He developed a patented nuclear medical device as well as a PC-based telemetry product line.
  • He has provided expert consulting and witness services for intellectual property litigation including the landmark "Solaia Patent" case involving computers and industrial automation.
  • Expert provided expert consulting related to computerized environmental monitoring & simulation systems for applications in industrial facilities, weather, subsea robotics, and computer installations.
  • He provided consulting and expert witness services for industrial accidents involving manufacturing machinery, pipelines, power generation equipment, circuit board manufacturing, power presses, and industrial control systems.
  • He provided expert consulting for mergers and acquisitions, and also for commercial litigation related to product development, patent licensing and exploitation, business integration, and due diligence in product promotion agreements.
Recent Client Requests:
  • National electrical code expert for consulting on NEC compliance for non-standard hardware.
  • Engineering economics expert for consulting on determining level of automation.
  • Scada expert for consulting on PLC / SCADA platform programming and communication technical skills.
  • Expert in machine operations management for consulting on a potential acquisition opportunity of CNC machining facility.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your expert consulting needs.  Expert is available for consulting to corporate, legal and government clients.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Expert Witness:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
Expert provides litigation support and expert witness consulting to attorneys, insurers, and business owners. His primary practice areas include equipment, control and automation systems, electrical and electronic engineering, and related commercial matters. He has experience with intellectual property, accidents and damages, contract interpretation and negotiation, and commercial disputes. He is qualified in U.S. Federal Court.
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Expert with experience with conveyors and/or food processing
  • Expert in control retrofit of a steel fabricating machine for injury litigation.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding expert testimony, litigation consulting and support, forensic services, or any related expert witness services.  A few litigation needs include product liability, personal injury, economic loss, intellectual property (patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright), and insurance matters.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

International Experience:
Years   Country / Region   Summary
1992 to   Caribbean   Expert developed several telemetry and SCADA projects in Trinidad and surrounding offshore areas, and continues to provide products and services in that area.
1992 to   Middle East   He worked on the development of SCADA and industrial control system projects in several areas, both offshore and onshore.
1996 to   Kazakhstan   Expert established a business entity to provide industrial control and safety systems as well as technical services using US, Kazakh, and third country national staff.
2003 to   Angola   Established a local entity to provide oilfield control and safety systems. Provide technical services for maintenance and construction using US staff who manage local employees as well as third country nationals.
1992 to   Europe and UK   Expert worked on the development of projects and equipment related to oil and gas processing for a variety of worldwide locations while working with or through engineering companies and end users based in Europe and the UK.

Market Research:
He has done product development and promotion for industrial and commercial products, contracting services, and engineering services. He has hands-on experience with development and production of marketing materials including brochures, presentations, proposals, and trade show exposures.

Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your marketing research, industry research, and company research needs.  For research needs involving multiple experts or secondary research, a Research Director can be assigned to coordinate the work into a custom report for you as a potentially quicker and more cost effective alternative to doing this work yourself or hiring a boutique consultancy.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Additional Skills and Services:
Training/Seminars

He has done university level teaching as a full and part time Instructor of Engineering at the University of New Orleans, and a part time instructor of Marketing at Tulane University. He has also developed and presented technical training programs, generally related to computers, engineering, and automation.

Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

Expert has done specification and procurement for industrial controls, automation, equipment, and service.

Other Skills and Services

Expert has senior management experience from a small firm though a publicly traded company. He also has extensive remote worksite experience, both domestic and international.


 

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