Mr. Aaker has forty years of extensive experience as a Mechanical / Metallurgical Engineer (PE), specializing in FAILURE ANALYSIS. He is an authority in engineering design, construction codes and manufacturing. Mr. Aaker is the founder and President of Engineering Services L.P., and has provided engineering consulting services throughout the United States as well as numerous European, Scandinavian, African, Asian, and South American Countries. In addition to providing engineering services to law firms and insurance companies, he has provided engineering design and project management support to a multitude of Fortune 100 clients in the Energy, Oil & Gas, Pulp & Paper, Transportation, Pipeline and Equipment Manufacturing industries. Mr. Aaker and the Associates comprising Engineering Services, L.P., provide services as expert witnesses or consultants in many safety related functions. Additionally, each of the Associates while providing legal support, also continue to work within their specialized industries thus maintaining current credentials as professional engineers (PE).
With almost 40 years experience as a safety regulator, consultant, and engineer, Mr. Elveston has investigated a wide range of worksites from logging operations to major construction to several of the most costly chemical plant/refinery explosions in the world. Major investigations included the ’89 Phillips 66 explosion, the ’90 ARCO explosion, and the ’05 BP explosion. As a safety engineer/compliance officer with OSHA for almost 30 years, Mr. Elveston prepared prima facie cases for over 2500 inspections/investigations. The knowledge and experience gained, not only from the investigations during this period, but also of the regulatory requirements, their application, and their enforcement by the federal agency provided the basis for a second career as a forensic engineer providing expert testimony to law firms pursuing legal actions related to incidents involving federal safety laws and regulations. Following his retirement from OSHA in January of 2007, Mr. Elveston established his engineering firm to provide litigation support to law firms including consultation, on-site investigation, research, report preparation, and testimony at deposition and trial. While his primary area of expertise is petrochemicals and the related regulations, his extensive background has enabled him to perform successfully in the broad range of OSHA’s jurisdiction, including construction, maritime, oil & gas, manufacturing, and general industry.
Jerry Kisielewski is a piping design engineer and consultant specialized in stress analysis, with 40 years of experience and an expertise in the analysis of all types of refining and petrochemical projects, conventional and nuclear power generation, LNG, 3D modular design, mining, overland, buried and marine pipelines, fixed and spar topsides, and hull risers. Studied cases were performed using static, dynamic, and fatigue analysis. Dynamic analyses included all types of upsets and Ductility and Strength Level earthquakes. Expert knowledge of ASME B31 Power, Process and Pipeline Transportation Codes, and ASME BPV Section VIII Division 2. Investigated catastrophic failures of refinery pressure equipment and piping systems, ruptures of a deep gold mine’s high pressure dewatering shaft columns, excessive vibration of piping systems and loop reactors, and failures of piping components and supporting hardware. Troubleshooted various plant operators’ complaints on rotating equipment failures and lost piping systems integrity caused by bad design and wrong hot taps placement. Developed piping stress specifications, discipline design instructions and procedures, conducted training classes and seminars along with coordinating project activities with lower cost centers in India and Mexico to ensure compliance with clients’ standards and expectations. Licensed Professional Engineer in the Canadian provinces of Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia. Long standing member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Performed projects in various locations all over the world.
John Martinez has been the Production Consultant for Production Associates for thirty-six years and previously was associated with Exxon (now ExxonMobil). John has forty seven years experience in oilfield production technology with a specialty in facility revision and artificial lift operations, with extensive expertise in gas lift and nodal analysis. This includes well deliverability, transient pressure testing, downhole equipment evaluation and selection. Surface facility design experience includes multiphase pipelines, separation, metering, compression, dehydration, water treatment and disposal, and pumps.
Twenty-five plus, years experience as a skilled, “hands on,” Oil and Gas Contracts Manager / Procurement Manager, focused on Marine / Subsea construction of production platforms, subsea pipelines, subsea field development, drilling operations, onshore projects, marine LNG loading terminals and petrochemical/refinery facilities. .Proficient in International business and International Trade Terms, plus Department of Defense Contracting – FAR /DFAR / NASFAR /NAVFAR. Intimately familiar with ASME, ASTM, API, & AWS codes & specifications. Developed & nurtured strategic partnerships with key vendors/contractors – Procurement Specialist supporting production planning in a lean manufacturing environment defining project scope, goals and deliverables supporting business goals in collaboration with senior management and stakeholders – International Work Experience: Ponce, Puerto Rico; London, England; Aberdeen, Scotland; Al Dammam, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; Onne (Port Harcourt,) Rivers State, Nigeria.
Greg Miller has provided electrical investigation and forensic services for more than 15 years based on his knowledge of electrical power distribution, control systems and safety best practices in project construction, plant engineering and industrial operations. Mr. Miller has been qualified as an electrical expert in numerous cases in the areas of electric shock injury, electrocution, arc flash, industrial machine safeguarding, electrical distribution equipment and products (tools, batteries, and other appliances). He has performed laboratory exemplar testing. He frequently testifies regarding construction safety procedures relating to OSHA, NEC, NESC, NFPA-70E and other safety and design standards. Typical cases have included crane – power line contact, lockout/tagout procedures, conveyor belt injuries and electric shock/electrocution in commercial and industrial environments. Greg also has an extensive background in oil and gas processing, electrical fire mitigation/causation and is a member of the International Association of Arson Investigators.
Leonard Quick is a Tulane University School of Engineering graduate and Registered Professional Engineer in multiple states. He has had a distinguished career as a consulting and forensic engineer. Since 1980, he has practiced engineering, planning, design, analysis, contract management and administration for structures, buildings, foundations, roads, bridges, drainage features and other engineered facilities and components. Furthermore, for over twenty-three years, he has specialized in the field of professional practice of forensic engineering. Recognized as an expert in his field he has been qualified and testified as an expert witness in over 150 cases in numerous courts in multiple states, including state, federal, municipal and county courts. Leonard is a long-standing member of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers (NAFE), National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and the Louisiana Engineering Society (LES). He has evaluated and analyzed over eight-thousand property damage claims throughout his career, including catastrophe claims associated with hurricanes, tornados earthquakes, and hail.
Mr. Mike Sawyer has led and participated on various safety engineering projects in his 31 years of experience. These have ranged from general industrial safety applications to detailed analyses of process units and systems. His expertise includes applications relating to loss control/loss prevention, hazard analysis, risk assessments, and litigation support. The greatest span of Mr. Sawyer’s career has been in the area of process safety. He has facilitated numerous hazard and risk assessment studies of petrochemical producing facilities throughout the U.S. and the world. His international projects include studies in Japan, India, Venezuela, Chile, Argentina, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Australia, Singapore, and Canada. He has served on investigation teams, as well as leading investigations, of petrochemical, refining, and oil field servicing incidents in support of litigation. Some of the most notable investigations include ESSO’s Longford Gas Plant incident in Australia and the 2005 BP Texas City Refinery explosion.
With over 37 years in the pipeline industry, Mr. Vaughn spent the last 12 years focused on regulatory compliance with both pipeline operating companies and as a regulator. Mr. Vaughn served in various pipeline engineering and corrosion control roles during his 23 years with Shell Oil Company. Specializing primarily in internal auditing and project management, Mr. Vaughn’s contributions were critical to the success of Shell’s compliance programs.
As a DOT Compliance Manager for Kinder Morgan CO2, Mr. Vaughn managed O&M, IMP, and OQ compliance. Acting as a liaison between field staff, various project engineers, and operations staff, Mr. Vaughn’s approach to compliance allowed for operational flexibilities, while ensuring consistency with company compliance objectives. With 10 years experience as pipeline safety regulator for the State of Texas, Mr. Vaughn leads the State’s efforts ensuring proper development and implementation of integrity management programs. Having served on numerous audit and incident investigation teams, industry expert panel discussions, and regulatory development teams, Mr. Vaughn’s efforts and industry partnerships have provided for a safer and more diligently managed set of intrastate pipelines. Mr Vaughn is recipient of the 2014 NAPSR Service Award.