Thursday, 11 September 2014

Expert Witness : Water Treatment Engineering

I have just picked up another bit of expert witness work, and I am preparing for a meeting of experts on the existing expert witness engagement.

Both are to do with water and sewage treatment engineering, though they are at very different ends of the water quality spectrum.

I find the forensic troubleshooting aspects of these cases fascinating. Though I only offer expert services in an area I have been working in for twenty-three years now, I never get bored of it.

As for the part of the job which is more new to me, I am glad to have been properly trained in how to write part 35 reports, conduct meetings of experts, and give evidence in court. I see the first two things done badly by others on most expert witness jobs I become involved in.

It seems to me that  the training I received should be a compulsory prerequisite for serving as an expert witness.Based on those I have seen, much court time must be wasted reading reports which fail to clearly distinguish between opinion and fact, and by "experts" who do not understand their duty is to the court, rather than their clients.

Monday, 8 September 2014

Teaching and Writing about Process Plant Design

I am just finishing the manuscript for my book on Practical Process Plant Design. I have enjoyed writing it, and I have had a proposal to write a second linked book accepted by the same publisher.

I have had an interesting correspondence with authors of the previous books on process plant design written back in the 80s and 90s.

I am awaiting the results of a bid to offer a few courses on Plant Design in the UK through the IChemE. We have a few enquiries about courses in South Africa, Middle East and Malaysia which are close to signing contracts too.

I am also getting ready for the start of a new teaching term, and my teaching will be slightly different based on the book. It is all about practical process plant design teaching / training at the moment.