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Water Process Engineering Consultant : Engineer, Expert Witness, Author, Trainer

The usual mixed bag this week, with some process design, and adding the pictures to the second edition of my first book (the publisher agreed today to make illustrations all colour in the print version, which I'm very happy about)

I've also been answering enquiries for expert witness work, training etc, as well as some proper engineering overseas. The market appears to be picking up again, just in time for when the book gets sent to the publisher (a month or so early). I've got a proposal in for the next book, but I won't start writing that until the new year at the earliest.

Expert Witness Package Sewage Treatment Plant Engineer

A new enquiry for an expert witness job today, for a packaged sewage treatment plant.

Packaged plants are clearly problematic. They are the most common type of plant we receive enquiries about, whether that be as a troubleshooter or as an expert witness.

There are problems in how such plants are specified, supplied, installed, commissioned, operated and maintained which I expect will keep me busy until retirement.

Engineering Training Provider Process Plant Design and Chemical Engineering for Non-Chemical Engineers Process Safety Management

I've been finalising arrangements for overseas training courses next month (Process Plant Design, Chemical Engineering for Non-Chemical Engineers and Process Safety Management). It'll be nice to stretch my legs, not been outside the UK so far this year.

Other than that, just awaiting some analysis results to allow the order to be finalised for a RBC based industrial effluent treatment plant, and proofreading the second edition of "An Applied Guide to Process and Plant Design"

Industrial Effluent Treatment Plant Commissioning, Operation and Troubleshooting

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In addition to my design work, I have spent a good few years supporting the operation of water treatment plants I have designed. 
I have also carried out troubleshooting, optimisation and forensic engineering on process plants of all kinds designed by others on many occasions.
I've had an enquiry this week to spend a while managing an industrial effluent treatment plant overseas. I think it might be interesting, and it's a lot closer to the training engagements I have towards the end of the year than Wirksworth is!

Avoiding Contractual Disputes: Expert Witness Water Treatment Plant Construction

I've been addressing some contractual / technical issues with the order for the wastewater treatment plant I'm due to be supervising the commissioning of at the end of the year.

There are a number of issues I have seen many times in expert witness engagements, but unlike those cases, my clients engaged an expert at this stage to avoid these issues becoming a problem at a later stage.

Getting it clear who carries design responsibility, what tests are required to prove that the plant works, making sure that the contractor has been provided with sufficient data to allow them to design their plant properly, having the design and proposed equipment reviewed by an expert before site start at the latest, and having a rigorous testing protocol agreed in advance to show that the plant works at the point where the contractor leaves site.

All of these issues, if left unresolved can result in the situation I see all too often in expert witness engagements, where the plant does not work, …

Expert Witness Water Wastewater Sewage, Sewerage and Drainage Engineer

I'm getting a few enquiries in for expert witness work. Mostly they are to do with dirty water treatment (sewage, wastewater and trade effluent), but there are also clean water enquiries.

Though I am trained and experienced as an expert witness, including experience of court appearances and cross examination, I am an engineering practitioner with a sideline in expert witness work, rather then an expert in being an expert who has not practiced engineering in a long time, like some of my competitors.

Other then that, I'm doing a bit of design work, and making arrangements for some process commissioning work in November/December. Not the ideal time for commissioning a biological effluent treatment plant, but things fall where they fall.

Water and Sewage Treatment Process Design, Commissioning and Troubleshooting

I've been finalising the design of an industrial effluent treatment plant this week, and fixing site dates for commissioning. Delivery periods being what they are, its going to be well into winter now.