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Specialty Engineering Services. 

 

Experience in this area includes serving as an expert witness, participating in Value Engineering studies, conducting user fee and rate analysis studies, preparing Engineering Analysis in support of Bond Financing for municipal water and wastewater utilities, conducting Definitional Mission Studies in developing countries for the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, and serving as a lecturer/reviewer for the U.S. EPA, Department of Energy and Department of Defense relating to technologies for treating industrial and hazardous wastes.

 

 

EXPERT WITNESS

 

Aquarian Water Company; Bridgeport, CT    

Served as an expert witness to the Aquarian Water Company relating to surcharge expenses as part of a 20-year contract operation.  Provided opinion on the appropriateness of surcharges relating to ammonia removal via nitrification, excess BOD5 and TSS  loadings, and excess primary and secondary sludge yields at two secondary wastewater treatment plants and contract interpretation for charging for these over-runs.


Natural Resources Council of Maine (NRCM) and the George’s River Tidewater Association (GRTA); Warren, ME    

Served as an expert witness to NRCM and GRTA in an effort to curtail pollution from the Warren Wastewater Treatment Plant in violation of its permit.  Provided opinion on the interpretation of biochemical oxygen demand, ultimate oxygen demand, and nitrification inhibition as they apply to an NPDES permit and outlined a proposal for instituting partial nitrification within the wastewater lagoon system.


Thompson and Bowie Law Firm and Traip Academy; Kittery, ME    

Served as an expert witness to Traip Academy relating to a fuel oil spill at the school’s campus.  Provided opinion related to a fuel oil spill, the efficiency of the subsequent product recovery, and the long-term prognosis for treating the dissolved fuel in the saturated soils and groundwater beneath the school.


Lewiston Public Works; Lewiston, ME    

Served as an expert witness to the City of Lewiston relating to the illegal disposal of lead contaminated material at the City’s municipal landfill.  Provided an opinion on the appropriateness of disposing construction debris contaminated with lead in a municipal landfill, the testing procedures for accepting wastes at the landfill and an interpretation of the analytical testing that was completed prior to and after the disposal of this waste material.


U.S. TRADE DEVELOPMENT AGENCY STUDIES

 

U.S. Trade Development Agency; Washington, DC   

Focus of these programs was to define, evaluate, and benchmark water and wastewater projects that were technically feasible, cost-effective, and would result in substantial improvement in water quality.  An assignment in India evaluated a series of potable water, seawater desalination and secondary wastewater treatment projects in New Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta and Chanai.  A project in Peru evaluated a range of water, wastewater and industrial wastewater projects both in the urban Lima area and in rural undeveloped areas.  An assignment to Hungary evaluated hazardous waste remediation sites across the country, landfill leachate treatment assessments and wastewater treatment facility upgrades in Budapest.  An assignment in Turkey entailed a thorough evaluation of water and wastewater infrastructures in Istanbul and the surrounding Sea of Marmara region.  A project in Ecuador focused on water, wastewater and hazardous waste projects in Quito and Cuenca.  A project to South Africa focused on solid waste disposal projects.  An assignment to Kenya  focused on water and wastewater development opportunities primarily in the areas of Nairobi and Mombassa.  Also, a study in Estonia entailed an industrial and municipal wastewater treatment plant review.  


LECTURER/TECHNICAL REVIEWER



U.S.EPA; Washington, DC        

Presented workshops on physical and chemical technologies applicable for hazardous and industrial wastes at each of the ten regional U.S.EPA offices.  


U.S.EPA; Cincinnati, OH    

Task project manager to assist in the preparation and presentation of a briefing document to the Hazardous Waste Environmental Research Laboratory regarding technologies applicable to hazardous waste.  


Department of Energy; Las Vegas, NV    

Consultant to the Department of Energy (DOE) for reviewing the feasibility for funding innovative technologies for treating hazardous and industrial wastes and contaminated soils and groundwater at DOE sites.  


Department of Defense; Bethesda, MD       

Participated on a review panel to recommend funding for various innovative technologies for treating hazardous wastes at DOD sites across the US.



VALUE ENGINEERING STUDIES

 

City of Biddeford; Biddeford, ME    

Participated as the Value Engineering (VE) Program Manager for the City of Biddeford, ME secondary wastewater treatment facility upgrade.  The VE study evaluated a number of modifications to the existing activated sludge process including the recommended option of constructing an activated biofilter tower.  Significant cost savings were recommended as part of the VE study based on construction sequencing, common wall construction, and reduction in unit operation size based on discussions with the environmental regulatory agencies.


City of Bath; Bath, ME    

Participated as the VE Program Manager for the City of Bath, ME sludge dewatering, combined sewer overflow and secondary treatment facility upgrades.  The VE review addressed headwork facilities; primary clarification, sludge conditioning, dewatering and stabilization; activated sludge via diffused aeration; secondary clarification; chlorination/dechlorination; and high-flow treatment (i.e., generic bypass).


Town of Bar Harbor; Bar Harbor, ME       

Participated as the VE Program Manager for the Town of Bar Harbor, ME secondary treatment facility upgrade.  The VE study addressed modifications to the influent pump station and force main, headwork facilities, modifications to the control building, blower building, activated sludge via diffused aeration, secondary clarification, chlorination/dechlorination, sludge dewatering and composting, and outfall construction.


City of Warwick; Warwick, RI      

Participated as a member of the VE team for the Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant Expansion for the City of Warwick, RI.  The VE team brainstormed over 70 ideas that addressed the concerns of this project, such as developing a facility that was easy to operate, that could be constructed with little difficulty, and that would be easy to maintain over a 20-year period.  Evaluation of those ideas resulted in the development of 15 alternatives for change with capital cost saving potential, and 35 design suggestions that enhanced project value in ways other than cost.  

 

RATE ANALYSIS AND/OR BOND FINANCING STUDIES

Philadelphia Water Department, Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, and City of Bath, ME       

Technical consultant to municipal bond council for potable water and wastewater improvements to the Philadelphia Water Department, Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA), and City of Bath, ME.  Technical evaluations included a thorough review of water and/or wastewater assets, capacity analysis, environmental compliance reviews, capital programming review, and financial capacity analysis.  


City of Bath Wastewater Department; Bath, ME    

Over a 10-year period prepared annual user fee analysis in support of annual budget submittals to the City Manager and City Council.  


Prime Tanning and Berwick Sewer District; Berwick, ME    

Served as arbitrator to resolve user fee disagreement between the Sewer District and the largest industrial discharger.  Conducted an independent review of the user fee schedule and the impact of the BOD5, TSS, ammonia, and chromium loadings from the Prime Tanning facility on the annual operation budget of the Berwick Sewer District.  Prepared a summary report with recommendations for resolving this dispute.  


City of Rockland; Rockland, ME    

Reviewed the existing Rockland City sewer user fee structure and provided recommendations to establish an equitable user charge system.  Four elements of work completed included:  establish the annual revenues necessary to adequately support the wastewater operations; allocate the required revenue to the appropriate cost-causative factors; assign the allocated costs to user classes or groups; and develop the necessary revenue raising procedures to fund the sewer utility.