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Steven Kushnick
Principal Engineer
P.O. Box 670084
Marietta GA 30066
USA
phone: 770-591-1720
fax: 770-591-7996
Mechanical Engineer - Turbomachinery Expert. Gas turbine engines, steam turbines, jet engines, compressors, pumps, expanders, generators, cogeneration, combustion equipment, diesel engines, and reciprocating compressors. Failure analysis, stress analysis, mechanical design, design analysis, troubleshooting, performance analysis, durability assessment. Access to metallurgical laboratory. Experienced Expert witness.

Please see our Service List at www.sbkushnick.com/servicelist.pdf for a concise description.
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Richard J. Long, P.E.
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Corporate Headquarters:
10029 Whistling Elk Drive
Littleton, CO 80127
CO, FL, GA, TX, KS, NC, DC
USA
phone: 303-972-2443
fax: 303-972-6980
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Andrew Avalon, PE, PSP
President
8633 Willow Kane Court
Orlando, FL 32835
T: (407) 445-0825
F: (407) 445-0821

Long International provides expert claims analysis, dispute resolution, and project management services to the Process Plant Engineering and Construction industry worldwide. Our primary focus is on petroleum refining, petrochemical, chemical, oil and gas production, mining/mineral processing, power, cogeneration, and other process plant and industrial projects. We also have extensive experience in hospital, commercial and industrial building, pipeline, wastewater, highway and transit, heavy civil, microchip manufacturing, and airport projects.

Richard Long Richard J. Long, PE, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Long International has over 40 years of U.S. and international consulting experience involving construction contract disputes analysis and resolution, arbitration/litigation support and expert testimony, project management, engineering / construction management, cost and schedule control, and process engineering. As an internationally recognized expert in the analysis and resolution of complex construction disputes for over 25 years, Mr. Long has served as the lead expert on over 300 projects having claims ranging in size from US$100,000 to over US$1 billion.



Andrew AvalonAndrew Avalon, PE, PSP is President of Long International and has over 28 years of engineering, construction management and claims consulting experience. He is an expert in the preparation and evaluation of construction claims, business interruption claims, schedule delay analysis, arbitration/litigation support and dispute resolution. He has prepared more than thirty CPM schedule analyses, written expert witness reports, and supported attorneys in depositions, cross-examinations, mediations and settlement negotiations. Mr. Avalon has analyzed construction schedules for owners and contractors to determine the causes of construction delays and to equitably allocate responsibility for delay-related costs.



W. Tom ThweattW. Tom Thweatt is a Principal with Long International and has over 40 years of engineering, construction, and management consulting experience. He has extensive experience in major U.S. and international refining, chemical, petrochemical, pipeline, infrastructure and thermal / hydroelectric power generation projects ranging from US$40 million to US$1.8 billion. He has worked extensively in projects that were executed by multi-national joint ventures on both the owner's and the contractor's sides. Mr. Thweatt has served on Joint Venture and Consortium Executive Committees and has participated directly in claims negotiations and settlement agreements in excess of US$100 million.

9/27/2013 · Construction
The "discrete damages/cost variance analysis method" for quantifying construction claim damages involves the specific distribution of all costs incurred on the project rather than quantifying only certain parts of the cost or damage analysis as may be used in the other methods.

9/4/2013 · Construction
ABSTRACT - This paper provides guidelines to commercial construction cost engineers for the development of a plan for obtaining and utilizing subcontractor cost information for use in bidding, procurement, scheduling, change order management, and claim management. The paper is based upon personal field experience gained in cost engineering, scheduling, bidding, planning, contracting, and claim analyses.

8/13/2013 · Construction
A component of a construction claim often relates to the cost, quantity, and quality of the materials that the contractor installed on a project. The contractor frequently purchases these materials and agrees to install the quantities of materials on a unit price basis, i.e., a unit price that includes both the cost of the materials and the cost to install them.

12/17/2012 · Construction
Most construction contracts, whether they are standard or customized forms, usually contain specific provisions related expressly to the process of giving "notice." The notice generally refers to an obligation on the part of the Contractor to notify the relevant party administering the contract, normally the architect, resident engineer, or owner's representative, of a claim or change event that gives rise to possible additional entitlement for time and/or cost.

4/13/2012 · Construction
The equitable allocation of responsibility for project delays is essential to the resolution of many construction disputes. Contractors frequently assert that they have been delayed for reasons beyond their control. Owners often remain unconvinced that the Contractor is legitimately entitled to a time extension or delay, acceleration and loss of productivity damages.

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Frank J. Loeffler Jr.
P.E.
20511 Highland Lake Drive
Lago Vista TX 78645
USA
phone: 512-267-8700
fax: 512-267-2547
Design and Forensic Engineering for Conveyors and Bulk Materials Handling Systems, We specialize in the design of materials handling systems and conveyors of various types including: belt, roller, slider, overland, pipe, steep angle, screw, drag, bucket elevators and pneumatic. We also design the specialty mobile machines, (track, rail, and wheel mounted) such as: stackers, reclaimers, snow loaders, mobile screening plants, self-unloading trains, self-unloading ships, ship unloaders and shiploaders. Our clients are both Plaintiffs and Defendants.

Some of the standards considered are: Belt Conveyor Manufacturers Association – CEMA, Safety Standard for Conveyors ASME B20.1,OSHA & MSHA

Areas of Expertise:
  • Conveyor Fires and Explosions
  • Conveyor Guarding
  • Conveyor Injuries
  • Conveyor Product Liability
  • Restraint of Trade
  • Patent Infringement
  • Real Estate Asset Appraisal Conveyor Systems
  • Antitrust
8/24/2011 · Mining
BELT CONVEYORS ARE BEING USED TO HANDLE TOP SOIL, overburden and ore within many of today's strip mines. In addition, belt systems are being used more frequently in connecting the pit limits to the process point or rail loading area.

7/6/2011 · Mining
This paper discusses how bed blending systems can be applied to the utilization of fossil fuels. The subjects of quality control and available stacking and reclaiming equipment are also explored along with a case history of bed blending at Utah International Corporation's Navajo Mine.

2/6/2010 · Conveyor Belts
For more than 100 years the troughed belt conveyor has been used to transport bulk materials. Its success has been attributed to its relatively low capital cost, high degree of reliability and availability, and low operating and maintenance costs. The only significant problems with conventional conveyors have occurred at transfer points when

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Kenneth A. Kaigler
1030 East St. Mary Blvd.,Building 3
Lafayette LA 70503
USA
phone: 337-234-9672
fax: 337-234-5888
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Kenneth A. Kaigler formed Kaigler Consulting Service, Inc. in 1987 and has over 37 years of experience in the Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering industry. He has worked on land and offshore in production, drilling, completion and workover operations for both the operator and contractor.

Mr. Kaigler has accumulated a library of PETEX and IADC training video tapes and publications by the American Petroleum Institute (API) and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and has maintained an updated library of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Mineral Management Service (MMS), and the United Stated Coast Guard (USCG).

Litigation Support - Mr. Kaigler has worked on over 800 cases, for both the defendant and plaintiff. He has qualified as an Expert Witness in Drilling, Production, Crane Operation, and Crane Safety on land, inland waters, and offshore locations. Mr. Kaigler has testified in state and federal court 50 times and given over 200 depositions. His education, training, and experience allow him to offer his services with confidence. Drilling rigs and production facilities photographed during facility inspections and other educational materials are available for preparation of trial exhibits. Video and power points are also available for trial.
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Dan McCue
Houston TX 77450
USA
phone: 713-503-4371
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Dan McCue has been a successful Oil & Gas Land Professional for over 35 years. He specializes in developing access strategies for securing exploration and production opportunities in all US Basins.

Known as a contract and land matters problem solver with emphasis on dispute resolution, Mr. McCue has successfully negotiated and drafted numerous Joint Venture Agreements, Joint Operating Agreements, Farmout Contracts and Oil and Gas Leases.

Experience: Mr. McCue's work history began with 18 years at Amoco Production Company in East TX, Permian Basin, Alaska, and the Rockies. After Amoco, he took part in three start-up companies serving as Senior Landman at Spinnaker Exploration (Warburg Pincus), Vice President – Land at Beryl Oil and Gas (First Reserve), and Director of Land at Calera (Khosla Ventures).

After these ventures, Mr. McCue played a major role in the transformation of BP America Production Company’s US assets into an autonomous subsidiary of BP to build a competitive organization in the Lower 48. Most recently, he was BP’s Land Manager for the North Rockies Business Unit and Exploration Land Manager responsible for 3MM acres of non-core assets and the evaluation of exploration opportunities in all US basins.

For the past 22 years, Mr. McCue has held the position of Adjunct Professor at the University of Texas Department of Continuing Education. He instructs industry professionals, management teams, and national oil companies in both Onshore and Offshore Oil and Gas Leasing, Competitor Analysis, and Joint Venture Partnerships. He has twice been published by The University of Texas for Fundamentals of Petroleum - Fifth Edition (2011) and Land and Leasing - Second Edition (2013).

Litigation Support - Mr. McCue is recognized as a Subject Matter Expert in the Oil and Gas Industry. His services are available to counsel for both plaintiff and defendant.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Lease Negotiations
  • Contract Preparation
  • Joint Partnership Agreements
  • Exploration, Development
  • Access Strategies
  • Problem Solving
  • Joint Venture
  • Forced Pooling
  • Lease Sale
  • Unit Agreement
  • Royalty Disputes
  • Offshore / Gulf of Mexico Matters
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    Carter B. Conlin
    5583 Beverly Hill St.
    Houston TX 77056-6801
    USA
    phone: 713-782-5466
    fax: 713-782-5467
    Carter B. Conlin, P. E. is a Licensed Professional Chemical Engineer. For the last 22 years, Mr. Conlin has been the president of the Chemical Engineering Consulting Firm, Conlin & Associates, Inc. He has worked to analyze government regulations and devise strategies for compliance. Mr. Conlin has also created a computerized tracking system to assist companies in complying with environmental regulations for production of reformulated and conventional gasoline under the Federal Clean Air Act.

    Service and Areas of Expertise Include:
  • Design Engineering Processes for Refineries and Chemical Plants
  • Refinery and Chemical Plant Operations
  • Computer Blend Gasoline, Diesel and Jet Fuel for Optimum Quality and Cost Effectiveness
  • Engineering Design
  • Provide Expert Testimony in Lawsuits
  • Blending and Trading of Refined Products
  • Trade Petroleum Products
  • Design Computer Programs to Solve Engineering Problems
  • Sell and Dispose of Salvage Cargoes of Petroleum Products
  • Teach Refining Operations at Houston Petroleum Institute
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    Randy D. Horsak, PE
    Environmental Forensics Expert
    PO Box 941735
    Houston TX 77094
    USA
    phone: 281-752-6700
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    Randy D. Horsak, PE is a scientist and registered Professional Engineer with more than 40 years of experience in all phases of Environmental Science and Engineering. President of 3TM Consulting, LLC, Mr. Horsak provides consulting in the areas of environmental engineering, geology and hydrogeology, ecology, land use, human and ecological risk assessment, and remediation and decontamination.

    Litigation Support - Mr. Horsak supports attorneys for both Plaintiff and Defense. His clients include industrial and commercial companies, attorneys, land owners and realtors, toxicologists and medical doctors, and other consultants.

    Environmental Projects Including:
    • Air Pollution
    • Ambient Air Quality Testing
    • Noise
    • Soil and Sediment
  • Groundwater and Surface Water
  • Water Treatment and Purification
  • Contaminated Dust
  • Ecosystems
  • Sites and Facilities
    • Abandoned Sites
    • Hazardous Waste Management Facilities
    • Refineries and Chemical Plants
    • Fossil and Nuclear Power Plants
    • Geothermal Energy Plants
  • Manufacturing and Commercial Facilities
  • Pipelines
  • Power Transmission Lines
  • Oil and Gas Exploration and Production
  • Public and Private Properties
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