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Expert Witness Services for the Process Engineering Industry

high courtManderstam International Group has extensive experience in offering expert witness services for the process engineering industry. We have prepared and presented a range of scientific and engineering evidence to the UK High Court and the International Court of Arbitration.

We have given evidence in complex cases, on behalf of multinational oil and resource companies, and have also worked with leading UK and international law firms.

Our services include:

  • Site surveys
  • Equipment surveys
  • Design reviews
  • Reviews of construction records
  • Investigation of process and mechanical design defects, disruptions or delays
  • Offering expert advice and independent expert opinion
  • Examining compliance issues

We have been called upon to give expert witness statements in a number of high profile cases, including the 2005 Buncefield explosion civil litigation.

 

Our areas of expertise

We are expert engineers, specialising in process and industrial engineering across several industries, including oil and gas, petrochemicals, manufacturing and pharmaceuticals.

We have acted as legal expert witnesses across a variety of cases, such as those involving workplace injuries or where companies have faced major fines.

Our specialties include:

All our experts are trained in giving legal evidence by Bond Solon and Manderstam is registered with the Expert Witness Institute.

If you need an expert witness, contact us to find out more about our services.

 

Our expert witness experience

expert witnessing for oil and gas

Below are some examples of how Manderstam International Group have provided expert witness services for our clients:

Expert witnessing for the oil & gas industry

  • Prepared expert reports and gave evidence (including “hot tubbing”) on the design, materials and construction of oil and gas piping systems on behalf of the owner in  Kuwait under an ICC Arbitration.
  • Prepared expert report and gave evidence on construction defects and remedial works on an EPC contract for the construction of a new LPG plant in Algeria under an ICC Arbitration.
  • Prepared expert report and gave evidence at the International Court of Arbitration on behalf of the contractor in regard to alleged design and construction defects in an EPC contract for an offshore gas processing plant and gas pipeline in Rwanda under an ICC Arbitration. Work included review of 3-D models and piping isometrics.
  • Prepared expert report and gave evidence on process and mechanical design defects and construction on a sour gas LPG processing plant and sales gas pipelines in Iraq under an ICC Arbitration.
  • Prepared expert report and gave evidence on process and mechanical design defects and construction on a sour gas LPG processing plant and sales gas pipelines in the middle east.
  • Prepared expert report on air operated hoist in process plant maintenance operations that caused serious personal injury to the operator during a factory change.
  • Prepared expert report and gave evidence at the International Court of Arbitration on behalf of a turnkey pipeline contractor, in relation to pipeline defects in the BTC pipeline from Azerbaijan to Turkey.
  • Prepared expert report on behalf of the Owner on design defects, delay and disruption on sour gas high-pressure flow lines, valves, oil and gas separation, storage and transportation systems in Kazakhstan.

 

Expert witnessing for the petrochemicals industry

  • Prepared expert reports and gave evidence on the design defects, materials and construction of a PET (Polyethylene terephthalate) manufacturing plant at Teeside on behalf of EP contractor, under an ICC Arbitration.
  • Prepared expert advice on the design and construction of PTA (pure terephthalic acid) production plants in China.
  • Prepared expert report and gave evidence on the process design for the manufacture of oxo alcohols from olefins.
  • Prepared an expert advice and gave evidence on the design of PTA (pure terephthalic acid) production plants.
  • Instructed by the International Court of Arbitration to give independent expert opinion and gave evidence to the Tribunal in respect to quantum on process and mechanical engineering issues at an LDPE plant in Germany.

 

Expert witnessing for the pharmaceuticals industry

  • Carried out site survey, review of design and construction records and prepared expert report on design defects and delay on a new pharmaceutical plant in Kent UK.
  • Prepared expert report for the main contractor in respect of its claim against a design sub contractor for failure of a cooling water circuit and heat exchangers in a pharmaceutical plant in UK.
  • Prepared expert report and gave evidence to the International Court Of Arbitration on behalf of the EPC contractor, in its defense of a claim by the Owner in respect to the basic and detailed design and procurement for a vitamin C. manufacturing plant.

 

Expert witnessing for the manufacturing industry

  • Prepared expert reports and gave evidence on the construction of access platforms and lifting operations at a boatyard that had caused serious personal injury to the operator
  • Prepared expert report on cement grout pump causing serious personal injury to the operator.
  • Prepared expert report on breakdowns and quality control on a continuous strapping line in the packaging of building products. Work included FMEA (failure mode and effects analysis) and compliance with ISO 9001 procedures.
  • Carried out equipment survey and prepared expert report on cement grinding.
  • Prepared expert report on the design and operation of chemical etching line for steel castings for the automobile industry.
  • Prepared expert report on fire damage to large high-speed aluminium foil rolling mill for insurers.
  • Prepared expert report, undertook metallurgical investigations and gave evidence at a mediation on the manufacture of automotive stainless steel fuel tanks. Work included FMEA (failure mode and effects analysis) and compliance with ISO 9002 procedures.
  • Provided expert advice on the manufacture of finned heat exchanger tubes.

 

Expert witnessing for the power generation industry

  • Prepared two expert reports on design and defects on waste treatment plants including bioreactors, scrubbers and waste water treatment technology (SPR, MBBR, MBR) in in a combined waste heat power generation plant in Sussex.
  • Preparation of expert report on investigation and analysis of problems with the EPC contractor in achieving steam cleaning of high-pressure steam pipe work in a combined waste heat power generation plant.
  • Preparation of expert report on investigation and analysis of problems with the EPC contractor in achieving steam cleaning of high-pressure steam pipe work in a combined waste heat power generation plant in UK
  • Prepared expert report on design, construction and commissioning issues in relation to ash waste disposal at a major power generating station in Serbia on behalf of the contractor.
  • Prepared expert report for the Owner in respect of a claim against a consulting engineer in respect to the design and project management of a process plant using waste material feed (fly ash) from a power station.

Get in touch with Manderstam International Group today to find out more about our expert witnessing services.

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