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Noteworthy Experience:

 

While Supporting Gas Department and Power Plant Infrastructure in Various Capacities:

·         Supported the graphics requirements for the licensing of numerous stream and railroad crossings for NYSEG.

·         Developed pipeline profiles and other specialized graphics for NYSEG’s Gas Dept.

·         Developed and continues to oversee a major gas storage cavern subsidence monitoring program on Seneca Lake in central New York State.

·         Developed and implemented mapping techniques used in the monitoring, reporting and remediation of many of NYSEG’s manufactured gas plant sites.

·         Managed and approved the ALTA-ACSM land surveys for the sale of six fossil fuel plant properties.  Also managed numerous engineering, topographic, GPS and mapping surveys.

·         Conducted precise dam deformation surveys and managed safety related monitoring programs of dam structures on the Saranac and Hudson Rivers. 

·         Restored the Bell Station nuclear site to its pristine pre-construction appearance on scenic Cayuga Lake.  This was a major balanced cut/fill earthwork and landscape project.

·         Designed, supervised construction, and oversaw the start-up of the first controlled fly ash land fill in New York State.  This predated Part 360 Regulations and served as an elementary model for the more sophisticated multi-layer, lined fill sites with integral leak detection systems.

·         Designed, bid and managed the construction of the first type approved belt scale in New York State for dynamically weighing bulk materials (coal) to ¼% accuracy during unloading from unit trains.  Type approval is a certification in accordance with the National Bureau of Weights and Measures that was based on testing by the New York State Dept of Agriculture, Bureau of Weights & Measures for compliance with rigid laboratory tests of the equipment and installed conformance and calibration.  This would have been the first such scale in the US, however, it took nearly a year to build the laboratory used by New York State.

·         Computed coal, limestone and fly ash inventory quantities using state-of-the-art surveying, aerial photogrammetric modeling, density testing and surface modeling techniques for six fossil fuel plants.  The methods and results developed were accepted for payment and adjustment of book value of multi-million dollar inventories by auditors, suppliers, shippers and regulators.  Final inventory accepted by all parties for adjustment of fuel inventory upon the sale of six fossil power plants.

·         Provided engineering support for the operation and maintenance of two fly ash slurry/settling ponds, the remediation of slope and dike failures, and the reconstruction of an operating ash slurry pond.  Subsequently provided design for the close-out of the fly ash ponds when the wet system was replaced with a dry unloader.

·         Managed the engineering studies, design, and construction of major structural renovation to a 4-year old billion dollar fossil fuel plant.  This involved transferring the loading from the coal conveyor tripper floor from its coal silos to the building frame and isolating the silos from the conveyor floor.

·         Listed with Broome County Health Department, Binghamton, NY for residential and commercial septic system design.

 

As a State Project Officer, Public Assistance Liaison, Project Specialist on FEMA Disasters:

·         Successfully advocated for $3.7 million dollar wastewater treatment grant that was approved at 2nd level of appeal within FEMA.

·         Successfully advocated for required code and standard upgrades valued at $800 K for a municipal well.  This was initially estimated by FEMA at $120 K.

·         Successfully advocated for a 406 Hazard Mitigation grant for a multi-million dollar flood wall to protect an important hospital.  FEMA had initially opposed the project.

·         Wrote a position paper defining Stafford Act provisions requiring the protection of critical facilities to the 500-year flood event level.  This was accepted and used for DR-1650.

 

Consulting in Uganda, East Africa and in Haiti

·         Conducted a seven week exploratory tour of Uganda, East Africa in early 2008 to learn about the water and sanitation needs and about the indigenous cultures.  Worked with people from the simplest of subsistence level farmers to the upper levels of government.

·         Attended the National Conference of District Water Officers at the invitation of the Minister of State for Water and Sanitation.

·         Provided the Minister of State with a comprehensive report of findings and recommendations at the conclusion of this visit.

·         Much of Tom’s contemporaneous journal from 2008 can be found at www.blogugandaexperience.blogspot.com.

·         A Haiti trip in November 2009 resulted in first-hand knowledge of family-sized water purification filters; in particular: the production methods, training program and use of intermittent bio-sand filters for use in homes, schools and businesses.  Tom continues to foster efforts to implement this life and health saving technology in Uganda, East Africa.

·         Organized and provided project management on behalf of 4 Rotary Clubs and 2 districts over two years, which resulted in the completion of the Asinge-Osukuru Clean Water Project – which was commissioned in November 2010.  The project now provides piped, treated potable water to public water stands throughout the village of 2500 and a primary school of 1200.