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Principal Consultant / President: Jeffery Jones P.E.
Principal Consultant has over 40 years of hydropower engineering, operations, and maintenance experience. He served as a Principal Mechanical Engineer and turbine specialist for almost 29 years in the hydropower department of a major hydropower producing public utility. He has extensive experience with hydraulic turbines, generators, bearings (oil and water), brakes, large valves (butterfly and spherical), and the balance of plant auxiliaries for supporting hydro units (see Services / Solutions section for detailed list).
Principal Consultant specializes in hydro modernization and rehabilitation and the many challenges those programs present. He has been a cognizant or responsible engineer for over 100 major hydro unit modernizations or hydro rehabilitations with capacities ranging from 5 to 440 MW. This includes 5 large pump-turbine unit modernizations. He also specializes in hydro unit alignments, including plumb and rotation, and thrust bearing loading (equalization). He is the inventor of several U.S Patents including the most advanced hydro unit electronic alignment method, IviaSAT,
Chief Electrical Engineer: James (Jim) Long P.E.
Electrical engineer with over 36 years of experience in the design and maintenance of power plant electrical equipment and systems. Subject Matter Expert (SME) for the rehabilitation and modernization of hydroelectric electrical power train equipment and specialist in switchgear, protection and controls, hydro engineering, equipment troubleshooting, and root cause analysis. Experience also includes various areas of electrical engineering related to hydropower, including detailed design, maintenance, operations, and training.
Chief Mechanical Engineer: William (Bill) Lewis P.E.
Mechanical Engineer with over 36 years of experience in various positions in power generation. Experienced in rehabilitation and modernization of TVA’s hydroelectric power train equipment and is subject matter expert (SME) in auxiliary equipment such as vibration monitoring, temperature monitoring, lubrication systems, and cooling water systems. Also performed cavitation inspections and is familiar with loading thrust bearings on vertical turbine generators. Experience also includes startup testing and load rejection testing.
Governor Specialist - Senior Consultant: George Atkinson
Electrical engineer with over 39 years of experience in various positions working on hydroelectric equipment at all of TVA's hydroelectric plants. Experienced in the rehabilitation and modernization of hydroelectric power train equipment and is a subject-matter expert (SME) in hydraulic turbine controls and governor systems with an emphasis on Woodward Governor controls. Experience also includes startup testing and special governor tests.
Mechanical Technologist / Manager of Innovation - Clint Pierce
Machine Designer / Mechanical designer with over 31 years of experience in various positions working with machinery and mechanical equipment. Solidworks 3D and AutoCad 2D machine designer. Extensive experience in creative product development, inventions, manufacturing unique machinery, liaison engineering, product development, and shop management.
Senior Consulting Engineer: Carl Woerner
Mechanical engineer with over 31 years of experience in the design and maintenance of power plant mechanical equipment and systems. Subject Matter Expert (SME) for the rehabilitation and modernization of hydroelectric mechanical power train equipment and auxiliary equipment, hydro engineering, equipment troubleshooting, and root cause analysis. Experience also includes various areas of mechanical engineering related to hydropower, including detailed design, reverse engineering of equipment, maintenance and operations. Specializes in alignments of hydro units.
Governor & Controls Specialist - Senior Consultant: Kelly Casteel NCSO, MBA
Specialist with over 31 years of experience in various positions working on hydroelectric equipment at all of TVA's hydroelectric plants and transmission system. Experienced in the rehabilitation and modernization of hydroelectric power train equipment and is a subject-matter expert (SME) in hydraulic turbine controls and governor systems with an emphasis on Woodward Governor controls. Experience also includes startup testing and special governor tests. Also expert in NERC compliance, training, and transmission operations.
Senior Consulting Engineer: Tom Brice
Mechanical engineer with over 37 years of experience in hydropower generation with an emphasis on hydraulic turbine performance. Work has encompassed upgrade study evaluation, preparation of turbine and turbine-related equipment specifications, bid evaluation, contract administration, drawing review, post-outage test plan development, operating characteristic curve development, and database management. Experience involves working closely with turbine vendors to provide unit historical operating data, evaluating proposed turbine designs, and participating in turbine model testing. Performed extensive field testing and data analysis using spreadsheet and curve-fitting software. Participated in the upgrade/modernization of 70 units (Francis, Kaplan, fixed-blade, diagonal flow, pump-turbine) and the periodic field testing for over 100 hydro units at a large utility.