Robert was born and raised in Sydney, Australia, and was born of Dutch parents that had immigrated to Australia from Holland. At age 17 he moved with his parents to Holland, and after 5 years attained degrees in Mechanical Engineering (Associates’ degree) and Civil Engineering (Bachelor’s degree) at Technical Colleges in Amsterdam and The Hague.
Language Proficiency: fluent in English & Dutch, knowledge of German (basic)
Pastimes: Teaching Yoga Classes (registered with ‘Yoga Alliance’), hiking, co-editor corporate newsletter (quarterly), photography, collecting art, personal website, etc.
Robert is a dedicated and highly skilled professional with 32 years of international project execution experience. He has designed and engineered complex plants and facilities in the chemical (including petrochemical) plastics, offshore oil & gas, mining, power and pharmaceutical industries. He has broad leadership experience in internationally recognized and established engineering and construction companies in the U.S., The Netherlands, and in Australia. He is skilled in today's best available information technologies, including analysis and design tools used by engineering professionals. Robert is recognized as a valuable mentor, change agent and consultant in the Engineering and Construction software industry.
Fluor Petrochemical Project: Rayong Refinery Project, Royal Dutch Shell
- Map Ta Phut, Thailand - 1994-1995
Role: Structural Overall Plant Design Coordinator - 3D PDS in Haarlem, The Netherlands
Fluor provided engineering, procurement, construction, and commissioning services for the Rayong Refinery Company's grassroots refinery project in Rayong Province, Thailand. This complex 145,000 BPSD refinery supports the Royal Thai Government's need for additional petroleum products for Thailand's rapid economic expansion. Fluor engineered and designed the off-sites, utilities, tank farm, interconnecting pipeways, jetties/topsides, the power plant (a 97MW power plant is included with the refinery), hydrogen plant and hydrocracker.
Fluor's ability to program manage joint venture projects and to provide expertise across all disciplines allowed us to successfully complete the project three months ahead of schedule. The project was awarded Thailand's National Safety Award for construction, which recognized the project as the safest construction site in Thailand. The lost-time frequency rate was 0.03 per 200,000 hours worked. Thus this Fluor project in Thailand was 40 times more safe than the U.S. construction industry average. Our Rayong Refinery Project incorporated the highest level of automation capabilities of any project in the oil and gas industry, thereby streamlining efficiency.
Challenges: The Rayong Refinery Project was a workshare project between the Fluor Haarlem and Fluor Irvine offices, and Badgers in The Hague, The Netherlands. Badgers was the main contractor. Worksharing was a relatively new concept, and this was a very large project, the largest that has been executed ever using 3D PDS. There were many innovative solutions made to make transfer of 3d models and materials between all workshare partners possible, including the timely transfer of critical data to the site in Thailand.
Fluor Mining Project: Mount Isa Mines "Copper Smelter Upgrade" &
"Acid Plant Gas Handling Projects" - Mt.Isa, QLD/Aus. – 1998
Role: Overall Plant Design Coordinator - 3D PDS / Senior Design Engineer in Brisbane & Melbourne, Australia
The purpose of the CSU Project is to increase the capacity of the copper smelter approximately to 270,000 tpa, to process chalcopyrite concentrates from the existing Mount Isa Operations and the additional chalcopyrite concentrates from the Ernest Henry Mine (near Cloncurry). Production capacity increase will be achieved by:
The Acid Plant Gas Handling Project involves the installation of a gas extraction system from MIM's Isasmelt copper smelter and converters to make available SO2 rich gas to a sulfuric acid production plant.
The Mount Isa copper smelter was expanded in 1998 to a capacity of over 250000 t/y anode copper. This tonnage will be produced from a single stream consisting of an Isasmelt smelting furnace, and four Peirce-Smith converters - one of which was installed as part of the expansion project. During the course of the expansion project Mount Isa Mines Limited (MIM) signed an agreement with WMC Fertilizers Ltd (WMCF) to supply sulphur containing smelter gases over the fence to a new sulphuric acid plant to be built by WMCF. This will result in a further increase in copper production by reducing the time when smelting is curtailed by Air Quality Control restrictions.
As well as the need to modify the primary gas system to connect to the acid plant, the hoods and crossover ducts and their support structures on the original three converters required replacement, and secondary ventilation was also needed to improve converter aisle hygiene. Each of these areas was addressed by the project. Preliminary ideas for carrying out the modifications were found to have a serious impact on converter aisle operations, and would have led to a production loss of over 50000 tonnes of copper. Following benchmarking in other copper smelters, a suitable construction plan was developed and carried out to minimize this loss.
Challenges: Fluor had to share the engineering work of the Copper Smelter Upgrade project with a company called "Mamic", which were former Mt. Isa Mines (MIM) employees, also housed in the Fluor Brisbane office. The Acid Plant Gas Handling (APGH) project started in Melbourne office before the Copper Smelter Upgrade project was completed. I was assigned to coordinate both projects.
Fluor Chemicals Project: "Kodak China Program" - Haicang, China - 1997-1999
Role: Plant Design Coordinator for Area 7B - 3D PDS / Senior Design Engineer in Marlton, NJ & Manila/FDIP, The Philippines
Eastman Kodak contracted Fluor Daniel to provide engineering, procurement, construction management and partial commissioning services for a film production facility in Xiamen, Fujian, China. Those facilities, or projects as outlined below, consisting of a combination of film and paper sensitizing, film and paper finishing, packaging and shipment, the utility systems and site infrastructure required to support the operation were constructed in two phases and three separate locations, namely Xiamen, Shantou and Haicang. The last and largest is at Haicang, outside the city of Xiamen. The totality of these projects is referred to as the Kodak China Program.
The initial phase involved remodeling and refurbishment of an acquired existing photographic material plant (formerly FUDA) located in Xiamen. The refurbishment of the Xiamen facility allowed EK to finish and package film and paper products. The refurbished plant is principally an interim facility until the large grass-roots facility at Haicang begins production.
Refurbishment projects at the Shantou site (formerly ERA) allow EK to sensitize and finish X-ray films well into the future.
As of October 2000, all three facilities are in full production with only minor close-out activities remaining. Total capital budget for the program was US$798MM with final cost realized being under US$790MM for all three sites.
Challenges: Worksharing between Marlton, Greenville and Manila. Worksharing was a relatively new concept, and this was a large program. I was responsible for transferring a portion of the total scope to the Manila office, which included systems setup and training of local personnel, etc. This project received the 2000 Hugh Coble Project Excellence Award.
Fluor Power Project: E.ON-U.S. "Kentucky Utilities SO2 Compliance Program“
- Ghent & Brown Stations, KY - 2004-2010
Roles: Project Engineer & Engineering Manager (Ghent unit 2) in Greenville, SC
Est. over $800mil for 3x FGDs for 3 units & a new Limestone conveying system at the Ghent Station (est. $500mill), and 1x FGD for 3 units at Brown Station (est. $300mil). A technically advanced Wet Limestone Forced Oxidation Flue Gas Desulfurization (FGD) process system was chosen by Kentucky Utilities for application at both the Ghent and Brown Stations. The FGD process is expected to reduce SO2 emissions by 98% or more.
Technology partner is Babcock Power Environmental Inc. (BPEI). Fluor have a potential to do a Selective Catalyst Reduction (SCR) for unit 3 at Brown, and unit 2 at Ghent in the near future.
Challenges: A large program and ultra fast track. The Ghent site is a retrofit job, in a extremely congested area, with the site positioned right up against the Ohio river allowing us limited access on the west side for lifting, etc.
At the inception of Fluor’s Knowledge Management program in 2000 Robert was selected to be part of a high-performance team to help transform the company’s culture and enable the corporation to strategically and deliberately identify, manage, grow and leverage its intellectual assets. He was assigned the role of Knowledge Management Consultant, and over a period of 2 years he helped establish several ‘Communities of Practice’ (CoPs) at Fluor.