Brian Rhodes

Brian Rhodes, P.E., Sr. Process Engineer

Texas Professional Engineer with a broad experience base including upstream offshore facilities engineering, offshore and onshore process engineering design, onshore utilities & offsites process analysis and design, combustion systems analysis and emissions calculations, flare and relief system modeling and analysis, refinery and chemical plant process engineering, power plant design and performance, environmental engineering, and onsite startup and commissioning. Expert level experience with P&ID development, hydraulics calculations, line sizing, equipment specifications, and Process Flow Diagrams for multiple industries.

Brian Rhodes


Louisiana Tech University (USA) 1983
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Previous Positions

EDG Inc.
Houston, Texas, USA
[2010 to 2015]

Senior Facilities Engineer- Lead Facilities Engineer Crossing pigging platforms, offshore Angola; Noble Energy Tamar gas facility project – Israel. Oversaw as many as 10 engineers to develop and review all topside facilities deliverables for multiple projects, including: P&IDs, PFDs, safety flow diagrams, SAFE charts, basis of design, equipment data sheets, line list, line sizing, tie-in list, studies, specialty items list, manual valve list, and others. Prepared drawings and engineering documents for phased installation. Package Engineer for vessels, sump tanks, and other equipment. Worked with fabricators to build and test equipment to clients specifications, and prepare project books with all fabrication, testing, and materials records. Familiar with requirements of API 14C, ABS, USCG, and BSEE.

Commonwealth Engineering & Construction
Houston, Texas, USA

Senior Lead Process Engineer Flare gas recovery project, Valero Ardmore Refinery, Ardmore, Oklahoma; New flare project, Hunt Refinery, Tuscaloosa, Alabama; Coker revamp and expansion, Hunt Refinery, Tuscaloosa, Alabama; Heat integration project, ConocoPhillips, Sweeny, TX; Calcium chloride production facility, CariSal, Trinidad; Ultra-low sulfur diesel hydrotreater project, Delek Refining, Tyler, TX; Crude/vacuum/DHT project, Calumet Lubricants & Waxes, LLC, Shreveport, LA; Ultra-low sulfur diesel hydrotreater project, ALON, Big Spring, TX; MTBE to iso-octene unit conversion project, Valero, Houston, TX Prepared process flow diagrams (PFDs), P&IDs, process instrumentation data sheets, process calculations, line list, tie-in lists, and studies including boiler feed water and cooling water hydraulic studies.

Prepared detailed models of these systems using Fathom software, incorporating data from isometric drawings and equipment data sheets and plant reports. Developed alternative contingency design models involving revising equipment sequencing, adding new equipment and incorporating existing unused equipment to improve process efficiency and throughput. Prepared study reports with recommendations.

Prepared computer models of heat exchangers and integrated them into overall process models. Prepared relief valve inventories, and developed relief system model from ISOs and piping plans. Developed all drawings and calculations for a new flare and knock-out drum system.

Prepared hydraulic calculations, flare models, line lists, piping and instrumentation diagrams (P&IDs), and process datasheets for all equipment and instrumentation associated with the flare. Assisted client to develop operation philosophy, and presented P&IDs to client in on-site reviews. Participated in HAZOP review. Assumed all process administrative duties for new flare system project. Extensive use of HySys, Pro-II, HTRI, Fathom, and InPlant modeling software.

Reliance Inspection Services, Inc.
Houston, Texas, USA
[2002 to 2004]

Corporation President Various clients, Established and ran my own real estate inspection company. Founding board member of Texas Association of Real Estate Inspectors - Houston Chapter. Prepared detailed real estate inspection reports for clients who were in contract to purchase property. Discussed pertinent issues in a live “call-in” radio talk show. Developed a loyal customer base. Texas Professional Real Estate Inspector license number 6777.

ABB Houston Division
Houston, Texas, USA
[1997 to 2002]

Engineering Specialist Butadiene plant, polystyrene plant, several ethylene plants, and a NOx reduction project, various clients Process engineering and design, prepared utility balances, and utility flow diagrams (UFDs), including steam, cooling water, waste water, and storm water system, PFDs, heat and material balances (HMBs), and P&IDs. Used computer-modeling techniques to develop steam cycles and utility plant configurations to optimize plant efficiency. Interfaced with vendors to obtain equipment performance data to integrate into models. Developed equipment data sheets, hydraulic calculations, fire water network models, emissions calculations, storm water calculations and collection systems, plant water treatment systems, environmentally compliant tankage systems and participated in HAZOPs. Took a lead role in developing environmental emissions estimates for the Texas air, water, and solid waste permits for the NAFTA Region Olefins Complex in Port Arthur, TX for BASF.

The WCM Group
Humble, Texas, USA
[1994 to 1997]

Environmental Engineer Environmental analysis projects Developed environmental analysis and reports for a variety of facilities, including combustion calculations, to predict emissions from various sources and operating scenarios. Predicted off-site emissions concentrations using ISCST3, ISCLT3, and SCREEN3 EPA models. Used EPA meteorological file processing programs including RAMMET, STAR and others. Prepared annual emissions inventories. Submitted emissions impact analysis for international power projects including projects seeking World Bank financing. Prepared and Submitted air permit application packages including PSD and non-attainment netting analysis and environmental modeling reports including impact analysis with dispersion graphics, and emission calculations, to state environmental agencies.

Houston, Texas, USA
[1993 to 1994]

Turbine Cycle Engineer Power plant projects Predicted performance of combined cycle power plants at design and off-design operating conditions using GATECYCLE modeling software for performance guarantees, and equipment specifications. Recommended improvements to cycles and prepared system balance diagrams. Specified major equipment to meet economic and technical needs of client and optimize power and heat rate.

ABB Houston Division
Houston, Texas, USA
[1991 to 1993]

Process Systems Engineering Specialist Coal gasification combined cycle (CGCC) project Developed the steam cycle configuration for the US Department of Energy (DOE) integrated gasification combined cycle project, Springfield, Illinois and predicted performance of combined cycle power plant using power plant cycle modeling software. Prepared UFDs and steam balance diagrams. Prepared cooling water hydraulic analysis for gravity-fed lake-sourced system through irregular conduits and channels.

Hawker Siddeley Power Engineering, Inc.
Houston, Texas, USA
[1989 to1991]

Lead Process Engineer Combined cycle power plant projects Prepared design and off-design combined cycle power plant performance analysis using in-house software and spread sheets. Assisted in start-up activities. Wrote performance/acceptance test procedure and developed test calculation including integrated vendor performance correction curves. Interfaced with plant control system programmer to develop report of performance data for input into performance test calculation. Carried out performance test and processed data on-site. Coordinated emissions test with state and emissions testing contractor.

Professional Registration and Societies

Registered Professional Engineer (Texas No. 115990)
Solution Mining Research Institute