Mr. Alvarado is responsible for business development and strategic planning for metallurgy, reliability, corrosion, inspection, and Fitness-For-Service (FFS) consulting, services, software and technology for chemical, refining and petro-chemical facilities. His areas of technical expertise include damage mechanism identification, shutdown work scope reviews using Risk-Based Inspection techniques, materials selection, and group strategizing facilitation, with a focus on strategies for existing/aging equipment. His other areas of expertise include evaluation of NDE techniques for finding expected damage, mechanical integrity audits, inspection benchmarking, development and maintenance of engineering standards.
Mr. Alvarado is a Senior Consultant with over 30 years of experience in the chemical and refinery industries, having served as a Sr. Member of Monsanto's Materials Engineering Group at the J.F. Queeny Plant in St. Louis and as Chief Chemist for NL Industries. He has specialized in Risk-Based Inspection training and project management for E2G. He is a 22 year member of the API Sub-Committee on Inspection, a working member of the API group that created the recommended practice (RP 580 and RP 581) for Risk-Based Inspection, and a member of the API team preparing test questions for API RP571 (refinery damage mechanisms), and RP 580 inspector endorsements.
Mr. Alvarado provides technical support and NDE consulting for all levels of chemical and refinery technical experts and management. He also has extensive experience in preparation and delivery of training courses and technical presentations, and has taught numerous industry-related courses to practicing engineers and technicians. He has extensive experience working at plants and with central engineering on a worldwide basis.
Mr. Alvarado was also an invited participant/Interviewee for the RAND study, New Forces at Work in Refining - Industry Views of Critical Business and Operations Trends (a critical look at industrial infrastructure as part of national security), copyright 2003.