Industrial Loss Services
Halliwell’s Industrial Loss Services (ILS) is comprised of a closely integrated team of leading experts in their respective fields, with decades of combined experience spanning multiple industry segments such as power generation, refineries, petrochemical processing, oil exploration and drilling, heavy machinery, and manufacturing.
Depending on the complexity and needs of the case, we can implement a computer-modeling-based, analytical approach to investigate industrial losses including Fluid Mechanics, Heat and Mass Transfer, Thermodynamics, Mechanical Design, Instrumentation and Control Operation, Stress Analysis, Vibration and Modal Analysis. The ILS team is backed by the well-known resources of Halliwell’s Construction Services.
We provide damage and condition assessments and engineering opinions on the scope and costs of repairs and replacements to restore industrial equipment and property to a pre-loss condition. Our experience includes complex investigations involving a variety of processes and systems including refineries, utility-grade power generation and co-generation, chemical plants, oil field operations, sugar mills, low-pressure and power boilers, gas and steam turbines, diesel engines, marine machinery, oil and gas separation, compression and transmission, Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) plants, cement plants, wind turbines, and solar power generation.
Our complimentary disciplines and specialty areas include Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Materials Engineering, Civil/Structural Engineering, and Fire and Explosion. We have the right experts or team to effectively solve the world’s largest and most complex claims and keep businesses running around the globe.
Common Investigations and Specialty Expertise include:
- Fire and Explosion
- Chemical Manufacturing
- Natural Gas Compressor Stations
- Pressure Vessels
- Storage Tanks
- Cryogenic Systems
- Gas Dispersion Modeling
- Gas Migration in Soils
- Large Fossil-Fueled Utility and Industrial Boilers
- Natural Gas and Oil Pipelines
- Offshore Oil and Gas Platforms
- Turbo Machinery
- Production Facilities
- Oil Refineries
- Storage Tanks
- Drilling Rigs
- Primary Metal Mills and Manufacturing Processes
- Metallurgical Failure Analysis
- Safety Systems
- Reactors and Steam Generators
- Pipelines and Field Gathering Systems
- Utility/Commercial Scale Photovoltaic (PV) Arrays
- Utility Scale Wind Farms
- Geothermal System
- Biofuel Plants
- Hydroelectric Plants
Our experts conduct cause and origin analysis, condition assessments, damage investigations, scope of restoration requirements and cost estimates for facilities, systems, and equipment in the following areas:
- Gas and steam turbines – Typical failures include overspeed, fatigue and creep, corrosion, thermal fatigue, lubrication failures, and bearing failures.
- Large diesel engines and natural gas compressors – Typical failures involve connecting rod fatigue breakdown, lubrication failures, and trapped liquids in gas stream.
- Fires – Our experts have conducted a variety of fire origin and cause involving industrial equipment as the ignition source. We also have expertise in natural gas migration in soils resulting fires or not.
- Natural gas migration – We have conducted multiple investigations associated with natural gas migration in soils, some resulting in subsequent fire events.
- Pumps – Failures can be a result of poor design, improper material selection, worn seals, deferred maintenance, or faulty electrical motors.
- Piping – Can fail due to corrosion, erosion, over-pressurization, or improper design.
- Valves – Failures can be mechanical, corrosion related, seal failure, deferred maintenance, or improper design.
- Heat exchangers – Failures can occur due to excessive corrosion, over-pressurization, manufacturing defects or improper material selection. Heat exchangers failures can lead to explosions, fires, or long-term facility shutdowns.
- Boilers – Failures can occur due to corrosion, deferred maintenance, instrumentation malfunction, steam explosions, fuel explosions, or improper operational considerations.
- Process equipment – Typical causes of failure include water hammer effect, cavitation, venting, and erosion/corrosion.