Our Team of Experts

We are a network of turbine and generator experts with extensive OEM, utility, and engineering consulting experience who have designed units operating worldwide, developed novel service strategies, and engineered major unit upgrades. We saw a need to provide independent advice to utilities in today’s tough environment and combined to form TG Advisers.

President and Principal Consultant

Stephen R. Reid, P.E.

Steve offers over 32 years of Turbine Generator and Plant Operations and Maintenance experience. He began his career at Westinghouse Electric’s Turbine Generator Division. At Westinghouse’s Orlando operation (currently Siemens), he specialized in turbine-generator troubleshooting and new turbine design. He was one of the key developers of the Ruggedized Turbine Rotor Product line currently in operation worldwide. While at Westinghouse, Steve led the design effort for the Westinghouse 200 megawatt turbine fleet targeted at combined-cycle plant applications. He later worked for a major utility in key positions of Maintenance, Operations and Technical Services Manager where he was responsible for fleet performance and reliability of diversified steam and gas turbine facilities.

In 1991, Steve began his career as an independent power industry consultant and later incorporated TG Advisers (TGA) in 2003. Steve and his team of experts have provided troubleshooting, condition assessments, failure analysis, and expert witness services to major energy companies in the US and abroad. Most recently, TGA was selected to evaluate turbine-generator risks for all nuclear units in the US, Spain and Belgium. This program has established many technical benchmarks the industry is now using to ensure safe and reliable operations. TG Advisers has also provided valued research for the Electric Power Research Institute which has advanced the understanding and failure prevention of key generation components.

Steve is the recipient of the ASME George Westinghouse Silver Medal Award for his contributions to the Power Industry. In addition to patents for innovative design, he has published over fifty technical papers and articles, served as chairman of the ASME Power Generation Operations Committee, and editor for Energy Tech Magazine. He has taught courses for EPRI, ASME, Electric Power, varous OEMs and PowerGen and is an active member of the PowerGen International Program Committee. Steve is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Delaware and holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering from Manhattan College.

Principal Consultant

John A. Moreci, MS, MBA, PMP

John has over 30 years of experience in the power industry concentrating on turbines and generators. As a consulting engineer for TG Advisers he has lead client engagements in performing equipment health assessments, failure analyses, root cause determinations, troubleshooting, bid spec development and other owner engineering support tasks. His vast knowledge of technical issues has allowed him to be a leader in providing training and workshops to improve owner capabilities.

While in the employ of Duke Energy he implemented framework and systems to improve Project Management effectiveness as well as developed and executed benchmarking approaches for large air quality control system projects. He has been effective in resolving technical issues throughout a project’s life cycle.

Early in John’s career, he worked for Siemens Westinghouse Power Corporation (formerly Westinghouse) as a manager in product engineering. His duties included the development of strategies to improve BU performance and provide business plans and initiatives to expand services to non-OEM products.

John is a certified Project Management Professional. He has been awarded with two patents and has received the Progress Energy Pinnacle Award, the George Westinghouse Signature Award of Excellence and other honors affiliated with engineering/business organizations in the power industry. He is the author of numerous technical and project management articles and publications. He has a BS and a MS in Mechanical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University and a MBA from the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School.

Manager of Engineering

Thomas R. Reid, P.E.

Tom began his career at General Electric in the Power & Water Division. During his years at GE, Tom’s responsibilities focused on the design and repair development of both steam and gas turbine hardware which lead to 14 filed patent applications. Tom is a graduate of General Electric’s Edison Engineering Development Program (EEDP) and Advanced Courses in Engineering (ACE).

While at TG Advisers, Tom has served as the technical lead on a wide range of steam and gas turbine, generator, and balance of plant projects. Specifically, his work experience provides a wealth of knowledge for equipment redesign and retrofits, root cause failure analysis, shop surveillance, QA/QC oversight, and life assessments for the power plant industry. His extensive design, repair, and shop experience enables him to provide OEM insight with an independent perspective.

In his current role, Tom is responsible for technical guidance of TG Advisers’ engineering team and is a lead point of contact for client interface. In addition to his numerous filed patent applications, Tom has published several technical papers and presented engineering course material for webinars and conferences. He has a BSME from Virginia Tech and a MSME from Georgia Tech.

Senior Consultant

Dennis R. Amos

Dennis offers 44 years of welding engineering experience with steam and gas turbines and rotating machinery. His career began at Westinghouse in new welded fabrications and later expanded into servicing older components. He managed a startup group for the welding of steam turbine LP rotors which grew to include generators, HP, IP, VHP and gas turbines. Procedure development, custom filler wire alloying, equipment selection and modification, and operator training are projects Dennis has been responsible for during his time in the industry.

Dennis provided the technical “know how” for the welded fabrication of new rotors (LP to IP) for new product designs. This technology was later used extensively on service applications (such as, removal of old ends with replacement of new forgings or reuse of existing forgings by narrow groove welding). He advised the Power Generation Center of Excellence which also weld repaired rotating components for other divisions within Westinghouse. This activity continued with Siemens for 15 years. Dennis’ expertise in repairs, upgrades, modernization and life extension has proven beneficial in overseeing projects from inception to end working as a consultant, liaison and technical director. OEM work later expanded to Parsons, GE, GEC, Allis-Chalmers, and ABB Rotors.

Dennis has 19 patents and has published many technical papers including presentations to EPRI. He is a CWI (Certified Welding Inspector) and has performed the role of CWI examination administrator previously. In 1984 and 1996 Dennis received the George Westinghouse Award for Innovation. He served as Director for the American Welding Society (AWS) from 1984-1987 and aided the Advisory Panel of the Edison Welding Institute (EWI) from 1989 to 1992. He received his BS degree from the University of Alabama and completed post-graduate studies at the University of South Carolina.

Senior Consultant

Neil Kilpatrick

Neil’s experience of more than 46 years with various metallurgical aspects for rotor forgings, retaining
rings, castings, and technical analysis make him a valuable asset in the power plant industry. He began his
career in 1971 with Westinghouse Electric in East Pittsburgh working with the Materials Application Group
on large and medium generators, motors, brushless exciters, and power circuit breakers. His responsibilities
increased as he applied metallurgical engineering applications and development to retaining ring inspection
and NDE repair and replace analysis while at the Orlando Generator Division of Westinghouse. During his
time there he not only became a well-respected industry spokesman for retaining ring stress corrosion
cracking issues but also was an esteemed mentor and trainer for metallurgical applications.

As of 2007, Neil has been regarded globally as a Principal Expert Engineer in the fields of generator and
turbine materials. During the course of his career he has worked on technical negotiations as well as been
an integral member of intercontinental discussions for field inspection programs and major component
failure analysis.

Neil has presented technical reports at various conferences, including EPRI and TGUG, as well as having
authored numerous publications and patents.

Neil received his BSME, Metallurgical Option, from the University of Nebraska in 1971 and holds a
MSMetE from the University of Pittsburgh.

Senior Consultant

William (Stacey) Davis

Stacey has over 18 years of field service operations/maintenance experience with steam and gas turbines, generator, compressor and rotating equipment. His comprehensive power generation knowledge includes working on General Electric, Siemens, Westinghouse, Elliott and other systems as detailed below. Previously as a Plant Manager his responsibilities included all processes for maintenance and outages. Initially as Site Lead he implemented the Bulk Electric System (BES) program. Later, he successfully passed the first audit in the state of Texas.

His field services work has provided independent owner/operators quality assurance inspections for component refurbishment at service repair facilities. Stacey has 100% self-performed major maintenance programs utilizing non OEM service providers for field service and component repairs (i.e., no GE Contract Services Agreement). His development of intercompany specifications for component repairs for steam and combustion and turbine hardware, bearings steam path diaphragms, turbine rotors, and generator mechanical parts shop component QA/QC inspections has been an asset to all plants. He has mastered duties associated with training and program improvement as well as documenting procedures for all maintenance and outage functions.

OEM Experience: General Electric, Sermatech, Pratt & Whitney Power Systems, Allied Power Group, North American Energy Services, Sulzer Turbo Services, Wood Group, Gas Turbine Efficiencies, Turbo Care, PIC, Liburdi Turbine Services, AGT Services, Power System Manufacturing, Stork H&E Bearings Plus, Turbo Components Engineering and GE facilities in Dallas, Houston, Cincinnati and Jacksonville.
Engineering Firms and Balance of Plant Service Experience: HRST, Flowserve, Gas and Steam Turbine Consulting, Gas Turbine Materials Analysis, Gates Manufacturing, Advanced Cooling Tower, Tower Performance, Ashland Chemicals, TE-Services, Fisher, Flowserve and a host of other providers for select equipment and engineering.

Senior Consultant

William L. Grad

Bill has over 30 years of engineering, service repair, QA/QC, and project management experience with a primary focus on steam and gas turbine generators. As an independent consultant, Bill provides technical direction, evaluation and vendor QA/QC surveillance services for the inspection, repair and fabrication of steam and gas turbine and generator components. In addition, he assists the customer in writing pre-bid repair and fabrication specifications and evaluates the vendor’s capability to perform accordingly.

Bill’s generator experience has been enhanced by a two-year project to upgrade four small machines through stator and rotor re-winds and RCA assignments on rotor ground/short issues. More recently, he has provided QA/QC surveillance services for Siemens and General Electric models for Entergy’s Grand Gulfs EPU project and NRG’s Conemaugh and Homer City upgrades.

Earlier in Bill’s career, he managed the startup of a new Elliott Turbo-Machinery Service Center which replaced the local OEM shop as the quality, price and volume leader in the southeast for turbine and generator repairs. During that period, Bill’s shop achieved ISO 9002 Certification.

In an operations capacity, Bill managed the technical support of the fossil and nuclear steam turbine generator assets for the engineering team at Progress Energy and Florida Power. His duties included engineering, planning, and implementing long-term major maintenance outage strategies in conjunction with day-to-day problem solving and QA/QC surveillance services. He received his BSEE from Case Western Reserve University.

Senior Consultant

James H. Kugler, P.E.

Jim has 37 plus years of experience with thermal performance assessments, plant optimizations, and identification and correction of capacity and heat rate concerns. He has provided these operational betterment assessments for existing fossil-fired steam cycle, simple-cycle combustion turbine, and combined-cycle generating facilities.

Jim was instrumental in the development of performance testing programs and optimizing the thermal design of combined and conventional steam cycle facilities. His experience includes performance audits for over 100 units as well as contractual performance guarantee compliance tests for 45 plus projects for GE, Siemens, and Alstom. He is recognized for his capabilities with performance test codes for ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) and CTI (Cooling Tower Institute) along with codes for HEI (Heat Exchanger Institute). Jim has developed performance guarantee testing procedures and contractual terms for many steam turbine upgrades and retrofits. He continues to add value to the industry as he develops unit costing strategies, steam path audits, and methodologies relating to NERC conformance standards. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Delaware.

Senior Consultant

Frank A. Pisz, P.E.

Frank offers over 35 years of gas and steam turbine and Rotating machinery experience. He began his career at the Westinghouse Electric Corporation Steam Turbine-Generator Division. At Siemens-Westinghouse’s Orlando operation, he specialized in many aspects of turbine design including the following:

  • New Integral Shrouded blade design
  • New Freestanding blade design
  • Optimizing Blade attachment geometries using finite element analysis
  • Linear and non-linear finite element analysis of all complex turbine components
  • New product testing and analysis
  • Retrofit turbine designs
  • Gas and steam turbine troubleshooting analysis

As an independent Power industry consultant, Frank has provided turbine troubleshooting, finite element assessments and new product design evaluation services to major energy companies in the US. Frank also possesses the ability to provide complex finite element analysis using in house capabilities. He has numerous patent disclosures and awards, published over thirty technical papers and articles, and made numerous technical presentations to EPRI and other engineering societies. Frank was the recipient of The George Westinghouse Award for Outstanding Engineering Achievement in 1983. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the states of Texas, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.

Senior Consultant

William F. Robbins, P.E.

Bill, as Senior Consultant to TG Advisers, Inc., offers 37 years of engineering experience in the power generation business (Delmarva Power/Conectiv Energy) and possesses a strong technical background in all aspects of power plant operations and maintenance. Bill held positions of Project Engineer and Maintenance Supervisor where he planned and implemented major turbine generator inspections and led investigations to resolve turbine generator issues. In addition to the positions noted above and those of Senior Engineer and Maintenance Coordinator, his job as Engineering Manager prompted action to troubleshoot failures and coordinate replacement upgrades with optimal recommendations. He directed the planning of major outages and field inspections for a fleet of Siemens V84.2 combustion turbines owned and operated by Conectiv Energy.

As a recognized authority in the power industry, Bill served as a Governor Appointee to the Delaware Boiler Safety Council for three terms. His expertise provides a valuable asset to the TG Advisers team as he continues to perform turbine generator health assessments and provide troubleshooting support. Bill is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Delaware.

Senior Consultant

Daniel M. Skedzielewski

Dan has over 30 years of experience in the petrochemical and electric power generation industries. He has functioned as a startup engineer, design engineer, construction manager, project manager, and senior engineering manager. His areas of expertise include all major mechanical components and controls, including turbines and generators, of traditional fossil fuel fired power plants as well as combined cycle power plants. While at Delmarva Power, Dan created and directed the corporate Life Extension Program for turbine and combustion technologies. While at Conectiv Energy, Dan managed plant betterment projects, major pollution control retrofits, and new combined cycle plant development projects valued at over $500MM.

Dan has served the electric power generation industry through his participation on Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) advisory committees and chairmanship of Southeast Electric Exchange (SEE) ownership committees. During his time at TG Advisers, Dan has completed projects which involved Turbine Water Induction Prevention systems and controls, a Power Uprating of the High Pressure Turbine Rotor and Generator at a large nuclear plant, and the re-blading of the Low Pressure Rotor of a large fossil plant steam turbine.

Senior Consultant

Bradford J. Snyder

Brad’s experience spans over 33 years of electric utility experience. He began his career at Delmarva Power’s Indian River plant where he held engineering and supervisory positions in electrical, rotating equipment and instrumentation/controls maintenance. Moving from the plant to the corporate offices, Brad led a multi-disciplinary team in a company-wide project to develop a coordinated power plant maintenance management program.

As a senior engineer, Brad led the company’s Production Standards Department. Charged with developing and maintaining engineering, design, procurement, and overhaul standards, the team had notable success in co-developing a program to standardize these efforts for electric motors and generators company-wide. Manufacturing and repair facility surveillance was a significant facet of the maintenance effort. Brad also worked supporting the development and implementation of power plant thermal performance instrumentation systems and programs. His efforts included the initiation and maintenance of a turbine parts and spare rotor program.

Since the early 2000s, Brad has worked exclusively with utility scale turbine generators. Working with numerous clients across North America he has consulted on nearly 100 turbine generator related projects. Typical project scopes include detailed analysis of: maintenance and operating history; root cause failure analysis; development of multi-year, multi-outage maintenance planning strategies; troubleshooting specific operational issues; short and long term economic assessments of engineering alternatives; development/review/evaluation of technical and commercial contract specifications and proposal documents; and shop work surveillance. Brad has authored or co-authored half of TGA’s library of 400 plus Turbine Generator Health Assessments. These TGA exclusive guides summarize a unit specific turbine generator’s lifetime detailed operating and maintenance history and provide recommendations for future maintenance and planning.

Senior Consultant

C. Wayne Urion

Wayne has 35 years’ experience in industrial and utility chemistry, with focus on water purification, boiler systems, cooling tower treatment, operations and problem solving. As a System Chemist for Conectiv, his responsibilities included standardizing all chemistry practices and processes, providing technical supervision and coordinating system reliability. In addition, Wayne managed the corporate laboratory for 20 years. While at Conectiv he improved water purification systems for Indian River, Vienna and Hay Road power plants as well as designed and installed wastewater reutilization processes at the Indian River plant. His expertise continues to make him a valuable asset as TG Advisers works with facilities to troubleshoot issues and provide recommendations for optimal practices and processes. Wayne’s first-hand knowledge with the entire vendor contract procedure from requesting proposals, evaluating bids, selecting contractors and monitoring systems is applicable as we secure greater operating efficiency. Wayne has a BS degree from Western Carolina University.

Senior Field Engineer

Vladimir Trbulin

Vladimir offers 25 years of Turbine Generator and Plant Commissioning, Maintenance, and Overhaul
experience to the power plant industry. As a Senior Field Engineer, Vladimir provides field and
troubleshooting services to TGA’s global client base. His expertise includes extensive knowledge of turbine
generator and utility equipment for multiple OEMs. To date, Vladimir has completed 78 turbine generator
field projects for 40 different clients in 23 countries.
Vladimir initially began his career as a Nuclear Operations Support & Licensing Engineer at Ontario Power
Generation Inc. and later a Senior Analysis Engineer and then Design Engineer for Allied Signal Aircraft
Engines and General Electric Power Systems respectively. In these capacities, he conducted thermal
analysis of new aircraft engine designs (used to calculate engine life) and designed and field tested brush
seals for installation on power generation gas turbines which included three field retrofits.
Vladimir’s field engineering career began in 2001conducting maintenance outages and overhauls on steam
turbines and generators for Siemens/Westinghouse Power Generation. During his seven plus years working
both internationally and domestically for Siemens/Westinghouse, he successfully conducted 41 outages,
many of which involved problematic systems. He quickly earned a reputation as being very hands-on and
detail-oriented for which he won the Siemens-Orlando Performance Award in 2002. As a result, he was
sent to 18 outages to troubleshoot and resolve ongoing problems. In 2004, he was selected as the youngest
member of a Siemens think-tank to resolve ongoing hydrogen seal issues on Westinghouse generators.
More recently, Vladimir’s duties in the role of a Field and Site Commissioning Lead Engineer provided
optimal plant operations for gas turbines, gas compressors, steam turbines and balance-of-plant systems and
components. His level of field expertise with such systems afforded him the opportunity in 2013 to take a
position with a major utility comprising of 11 fossil power plants wherein he supervised/oversaw 21 outages
over a 3 year period.
Vladimir is an honors graduate from the University of Toronto’s prestigious Engineering Science program
with a Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in the hybrid field of Nuclear & Mechanical Engineering.

Senior Consultant

Roland Horvath, PHD

Roland offers more than 20 years of Turbomachinery Diagnostic experience to the Power Industry.
Diagnostic technologies developed by Dr. Horvath have proven valuable to troubleshoot many complex
turbo-generator issues which have plagued the industry for years. His diagnostic expertise has resulted in
over 20 industry publications for topics including vibration measurements, analysis, sensor development,
machinery diagnostics, and overall dynamics of rotating machinery.

Roland’s technical expertise has led to refinements and advancements of torsional testing methods, blade
vibration testing, and general machinery diagnostic efforts in both the nuclear and fossil sides of the
business. With the accurate and reliable data produced by Roland, many power companies have seen
significant improvements in reliability and availability.

Roland received his Master Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Budapest University of Technology
and in 2006 his Ph.D. from Auburn University.

Lead Consultant

Matthew Scofone

Matt was accepted into the prestigious Edison Engineering Development Program (EEDP) in the Power and Water division of General Electric after completing his undergraduate studies. This rotational program afforded him the roles of Engineering Analyst for the Technical Competitive Assessment Team, Design Engineer for both units of Steam Turbine Heat Transfer and Industrial Gas Turbine Hot Gas Path Components, Repair Development Engineer for Generator Technology and Test Engineer for Prototype Gas Turbines. One of Matt’s key projects in the Edison Program was to modify and adapt a new generator retaining ring installation tool for use in a GE repair center in Chicago.

While completing the GE Advanced Courses in Engineering (ACE), Matt designed five static components across two New Product Introduction (NPI) gas turbine engine programs. Most recently, Matt owned the mechanical design of the Hot Gas Path Stage 2 Nozzle on the 9E Max (9E.04) program. His working on multiple vendor qualifications has allowed him to become intimately familiar with shop surveillance, supplier non-conformance reports (NCRs) and the steps necessary to ensure products are manufactured to all required specifications. Additionally, while coordinating the efforts of the Analysis, Heat Transfer, Aerodynamics and Manufacturing teams at GE, Matt overcame significant design challenges resulting in three filed patent applications.

Matt has comprehensive experience with nickel based super-allows as used in the power generation industry, including both sand and investment casting, forging, NDE inspection, welding and brazing, conventional and non-conventional machining, heat treatment, and coating application. His detailed knowledge of failure modes for steam and gas turbines and generators as well as the design process for both enable him to provide OEM insight on hardware performance. In addition to his being a Six Sigma Green Belt, Matt has a BSME from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a MSME from Georgia Institute of Technology.

Consultant

Steve T. Reid

Steve has over 7 years of engineering, operations, and project management experience. Steve’s assignments
before joining TG Advisers focused primarily on plant process efficiency improvements, energy audits, and
project engineering. Since joining TGA, Steve has provided numerous clients with engineering consulting
services that have included rotordynamic modelling and analysis, plant retrofit improvements, health
assessments, and various troubleshooting projects for both steam and gas turbine designs. Steve is also
focusing his consulting efforts on operational troubleshooting of both hydrogen and air cooled generator
designs.

When needed, Steve has provided shop facility surveillance services to ensure timely delivery and quality
steam and gas turbine components. Those projects have included blades and rotor retrofit projects.
Steve is trained as a Six Sigma Green Belt and received his BSME from Virginia Tech.

Consultant

John A. Moreci

John is a consulting engineer for TG Advisers. In this role, John is responsible for technical assessments
and engineering analysis for turbine and generator hardware. His work includes finite element analysis
(FEA), remaining life, and health assessments.

At TGA, John’s work has encompassed projects for high temperature bolting upgrades, cylinder cracking
and remaining cyclic life assessments, as well as root cause analysis of bearing failures.
Prior to TGA, John worked at Freudenberg Nonwovens where his duties included improving operation
safety through guarding and industrial design, increasing part longevity by means of fatigue and stress case
analyses, and modeling simulations.

John has a BSME from North Carolina State University and is a member of ASME.

Administrative Assistant

Linda Mionske

Linda not only provides day-to-day office support but also is the initial point of contact when calling into our business line. Inquiries are promptly addressed as TGA works with customers worldwide to tackle unanticipated issues or analyze and recommend actions for scheduled outages.

Business Administrator

Shari Reid

Shari’s responsibilities include a wide range of duties as administrator of our human resource department and bookkeeper for accounts payables and receivables. Her attention to detail promotes efficiency in all aspects of TGA’s business operations.

Document Production and Data Base Manager

Nancy Bell

Nancy has a long history with TG Advisers, having worked in a part-time capacity for over 20 years. She provides back office support assembling health assessment components into complete client-ready reports. Recently, Nancy has begun converting this documentation into a database format which provides clients with the ability to run itemized reports to facilitate maintenance of their equipment. Nancy received a BS in Computer and Information Science from the University of Delaware.