Rail Programs Manager Keith Rice and Designer Robert Larkin have received a U.S. Patent for their invention of Pump Systems for Controlling Pressure Loads. The patent covers a pump system that controls a pressure load delivered to an aircraft interface included in the pump system. The pump system includes a pump circuit, a pump, and a valve system. The pump is coupled with the conduits and is configured to provide a pressure load to the aircraft interface to move fuel from a fuel reservoir through the conduits toward the aircraft interface in a fueling mode and to move fuel from the aircraft interface through the conduits toward the fuel reservoir in a defueling mode. Some aircraft fueling carts, for example, use a first pump when fueling the aircraft and a second pump when defueling the aircraft. Having more than one pump adds cost and weight to the fuel cart.
Joseph E. Francis, P.G. joins Argus as it expands its services for our major rail and commercial aviation clients. Joe is a registered professional geologist with 30 years of experience managing critical environmental and construction projects, most recently with the City of Phoenix Aviation Department where he was responsible for more than 100 architectural and civil improvement projects at Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX). He managed multiple fueling remediation and decommissioning projects during his 22-year career with the Phoenix Aviation Department and served as the Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) for the PHX Terminal 4 Food and Beverage Infrastructure Project. He has been responsible for environmental compliance and permitting on many airport-related projects, and was a key driver in developing and implementing emergency response measures for fuel spills and other reportable quantity spills at Sky Harbor, Phoenix Goodyear Airport and Phoenix Deer Valley. Early in his environmental engineering career, Joe managed soil and groundwater contamination assessments of petroleum releases at leaking underground storage tank sites throughout the United States. Joe went to Kent State University for his geology graduate studies and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from Western Kentucky University.
Argus welcomes former fuel manager Joe Kane to its team. Joe Kane brings more than 30 years of fuel facility management experience to Argus Consulting. Most recently, Mr. Kane served as the general manager of the fueling facilities at Chicago’s Midway Airport. During this time, he was named Outstanding Fuel Manager in the U.S. by the National Petroleum Management Association. His extensive, fuel facility management background includes developing hydrant system maintenance programs at multiple airports, designing refueling equipment, building above and underground fuel facilities, helping refineries run tanker operations, and working with smaller airfields to improve fuel handling knowledge. Mr. Kane has worked with major fueling operators ASIG, Skytanking, Butler Aviation, and Signature Flight Support.
Argus is pleased to announce the addition of a structural engineer to its staff of professional fueling system experts. Jason DeWald is based in the Overland Park headquarters office. Mr. DeWald is a structural engineer and project manager with more than 17 years of experience on rail and bridge projects, including track and bridge design, project engineering, inspections, and construction management. He is skilled in bridge superstructure and substructure design, retaining wall design; track design, developing cost estimates, schedules, construction plans, and specifications for rail capacity improvement projects, rail yards, intermodal facilities, and auto-loading facilities. His expertise includes designing and detailing formwork, falsework, overhangs, and temporary shoring, and in detailing positioning of cranes for structural erection.
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The Argus team continues to grow! Senior Mechanical Engineer Cameron Gunn, PEng joins Argus as a Project Manager based in our Miami office. Cameron has more than 25 years of experience in engineering design, project management and construction management for clients in the U.S., Canada, Middle East, Europe and Asia. He has managed the design and construction of petroleum storage and distribution systems for oil companies, petroleum distribution companies, airline consortia, airports, and other petroleum industry participants. He has a bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alberta, and is a registered Professional Engineer in the Province of Alberta.
Argus is pleased to welcome Todd Couper to our team of professionals as Director of Business Solutions. Todd is a 20-year veteran of the commercial aviation industry with in-depth knowledge of all aspects of global fueling operations, the fuel supply chain and all technical aspects that ensure security of fuel supply for some of the world’s busiest airports. He most recently served as Director of Fuel Operations and Services for United Airlines in Chicago, leading the group that represents United’s interests in the management and board membership of numerous airline-owned shared fuel storage facilities throughout the United States. He has served as the chairman for consortia at SFO, LAX and ORD, and served in executive roles on the Board of Directors for SNAFUELS and HFFC. He also served as the Chairman of the A4A Energy Council.
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In January 2016, Argus opened a satellite office in Miami, Florida, to better serve its Latin American clients and the Florida aviation fueling market.
Jorge Rodriguez, P.E., CxA, Director of Latin American Operations, will manage the Miami office. Rodriguez is a licensed professional mechanical engineer and project manager with more than 20 years experience. His extensive international experience includes planning and design of aircraft hydrant fueling systems in Bogota, Colombia; Quito, Ecuador; Panamá City, Panamá; and Miami, Florida. Rodriguez has a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Havana University.
“Argus Consulting has made a strategic decision to keep our specialization anchored in Kansas City, but focus a local presence in key markets, such as Miami, New York, Chicago and Phoenix,” explains CEO and Chairman of the Board Kent Bredehoeft. “This will enable us to better serve our clients and strengthen long-term relationships.”