Argus Consulting, Inc. and Dan Frank were featured in the December 2015 Airport Improvement Magazine for its design and construction of the Old Crow Airport Community Fuel Depot.
Argus Consulting has expanded its operations to better serve West Coast aviation, railroad and oil and gas clients. Dan Liss, a 30-year veteran of pipeline and fuel storage facility management, will lead the Phoenix area operations as Director of Asset Management Services.
The proximity of the new office, located in Mesa, Arizona, means Argus can better serve West Coast aviation and railroad fueling operations and oil and gas terminals. It offers fueling system and storage facility design and construction administration services, along with certified inspection and asset management services.
“We are excited to open a Phoenix office to better serve our clients on the West Coast and offer our new integrity management services,” says Argus President and CEO Kent Bredehoeft.
Argus Consulting is pleased to announce the recent hire of Dan Liss as Argus’ new Director of Asset Management Services. He is a 30-year veteran of pipeline and fuel storage facility management with extensive experience in corrosion and asset management. Mr. Liss will lead Argus’ west coast operations from our new office located in Phoenix, Arizona.
Dan started his career with Koch Industries, where he spent 15 years in the refining and pipeline industry. For the past 14 years, he has been with Swissport Fueling, managing the company’s asset integrity programs for 12 major international airports and multiple smaller airports including facilities at Seattle, Boston, Las Vegas and Phoenix that each pump more than 1.1 million gallons of fuel a day. Argus has worked extensively with Mr. Liss throughout the last 14 years on a broad range of projects ranging from facility assessments, capital planning, facility design and construction, asset integrity and overall operation and maintenance.
Dan’s corrosion and asset integrity management experience includes tank and piping inspections (API-653 and API-570), protective coatings and linings, constructability reviews, cathodic protection, testing and start-up planning and facilitation, emergency response, IAW code/regulation criteria, and replacement and upgrade budgeting and planning. He has an impressive list of certifications and course work, including the National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE), American Petroleum Institute (API), Steel Structure Painting Council (SSPC) and the Army Corps of Engineering Construction Quality Management. As an owner and operator of fueling facilities for the past 14 years, Dan strengthens the technical knowledge base and hands-on expertise Argus offers.
Argus Consulting has announced the promotion of Kristin Eder, P.E., REM to Vice President of Operations. In this newly-created position, Eder will be responsible for the successful execution and scheduling of projects and deliverables, monitoring staff utilization, managing firm technology, maintaining health and safety procedures and establishing company standards.
Eder joined Argus in February 2000 and most recently managed the firm’s environmental market. During her 20-year career, she served as the senior environmental engineer and project manager for aviation fueling system projects at many of the nation’s busiest airports and U.S. military bases and as the Environmental Manager for a $2.6 billion, five-year Capital Development Program at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport.
“Kristin has been an important contributor to Argus’ success and will continue to be an invaluable leader as we position ourselves for more growth in the next decade,” said Argus President and CEO Kent Bredehoeft, P.E. “In this new role, I’m confident Kristin has the competence and leadership skills we need to manage the firm’s continuous improvement initiatives.”
Eder earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Arlington and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering/Environmental from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is a licensed professional engineer in Missouri and Texas, and is a Registered Environmental Manager.
In October, the last eight of 20 new gates at Dallas Love Field (DAL) opened for business. To service the new gates, the Dallas Department of Aviation and Southwest Airlines partnered to install an $11.6 million fuel hydrant system. Both projects were carefully timed to coincide with the much-anticipated expiration of the Wright Amendment.
Passed by Congress in 1979, the Wright Amendment protected then-new Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport by restricting DAL from offering non-stop service to states not adjacent to Texas. In 2006, a compromise was reached that allowed DAL to offer non-stop service throughout the United States beginning Oct. 13, 2014; but it is still limited to 20 gates and cannot offer international service.
Over the past decade, the main terminal apron at Tucson International Airport (TUS) was beginning to require heavy maintenance. Cracking pavement was creating debris and the subsequent risk of foreign object damage for aircraft engines. Maintenance personnel at the Arizona airport were consequently spending a lot of time patching the approximately 50-year-old pavement.
“It had greatly exceeded its life expectancy,” informs Mike Smejkal, senior director of development services for the Tucson Airport Authority. “It needed to be replaced because it was past the point of maintenance.”
Oakland International Contends with Wetlands, Endangered Species and Seismic Risk at new Fuel Farm
“Building a fuel tank farm isn’t sexy; it just needs to be done,” says Tom McCartin, chairman of Oakland Fuel Facilities Corporation (OFFC) at California’s Oakland International Airport. With 15 carriers uploading an estimated 117 million gallons of jet fuel in 2009, it was simply time to replace the aging fuel farms, McCartin explains.
Although the $25 million project may not have the makings of a Hollywood blockbuster, it has multiple subplots and plenty of drama – by airport infrastructure standards. “You had seismic issues, you had proximity to the bay and you had proximity to the wetlands where some endangered species might reside,” McCartin details. “We had to be very careful.”