Richard A. Gehse

Principal Consultant / P.E. / Houston


Mr. Gehse holds a B.S. and an M.S. in Engineering and is a registered professional engineer in multiple states. He has extensive and diverse industry experience in the electric utility, metals, chemical, oil & gas midstream and downstream petrochemical/refining sectors. His experience and industry knowledge covers over 40 years in areas of design, engineering, procurement, engineering management, project and construction management, construction, asset integrity assessments, scheduling, cost estimating and budget control, implementing quality and control procedures, safe work practices, contract management, and financing of capital projects.

Mr. Gehse’s technical areas of expertise include failure analysis, rotating equipment, pressure vessels, piping, over-pressure relieving devices, fire and explosion prevention, protection, damage limiting construction, process safety management (PSM) and risk management program (RMP) regulatory compliance, mechanical integrity, corrosion assessments and fatigue analysis, power generation steam cycle plants, co-generation plants and combined-cycle power plants. He has managed new grass-roots capital projects as well as the re-vamping and renovating of existing oil, gas, and petrochemical projects. Mr. Gehse has been responsible for executing many complex EPC (engineering, procurement, and construction) assignments in the electric utility, metals, and oil & gas industries. His civil/structural experience includes soils, both cementitious and bituminous concrete, and steel structures. His rotating equipment experience includes pumps, compressors, fans, hydraulic converters/couplings, gear boxes, transmissions, steam and gas turbines used for power generation and prime movers, internal combustion and compression engines using gasoline, diesel, bio-diesel, natural gas, landfill gas, and LPG as fuels. He has equipment/machine experience that includes boilers, furnaces, heat recovery steam generators, heat exchangers, custom machines and equipment used in the paper, steel, aluminum, and related manufacturing industries, material conveyance systems, presses, extruders, mixers, crushers, filters, sizing screens, feeders, dryers, rotary kilns, robotic paint spray systems, et al. His analytical experience includes fluid mechanics, solid mechanics, failure analysis, corrosion analysis, finite element analysis, heat transfer, and energy conversion.

Education and Certifications

• Mechanical Engineering, M.S.: University of Illinois
• Structural Engineering, B.S.: University of Illinois
• Registered Professional Engineer: Alabama, Colorado, Illinois, Louisiana, and Texas