Richard A. Gehse

Practice Leader / 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 material handling systems, wastewater and water treatment, electric utility, metals, chemical, and oil and gas midstream and downstream petrochemical/refining sectors. His experience and industry knowledge cover over 40 years in areas of design, engineering, procurement, construction, engineering management, asset integrity assessments, scheduling, cost estimating, quality and control procedures, safe work practices, and contract management.

Mr. Gehse’s background also includes software development and deployment of engineering technical applications. This includes the development of software for OSHA PSM and EPA RMP compliance, ASME B31G corrosion assessments, ASME B31.1, B31.3, B31.4, B31.8, and B31.8S tools. He has coded in numerous computer software and database languages. His previous positions in the IT field include information architect, software/systems analyst, database administrator, and software developer.

He has equipment/machine experience that includes boilers, furnaces, heat recovery steam generators, heat exchangers, custom machines and equipment used in the paper, refining, steel, aluminum, and related manufacturing industries, material conveyance systems, presses, extruders, mixers, crushers, filters, sizing screens, feeders, dryers, rotary kilns, robotic paint spray systems, vapor recovery systems, et al. His analytical experience includes fluid mechanics, solid mechanics, failure analysis, corrosion analysis, finite element analysis, heat transfer, and energy conversion.

Mr. Gehse’s technical areas of expertise include pipeline potential impact area classification and radius of exposure assessments, vapor cloud dispersion modeling, equipment failure analysis, compressors, pumps, fans, and other types of rotating equipment, barge, railcar, and tanker truck loading and unloading systems, pressure vessels, furnaces, aboveground and belowground piping, welding procedures and safe work practices, 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, power generation, co-generation plants, and combined-cycle power plants.

Mr. Gehse’s wastewater and water treatment areas of expertise include plants at both industrial and public facilities. His fluid mechanics background has resolved several aeration issues related to DO/BOD levels necessary for bacterial survival in aerobic and anaerobic biological processes. He also has experience with control systems for Enterococcus faecalis and Escherichia coli reduction.

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 and gas industries.

Mr. Gehse’s recent experience includes the forensic analysis of two complex arbitration construction disputes both in excess of $200 million in damages. Having an engineering and construction background, he was able to identify claim deficiencies and prepare documented counter-claims to support the arbitration process.

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.

His refining experience includes Pipestills, Hydrotreaters, Hydrocrackers, Fluidized Catalytic Cracking Units, Coking Units, Asphalt Units, Blended Oil Ultraformers, Reformers, Vapor Recovery Units, and related utility systems.

His welding experience includes development/review of welding procedures, review welder procedure qualification records (PQRs), preheat and postheat procedures, welding techniques such as SMAW, GTAW/ TIG, and GMAW, and welding safe work practices.

Education and Certifications

• Mechanical (Energy) Engineering, M.S.: University of Illinois
• Thermo-Mechanical Engineering, B.S.: University of Illinois
• Registered Professional Engineer: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah