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Fern Engineering Facilities, Pocasset, MA
Fern Engineering Facilities, Pocasset, MA

Fern Engineering's headquarters, located on Cape Cod in Pocasset, Massachusetts, USA, is a fully equipped engineering facility with 4000 sq. ft. of office space and an additional 6000 sq. ft. of space used for storage of documents, gas turbine spare parts, and test equipment.

Fern Engineering was founded in 1967 as an engineering consultant company specializing in gas turbines. The company originally focused on providing design and failure analysis services to gas turbine owners and manufacturers. In 1979, the company was acquired by Thomassen bv, a Dutch gas turbine manufacturer. The company was commissioned to design a highly efficient 10,000 horsepower industrial gas turbine. The project, partly funded by the Dutch government, was cancelled early in 1984. Shortly thereafter, Thomassen divested themselves of their U.S. holdings, including Fern Engineering, and Fern Engineering, Inc. was reorganized and re-incorporated in July, 1984. The company is currently owned entirely by its employees.

Since its founding, Fern Engineering's principle objective has been to establish a standard of excellence in engineering services and products. In the past three decades, Fern Engineering has grown in stature and has earned the respect of its clients as one of the foremost, authoritative, independent engineering firms in the nation. Today, the company continues to pursue the traditional Fern Engineering business line of providing expert consulting and design services, as well as innovative products, to many segments of the domestic and international turbomachinery industry.

In addition to numerous state-of-the-art personal computers, Fern Engineering has three CAD stations equipped with AutoCAD™, and has licensed copies of ANSYS™ for finite element and CFD analysis, and GATE/Cycle™ for gas turbine and combined cycle power plant performance design calculations. Fern Engineering also has licensed copies of Rockwell Automation's PanelBuilder32™ and RSLogix 500™ for building Allen-Bradley programmable logic control (PLC) systems, as well as the latest version of Compaq Visual Fortran which is used in the programming of some of our performance monitoring software.

Fern Engineering has an extensive collection of literature related to gas turbines and HRSGs including technical journals and papers, OEM installation, operation & maintenance manuals and technical bulletins, OEM technical drawings, and design code books. Fern Engineering maintains accounts with the US federal government's National Technical Information Service and the Linda Hall Library which facilitates delivery of virtually any technical article or report within a matter of days, if not hours.

Team Bios

Hector S. Bourgeois, President
Mr. Bourgeois serves as Fern Engineering's president. In addition to his administrative duties, he leads all of Fern Engineering's gas turbine hardware development projects. These projects have included the Schelde Heron H-1 gas turbine design, an upgrade of the Curtiss-Wright MOD-POD gas turbine casing, and an improved design of the Rolls-Royce Avon transition piece. Before joining Fern Engineering in the early 1980s, he worked for GE, Pratt & Whitney, and Rocketdyne. While at Rocketdyne, he was responsible for the design of high-speed turbo-pumps used in the engine for the space shuttle. He has a BS in Mechanical Engineering, and, in total, he has over 35 years of turbomachinery hardware design experience.

Philip Levine, Aero & Thermal Consultant
Mr. Levine provides aerodynamics and thermal system analysis for Fern Engineering. He has been the lead investigator of Fern Engineering's EPRI-sponsored gas turbine power augmentation program that is now entering its twelfth year and has recently written an EPRI performance and maintenance guide for operators of gas turbine axial compressors (EPRI TR-111038). Earlier, Mr. Levine pioneered the use of personal computers for monitoring the thermodynamic performance of gas turbines in real-time. He wrote the original version of Efficiency-Map, which is widely used in the electric power industry for on-line monitoring, and has led the development of Fern Engineering's PEGASYS™ software, which is used to monitor gas turbines in industrial and power generation applications. Mr. Levine has previously worked for NASA, USAF AERL, and Avco Systems. He has a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering and is a registered Professional Engineer.

Bill Farrell, Design Engineering Consultant
Mr. Farrell has over 40 years of engineering experience in turbomachinery, high-speed rotating machinery, and power generation equipment. Most of this experience has been in the design and development of new gas turbines. Before retiring from full-time employment in 1995, he worked for both GE and Fern Engineering. At GE he was the lead mechanical engineer on the development of the state-of-the-art LM6000 aero-derivative gas turbine and received a US patent for the LM6000 design. Earlier, he developed the technique for fully designing an air-cooled turbine blade for large industrial gas turbines and he invented the long-shank bucket and cover plate design that was used in all of GE's two-shaft gas turbines. At Fern Engineering, he led the mechanical design of the TF-10 gas turbine. He currently works as a consultant to Fern Engineering on an as-needed basis.

Bill Glater, Consulting Metallurgist
Mr. Glater has over 25 years of experience in the areas of materials and process engineering. Included in this experience are five years as the principal materials and process engineer at Pratt & Whitney's Turbo-Power and Marine division supporting the design of aero-derivative gas turbines used for generation of industrial power and marine propulsion. Mr. Glater has a BS in Metallurgical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and an MS in Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is a registered engineer in both Connecticut and Massachusetts. He currently works as a consultant to Fern Engineering on an as-needed basis.

Dick Schiefer, Combustion Consultant
Mr. Schiefer has over 40 years of combustion engineering and design experience, principally with GE where he worked at various positions including manager of combustion system development. In addition to serving as Fern Engineering's combustion specialist, he continues to work as a consultant for GE on an as-needed basis.

Dwight DeNise, Field Engineering Consultant
Mr. DeNise specializes in gas turbine commissioning, start-up, and training and has extensive international experience. He has participated in the start-up of GE Frame 3s, 5s, and 9s, and Ruston TB4000s. He has written training and maintenance manuals for Pratt & Whitney jet engines, Curtiss-Wright MOD PODs, and Dresser-Rand DJ-270G and DR-61G power turbines. Qatar, India, Nigeria, and Panama are among the locations he where he has worked. He has a BSME from the University of Washington and an MBA from the University of Connecticut. He currently works as a consultant to Fern Engineering on an as-needed basis.

Harley Plante, Technical Field Support
Mr. Plante provides field service support and on-site installation supervision for Fern Engineering's MOD POD power turbine hardware upgrade kits. This includes power turbine assembly, check-out and start up of Rolls-Royce Olympus gas generators and Curtiss-Wright power turbines. Previously, he was the manager of service and a field engineer for Curtiss-Wright. He currently works as a consultant to Fern Engineering on an as-needed basis.

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