Contact Us


Richard Palmer

Principal Consultant

Biography

PROFESSIONAL SUMMARY

Richard Palmer is a Principal Consultant with over 15 years experience, specialising in acoustics and Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) based in WardKarlson’s Abu Dhabi office.

WKC Group’s consultants and engineers have a vast wealth of experience in delivering Noise & Vibration assessments to a range of private and public sector clients. Services include:

- Acoustically induced vibration (AIV) assessments
- Frequency induced vibration (FIV) assessments
- Ambient and industrial noise surveys
- Industrial and infrastructure noise modeling
- Acoustic design and mitigation
- Noise and vibration bespoke training courses

Richard’s prime focus is on the management, preparation and delivery of acoustics studies in the oil & gas, petrochemical, manufacturing and mining sectors. He is an acoustic specialist by background and has the responsibility of overseeing and providing noise services in the form of environmental and occupational noise assessments, acoustically induced vibration and flow induced vibration studies, permit applications, modelling, and training for international oil & gas developmentall over the world.

Richard has performed numerous acoustic engineering projects in the Middle East Region, ranging from; full design and build acoustic studies, to noise verification mapping exercises and baseline surveys. His focus has been on engineering solutions to ensure efficient facility operation whilst ensuring compliance with project criteria limits.

Richard has managed and undertaken numerous acoustically induced and flow induced vibration studies for major oil and gas projects within the Middle East region - He is familiar with the major international guidelines, including; the Energy Institute, CONCAWE, Exxon, Shell, Eisinger, and Carucci and Mueller. Some of his recent projects are detailed below:



Achievement

> Ruwais Refinery Expansion Project Package 2 - Acoustically Induced Vibration Study, TAKREER, Abu Dhabi, UAE (GS E&C); Conducted an AIV study including screening and detailed assessment to determined likelihood of piping fatigue caused by acoustic vibration resulting from pressure let down devices and recommended mitigation measure to reduce fatigue.

> Yanbu Export Refinery Project (3 & 4) – Acoustically and Flow Induced Vibration Study, Saudi Aramco, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (Daelim); Study conducted to determine the likelihood of piping fatigue caused by acoustic and flow induced vibration resulting from pressure let down devices blow-down lines, recycle lines and relief lines.

> Jubail Export Refinery – Acoustically Induced Vibration Study, SATORP, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, (Tecnicas Reunidas); A screening and detailed assessment was undertaken to determined likelihood of piping fatigue caused by acoustic vibration resulting from pressure let down devices and recommended mitigation measure to reduce fatigue. Included small bore assessment.

> Kuwait Oil Company Pipelines Project – Acoustically Induced Vibration Study, Kuwait Oil Company (KOC), Kuwait, (Hyundai); Study to determined likelihood of piping fatigue caused by acoustic vibration resulting from pressure let down devices and recommended mitigation measure to reduce fatigue.

> Green Diesel Project Ruwais Refinery TAKRRER (GS E&C) - PM a design and build acoustic study for an upgrade facility at RRD in Abu Dhabi. The Project included noise modeling using SoundPLAN focusing on high noise exposure areas, building acoustics and alarm systems under normal and emergency conditions and Acoustic induced vibration .

> Ruwais Refinery Expansion Project Package 2 - Acoustically Induced Vibration Study, TAKREER, Abu Dhabi, UAE (GS E&C) - Conducted a design noise control assessment and noise verification study for the Residue Fluid Catalytic Cracking and associated Units as part of the Ruwais Refinery expansion project which will process 400,000 barrels of Murban crude oil per calendar day.

> Lube Base Oil Project Acoustically Induced Vibration Study, TAKREER, Abu Dhabi, UAE (Hyundai) - Study undertaken to determined likelihood of piping fatigue caused by acoustic vibration resulting from pressure let down devices and recommended mitigation measure to reduce fatigue