Thomas Roche, PE
Consultant

EXPERIENCE SUMMARY

Mr. Tom Roche has over 30 years of experience in engineering, management and management systems associated with business operations and critical infrastructure including power plants, national laboratories, offshore oil & gas, offshore wind, semiconductor and other critical facilities.   Experience and expertise are focused on safe and efficient operations of high-value operations, facilities, infrastructure and associated supply chain.  Primary expertise is in building and managing teams and infrastructure to successfully address complex problems, including:

  • Managed programs to improve the safety and reliability of offshore oil & gas production platforms in the Gulf of Mexico.  The programs involved Asset Integrity Management (AIM), Mechanical Integrity (MI), risk assessment, fitness-for-service, Microbiological Induced Corrosion (MIC), operations reviews, emergency response and evacuation.

  • Developed and implemented key performance indicator dashboards and reports by leveraging financial systems and Office 365 infrastructure to streamline worldwide operations for a multinational company. 

  • Executed programs to evaluate and improve the performance of nuclear power plants during postulated extreme seismic events.  These programs were associated with Nuclear Regulatory Commission Unresolved Safety Issue (USI) A-46, Individual Plant Examination of External Events (IPEEE), and evolving post-Fukushima seismic evaluation activities.  Projects deployed deterministic analyses methods as well as Probabilistic Risk and Safety Analysis (PRA and PSA).  Completed projects include Forsmark (Sweden), Bohunice (Slovakia), Oskarshamn (Sweden), Beaver Valley, Perry, Davis Besse, Surrey, H.B. Robinson, Shearon Harris, Comanche Peak, Donald C. Cook, Beznau (Switzerland), Limerick, FitzPatrick, San Onofre, Watts Bar, Browns Ferry, Idaho National Engineering Laboratory (INEL) and Savannah River reactors. 

  • Successfully implemented an Oracle enterprise project and financial management system for a worldwide engineering & inspection company.

  • Led the Power Sector for a multinational engineering company providing risk management and inspections services for the offshore wind, fossil and nuclear power markets.

  • Led the international sales team and implemented a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems including processes, infrastructure, metrics and adoption for a multinational company.  Tools deployed to drive sales and pipeline visibility include Salesforce, Microsoft CRM, SharePoint and Power BI.  

  • Implemented quality, safety and environmental management systems achieving conformance and/or certification to laws, codes and standards including 10CFR50 Appendix B, ASME Sections III and XI, ASME NQA-1, ISO 9001, OHSAS 18001 and ISO 140001.

  • Principal Investigator for post-earthquake reconnaissance efforts sponsored by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), and the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) for the 1995 Kobe, 1994 Northridge, and 1989 Loma Prieta earthquakes. 

  • Successfully performed and supervised the testing and commissioning of Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station systems and equipment; including mechanical, electrical, instrumentation and control systems. 

  • Performed design and engineering for the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station and San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.

PUBLICATIONS

With Jan Lötman, Kelvin Merz, Johan Sandstedt and Donald Wakefield.  "Risk-Informed Prioritization of Seismic Upgrades Based on Approximate PSA."  International Association for Structural Mechanics in Reactor Technology (IASMiRT), SMiRT 16 - Washington, DC, USA. August 12-17, 2001.

Speaker.  “Risk Management Decision Model for Natural Phenomena and Other Hazards.”  International Seismic Workshop in Taiwan Sponsored by the Taiwan Semiconductor Industry Association (TSIA).  Hsinchu, Taiwan, September 2000.

Speaker.  “Y2K Post-Mortem, Update on Armageddon Not.”  Risk and Insurance Management Society, Annual Conference and Exhibition, San Francisco, California, May 2000.

With Marc Quilici, Peter Fougere and Dave Juda.  "Risk Assessment of a BOP and Control System for 10,000' Water Depths."  Presented at the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC-8791-MS), Houston, Texas, May 1998.

 

With P.S. Burtis.  “Computer Tools for Seismic Screening and Evaluation of Equipment and Systems Based on Earthquake Experience Data.” Presented at the Applied Technology Council Seminar on Seismic Design, Retrofit and Performance of Nonstructural Components (ATC 29-1), San Francisco, California, January 1998.

With Z.M. Li.  “The Great Hanshin – Awaji Earthquake of January 17, 1995: A Report on Electric Power and Other Impacts.”  Electric Power Research Institute, EPRI TR-107083, November 1997.

With K.L. Merz, S.C. Sommer and M.W. Eli.  “The January 17, 1994 Northridge Earthquake: Effects on Electric Power and Selected Industrial Facilities.”  Presented at the California Universities for Research in Earthquake Engineering Northridge Earthquake Research Conference, Los Angeles, California, August 1997.

With K.L. Merz, S.C. Sommer and M.W. Eli.  “The January 17, 1994 Northridge Earthquake: Effects on Electric Power and Selected Industrial Facilities.”  Electric Power Research Institute, EPRI TR-106635, April 1997.

With S.P. Harris.  “Piping System Qualification to Eliminate BWR Leakage Control System.”  Presented at Current Issues Related to Nuclear Power Plant Structures, Equipment and Piping, Raleigh, North Carolina, December 1996.

With L.J. Bragagnolo and A.B. Norton.  “Performance of Power Generation Facilities During Past Strong Motion Earthquakes and Corresponding Risk Management Strategies.”  Presented at the 1996 American Power Conference, Chicago, Illinois, April 1996.

With R.D. Campbell, P.D. Baughman, R.D. Hookway, and S.J. Eder.  “Use of Seismic Experience Data for Seismic Verification of VVER Reactors.”  Presented at the International Atomic Energy Agency Coordinated Research Program, June 1995.

With J.F. Hall et al.  “Northridge Earthquake of January 17, 1994 Reconnaissance Report: Industry.” Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, Earthquake Spectra, Supplement C to Volume 11, Chapter 5, April 1995.

With M.W. Eli, K.L. Merz and S.C. Sommer.  “The January 17, 1994 Northridge Earthquake:  Effects on Selected Industrial Facilities and Lifelines.” Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, UCRLD-ID-120522, February 1995.

With J.D. Goltz, et. al.  “The Northridge, California Earthquake of January 17, 1994: General Reconnaissance Report.” National Center for Earthquake Engineering Research, Technical Report NCEER-94-0005, March 1994.

With C. Abou-Jaoude, J.P. Conoscente.  “Comparison Between Analytical and test Results for Transformer Based Details.” Presented at the ASME Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference, Denver, Colorado, July 1993.

With S.W. Swan and A.J. Schiff.  “The October 17, 1989, Loma Prieta Earthquake: Effects on Selected Power and Industrial Facilities.” Electric Power Research Institute, NP‑7500‑SL, October 1991.

With S.W. Swan and N.J. Horstman.  “Performance of Emergency Power Supplies in Strong Motion Earthquake.”  Presented at the Applied Technology Council Workshop on Seismic Design and Performance of Equipment and Nonstructural Elements in Building and Industrial Structures, Irvine, California, October 1990.

 

PROFESSIONAL HISTORY

ExpoRisk, Laguna Niguel, California, Vice President, 2018-present

  • Consultant

ABS Group, Irvine, California, Vice President, 1987-2018

  • Vice President, Safety and Process Improvement

  • Vice President, Power Sector

Bechtel Western Power Corporation,

  • Arizona Nuclear Power Project, Principal Startup Engineer, 1983-1987

  • Norwalk, California, Mechanical Engineer, 1982-1983

EDUCATION

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, B.S., Environmental Engineering

University of California, Irvine, “Management Practice for Engineers and Professionals”, University Extension Program

tomroche@exporisk.net

+1-949-682-8925 (business)

+1-949-813-4966 (mobile)

+1-949-425-1168 (fax)

WORLDWIDE EXPERIENCE

  • Belgium

  • Brazil

  • Canada

  • China

  • Finland

  • Germany

  • Japan

  • Kuwait

  • Mexico

  • Norway

  • Slovakia

  • Sweden

  • Switzerland

  • Taiwan

  • United Arab Emirates

  • United Kingdom

  • United States

  • Venezuela

PERSONAL

  • IRONMAN

  • Cancer survivor

REGISTRATIONS, ETC.

  • Mechanical Engineer (CA 26276)

  • SQUG Certified (EPRI seismic)

  • ASME NQA-1 Lead Auditor

  • ISO 9001 Lead Auditor

  • ISO 14001 Lead Auditor

  • ISO 45001 Lead Auditor

  • ASME Member

  • ANS Member

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