Jody Zaruba, P.E. is a licensed electrical engineer with over 30 years of hands-on planning & design experience in both onshore & offshore energy projects, petrochemical facilities, and solar & wind renewable energy projects.
Jody’s expertise is derived from years of facility and equipment design with a distinct focus on codes & standards, quality engineering & design practices, and commissioning & maintenance activities. Jody has executed the electrical engineering aspect on numerous high-profile projects, both domestic and international, and he has extensive knowledge of the varying rules of each regulatory body (ABS, DNV, Lloyds, etc.) spanning many industries & sectors.
As a senior engineer at OCI-USA, Jody performs forensic schedule and root cause analyses on renewable & traditional energy projects impacted by catastrophic events as well as acceleration matters related to delays in start-up, complex delays, and business interruption claims.
Jody is highly regarded for his ability to clearly demonstrate complex technical issues in expert reports prepared for corporations, carriers, adjusters, and their legal counsel involved in mediation, arbitration, and litigation matters.
|California Solar Farm Inverter – Flood/Fire||PD + RCA||$2.5M|
|Gulf Coast Refinery – Hurricane||PD||$120M|
|Southern Refinery, Penex ISOM- Fire||PD +BI||$40M|
|Louisiana Plastics Plant – Explosion||CAR (PR)||$38M|
|Louisiana Plastics Plant – Hurricane||PD + BI||$80M|
|Sewage Treatment Plant||RCA||100k|
NOTABLE CLAIMS EXPERIENCE
California Solar Farm Inverter – Flood/Fire
A solar farm experienced a significant flooding and fire event which caused damage to modules, electrical components, and inverters. Jody mobilized on-site to assess and validate the associated equipment losses. Jody performed a root cause analysis, generated a technical RFI request, and assisted with the replacement cost analysis.
Gulf Coast Refinery – Hurricane
A petroleum refinery sustained severe flood damage during a hurricane, and the company decided to repurpose the refinery into a midstream oil export terminal. Jody performed an actual cost value (ACV) evaluation based on a theoretical rebuild for the damaged electrical and instrumentation equipment. Using specifications from the insured, Jody estimated the lifecycle, resale value, and ACV including installation labor for the switch gear, motor control center, and instrumentation.
Southern Refinery, Penex ISOM- Fire
A stripper column piping failure resulted in the release of 60 barrels of sour naphtha that ignited and caused a flash fire. Jody identified the heat zone and boundaries for damaged electrical equipment. He used project cable schedules and drawings to determine cut points and material & equipment quantities for damaged electrical, instrument, and automation systems. Jody analyzed installation rates, labor loading and he segregated claim-related labor from ongoing maintenance turnaround labor.
Louisiana Plastic Plant – Explosion
A plastics plant experienced an explosion and fire at its LCCP low-density polyethylene (LDPE) unit during the commissioning and startup phase. Jody performed an extensive cost analysis to return the plant’s electrical, instrument, and automation systems to their pre-incident condition. The insured presented design upgrades within the claim based on internal engineering reviews identifying design deficiencies, and Jody segregated pre-loss electrical equipment versus upgraded equipment.
Offshore Production Facility
A multi-billion-dollar offshore production facility suffered a hurricane event resulting in the near sinking of the platform. Jody performed forensic analysis to determine the root cause of the facility’s failure and uncovered contributing and cascading breakdowns from multiple contract parties. Jody also provided detailed scheduling assistance for recovery and repairs.
A refinery undergoing construction filed a liquidated damages claim associated with schedule delays. Jody performed a detailed contract analysis to determine the performance progress of the responsible parties. Jody identified the actual motive for the frivolous liquidated damages claim which was ultimately dismissed.
Cogeneration Power Plant
A cogeneration power plant in the detailed engineering, procurement, and construction phase experienced delays, resulting in scope creep. Jody performed an engineering and construction schedule analysis, and he prepared concise reports detailing the project’s original scope versus the final design. Jody’s analysis revealed that poor planning and scheduling directly contribute to cost overruns and schedule delays.
Sewage Treatment Plant
The plant owner retained Jody to perform a forensic analysis to determine the root cause of a fire that caused extensive damage to a residential sewage treatment plant. Jody’s analysis revealed multiple factors that contributed to the fire, including poor maintenance of pressure safety valves, blower motor overheating caused by a non-engineered / site-built acoustical enclosure, and removing an electrical overload protective device. Jody also provided repair scheduling.
LEAD ELECTRICAL ENGINEER
Jody has an extensive career as the lead electrical engineer on many high-profile projects, performing the detailed engineering scope on fixed and floating oil & gas production facilities across the globe. Some noteworthy domestic projects include Thunderhorse, Mirage, and Boomvang & Nansen, and international projects such as the Pailin project in the Gulf of Thailand and the Usari Project in Nigeria. Jody has deep expertise in various complex electrical systems but is most well-known for his expertise in magnetics, switchgears, panelboards, and inverters, as well as variable frequency drives, process instruments, and UPS systems. He also has a strong background in turnkey project execution from conceptual to operations & maintenance across most industrial sectors, traditional & renewable, with virtually every
party (end user, EPC, manufacturer, etc.).
|2022 – Present||OCI-USA
Senior Engineer, Electrical
|2013 – 2022||Zarlec Incorporated
Electrical & Automation Equipment Manufacturer & Engineering Specialist
|1993 – 2013||Wood PLC Engineering
Upstream Sector Lead, Principal Electrical Engineer
|1993 – 1993||Connell & Associates
Automation PLC Programmer
|1990 – 1993||McDermott
Support Electrical Engineer