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Kobus Stadler, Pr Eng. Senior Mechanical Consultant

Kobus has a B.Eng (Mech.) degree from the University of Pretoria, 1995, with 26 years of experience as an engineer in the petrochemical industry. Besides his official responsibilities as President of the subsidiary company, KnightHawk Engineering South Africa (KHE-SA) information, Kobus will act as Chief Engineer for the S.A. Engineering Consulting Group and is a Senior Mechanical consultant for the Houston based Engineering Consulting group. Significant experience is referenced as the lead technical professional for major multidisciplinary investigations into industrial static and rotating equipment design, development, manufacturing, commissioning, and failure assessments. In addition, Kobus has extensive experience in computer-aided applications as a simulation analyst, which include: CAD (2D & 3D), Finite Element Methods (F.E.A.), Numerical Modeling, Heat Transfer, Pipe Stress Analysis, Pressure Vessel design, Computational Fluid Dynamics (C.F.D.), Discrete Element Modelling (D.E.M.) and Rapid Prototyping (or 3D printing). Deliverables included the development of proprietary tools and methods for performing analysis on cooling systems, cost engineering, pressure vessels, heat exchangers, filtration, and gas distribution systems. He holds two U.S. patents for static and rotating equipment. Before coming to KnightHawk Engineering, Kobus spent 18 years at Sasol Technology, South Africa, where he achieved the position of Chief Engineer and received two Innovation Project-of-the-Year company awards for his work. At Sasol, his group developed the next generation Sasol Slurry Phase Reactor for its Gas to Liquids projects, failure analysis, code and regulatory compliance, heat transfer, pipe stress, troubleshooting, and field support involving petrochemical facilities.

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