Vinod Sharma

Vinod Sharma, P.E., MS, MBA, CFSE

Senior Managing Consultant

Mr. Sharma has over 30 years of experience working on hundreds of matters requiring comprehensive design analysis and testing using advanced analytical methods. He applies this broad-based experience in mechanical engineering, to analyze components and investigate failures of mechanical and process piping systems, and to develop condition monitoring programs to enhance safety, integrity, and reliability. He has investigated systems and/or products at various stages of their life cycles, such as: selection, specification, design, manufacturing, construction, installation, commissioning, operation, inspection, maintenance, and decommissioning. Through his work in the nuclear and energy industries he has developed an especial expertise with valves and other industrial process equipment.   

He has extensive hands-on experience working on process hardware and is intimately familiar with application of valves, pumps, compressors, turbines, steam boilers, heat exchangers, tanks, filters, flanges, gasketed joints, and instrumentations and controls systems. He has also provided assessments relating to product liability, product recall, construction delay, intellectual property claims, as well as, technology assessment, and business process improvements. 

He is a Certified Functional Safety Expert (CFSE) for safety lifecycle per IEC 61511 (process) and has facilitated numerous process hazard analyses (PHA), Hazard Identification (HAZID), Hazard and Operability (HAZOP), Job Hazard Analysis (JHA), failure-modes-and-system-affects (FMEA), Pre-Start up Safety Review (PSSR) evaluations for FPSOs, LNG plants and gas transmission and distribution systems. Mr. Sharma currently serves as a member of ASME Codes and Standards VVUQ 60 subcommittee on Verification and Validation of Computer Modeling in Energy Systems and is a former Chair and Vice Chair of this group. 


  • Deriving Value from Near-Misses & Failure Analyses, Plant Maintenance, Inspection and Engineering Society, ASME Plant Engineering and Maintenance Technical Chapter, May 2016
  • Hazard Identification (HAZID), Workshop for SBM Offshore, June 2012
  • Leveraging Experience to Reduce Business Risks and Brand Liability, Valve Repair Council Annual Meeting and Exhibition, November 2012
  • Borg Warner Swing Check Valve Performance Improvement, Nuclear Industry Check Valve Group, June 2011
  • Workshop for Palo Verde Nuclear Station Check Valve Inspector Qualification, Arizona Public Service Company, February 2009
  • Equipment Replacement - How Rigorous Is Your Due Diligence? , Nuclear Industry Check Valve Group, June 2008
  • Check Valve Program Self-Assessment at Columbia and Cooper - Benefits and critical success factors, Nuclear Industry Check Valve Group, January 2008
  • Enhancing Check Valve Programs by Invoking Appendix II Condition Monitoring, Nuclear Industry Check Valve Group and Inservice Test Owners Group (ISTOG), December 2005
  • Case Study: Analysis and Testing of Small Size Piston Check Valve w/ Air Flow, Nuclear Industry Check Valve Group, June 2005
  • Advancements in Valve Technology and Industry Lessons lead to Improved Valve Reliability, 13th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering, ICONE 13-50286, May 2005
  • See CV for further publications

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