Advanced Building Consultants provides expert services for a wide range of Construction and Environmental issues. Their clients include homeowners, insurance companies, businesses, and attorneys. Advanced Building Consultants serves clients throughout the Southeastern United States.
Causation and Origin
Principal, Clinton J. Ford, MS, ACA, CGC, CIAQM, CIE, CMR, CRMI, is a former Continuing Education Sponsor for the Florida Construction Licensing Board and has been a licensed Florida Certified General Contractor since 1981. He has many years of construction experience on projects ranging from $5,000 to $50,000,000 and has been providing consulting and expert witness work for both construction and environmental issues since 1994.
Mr. Ford has obtained both field experience and education in the following four distinct but often related disciplines of Construction, Environmental, Real Estate and Insurance, and holds many titles and over thirty years of construction experience with twenty-five years as a State Certified General Contractor.
Over the years Mr. Ford has combined his extensive construction knowledge with cause and origin of water intrusion and environmental issues offering an exceptional understanding of Building Science and its relationship to contamination from biological agents such as toxic mold, mycotoxins, bacteria and endotoxin’s.
A local Mortgage Company referred an Attorney to one of their clients because they were having construction problems. Their clients did not want the final disbursements made until these issues were resolved.
Geoffrey Beresford Hartwell is a Chartered Consulting Engineer who practices as an Arbitrator, Adjudicator and Expert for Determination. Geoffrey is the former Senior Partner of Consulting Mechanical and Electrical Engineers BHA Cromwell House.
Electrical Engineering and Design
Mechanical Engineering and Design
Automation and Computer Control Systems
Maritime and Infrastructure Engineering
Solid Waste Handling
Moving Bridges and Lock Gates
Construction Project Management
Water and Waste Water Treatment
Consulting Services Include:
Arbitration - Geoffrey Hartwell acts as an arbitrator and adjudicator, as an expert mediator and conciliator, as an expert investigator and assessor for arbitral tribunals, and also as a Special Referee in the High Court of Justice of the Isle of Man. His services have been required in the UK and internationally
Dispute Boards: Geoffrey has experience both as Member and as Chairman of Dispute Boards. He has been a member of Dispute Boards, retained from the beginning of a project or, alternatively, appointed on an ad hoc basis when a problem arises, Dispute Adjudication Boards to determine a binding decision, and on Dispute Review Boards to make decisions that are advisory but not binding
Adjudication: Similar to arbitration, Mr. Hartwell adjudicates domestic and international disputes which are only temporarily binding unless otherwise agreed upon by the parties
Background: After his early career in aerospace and nuclear energy, Geoffrey entered private practice in association with the late Leslie Heap and Gerald Lewis of Heap and Digby, Consulting Engineers, in 1969. While with them he designed water and sewage equipment and also the bascule moving machinery for the Lowestoft Bridge, in Suffolk. He practiced also as Beresford Hartwell and Associates and, in 1971 established a separate office in Wallington, South London.
In parallel with his design career, Geoffrey was first appointed as arbitrator in 1972 and his first foreign arbitration, an ICC appointment in Switzerland, took place later that year. He studied Law to Intermediate level and then transferred to the examinations of the Institute of Arbitrators (now Chartered) of which he became Chairman in 1996-1997 and for whom he taught in various countries on several courses, including the prestigious Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration.
UK Maritime - Roll-On Roll-Off: At Yarmouth in the Isle of Wight, Geoffrey designed an hydraulically-operated vehicle ramp to engage with ferries at all states of the tide. Remote radio control enables the ramp to be trimmed by the approaching vessel. The project included car marshalling and adjustable area lighting
Modernization of The Tower Bridge, London - In 1974 BHA were appointed by Cleveland Bridge and Engineering Co Ltd to design and manage the modernization of the machinery of The Tower Bridge. The project included new electro-hydraulic pumps, hydraulic motors and drive gears
Ipswich - Central Control for Water Supply Network: The entire system of pumping stations, treatment works and distribution had new instrumentation and control connected by radio and landline telemetry to a central base station. Geoffrey designed and managed the entire scheme with a dedicated design team
International Commercial Arbitration, the chosen basis of the annual Willem Vis Moot, is arguably not au fond a process at law. It is quite simply the performance of an agreement between two parties to have a chosen third party hear and determine some difference between them.
CivTek International is an Infrastructure Solutions, Program Management and Multi-Disciplined Life-Cycle Integrator. CivTek focuses on core industries and infrastructure fundamental to the economic and physical health and well-being of all societies: Energy, Water, Air, Agriculture, Transportation, Waste Management, Telecommunications, Internet, and Ancillary Technologies necessary to more efficiently deliver and operate these industries in an environmentally friendly, safe and profitable manner.
CivTek International now has roughly $50 billion in pre-feasibility studies in estimated capital costs projects as a result of national and international relationships and exclusive agreements CivTek International holds in various infrastructure and transportation technologies. They have signed 50-year Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) Agreements with national governments of emerging economies.
CivTek International provides expert assessment, advice, guidance, opinion, contracting, construction support, program management and design services to leaders in government, industry and the legal community. They address major challenges in complex cultural settings, environmental, economic, legislative or forensic consequence in programs and projects relating to capital infrastructure in transportation, green sustainable environmental solutions, energy, oil & gas, and industrial facilities.
Clients have included Leadership of Domestic and International Industry, CEO's and Corporate Leadership, Banks, Financial Institutions and Investors, Risk Management and Insurance Industry Leaders, Attorneys, Legislators, Heads of State, and Heads of Departments and Ministries.
Real Estate and Land Development
Executive Aviation Charter
Airport Construction / Aviation Leadership
International Oil Refinery - Design, Build, Operate, Transfer
Ecofreighter and Deep Sea Marinas and Terminals
Transportation Construction Management
Healthcare and Resort Hospitals
Program Management Office
Principal, Thomas J. Young, PE, has over 37 years of experience in national and international Transportation Construction, the Civil Engineering specialty regarding highways, bridges, rail, airports, harbors, and associated infrastructure.
Mr. Young is a skilled integrator of the parameters of program and project life cycles, leadership, management, business operations, engineering and construction. He has extensive knowledge of regulatory compliance, environmental processes, industry standards, best practices, and field operations in urban and remote areas.
Mr. Young has broad construction management and design background for many of the knowledge and skill areas required in mining operations, bridges, highways, land development, major soil/structure type facilities, land survey, and construction surveying, including work in Arctic facilities and in desert regions.
CLM Engineering Associates has the ability to provide a vast array of services to real estate brokers, developers, home purchases/owners. President of the firm, Craig L. Moskowitz, PE, is a Civil Engineer with extensive Construction Management experience on both commercial and residential projects. His firm handles commercial and residential building inspections as it pertains to warranty and pre-purchase inspections as well as to handle specific Structural or Civil Engineering issues related to a property.
Experience: Mr. Moskowitz has performed safety inspections on both civilian and military projects through the application of OSHA regulations. He has designed drainage systems for the government while an officer with the United States military and done cost estimating for various projects exceeding $500 million.
Mr. Moskowitz has designed document creation and management of high-rise construction in Manhattan. He has managed telecommunications projects for Verizon in Manhattan including CPM schedule creation and updating and directed and managed all water distribution system and sewer system work while working as a contractor to the New York City Department of Design and Construction. CLM are specialists in the following areas:
Traditional Commercial and Residential Building Inspections
Storm Damage Assessment, Analysis and Reporting
Comprehensive Construction Management
Cost Estimating for Projects Ranging from $50,000 to in Excess of $1 billion
Construction Strategies provides a complete range of Construction and Construction Consulting services. They offer pre-construction services for owners considering future projects who need assistance in evaluating the feasibility and conceptual costs. Construction Strategies also offers post construction services for owners who are facing close out problems including conflict resolution, mediation assistance, close out service completion, punch lists, and warranty assistance.
Value Engineering Analysis
Design Team Management
Scope Package Development
Bid Evaluations & Recommendations
Contract Negotiation Support
Scheduling Development or Analysis
Change Order Negotiation
Management Information System
Document Control Systems
Post Completion Analysis
Quality Control Inspections
Code Compliance Inspections
Close Out Evaluation
Principal, Sanford C. Loy , CCM, B.Arch, MSCE, has over 40 years of experience in the Construction Industry. Mr. Loy has Degrees in Architecture and Engineering. A Certified Construction Manager (CCM), he is committed to the Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Practice established by the Construction Management Association of America. CCM is the ANSI accredited professional designation for construction management and is the gold standard for CM service providers in over 145 countries.
Background Experience - Mr. Loy's experience spans virtually every type of building and design process. His strength centers on his understanding of the dynamics and interactions of the various trades and professions unique to every building project. He has experience with Construction Management at Risk, Construction Management Agency, Design-build, and Design-bid-build. Having successfully managed the completion of over one billion dollars of construction, Mr. Loy served as a Regional Engineer for the American Institute of Steel Construction and as Director of Construction and Development for Belz Enterprises, the largest development company in Tennessee, before founding Construction Strategies in 1988.
Any of these methods can produce beneficial results…but the decision as to which one is used must be made carefully with a full understanding of the pluses and minuses of each; each owner’s circumstances, risk tolerance, staffing, experience with construction, the degree to which the schedule and budget are respectively critical as well a
The construction industry is gigantic.....it has been around for centuries in this country alone....an industry with that much inertia does not embrace change easily. Introducing new processes and methodology is much like trying to turn an aircraft carrier with a boat oar. You can get beat up pretty good and not even effect the ship!
The Diehl Group Architects, Inc. is a full-service design and consulting firm specializing in Forensic Architecture, quality assurance, and expert witness testimony. Their services `include:
Architectural Design - With years of traditional architectural design experience includes residential, commercial, and institutional projects, they focus on unusually challenging building types, including aviation aircraft and pilot support facilities, a contemporary single family home, and support services for a subterranean wine cellar
Quality Assurance - Identifying potential shortcomings of construction documents prior to breaking ground which allows them to review drawings before construction even begins and continue to monitor building techniques and processes to provide compliance and ensure construction accountability
Construction Administration - Monitor construction schedules, cost, progress and quality while providing support services such as instruction or clarification to contractors as required
Reconstruction Services - Reconstruction designs and building details solve existing problems while addressing future needs. By evaluating a range of building methods and materials through their forensic engagements, their team possesses a unique advantage over traditional architecture firms
Forensic Architecture - The Diehl Group Architects, Inc. goes beyond standard investigative methods and procedures with state of the art technologies to ensure accurate reporting, lower costs, and side-step unnecessary intrusive testing methods
Expert Witness Testimony - Diehl has a broad range of experience as designated architectural experts for plaintiff parties and developers in defense of plaintiff parties, in addition to a host of sub contractor disciplines
President, John (Jack) P. Diehl, AIA NCARB LEED AP, has over 40 years of experience as an Architect. Mr. Diehl currently specializes in Forensic Architecture and Construction Defects. He is licensed to practice in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah, and Washington. Mr. Diehl is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), and the International Code Council (ICC). He is also a LEED AP Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional, Construction Document Technician, and General Contractor California, "B" License.
DM Bekus Construction is a New Jersey Home Design, Construction, and Remodeling Contractor. For over 30 years they've been helping homeowners throughout the area improve properties and build homes. DM Bekus Construction delivers high quality, reliable construction services that help homeowners get more pleasure and enjoyment from their homes and buildings.
New Home Construction
Construction Project Management
Homeowner Association Construction
Expert Witness Services
Principal, David M. Bekus has over 35 years in the Construction Industry specializing in home design, construction, and remodeling. He offers services to homeowner associations, housing communities, townhome complexes, property managers, and individuals.
Mr. Bekus is licensed by the State of New Jersey as a building inspector (RCS, ICS, and HHS), a licensed home remodeler, and a licensed new home builder. He is also certified in Project Management, Cost Estimating, Construction Methods, Construction Site Safety, and is a EPA Lead Safe Certified Contractor.
Mr. Bekus has been a project manager, overseeing all aspects of construction from conception and approvals to final sales for single homes and developments. He has designed and built over 100 custom homes.
Gryphon Consulting, LLC - Built on a Lifetime of Experience
Paul L. Johnson is an award-Winning Construction Professional with 35 years of hand-on experience. A self-made man and the founder and operator of two highlysuccessful construction firms, his experience includes all aspects of High-End Residential Construction.
Mr. Johnson's has extensive experience with new builds and remodeling, light commercial construction, and tenant build-outs. He has completed 60 whole home remodels, over 500 kitchen remodels, almost 400 master bath remodels, numerous tenant fit out projects, restaurants, and a historic landmark complete renovation.
Mr. Johnson is a patented inventor of cabinet installation assembly and the author of the book Residential Construction & Remodeling; Straight Talk About The Industry & Process.
Consulting Services: Mr. Johnson serves as an Owner's Representative on matters related to high-end, high-value residential new construction, and renovation projects ($1,000,000+). He has guided numerous clients through the difficult process with the following services:
Selecting Designers, Architects, and, Contractors
Translating a Vision into Reality
Attending Required Meetings
Making Sure Plans Meet Expectations
Overseeing Workmanship and Industry Standards
Advising on Additional Expenses
Maintaining Critical Path Schedule
Overseeing Payment to Avoid Liens
Mentoring Services - Mr. Johnson also serves as a Mentor to young construction professionals looking to start or grow their own Construction business. He offers his decades of experience to help others in the industry streamline their company's by advising on the Systems, Documents, Procedures, Marketing, and Home, Jobsite, and Personnel Closing Ratios that affect their bottom lines.
Hastak Consulting Services is a Construction Engineering and Management firm established by Prof. Makarand (Mark) Hastak, PhD, PE, CCP, CRIS, Professor and the Dernlan Family Head of Construction Engineering and Management as well as Professor of Civil Engineering at Purdue University. Dr. Hastak offers consulting services to clients around the world in the following areas:
Project Controls and Risk Management
Process Improvement of Capital Projects
Profitability Improvement and Construction Analytics
Process Improvement for Factory Built Housing
Capital Rehabilitation Planning
Strategic planning and decision-making for resolving project complexities
Planning for Disaster Mitigation, Resilience, and Capacity Building
Dr. Hastak has been involved with the construction industry for the past 35 years providing his expertise through consulting, research, teaching, and service to the industry. He is a world renowned expert in the area of construction engineering and management including process improvement, disaster risk reduction, resilience and capacity building, infrastructure management, factory built housing, intelligent planning for the built environment, project control, project management decision-making, risk management, contracts and warranties, and strategic planning.
Dr. Hastak is a Professional Engineer (PE), a Construction Risk Insurance Specialist (CRIS), and a Certified Cost Professional (CCP). Dr. Hastak has given over 50 keynotes and invited lectures around the world. As a prominent educator, he also engages in developing training material and workshops as well as regularly teaching professional courses for the A/E/C industry. He has completed the 30-Hour OSHA Hazard Recognition Training for the Construction Industry. His services include consultation, on-site investigation, data collection, assessment,and reporting.
Dr. Hastak Lectures at the 2015 International Conference on Building Resilience
Prof. Hastak has worked on numerous projects sponsored by the Construction Industry Institute (CII), NSF, State DOTs, and City Agencies. He has authored over 200 publications on process improvement, project controls, capital rehabilitation planning, strategic planning, and decision-making. He has co-authored a widely used book on Infrastructure Planning, Engineering, and Economics (McGraw-Hill 2006 and 2015).
Dr. Hastak is the current President of CIB (International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction), He is also the academic Advisor to the Downstream and Chemicals Committee of the Construction Industry Institute (CII) and serves as the Chair of the Advisory Board of the Global Leadership Forum for Construction Engineering and Management programs (GLF-CEM). He served on the Education Board of the Association for Advancement of Cost Engineering (2004-2016). He was Editor for two AACE books, the Skills and Knowledge of Cost Engineering (6th Ed. 2015) and the CCP Certification Study Guide (2nd Ed. 2016). He was also the Editor-in-Chief of the ASCE Journal of Management in Engineering (2009-2016).
Thoroughly revised to address sustainability and the latest codes and regulations, Infrastructure Planning, Engineering and Economics, Second Edition, describes the full range of skills necessary to plan, implement, upgrade, and maintain infrastructure projects in the public sector.
This edition is designed as a companion workbook to the Skills and Knowledge of Cost Engineering, 6th Edition (S&K 6). In conjunction with S&K 6, this study guide will assist individuals in their preparation for the CCP Certification examination as well as develop the general knowledge a cost engineering professional is expected to have. This study guide offers insight into the key topics found in each chapter of S&K 6 and provides practice questions and exercises to better develop knowledge in individual areas.
This Education Board publication provides comprehensive and in-depth information on a wide range of cost engineering subjects and will prove to be a valuable resource to any individual seeking professional growth or pursuing an AACE International certification. This publication offers six sections comprising 34 chapters of content on topics such as cost estimating, project planning, value engineering, and strategic asset management, to name a few.
Rudolph P. Frizzi, PE, GE, D.GE is a Civil Engineer with over 25 years of extensive practical Foundation and Geotechnical Engineering experience. His geotechnical Engineering and project management experience is extensive with particular emphasis on: foundation design and construction in urban areas and large scale land and waterfront public and private development projects throughout the United States and internationally. Mr. Frizzi has interacted on projects located in practically every continent world-wide.
Ground Improvement and Soil / Rock Slope Stabilization
Tunneling, Underground, and Trenchless Construction
Waterfront Design and Marine Engineering
Temporary and Permanent Groundwater Control
Controlled Inspection and Instrumentation Monitoring During Construction
Mr. Frizzi has obtained extensive field, office supervision, project management, and forensic experience including soil and rock sampling and in-situ testing; monitoring pre, during, and post construction with state of the art geotechnical instrumentation; nondestructive testing; aqueous and sub-aqueous inspections and investigations and heavy construction field inspection which has contributed to his practical approach to geotechnical problem solving. Selected Projects:
One57 - 1,005 feet tall, 5-star, 210 room Park Hyatt Hotel and 95 premium condominiums and residences. Performed geotechnical and environmental engineering investigations, and provided foundation recommendations to support the proposed tower on spread footings supported on rock
Farmer's Field Event Center - geotechnical and environmental engineer for this highly anticipated 1,700,000-square-foot state-of-the-art sports stadium, entertainment venue, and premier convention center that will bring the NFL back to Los Angeles
Florida Office: Andrew Avalon, PE, PSP Chairman & CEO 8633 Willow Kane Court Orlando, FL 32835 email@example.com T: (407) 445-0825 F: (407) 650-3399
Long International provides expert engineering and construction claims analysis, expert testimony, project management consulting, and insurance claims analysis services. We focus on projects in the following industries: building and construction; gas, gasification, GTL, LNG, and NGL; industrial and manufacturing; mineral and mineral processing; offshore oil and gas; oil sands; pipelines and utilities; power; refineries, petrochemical, and chemical; transportation; and water, wastewater, dams, and marine. We analyze claims, not limited to, disputed change orders, schedule delay, acceleration, time extensions, liquidated damages, loss of productivity, defective specifications, and deficient project management performance.
Richard J. Long, P.E., P.Eng., Founder of Long International, has over 50 years of U.S. and international consulting experience involving construction contract disputes analysis and resolution, arbitration/litigation support and expert testimony, project management, engineering/construction management, cost and schedule control, and process engineering. As an internationally recognized expert in the analysis and resolution of complex construction disputes for over 35 years, Mr. Long has served as the lead expert on over 300 projects having claims ranging in size from US$100,000 to over US$2 billion. He has presented and published numerous articles on claims analysis, entitlement issues, CPM schedule and damages analyses, cumulative impact claims, and claims prevention.
Rod C. Carter, CCP, PSP is President of Long International and has over 20 years of experience in construction project controls, contract disputes and resolution, negotiations, mediation, arbitration support, and expert testimony on scheduling, loss of productivity, and quantum issues. He has experience in entitlement, schedule, and damages analyses on over 30 construction disputes ranging in value from US$100,000 to US$7 billion, related to oil and gas, oil refinery, LNG, heavy civil, nuclear, environmental, chemical, power, industrial, commercial, and residential construction projects. Mr. Carter is proficient in the use of Primavera P6 and P3 software, and he has extensive experience in assessing the impact to engineering and construction works of RFIs, change orders and other events. Mr. Carter specializes in loss of productivity, cumulative impact, and quantum calculations, and had a lead role in assessing damages on more than a dozen major disputes. In addition, Mr. Carter has developed cost and schedule risk analysis models using Monte Carlo simulations to address the uncertainty of estimates and claims.
Scott M. Francis, P.E., PSP is a Vice President of Long International and has over 20 years of experience in project management, contract disputes analysis and resolution, CPM schedule preparation, execution, and analysis, productivity analysis, contract administration, design engineering, construction management, and government contracting. He provides schedule development and assurance services, cost estimating, and claims analysis services on projects for both owners and contractors. Specific responsibilities include CPM development and reviews, CPM schedule delay and acceleration analyses, change order impact analysis, issue identification, correlation of impacts to schedule activities, and productivity evaluations.
Construction projects involve risks. A well-structured construction contract allocates certain risks to the party that is best able to control those risks. Delay is a common risk that construction contracts allocate. A delay may increase costs for owners, contractors, and subcontractors to complete a project.
The purpose of this paper is to provide an explanation of the methodology and resources that Long International uses to arrive at its opinions on allocation of the responsibility for various problems, and the impact of those opinions on the parties’ entitlement to damages or extensions of the time of performance allowed under a Contract.
The equitable allocation of responsibility for project delays is essential to the resolution of many construction disputes. Contractors frequently assert that they have been delayed for reasons beyond their control. Owners often remain unconvinced that the Contractor is legitimately
Sound contract administrative practice requires keeping records in an orderly fashion and periodically reviewing those records, as needs dictate. While preparing and maintaining documentation involves effort, ready access to factual data affords management a variety of benefits. Conscientious record keeping can preclude confusion and subsequent disagreements, and, therefore, can help to prevent claims
Changes can occur on almost every project and they often lead to delays and other negative impacts to the schedule and cost of a project. Large and complex engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) projects are particularly susceptible to the negative impacts caused by changes. Changes can cause delay and disruption to engineering, procurement, fabrication, transportation and delivery
Concurrent delay is a vexed and complex technical and legal issue. Construction contracts often do not expressly provide direction as to the parties’ agreement when there is concurrent delay. Most simply require the contractor to provide notice and specifics when an owner-responsible delay event occurs.
Most construction contracts require written notice for changes, differing site conditions, extra work, or other events which may affect the contractor’s time and cost of performance. The process of giving “notice” is vital to triggering the contract mechanisms that allow the contractor to pursue additional time and cost and to reserve its rights to recover for any unforeseen...
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the internal and external project execution environments. The pandemic has caused impacts of varying degrees to nearly every aspect of projects involving the activity of people. Ordinary practices in the creation of project documentation are robust and are utilized to support the analysis of construction claims. Although project productivity losses may be demonstrable, providing compelling evidence and proof that the losses were caused by the pandemic may not be as easy to demonstrate.
An As-Built But-For Schedule Delay Analysis (ABBF) is a retrospective CPM schedule delay analysis technique that determines the earliest date that the required mechanical completion activity, project completion activity, or various milestone activities could have been achieved but-for the owner-caused compensable delays that occurred during the project.
Contractor’s claim submittals and expert reports are often deficient in proving causation, i.e., the cause-effect linkage. These claims generally outline the owner-caused impacts and separately calculate quantum; however, the two are often not linked in any meaningful way. Most claims are settled prior to a decision by a panel, court, or board, and therefore these deficiencies are not made apparent. Yet, a well-prepared claim document which includes a persuasive and accurate causeeffect analysis can greatly improve the contractor’s chances of a successful recovery, either through negotiations or in arbitration/litigation. This analysis is difficult and often costly to prepare, and is therefore not performed in many disputes, which may be the reason why the claims fail.
The leader of a corporation or project is the individual who must ultimately be willing to take responsibility for results. Within the context of an organization or team made up of individuals, it is the collective performance of the individuals, as a team, that defines the results of the whole. While it can be said that the best motivation is internal motivation as opposed to external motivation, the leader is ultimately the one responsible for creating the conditions where motivation can thrive.
Time is money especially on engineering and construction projects. Because delays in the completion of the project usually result in increased owner, engineer, and contractor costs, the overall time of performance is vital to the financial success of the project. The importance of time is evidenced by the significant role played by CPM schedules, completion dates, and milestones in the bidding and awarding of engineering and construction contracts. The desire to minimize costs and the time of performance often causes the occurrence of acceleration.
In the construction industry, it is largely agreed that overtime work adversely affects labor productivity. However, there is no universally accepted method for estimating the resulting loss of productivity, and many of the studies commonly used to estimate such losses have been subject to criticism by industry experts and the courts.
The Collapsed As-Built Windows Schedule Analysis (AACE® International Recommended Practice 29R-03, Method Implementation Protocol 3.9) is a modeled, subtractive, multiple-base method. It is a retrospective CPM schedule analysis which is typically used to prove entitlement for compensable delay and assess concurrency of delay within a window of time. The analysis simulates the as-built conditions within a schedule window and then delays are removed from the CPM model. If the forecasted project finish date “collapses” but-for or absent compensable delays, then entitlement for compensable time-related costs can be demonstrated. This article addresses the usage of the Collapsed As-Built Windows protocol and the advantages and disadvantages of the methodology.
The "discrete damages/cost variance analysis method" for quantifying construction claim damages involves the specific distribution of all costs incurred on the project rather than quantifying only certain parts of the cost or damage analysis as may be used in the other methods.
ABSTRACT - This paper provides guidelines to commercial construction cost engineers for the development of a plan for obtaining and utilizing subcontractor cost information for use in bidding, procurement, scheduling, change order management, and claim management. The paper is based upon personal field experience gained in cost engineering, scheduling, bidding, planning, contracting, and claim analyses.
A component of a construction claim often relates to the cost, quantity, and quality of the materials that the contractor installed on a project. The contractor frequently purchases these materials and agrees to install the quantities of materials on a unit price basis, i.e., a unit price that includes both the cost of the materials and the cost to install them.
Most construction contracts, whether they are standard or customized forms, usually contain specific provisions related expressly to the process of giving "notice." The notice generally refers to an obligation on the part of the Contractor to notify the relevant party administering the contract, normally the architect, resident engineer, or owner's representative, of a claim or change event that gives rise to possible additional entitlement for time and/or cost.
The equitable allocation of responsibility for project delays is essential to the resolution of many construction disputes. Contractors frequently assert that they have been delayed for reasons beyond their control. Owners often remain unconvinced that the Contractor is legitimately entitled to a time extension or delay, acceleration and loss of productivity damages.
Moss Adams provides forensic accounting, litigation support, business valuations in addition to our tax and audit practice. They specialize in the areas of Health Care, Manufacturing and Distribution, Real Estate Construction, Agri-Business, and Information Technology.
Moss Adams is a fully integrated professional services firm dedicated to assisting clients with growing, managing, and protecting prosperity. With more than 3,400 professionals across more than 25 locations in the West and beyond, they work with many of the world’s most innovative companies and leaders. Their strength in the middle market enables them to advise clients at all intervals of development—from start-up, to rapid growth and expansion, to transition.
Moss Adams' Fresno offices are home to audit, tax, and consulting professionals serving clients in the agriculture, construction, manufacturing, health care, and not-for-profit industries. The Fresno offices also have specialty practices in valuation, litigation support, estate planning, employee benefit plans, and other value-added services.
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Civil Structural Engineering Consultant Joseph Quilici
Quilici Engineers, Inc. draws on over 35 years of Structural and Civil Engineering experience to deliver a wide range of design and support services, tailored to meet their clients' specific needs.
Structural and Civil Engineering - Providing the very highest quality, most cost-effective solutions that take advantage of our automated engineering design capabilities, delivered on time and to the highest standards. Includes Commercial Development, Residential Development, Luxury Residential, Remodeling Restoration.
Pool and Water Services -Compu-Pools, a subsidiary of Quilici Engineering, uses the latest technology to deliver calculations and drawings for pools, spas and water features. Specialties include deep or shallow foundations, expansive soils, and hillside construction. They can help with structural repairs, construction support and design.
On-Call Engineering Services - When safety or other factors require immediate response and quick turnaround for needs such as on-site investigation and remedial repairs. Specializing in Building Evaluations, Dry Rot and Decay Repair, Insurance Evaluation, Insurance Evaluations, Fire and Earthquake Repair, Construction Support, Municipal Processing, Construction Support
Joseph A. Quilici, PE, CE, SE, CCI, is a Registered Structural and Civil Engineer in the state of California and is a Certified Construction Inspector. Mr. Quilici has over 35 years of experience in the construction industry. He has extensive knowledge of building codes and familiarity with innovative building systems.
Mr. Quilici's expertise includes consulting for pools and spas, restorations, commercial, industrial, and community developments, in addition to luxury homes and buildings. experienced with a diverse range of building materials, including tilt-up concrete, structural steel, post-tensioned concrete, concrete masonry, foam block, light gauge steel, and timber.
Licensed Structural Engineer, 36 years, 1986
Licensed Civil Engineer, 40 years, 1982
University of California, Berkeley, MS Civil Engineering - Structures, 1980
US Green Building Counsel LEED, Accredited Professional, May 2009
US Build it Green, Certified Green Building Professional, September 2009
Forensic Expert Witness Association Board of Directors - Past President
Rieser Building Group is a leading builder, engineer, architect, and forensic team with over 25 years of experience in management, design, and construction of over 4,000 units. These units range from custom homes, commercial buildings, and developments, to public works like Caltrans and BART construction, and roadway improvements (over 500 miles). With a full breadth of professional development services, they manage all aspects of a project, from entitlements to design to warranty.
Building Services - Design in-house, or, as licensed engineering and construction professionals, Rieser Building Group can manage an outside team of architects, civil engineers, structural engineers, and landscape architects.
Engineering and Design Services - Spearheaded by a professional Engineering & Architectural team, Rieser provides innovative designs and timely approvals in custom homes, commercial buildings, apartments, large developments, structures, topo-mapping, hydraulics, traffic engineering, and transportation engineering.
Development Services - Developing single custom-built home or a multiphase project, Rieser will expedite the development process, establish a joint venture to share costs, or purchase the project. In addition to flexible management, they conduct property feasibility studies to calculate the right mix of homes and maximize ROI.
Mark E. Rieser, II, MS, PE, AIA, GBC, GEC, has over 30 years of experience in the Construction and Building Design industry. He provides his clients with a comprehensive knowledge of Construction Technology and Construction Standards of Professional Practice. Background Experience - President of an active Design / Build company, Mr. Rieser has managed, designed, and constructed over 4,000 units to include high-rise, single family homes, condominiums, townhomes, podiums, apartments, and commercial buildings, His experience includes construction, management, and design of over 500 miles of asphalt and roadway improvements, tunnels, San Francisco Airport, Santa Clara Light Rail, Southern Pacific Railroad, Caltrain, and BART. Mr. Rieser has an insightful understanding of Civil / Structural Engineering, Soil Engineering, Transportation / Traffic Engineering, Hydraulic Engineering, Architectural Design, Asphalt Design, Cost Estimation, Public Works Design Bidding and Estimation, General Engineering, General Building, and an Accident Reconstruction expert.
San Jose Office 2033 Gateway Pl Suite 500 San Jose, CA 95110
San Francisco Office 425 Market St Suite 2200 San Francisco, CA 94105
Los Angeles Office 10100 Santa Monica Blvd. Suite 300 Los Angeles, CA 90067
Sacramento Office 777 Campus Commons Rd Suite 200 Sacramento, CA 95825
James D. Wamble, PE, RLS has over 30 years of experience as a Professional Civil Engineer and Registered Land Surveyor. During the course of his career, Mr. Wamble has worked on land planning, land surveying, or civil engineering projects in all counties of the middle and west Tennessee regions, and several counties in east Tennessee.
Selected Recent Projects:
Lake Forest Estates – Approximately 5000 residential units and numerous commercial parcels. Largest subdivision in the state. Provided land planning, land surveying, and civil engineering services
Reelfoot Lake – Boundary survey of an 18,000-acre public lake to determine the pre-1917 Ordinary Low Water Mark for a Federal lawsuit in Lake County and Obion County, TN. Performed land surveying and expert witness services
Tapestry – 393 unit condominium and apartment development with 6,000 sq. ft. of commercial space in a Traditional Design Town Center in Brentwood, Williamson County, TN. Provided land planning, land surveying, and civil engineering services
Evans Hill - 340 mixed residential units designed as a Traditional Specific Plan in Hermitage, Davidson County, TN. Provided land planning, land surveying, and civil engineering services
Evergreen Hills - 900 mixed residential units designed as a Traditional Specific Plan in the Cane Ridge Community of Nashville, Davidson County, TN. Provided land planning, land surveying, and civil engineering services