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Expert in Construction and Civil Engineering

Expert ID: 736165 Alabama, USA

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Expert has been in the construction industry for over 30 years in various capacities including Estimator/Cost Engineer, Project Manager, Construction Manager, Director of Construction, and A/E Construction Administrator to name a few. He has been involved in both commercial and residential construction projects, both in the public and private sector with several individual projects exceeding $100 million in construction value. He currently works for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as a Cost Engineer and Value Engineering Officer on large Military, Civil Works, and Inter-Agency developments. In addition, he teaches a class in Construction Engineering as an Adjunct Instructor at the University of South Alabama, Dept. of Civil, Coastal, and Environmental Engineering and has provided more than a dozen one-day continuing education seminars for architects and engineers in both construction project management and construction estimating.

Expert grew up in Omaha, Nebraska and holds a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management Degree from the University of Nebraska. In addition, he received his MBA from the University of West Florida in 2004. He is a Licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in the State of Virginia, a Certified General Contractor (CGC) in the State of Florida, and holds several other industry certifications including Certified Cost Engineer (CCE), Value Management Associate (VMA), Certified Professional Estimator (CPE), and Certified Construction Contract Administrator (CCCA).

As a licensed civil engineer, Expert’s expertise lies in all areas related to construction including contractual issues, claims, safety, estimating, change orders and modifications, risk analysis, scheduling, specifications, value engineering, and design just to name a few.

Expert in all matters of construction and civil engineering.


Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 2004 Degree: Master of Business Administration Subject: Business Institution: University of West Florida
Year: 1989 Degree: Bachelor of Science Subject: Construction Management Institution: University of Nebraska

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2011 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Cost Engineer Department: Responsibilities: Duties: Same as those shown below (as a contract employee with SpectraTech) for MILCON, MEDCOM, and Support-For-Others projects. Selected as the USACE “Cost Engineer of the Year”.
Years: 2013 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Value Engineering Officer Department: Responsibilities: Duties: Plans, establishes, and manages an active and productive Value Engineering program conforming to the requirements of existing applicable regulations for the areas of design, development, procurement, maintenance, and construction. Establishes procedures and develops policy for the conduct of Value Engineering studies. Reviews initiating documents, determines method and scope of study, and secures professional and technical specialists to organize appropriate teams for specific duties.
Maintains access to a training program as required to assure that all District personnel who may be involved in the Value Engineering process are familiar with the principles and application of Value Engineering methods and principles. Conducts indoctrination courses in Value Engineering principles to familiarize selected individuals with the mechanics and procedures to be utilized.
Insures a continuous effort in the performance of Value Engineering studies. Selects or develops the best approach to the Value Engineering problem, giving consideration to technical, economical, and public policy standpoints. Serves as Authorized Representative of the Contracting Officer for the District Value Engineering Indefinite Delivery Contract and maintains competency in that role. Monitors performance of Value Engineering studies. Coordinates the implementation of accepted study proposals.
Promotes and coordinates active contractor participation in the Value Engineering Change Proposal Program. Assures that all employees who are involved in the various contracts in effect under the Value Engineering incentive clause are actively engaged in the promotion of contractor participation.
Extends application of the Value Engineering methodology into other areas through promotion and management of novel processes such as Combined Functional Review. Assures that maximum value is realized by novel application of Value Engineering methodology.
Work regionally to develop new Value Engineering applications and guidelines for emerging mission areas and acquisition approaches such as streamlining reviews and studies, application to environmental missions, and new acquisition approaches such as design build and design bid build.
Years: 2017 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Continuing Education Seminar Presenter Department: Responsibilities: Duties: 7-hour continuing education presenter for Construction Cost Estimating and Construction Project Management at several major cities in the southeast. Work includes development of the entire content, preparation of the slide presentation and outline, and delivery of the seminars to include topics such as estimate purposes, types of estimates, estimate levels, contingencies, escalation, overhead, design/build considerations, quantity takeoff, pricing, resources, work breakdown structure, labor and equipment costs, life-cycle costing, risk management, project procurement, quality control and assurance, project close-out, and software among other things.
Years: 2011 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Adjunct Instructor Department: Responsibilities: Duties: Instructor for CE410, Construction Engineering through the Department of Civil Engineering. This senior level course includes an overview of the entire development process from project concept inception to project closeout and the role of civil engineering in construction. Construction engineering methods including preparation of cost estimates, critical path scheduling, value engineering, design phases, contracting methods (both for design and construction), and resource allocation are examined.
Years: 2013 to 2013 Employer: Testmasters Title: Instructor Department: Responsibilities: Duties: Taught review class for the Construction portion of the Principles and Practices of Engineering (PE) Exam in Civil Engineering as administered by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES). Class was conducted twice in Birmingham, Alabama in 2013 for one full day each time.
Years: 2009 to 2010 Employer: SpectraTech Title: Project Manager / Cost Engineer Department: Responsibilities: Duties: Working in support of MEDCOM (Army Medical Command) performing cost engineering services, US Army Engineer District, Mobile, Engineering Division, Cost Engineering Branch, Mobile, AL. As an engineer specializing in cost engineering and cost estimating activities, applied previous knowledge and skills in a wide variety of civil, military and Support-For-Others projects in preparing Independent Government Estimates (IGE's). Prepared, assembled, managed, and defended cost estimates for projects and developed detailed cost estimates from the construction contractors' viewpoint using careful professional analysis and comprehensive evaluation of numerous factors under various and complicating circumstances. Also prepared preliminary and conceptual estimates for planning purposes, in support of initial/preliminary designs, additive alternates, modification claims, negotiations, awards, terminations, 8(a) contracts and other cost-related endeavors. Provided cost information assistance to various Construction Division entities in change order negotiations and, at times, have acted as an expert in cost estimation for Counsel in claims court, mediations, and other legal circumstances and formal proceedings.
Prepared estimates using Mcaces Gold, Mcaces MII, and PACES government estimating software along with other commercially available programs such as MC2-ICE and Microsoft Excel and used cost data provided by R.S. Means and Engineering News Record (ENR). Through work in this position, used professional ability and specialized experience from previous cost engineering activities to interpret, select, adapt, and apply many guidelines, precedents, and engineering principles and practices with some knowledge of related scientific and engineering fields. As a civilian employee working for the Corps of Engineers, played a vital role in supporting the Army mission by providing the skills and diversity of experience that are not always readily available in the military, but crucial to support military operations.
Also acted as Technical Manager for a period of approximately four months.
Years: 2008 to 2014 Employer: Self Employed Title: President/ Owner Department: Responsibilities: Duties: President of construction consulting firm specializing in construction management, administration, cost engineering and estimating (including quantity takeoff and pricing). Services additionally include leadership development programs and strategic planning consulting services (management consulting) for both large and small businesses. Most recently work has involved quality control and contract management for the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Areas of expertise include the following: bid solicitation and subcontractor selection, bid and scope analysis, change order management, conceptual estimating, constructability review, cost and schedule control, dispute resolution, Government procurement (Brooks Act, etc.), hard bid and negotiated projects, Independent Government Estimates (IGE's), R.S. Means estimates, planning and scheduling, review and approval of pay requests, programming, project accounting, project reporting and information systems, purchasing and contract negotiations, specification and plan review, submittal processing and review, and value engineering.
Years: 2005 to 2008 Employer: Baldwin County Public Schools Title: Director of Planning & Construction Management Department: Responsibilities: Duties: Overall management, control, coordination, planning, and execution of major capital improvement projects with a total budget approaching $300 million. As Department leader, responsible for efficiently and effectively implementing Board of Education decisions, guidance, laws, regulations, contract negotiations, and policy in the development of various projects. Responsible for negotiating and integrating all functions within the department including planning, Architect-Engineer (A/E) design, cost engineering, construction, remediation, pay estimate approval, and environmental management (including coordination with the Alabama Department of Environmental Management and the Army Corps of Engineers) for projects with considerable scope and complexity. Controlled and managed project milestones and budgets from planning through construction and initial operations. Implemented GIS program for growth projections and re-districting.
Years: 2002 to 2005 Employer: CB Richard Ellis Title: Project Manager Department: Responsibilities: Duties: Oversight of major construction activities including design engineering, estimating, space planning, furniture and move management, and project and construction management. Involved in developing scopes-of-work, budgeting, permitting, geotechnical investigations (core drilling), and directing and monitoring work.
Years: 1998 to 2002 Employer: STOA Architects Title: Construction Manager/Cost Engineer Department: Responsibilities: Duties: Department head responsible for all preliminary cost estimates and all post-design construction management and administration. Work was associated with multiple clients including the Army Corps of Engineers (Mobile and Savannah Districts) and various other government entities. Acted as general contractor on design/build projects and performed quality control and quality assurance document reviews. Compiled initial, conceptual, and detailed estimates using MCACES Gold Version 5.31 and PACES (parametric cost estimating software) software. Skilled in providing engineering cost estimates for civil, military, and support-for-others projects on Federal projects. Three years of specialized knowledge created skill and ability to have a practical knowledge of engineering concepts, principles, and practices and the ability to practice and use extensive knowledge and skill in engineering cost estimating. Able to interpret, select, adapt, and apply many guidelines, precedents, and engineering principles and practices with some knowledge of related scientific and professional engineering fields including civil engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, structural engineering, and architecture.
Years: 1997 to 1998 Employer: W.G Yates & Sons Construction Co., Inc. Title: Project Manager Department: Responsibilities: Duties: Project management of $5 million clubhouse including scheduling, purchasing, estimating, change order management, and quality control. Duties also included assistant project management of $100 million condominium development and management of a local area Windows network (LAN). Used Primavera Expedition software for project management (including pay estimates, scheduling, and submittals).
Years: 1997 to 1997 Employer: Beers Construction Company, Inc. Title: Project Engineer Department: Responsibilities: Duties: Prepared bid and initial/preliminary conceptual estimates on projects ranging up to $25 million. Involved in preconstruction service activities including contract negotiations and value engineering. Compiled cost estimates on all Construction Specifications Institute (also Uniformat) divisions and managed the bid process on multiple projects. Used a digitizer and digitizing software (including the Paydirt earthwork calculation software) to prepare and compile detailed estimates.
Years: 1995 to 1997 Employer: Ruby Tuesday, Inc. Title: Construction Manager Department: Responsibilities: Duties: Construction management and development of approx. 10-12 restaurants per year including initial land acquisition due diligence and Utility coordination. Retained multiple general contractors and procured consulting services. Collaborated on design review and pioneered new departmental procedures.
Years: 1992 to 1995 Employer: Boddie-Noell Enterprises, Inc. Title: Construction Manager Department: Responsibilities: Duties: Construction management of multiple freestanding restaurant development projects. Interacted with design consultants. Participated in completing environmental investigations (Phase I, II, and III). Coordinated Utilities. Permitted. Administered contractors and national accounts.
Years: 1989 to 1992 Employer: Centex Construction Company Title: Estimator, Office Engineer Department: Responsibilities: Duties: Part of project management team on $27 million courthouse complex. Reviewed submittals, tracked labor costs, maintained critical path method (CPM) schedule, involved with purchasing, and managed various subcontractors. Also, compiled initial budget and bid estimates on projects ranging from $10million to $100million including analysis of subcontractor proposals and integration of computerized estimating data. Compilation of estimates, in part, was completed using the Management Computer Controls (MC2) Interactive Cost Estimating (ICE) software and manual and digitized quantity takeoffs.

Career Accomplishments

Licenses / Certifications
License – Professional Engineer (PE) (2013), State of Virginia, Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers and Landscape Architects
Certification – Certified Cost Engineer (CCE) (2013), Department of Defense (DoD), Tri-Service Cost Engineering Certification Board Certification - Certified Professional Estimator (CPE) (2001) in the discipline of General Estimating Knowledge for General Construction. Certification through ASPE - American Society of Professional Estimators Certification - Certified Cost Consultant (CCC) (2002) Similar to Certified Cost Engineer (CCE) Certification through AACE - the Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering including Cost Management, Cost Engineering, Estimating, Planning and Scheduling, Value Engineering, and Project Management. This certification is similar to the Certified Cost Engineer designation issued by the Corps of Engineers
Certification – Associate Value Specialist (AVS) (2012), Society of Value Engineering (SAVE International) – Certification for Value Engineering and Functional Analysis, Prerequisite for obtaining the Certified Value Specialist (CVS) designation
Certification – Value Methodology Associate (VMA) (2016), Replaced the AVS Certification noted above
Certification – Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
License - Certified General Contractor (CGC) License (1999), State of Florida - Certified General Contractor. This is the highest level in the State allowing construction on any and all projects of any type and size. Certificate - USACE (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers) - Certificate for Construction Quality Management for Contractors (CQC) (2009)
Certification - Certified Construction Contract Administrator (CCCA) (2001), The Construction Specifications Institute (CSI)
Certification - Certified Documents Technologist (CDT) (2000), The Construction Specifications Institute (CSI)
Building Inspector, Southern Building Code Congress International, Inc. (SBCCI) (2001)
Certification - Capital Planning Coordinator (2008), Alabama Department of Education, School Facilities Section
Certificate – MII Basic Training Course Completion (2011), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Prospect Course
Certificate – Value Engineering, Module II Training Course completion (2016), SAVE International
Certificate – Value Engineering, Module I Training Course completion (2012), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Prospect Course, Control
Certificate – PCC1 Civil Works Orientation Training Course Completion (2013), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Prospect Course
Certificate – Civil Works Cost Engineering (2014), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Prospect Course
Certificate – Fiscal Law for USACE (2014), Management Concepts
Certificate – Architect-Engineer Contracting (2014), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Prospect Course
Certificate – Health Care Construction (2017), American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE)
Certificate - Construction Claims in Florida (2009)
Certificate - The Alternative Contracting Workshop (1999), Florida Department of Transportation Certificate - Construction Liens in Florida (1999), Construction Industry Licensing Board, Division of Professions, Department of Business and Professional Regulation. Certificate - Underwriters Laboratories (UL) fire resistance directory and structural fireproofing (1999)
Certificate - HAZWOPER (Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response), 40-hour certification to meet the requirements of EPA90 (environmental legislation that was enacted as a result of the Exxon Valdez oil spill)

Graduate – USACE District (Mobile) Leadership Development Program (LDP) (2017)
Graduate - Leadership Baldwin County (2008)

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