January 2018
PRESENTATION: Construction Claims & Forensic Analyses – What You Should Know
Construction projects, especially the larger projects, can be and often are complex endeavors to manage to towards a successful completion due to many factors. Project owners, designers, contractors and other stakeholders often have competing priorities. Typically, contracts allow the party that is seeking compensation or schedule relief for the a scope change, usually the contractor, to submit a claim to the other party when regular change order negotiations don’t appear to be leading to an amicable a mutually agreeable conclusion, and the subject of the claim is in dispute between the parties. A claim is a formal demand seeking compensation and/or schedule relief as a result of an action or inaction that the other contracting party took or failed to take. Even if a claim is a disputed change does not seem to be inevitable, knowing how to prepare for a claim and when the time comes will save a significant amount of time when the amount of available time is nearly seemingly non-existent. This presentation will be a high-level discussion describing the following aspects of disputed changes on construction projects, along with what forensic claims analysts know and what they look for:
– The Definition and Common Causes of Claims in construction;
– Key aspects to preparing a Claim, including the Three Key Proofs that must be part of claim;
– Know what to do to Prepare for the possibility of a disputed change and the need to submit a Claim;
– Overview of a few Common types of Claims:
– Directed Changes
– Constructive Changes
– Differing Site Conditions
– Suspension of Work
– Productivity Loss
– Delay
PRESENTER:  Stephen P. Warhoe, PhD, PE, CCE, CFCC, CCM
Dr. Warhoe has 30 years of international experience as a practitioner and expert witness in the claims and dispute resolution field. His PhD is in Program and Project management, which aligns perfectly with his role in the construction claims and dispute resolution field. Steve’s construction forensics expertise comes from working several years in the project management, project controls, risk management, and construction management fields; primarily in the areas of manufacturing, heavy civil, transportation, and major commercial. Steve is also an accomplished claims and disputes resolution consultant, specializing as a testifying expert witness on large and complex disputes involving delay and productivity loss, with project sizes in the billions of dollars and disputed amounts also in the billions of dollars. He has worked on several domestic and international mega programs including the construction of nuclear and coal-fired power plants, oil refineries, green field airports, public school construction programs, and major transportation programs. Projects of note include the Panama Canal Expansion, Kuala Lumpur International Airport, London-Heathrow Airport, the SR 520 Floating Bridge Replacement Project and the SR-99 Viaduct Replacement.
Steve has been a member of AACE for over 30 years, and was the Association’s president from
2009 to 2010. He is currently active on the Association’s Technical board.
AACE Seattle Section September 14th, 2017 Meeting
Best Western Plus Executive Inn
200 Taylor Avenue N. 
Seattle, WA
PRESENTATION: See the Finish Line – Linear Scheduling for Major Infrastructure Projects
Your project’s CPM schedule contains 2,638 activities and prints on 61 pages of Gantt charts. How are you going to review this schedule, and communicate it to your team in a format that they can use? In this session, you’ll learn how to create a linear schedule that illustrates your entire scope of work on a single page and illuminates critical relationships that would otherwise go unnoticed, all in a format that’s easily understood by laypersons. You’ll see how this method played a key role in delivering an award-winning $330M CSO tunnel project in Washington, DC, and how it’s currently being used on the Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement here in Seattle. Don’t let complexity stand in the way of achieving project objectives; after attending this session you’ll have a new tool in your toolbox to effectively communicate how your project will get done.
PRESENTER:  James Wonneberg, PE, CCM
James works with multi-disciplinary teams to deliver large-diameter tunnel projects, and frequently uses linear scheduling as his most-valuable project management tool. After three cross-country moves with his family to work on exciting projects, he’s hoping to stay put in the Pacific Northwest for the foreseeable future. By day he provides construction management support to WSDOT with McMillen Jacobs Associates, and on nights and weekends he runs a software startup called GraphicSchedule.com.
*** Please make every effort to sign-up for this meeting before 12:00 Noon on Monday, September 11th, so that proper number and choice of meals can be ordered. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated! Please also note that meal orders placed after noon on Monday of the week of the event cannot be guaranteed ***
Best Western Plus Executive Inn
200 Taylor Avenue N
Seattle, WA 98109
(This location is wheelchair accessible)
Please note that our meeting times have moved up by half hour as requested by several of our members.
5:00pm – Social Hour
6:00pm – Dinner
6:45pm – Program
The member price for this event is $32.00 if you register before 12:00 Noon on the Monday immediately preceding the meeting; late registration is $37.00. 
Non-members price is $39.00 before 12:00 Noon on the Monday immediately preceding the meeting, and $45.00 thereafter.
Please note that registration will be closed Monday, September 11th, at 11:59PM. 
A very limited of first come first served meals will be available at the door.
Chile-Lime Seared Chicken Breast, or Tender London Broil, or Vegetarian (requires one week advance notice)
If you have specific dietary restrictions please contact us at aaceseattle@gmail.com so that we can accommodate you. The AACE Seattle Section will be rotating menu selections this program year; we are interested in obtaining your feedback! 
The AACE Seattle Section must pay for all meals that are ordered. If you RSVP that you will attend, you are responsible for the bill of your meal. In addition, if you attend without an RSVP there is a possibility that your meal options will be limited from those listed above. If you would like to be added to the Seattle Section’s mailing list to receive future notices about our meetings and events, please contact one of the presiding Officers or Directors. 
Visit the AACE Seattle Section on our new website at www.aaceseattle.org.
Anybody interested in budget control, claims management, cost engineering, cost estimating, earned value management, planning and scheduling, project control, project management, value engineering, or risk management in any industry is cordially invited.
AACE Seattle Section meets the 2nd Thursday of each month from September through May (excluding December). Each meeting with a technical presentation qualifies for 0.25 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) towards your CCP/CEP/CFCC/DRMP/EVP/PSP recertification requirements.