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AACE Seattle Section April 11th, 2019 Meeting
Executive Inn by the Space Needle
200 Taylor Avenue N.
Seattle, WA

PRESENTATION: Project Management and Controls in Defense of Claims
John L. Elmer – President John L. Elmer and Associates, Seattle – will share some of his experience in claims management with how good project management and project controls provide a foundation for claims avoidance, and how a failure to communicate will lead to problems for both the owner and contractor.
Mr. Elmer has a Masters Degree in Business Administration, majoring in Finance and Management, and has been engaged as a construction claims analyst since 1985. In this capacity, he has prepared and defended against numerous claims on a variety of construction projects and has testified as an expert witness in numerous arbitrations and trials including both State and Federal Courts. Previously, Mr. Elmer successfully performed for 12 years in Project Management and Contract Administration positions on multiple Power Plant Projects.
Mr. Elmer’s career emphasis has been development of schedules and project cost controls, claims analysis and negotiations, expert witness and testimonials, contract administration, and project/construction management.
Mr. Elmer’s past power project experience includes: Fast Flux Test Facility – Nuclear Breeder Reactor Project, Skagit Nuclear Project, Boardman Fossil Project, Satsop Nuclear Project, Wyodak Fossil Fuel Scrubber Retrofit. Mr. Elmer’s claims experience includes direct involvement in preparation and/or defense of over 150 separate claims, some of which required formal litigation resolution.
Topics covered will include:
  o Notice
  o Contract clauses
  o Project Controls and Performance Measurement
  o Documentation and Communication
  o Contract Administration Dos and Don’ts