TITLE: Timing Your Time Extensions and General Conditions Costs

SPEAKER: Brian J. Furniss, PE, PSP, CCP, CFCC – Principal at Point Construction Advisory Group

Brian J. Furniss has served the construction industry for over 20 years, analyzing complex construction projects and providing expert testimony on scheduling, delays, productivity losses, and damages. Mr. Furniss applies his expertise both during and after the construction process, focusing primarily on CPM scheduling, delay and productivity analyses, change and risk management, cost analysis, dispute resolution, and claim analysis. Mr. Furniss is a licensed Professional Engineer (Industrial) in Florida, Texas, California, and Colorado, and is a Planning and Scheduling Professional (PSP), a Certified Cost Professional (CCP), and a Certified Forensic Claims Consultant (CFCC) with AACE International. He is a principal co-author of the book, Construction Delays: Understanding Them Clearly, Analyzing Them Correctly, and has authored articles for construction industry publications. Mr. Furniss is an award-winning speaker, provides training and presentations to construction industry organizations, and is a Fellow with the Project Management College of Scheduling (PMCOS). Mr. Furniss has experience on airport, bridge, commercial, entertainment, gas, oil, and plastics refinery, government, healthcare, high rise, highway, hospital, laboratory, pipeline, prison, residential, sports arena, theme park, tunnel, transit, water, and wastewater projects in the United States, U.S. Territories, Canada, United Kingdom, Middle East, Australia, and Antarctica.


Resolving time extensions and extended general conditions are challenging issues for contractors, subcontractors, and owners. Submission timing is often key to resolving a time extension favorably, and if there is no resolution, that timing may be important to preserving one’s ability to successfully resolve a claim. Further complicating resolution are the different methods available for quantifying extended general conditions costs and how general conditions may vary over time. Using the costs incurred during the delay period may yield very different results than using the costs at the end, or tail, of the project. This paper will provide a brief introduction on how the timing of time extensions is crucial for successful resolution of change orders and claims, and will also provide recommendations for how to accurately price extended general conditions costs in various project scenarios.

LOCATION: (Virtual via Go To Meeting)


June 09th, 2022 @ 12:00 PM (PST)

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Case Study: Timing Your Time Extensions and General Conditions Costs
Thu, June 09, 2022 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM (PDT)

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Cost Estimator – Aviation Project Controls

Location: Seattle Tacoma International Airport

Organization: Project Controls

Employee Status: Regular

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Expires: Jun 7, 2022, 1:59:00 AM

Minimum Salary: 100,589.00

Midpoint Salary: 125,715.00 

Some of what you’ll be doing:

 In this role, you will prepare and develop cost estimates ranging in accuracy from Rough Order of Magnitude (ROM) to detailed construction estimates, working with a variety of internal departments.

  • You will prepare ROM or conceptual estimates utilizing parametric estimating methods or developing cost models as a basis.
  • You will evaluate drawings, specifications, site surveys, existing estimates, site conditions and other available materials and determine the project cost estimate.
  • You will price labor using productivity and labor rates, adjusting rates to reflect complexity or conditions of a project.  You will review and estimate general conditions and supplementary conditions.
  • You will be familiar with alternative delivery methods, such as design-build, General Contractor/Construction Manager (GCCM), and job order contracts (JOC).
  • You will estimate material and equipment costs to a level of detail matching the design documents and prepare change order estimates that may include reviewing construction documents for scope and merit.
  • You will identify risks and evaluate the design to determine the appropriate amount of contingencies.
  • You will determine all other costs, beyond probable construction cost, i.e. owner furnished material, maintenance, etc., to develop an overall project budget.
  • You will assist project managers in quantifying project scope by identifying data gaps, as well as identifying and reviewing soft costs.
  • You will review design and construct drawings and specifications for constructability or detail inconsistencies to reduce potential future change orders.
Who you are:

 Two years of experience may be substituted for one year of education:

  • Experienced – You have ten (10) years of estimating projects while working for a contractor, government agency, or design firm.  Experience in architectural, structural, and civil, and/or mechanical and electrical estimating.
  • Educated – You possess a Bachelor’s degree in Construction Management, Architecture, Engineering, or related field.
  • Desired – We hope you have eleven (11) or more years estimating for a general contractor performing preconstruction services and bidding projects or working on aviation projects. Additionally, we hope you possess a Master’s degree in Construction Management, Architecture, Engineering, or related field.
  • Committed to Equity – You will apply equity and exemplify shared values, behaviors, and practices in all aspects of the work.  At the Port of Seattle, equity is a daily responsibility and a foundational expectation for all Port employees.
  • Knowledgeable – You have in-depth knowledge of construction means, materials, and methods with a strong fundamental understanding of sound engineering principles, and are well-versed with estimating concepts and procedures, organizing preliminary construction information, project specifications, performance specifying and cost estimation using Uniformat and Masterformat.
  • Strong Communicator – You have strong communication skills and can articulate complex technical processes, scope, and costs into coherent concise reports and presentations.
  • Collaborator – You can coordinate with internal departments on solicitation and quotations for labor, materials, and equipment needed to meet project specifications and budget requirements. In addition, you are comfortable interfacing with project stakeholders to provide data regarding project feasibility.
  • Experienced – You are proficient in reading and interpreting construction  drawings to accurately calculate quantities to determine project costs and provide conceptual and detailed estimates. In addition, you can organize estimates in alternate formats for planning or decision making.
What else you need to know: 

  • Work Schedule – Your normal work schedule will be Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (40 hours per week). Slightly more flexible start and end times are available in this role.
  • Work Environment – You will work remotely, with the option to work in an office environment if desired.
  • Washington State Residency Requirement – Employees must establish a residence in Washington state within 30 days of their first day of employment and must maintain a residence in Washington State during their employment with the Port of Seattle. If a position is eligible to telework, work performed while teleworking must be performed in Washington State.
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement – Effective, November 15, 2021, the Port of Seattle will require that at the time of hire, and as a condition of employment, the successful candidate will be able to provide proof of their full COVID-19 vaccination status, as part of the hiring process. This is a condition of employment for all positions at the Port of Seattle. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine.  Prior to employment, candidates may make requests for a reasonable accommodation based on a medical disability or for sincerely held religious beliefs. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation.
  • Security Requirements – As the successful candidate, you must pass a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) background check as well as a criminal history background check with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Your employment will be contingent upon obtaining a Port of Seattle ID badge upon clearance.
Why you’ll love it here: 

  • Healthcare – Medical, Dental and Vision Care with options that work for you and your family.
  • Paid Vacation – Just about four weeks per year that increases with tenure to rest and rejuvenate.
  • Holidays – More than ten days per year to celebrate with family and friends away from work.
  • Pension/Retirement Plans – A pension and additional savings plans to prepare for your future after the Port.
  • Getting to Work – From subsidized parking and a low-cost public transit card to alternative work arrangements giving you an opportunity to work from home.
  • Parental Leave – Six weeks of paid leave to spend with new additions to your immediate family.
  • Development – From tuition reimbursement, training, stretch assignments and internal internships, we support a learning culture.
  • Diversity – We foster opportunities for employees to contribute to our communities and business success in a way that celebrates a fully inclusive and engaged work environment.
  • Work-Life Balance – We provide the resources to help you create habits to be healthy and balanced.
  • Mission Driven – We are focused together in promoting economic opportunities and quality of life in the region by advancing trade, travel, commerce and job creation in an equitable, accountable and environmentally responsible manner.
Why the Port of Seattle: Every role at the Port of Seattle is vital to our thriving community. We are a leader in moving people and cargo across the country and around the world. With facilities and property ranging in scope from a half-acre park to one of the largest airports and container terminals on the West Coast, we maximize the public assets in our portfolio with an eye toward best uses and environmental sustainability. Find out more here.


Sound Transit – Project Control Manager

Sound Transit is transforming the region, with system expansion projects taking place through 2040, we will more than quadruple the current service area. The Project Control Manager will be responsible for the Central Corridor projects. The ideal candidate will have proven experience developing and implementing program management systems and processes as well as reporting for multi-billion dollar complex capital projects; strong leadership skills with proven ability to provide independent evaluation of project performance that enables prompt and proactive management decision making; advance level experience in all facets of project control functions (cost, scheduling, estimating, risk management, and change management, etc.). CCP certification from AACE International is preferred.

Under general direction of the Director, Project Control Delivery and Reporting, manages, supervises and coordinates the activities of professional project control staff in performing a full range of program management and control functions for a major corridor with projects of various scope, size, complexity; manages the development and implementation of integrated program management and control (cost and scheduling) tools, techniques, and methods for establishing, measuring, monitoring, controlling, and reporting progress and performance of capital projects; serves as technical advisor to assigned executive project director related to project controls systems and procedures to achieve on-time and on-budget goals.


TITLE: Panel Discussion: Sound Transit Northgate Link Extension Project


· Colby Hess: North Corridor Project Controls Manager – Sound Transit

· Linda Morud: Northgate Link Extension Project Construction Manager – Sound Transit

· Mark Shelton: Northgate Link Extension Project Senior Scheduling Engineer – Sound Transit

FACILITATOR: Andrea Forderer: Director of Project Control Delivery and Reporting – Sound Transit


· Colby Hess is Sound Transit’s North Corridor Project Control Manager overseeing scope, schedule, and cost control on the Northgate Link, Lynnwood Link, and Everett Link Light Rail Extensions. He also served as Project Control Lead on several of the major Northgate Link construction contracts. He received a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Montana State University.

· Linda Morud is the Construction Manager for the L300 Lynnwood Link Extension project from Mountlake Terrance to Lynnwood, and was previously the CM for the Northgate Station, Guideway and Garage project. She also served as the Project Control Supervisor for the Northgate Link Extension for 5 years before transitioning to the construction management team.

· Mark Shelton is a Senior Scheduling Engineer for Sound Transit. Mark is assigned to the Agency’s north corridor Link Light Rail projects, primarily the Northgate, Lynnwood, and Everett Link extensions. Prior to joining Sound Transit, Mr. Shelton worked in scheduling and project controls for construction management and engineering firms in both Los Angeles and the Seattle area. Mark is an AACE certified Planning and Schedule Professional, and received his Bachelor of Science degree from Colorado State University.


The Northgate Link Extension opened in October 2021, adding 4.3 miles and three stations to Sound Transit’s Link Light Rail network. This panel discussion includes three Sound Transit staff who assisted in the on-time, under budget project delivery. A brief presentation about the project will be followed by a Q&A session.

LOCATION: Renaissance Seattle Hotel – Fig and The Judge Restaurant – 515 Madison Street, Seattle, Washington 98104


May 12th, 2022

5:00PM – Social Hour

6:00PM – Dinner

6:45PM – Program Starts

8:00PM – Program Ends

TITLE: Case Study:  Challenges of Managing the State Water Project

SPEAKER: Hong Lin PhD, PE – Chief Financial Manager of the California State Water Project

Hong Lin is the Chief Financial Manager of the California State Water Project (SWP).  In this role Hong Lin oversees the development and implementation of policies for comprehensive asset management and capital investment programs for the rehabilitation and refurbishment of SWP facilities in collaboration with SWP senior managers and senior managers of the State Water Contractors.   Ms. Lin is a registered professional engineer in California and received her Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering from Louisiana State University.


Challenges of comprehensive asset management and capital investment programs for the State Water Project (SWP) facilities.  The SWP is a multi-purpose water storage and delivery system that extends more than 705 miles — two-thirds the length of California. A collection of canals, pipelines, reservoirs, and hydroelectric power facilities delivers clean water to 27 million Californians, 750,000 acres of farmland, and businesses throughout the state.

LOCATION: (Virtual via Go To Meeting)


April 14th, 2022 @ 12:00 PM (PST)

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Historical Costs – Unlocking Your Hidden Treasure

SPEAKER: Rodney Percival PE – Chief Cost Engineer, Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA)

Mr. Rodney Percival is a PE and has been the Chief Cost Engineer for Los Angeles World Airports for the past 12 years. He has spent decades working with estimating and cost control and is the founder of Capital Program Solutions (Caproso).


How to establish a simple historical cost database that is specific to your industry and organization. A case study from a major organization that successfully utilized this technique will be presented to demonstrate the many advantages of collecting, compiling and using relevant historical cost information for your organization.

LOCATION: (Virtual via Go To Meeting)

March 10th, 2022 @ 12:00 PM (PST)

TITLE: 21st Century Enablers for Improving Cost Prediction Accuracy

SPEAKER: James Arrow – Project Risk Management Principal – BHP

With more than 20 years’ professional experience, James has played a key role in successfully delivering critical capital assets, in a variety of locations, around the world. Having had the opportunity to work with diverse teams across the globe, James is well-versed on project best practices and applies exceptional communication skills to lead multi-disciplinary teams. An effective hands-on team-player, James is also an acclaimed writer and speaker on topics concerning project risk management, data analytics, data science, including digital disruption in the engineering and construction sector. In recent years, on several occasions, James has been formally recognized by his peers for his contributions to the profession.


This decade, the fourth industrial revolution and, for engineering and construction in particular, a 5G enabled industrial internet of things (IIoT), in conjunction with advanced analytics, artificial intelligence or AI, promises rapid near-term gains in the field of PRM (Project Risk Management). However, AI is not a silver bullet. Its potential if often over-hyped or misunderstood. If our goal is improving cost prediction accuracy, and if we prefer a path of rapid progress, over one that is long or winding, we should pause to better understand the technology available to us today. From which position are we planning to advance? What incremental improvement might we realistically accomplish in the near-term? Not all organizations are positioning themselves to head down the right path. In this presentation, suited for all project professionals, we shall take a moment to consider the enablers organizations may employ to embrace a future of AI-enabled capital project decision-making. Ultimately, we shall highlight the proven tools and techniques that can deliver data-driven, fact based decision-making.

LOCATION: (Virtual via Go To Meeting)


Feb. 10th, 2022 @ 12:00 PM (PST)

Title: Muskrat Falls Hydro Power Mega Project: Lessons Learned

The Muskrat Falls project in Newfoundland, Canada is a highly complex mega project consisting of a dam and an 824 MW hydroelectric plant and associated transmission lines.   Project participants had to deal with unique challenges in project planning and execution such as geography, climate, investment, the demand for fast completion, and other factors, both internal and external to the project.

Unfortunately, this mega project experienced huge cost overruns and delay that are typical of most major capital investments.   A Commission of Inquiry was established to investigate the project performance throughout the life cycle of this project with focus on the root causes for the huge cost overrun and delay that was experienced. The Commission of Inquiry issued a thorough report entitled “Muskrat Falls: A Misguided Project”.

Dr Jergeas who was retained by the Commission of Inquiry to review evidence and provide opinion will discuss causes and lessons learnt in some of the following areas.

  • Underestimation of project costs, contingencies, and management reserve
  • Team lacked relevant experience
  • Lack of governance and oversight
  • Non-disclosure of information and lack of flow of information
  • Early warning signs were ignored
  • Unsuitable contractual strategies
  • Faulty contractor selection and management
  • Winter conditions
  • Low construction productivity
  • Geotechnical and disputes
  • Major issues with stakeholder/environmental management
  • Consultation with aboriginal people
  • Lack of teamwork, and lack of empowerment

This presentation is relevant to anyone who is involved in the delivery of major capital projects in North America especially owners in government organizations such municipal, federal, and state agencies.

Learning objective:

  • Not to repeat history – we can do better.

Bio: Dr. George Jergeas P. Eng. PhD

Professor Emeritus, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Chair, iProjects Inc., Calgary, Alberta, Canada

George is a Civil Engineer with an MSc and PhD in Construction Management from Loughborough University, UK with over 45 years of industry and academic experience.  He served as a Professor at the University of Calgary from 1994 to 2021.

George has delivered project management training and consulting services to professional associations and companies across North America, Asia, and Europe.

Throughout his career, George’s focus is on project governance, project execution planning, value improving practices, project assurance and readiness, risk analysis and management, contract administration, construction productivity, teambuilding and collaborative relationships, claims & disputes resolution.

George’s team building methodology has been successfully implemented on over 180 projects across North America. As an expert witness, George testified before the Commission of Inquiry regarding Muskrat Falls Project.

George is also the coauthor of 4 books and over 100 articles, journals, and publications.

His books are:

Risk Navigation Strategies for Major Capital Projects: Beyond the Myth of Predictability,
Springer, 2011

Benevolent Dictatorship for Major Capital Projects,
LearnAcademy, 2017, Amazon.ca

Project Risk and Opportunity Management, The Owner’s Perspective, Routledge,
Taylor & Francis Group, 2019

Evolving Toolbox for Complex Project Management,
Taylor & Francis Group, November 2019 – The Legal Issues chapter.

LOCATION: (Virtual via Go To Meeting)


Jan. 13th, 2022 @ 12:00 PM (PST)



Capital Project Risk Assessment and Risk Management: Best Practices, Outcomes, and Lessons Learned

SPEAKER: Alan Keizur, PE

SPEAKER’s BIO: Alan Keizur is a Principal with Golder Associates (member of WSP) based in Redmond, Washington. Alan is a civil engineer with over 25 years of experience specializing in quantitative risk assessment, risk management, decision analysis, and performance evaluation for infrastructure projects and engineered systems. Alan and his colleagues at Golder have supported the development and implementation of Washington State Department of Transportation’s (WSDOT’s) Cost Estimate Validation Process (CEVP®) for nearly 20 years, and has also provided support and training to numerous other local, state, and federal agencies, and private clients. He has successfully completed evaluations of over 200 infrastructure projects, collectively valued at over $150 billion, in various stages of development including planning, design, construction, operations, and closure. Alan has extensive experience in workshop facilitation and subject matter expert elicitation. Alan has worked across a variety of industries and applications, including transportation, buildings and facilities, mining, utilities, nuclear, and general infrastructure.

SYNOPSIS: Risk-based cost and schedule estimating approaches have been adopted by many public agencies in recent years to help address the problem of cost and schedule overrun in transportation and other infrastructure projects. However, limited research into the effectiveness of these approaches has been conducted. This talk will provide an overview of current approaches to conducting quantitative risk assessment and risk management for capital projects, highlighting the Washington State Department of Transportation’s (WSDOT’s) Cost Estimate Validation Process (CEVP®) process, along with alternative approaches employed by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). In addition, an analysis of results will be presented including: 1) the progression of risk-based estimates for 41 representative infrastructure projects across North America that each underwent multiple risk evaluations, and 2) an evaluation of the performance of 28 highway projects completed by WSDOT between 2016 and 2019, including a comparison of those projects that underwent a formal risk assessment with those projects that did not. Alan will also share his perspective on best practices and lessons learned.

LOCATION: Renaissance Seattle Hotel – Fig and The Judge Restaurant – 515 Madison Street, Seattle, Washington 98104

Dec 09th, 2021

Conceptual Estimating Methodologies


Larry is the Managing Partner of Conquest Consulting Group (CCG). Larry has been actively involved in many of CCG’s consulting areas, including providing cold eyes estimate reviews, estimate preparation, cost engineering organizational development, project controls, risk management, training, and claims/dispute resolution support.

Larry has over forty years of project estimating, management, consulting, and training experience in a variety of industries. He is a Certified Cost Professional, Certified Estimating Professional, and Decision and Risk Management Professional. Larry is also an Award of Merit recipient, Honorary Lifetime Member, and Fellow of AACE International. Larry is a past Vice-President of the Technical Board for AACE International and a frequent presenter, author and trainer on estimating and cost engineering topics.


A common issue often faced by estimators is how to prepare an estimate when there is little information or scope definition on which to base the estimate. This paper provides an overview of conceptual estimating methodologies, with particular application to preparing capital facility estimates for the process industries. However, the techniques can be used to support estimating for other sectors as well.

There are many order-of-magnitude or conceptual estimating methods, and each can be useful in a specific situation. Often, a single estimate may rely on using a combination of estimating techniques for different portions of the project. The conceptual estimating methods discussed in this presentation include:

Analogy Estimating
Capacity Factored Estimating
End-Product Units Estimating
Physical-Dimensions Estimating
LOCATION: (Virtual via Go To Meeting)

Nov 18th, 2021 @ 12:00 PM (PDT)
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