AACE Seattle Section Free Webinar – August 24, 2023 12:00 PM PST

Date:  August 24, 2023

Time:  12:00 noon PST

Presented By:  Mr. John G McConville, CCP

GoToLink:  https://meet.goto.com/800903821

Mr. John G McConville CCP, will discuss the challenges affecting construction productivity such as 

•    Union V’s Open Shop
•     Weather conditions
•    Local worker skills 
•    Training 
•    Supervision
•    Supply chain issues / COVID 
•    Skilled worker shortages 
•    Crew size 
•    Offsite fabrication 
•    In-direct logistics / support 
•    Construction equipment utilization.

Determining construction labor productivity variations between regions and countries is a difficult undertaking and is highly subjective and constantly changing. John will discuss factors that impact construction productivity.

How to Improve Your Odds of Capital Project and Program Success

Presented by: Rob McCarthy, Vice President Parsons https://www.parsons.com/x/

and Gina Neilson, PE, PMP, Principal Technical Consultant

Remote Meeting

Rob McCarthy leads the Parsons X PMIS team, dedicated to bringing digital transformation solutions to capital infrastructure owners that unlock greater capacity, capability, and value. He has helped capital owners plan, evaluate, select, and implement digital technologies for the last 20+ years. Rob earned his Engineering Management and Mechanical Engineering degrees at West Point, served as a Captain in the United States Army Corps of Engineers, and learned information technology from Ross Perot’s accelerated development program at Perot Systems prior to joining Parsons.

Gina Neilson has extensive experience planning and financing large capital infrastructure programs and projects, establishing program and project management best practices, and managing all aspects of project delivery in the public sector, from permitting to commissioning. Gina earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Nevada Las Vegas and is a licensed Professional Engineer and certified Project Management Professional.


Owners, both private and public, are investing in a digital transformation initiative that streamlines and enhances their program and project delivery by supporting more consistent and efficient operations, with a special focus on cost and schedule management. In this session, attendees will learn how implementing an Enterprise Program Management Information System (PMIS) can digitize and automate over 50 business processes, consolidate and retire legacy systems, integrate with enterprise accounting and contract management systems, and produce strategic dashboards and analytics that measure the health of projects and programs.

A digital transformation expert will help attendees see the power of actionable project and program health dashboards, understand how to improve their odds of successfully implementing their own Enterprise PMIS, and help guide them through their own digital transformation journey.

How to Improve Your Odds of Capital Project and Program Success
Jun 8, 2023, 12:00 – 1:00 PM (America/Los_Angeles)

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Topic:   RP 120R Demonstrating Entitlement for Contract Change Orders or Claims – As Applied in Engineering, Procurement, and Construction

Presented by: STEPHEN WARHOE, PH.D., P.E., CCP, CFCC

Dr. Warhoe’s background is rooted in over 35 years of practical experience planning, controlling, and managing major design and construction projects, several of which were valued at well over US$4 billion. With his experience in project management, construction management, project controls, risk management, and dispute resolution, he is a recognized expert in schedule construction management, delay analysis, productivity loss, project controls, and construction dispute avoidance and resolution. He has led and managed a regional construction management consulting business for the largest A/E/CM in the world. Dr. Warhoe is also a recognized construction expert on disputed projects, valued well over US$6 billion and individual disputes well over US$3 billion. He has a proven record as a testifying expert on delay, productivity loss, cost damages, project audit, and construction and project management. Dr. Warhoe also specializes in productivity loss analysis and quantification determination. He has modeled productivity loss through the use of system dynamics modeling, on which he wrote his Ph.D. dissertation. As recognition for his expertise and respect in the project controls field, he was elected president of AACE International from 2008 to 2009 and was made an Honorary Life member in 2019. He was the primary author on three of AACE’s Recommended Practices related to change management process, the elements necessary for practitioners to demonstrate entitlement to a change order request or claim, and demonstrating cumulative impact in construction. He has also contributed to several other Recommended Practices published by AACE International and is currently the Vice President of AACE’s Technical Board.

Topic: RP 120R Demonstrating Entitlement for Contract Change Orders or Claims – As Applied in Engineering, Procurement, and Construction

This recommended practice (RP) addresses the necessary elements to determine technical entitlement for a change order request (COR) or claim as applied in engineering, procurement, and construction. While any definitions provided by contract documents would supersede this RP, in the absence of clarity in the contract, this RP defines key elements of the change request process. These elements of a COR or claim apply to any typical design, procurement, and construction contracting strategy or delivery method.

The purpose of this RP is to provide guidelines concerning the critical elements to demonstrate technical entitlement in support of a change order request or claim on a capital construction project, that most practitioners would consider to be a good practice, that can be relied on, and that they would recommend be considered for use where applicable. Additionally, entitlement in the terms of the RP is how a contractor administers the EPC contract (including the relevant purchase orders and subcontracts) entered into using the guidance of their legal advisor. This RP is focused on the technical administration of the contractual terms and conditions. Therefore, all usage of the term entitlement, throughout this RP, refers to technical entitlement and not to legal entitlement.

This recommended practice is relevant to stakeholders on a capital construction project; this includes owner, contractor, subcontractor, construction manager, or other stakeholders. Although this recommended practice is written in the context of a contract between an owner and contractor, it is equally applicable to any parties contracted to perform a project including owners and architect-engineers (A/E), as well as general contractors and their subcontractors. This RP can also be used as an internal change management guideline within an organization’s management procedures. In the context of this recommended practice, the contractor is assumed to be the claimant. Of course, this is not always the case. The owner/employer, A/E, and a subcontractor can also be claimants as well.

It is important for all parties to a contract to understand the contract provisions, as well as laws, regulations, and standards that govern the contract. It is also highly recommended that an attorney be consulted to review the change management process of a contract and the terms defining the responsibilities of the claimant to demonstrate entitlement to requested change orders or claims.

Renaissance Seattle Hotel

May 11, 2023, 5:30 – 8:00 PM (America/Los_Angeles)



Estimating & Managing Design Fees – Large Infrastructure Projects

Presented by: Cindy Hands P.Eng, MCL, CCP

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Cindy Hands is a Senior Project Controls Manager with over 30 years of experience in infrastructure, oil and gas, and energy projects. She has worked on various mega projects, both onshore and offshore and has worked with world-class international contractors and clients. Cindy is a Civil Engineer with a masters degree in Leadership, and she is a Certified Cost Professional.


Cindy will present on Estimating and Managing Design Fees covering the following:

  • Project Highlights/References
  • Estimating Design Fees
    • WBS
    • Labour Rates
    • Expenses
    • Other Costs
    • Escalation
    • Who Participates
    • Benchmark Data
    • Reviews
  • Presenting ‘Design Costs’ Estimates
  • Explaining Estimate Variances/Evolution
  • Managing Design Costs

Apr 13, 2023, 12:00 – 1:00 PM (America/Los_Angeles)

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AACE Joint North Florida / Seattle Sections:

We are excited to have the opportunity to join the North Florida Section next Thursday

Date: Thursday, February 16th, 2023;  4:00 PM PST / 7:00 PM / EST

RSVP:  email:   nflaace@earthlink.net ; nflaace@gmail.com you will receive a link at that time.  This webinar is open to anyone and is free to attend.

Title:  Safety on Florida Roads: The Target Zero Initiative

Speaker: Loreen Bobo, PE

Safety on our roadways has always been a priority for the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). In the last few years FDOT has had a re-focus on safety because deaths are currently on the rise due to a combination of many factors. FDOT’s goal is zero, zero fatalities and serious injuries. Find out how FDOT is going to get to zero, and how you can help us get there.

Speaker Bio:
Loreen Bobo, P.E. started her career with FDOT in 1999 as a Professional Engineer Trainee, eventually focusing on construction and maintenance as a Project Engineer and Project Manager. In 2012 Loreen joined the team to lead the $2.3 Billion I-4 Ultimate P3 Project as the Program Manager. In 2018, Loreen began serving as the District Five Director of Transportation Development, overseeing development in nine Florida counties. In June 2021, Loreen began her role as Safety Administrator for the new District 5 Office of Safety, ensuring the District’s focus on safety to support Target Zero. Loreen has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Florida, and a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Central Florida. When not focusing on Safety, Loreen can be found spending time with her family – likely on a baseball field or as a den leader for Cub Scouts, as her two boys keep her and her husband busy and active!

Title: Sound Transit’s New Developed Programmatic Risk Assessment Process

Speakers: Kamran Hazini PhD, PE & Craig DeLalla

TOPIC: Sound Transits New Developed Programmatic Risk Assessment Process

Quantitative risk assessment (QRA) is a numerical method to analyze risks and uncertainties and measure confidence in completing any given project within its approved schedule and budget. Project risks are a critical input to this analysis in which their probability and impacts are discussed during the workshops and included in the risk models. Although independent, concurrent projects may introduce risks especially for owner organizations, such as Sound Transit, executing several mega-projects. Excluding these program risks could potentially result in an inaccurate project level risk profile. Examples of such risks include shortage of shared critical resources for testing/startup, supply chain issues, operations staff hiring rates, multiple complex rail activation activities and lack of contractor/subcontractor/consultant capacity.

This presentation provides an overview of a new programmatic quantitative risk assessment initiative developed and executed in Sound Transit. This new approach adds an analysis of program risks to quantify the cascading impacts of concurrent delivery of EastLink, Downtown Redmond Link, Lynnwood Link, and Federal Way Link Extension projects.

Location: Renaissance Seattle Hotel

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PLEASE NOTE: 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 normally meets the 2nd Thursday of each month from September through June. Each meeting with a technical presentation qualifies for .25 Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

This presentation provides an overview of a new programmatic quantitative risk assessment initiative developed and executed in Sound Transit. This new approach adds an analysis of program risks to quantify the cascading impacts of concurrent delivery of EastLink, Downtown Redmond Link, Lynnwood Link, and Federal Way Link Extension projects.

Effective Stakeholder Engagement – From Informing Funding Packages to Delivering Excellence

In-Person Meeting

Presented By: Joanna Valencia, Revenue and Capital Development Manager, Seattle Department Of Transportation


Joanna and her team are launching a multi-year planning effort for an equitable and resilient transportation system in the City of Seattle that considers all travel needs. Currently, the team is engaging with community to ensure plan reflects values, need and priorities. The goal is to identify an implementation strategy and inform the next transportation funding package.

Effective stakeholder engagement leads to success of the development and implementation effort. Joanna will describe how to identify which stakeholders should be included during the projects planning phase, how best to reach them and what tactics are used to engage with them to encourage participation. She will share features of online stakeholder engagement platforms to introduce stakeholders to the project, community chat to ask everyone to collaborate together and interactive mapping to enable them to pin feedbacks/ideas, etc.

Goal: Build a building a safe, efficient, and affordable transportation system that works better for everyone!

Location: Renaissance Seattle Hotel

AACE Seattle Dec 08, 2022, 5:00PM – 8:00 PM

11/10/2022 Meeting

Presented By: Seth A. Danquah, CCP, PMP, President and Owner of Danquah Group LLC

Seth Danquah has over 20 years’ experience in the construction industry. During the course of his career, Mr. Danquah has worked on numerous projects in healthcare, education, aviation, laboratories, courthouses, commercial offices, and other public buildings. He is skilled in developing estimates from project conception to completion and has worked on projects ranging from $10 million to over $ billions in capital improvement programs. His areas of expertise include project cost management, risk management, project controls and economic evaluation of capital programs. He is a Certified Cost Professional (CCP) from the Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering International (AACE International) and a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) from the Project Management Institute (PMI) Some of the projects that Mr. Danquah has worked on include the Sacramento International Airport, and the California High Speed Rail. He has provided estimate reviews on numerous FTA funded transit programs.


Public agencies, program managers, and those engaged in developing and managing such capital projects are aware of the challenges in delivering large capital programs. Cost overruns, delays, have been a major concern for owners, management teams, contractors, and stakeholders.

Thus, when a project is delivered within budget and time, it is important we understand the factors that contributed to its success. The Sacramento International Airport Capital Improvement Program under Big Build was delivered $65 million under budget and 4 months ahead of Schedule.

What accounted for the success of the Big-Build?

Seth Danquah, a lead estimator on the project will share with you about the role of communication and partnering and other factors that accounted for the success of the Sacramento international Airport.

AACE Seattle Nov 09 2022 – Case Study Sacramento Airport Recorded Event