Past Meetings

AACE Seattle Section February 13th, 2020 Dinner Meeting: Historically Underutilized Project Controls companies (SBE/DBE/WMBE, etc.)
Best Western Executive Inn
Seattle, WA

TOPIC: Historically Underutilized Project Controls companies (SBE/DBE/WMBE, etc.) This is our Story (Best Practices/Lessons Learned/Challenges/Approach)

SYNOPSIS: As we make our Project Controls Methodologies, Practices and Guidelines perfect, we should be aware that part of these success are influenced by another important key player in Project Controls, our small business (SBE/DBE/MBE/WMBE) firms. Experts in Project Controls Community does not always come straight from big companies. Before these individuals became successful, they spent years perfecting their trades, started as consultants before establishing their companies.


John Haynes, PSP FAACE

John is a long time member of AACE having joined as a member and member of the Board of Directors for the San Francisco Bay Area Section in 2002. John joined with cause and purpose to bring back the Western Winter Workshop (WWW) and reinvigorate the San Francisco Section to a strong and contributing influence for the Bay Area. John is celebrating 19 years as Director of the WWW. He was President of the San Francisco Bay Area Section in 2004. He served four years on the AACE Board of Directors as Director Region 6 2010-2011, 2013-2015, and VP-Regions North America (Acting) in 2016.

He is currently the West Coast PM/CM Manager for Triunity, Inc. with over 30 years in the project controls/project management. He has worked for Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), San Francisco International Airport, Amtraks Acela High Speed Rail, Caltrans/Metropolitan Transportation Commission/Bay Area Toll Authoritys San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, and the BART Earthquake Safety Aerial Structures Retrofit program to name a few. John served as a Project Controls Engineer for construction of Civil/Industrial, Water/Wastewater, Information Technology, Mining and metals and GSA contracts. He is certified Planning and Scheduling Professional (PSP) since 2002. John is a Fellow of AACE International. He attended Western Washington University School of Music and is a graduate of the Musicians Institute. John enjoys alpine skiing, golfing and cruising in the San Juan Islands.


Karla Butler serves as a Senior Document Control Manager at Systems Consulting, LLC (SCL). Ms. Butler has worked as a transportation professional in government and the private sector for more than a decade. As a Document Control Manager and Archivist, with a multi-modal transportation background, Karla holds a strong interest in the transit industry. She is a board member of the Red-Tailed Hawks, a program which empowers underrepresented youths to pursue a career in the aviation industry.

Karla brings an impressive career in electronic data and records management, project coordination, planning and budgeting to the infrastructure industry. She has served on capital programs at WSDOT, Sound Transit and King County which include the Washington State Tolling and Ferry Systems, Sound Transit Eastlink I90 Bellevue and the West Seattle to Ballard LRT legacy systems. Originally from London, England, Ms. Butler graduated from the Institut Catholique de Paris in France with a diploma in French Literature and Film, and holds a B.A in English Language and Literature from South Bank University, London, England.

About Systems Consulting, LLC (SCL)

SCL is a Washington State MWBE, DBE and SCS professional service company founded in 1999. SCL employs approximately 20 employees across 4 offices solely focused on local, state and government contracts. Over the past two decades, the company has built a transportation and infrastructure portfolio that encompasses capital programs in Washington, Colorado, and California valued at over $20 billion in total project value to include Public Private Partnerships, interstate, and highways in multiple jurisdictions.

AACE Seattle Section June 13th, 2019 Meeting

Executive Inn by the Space Needle

200 Taylor Avenue N.

Seattle, WA

PRESENTATION: Post Tensioning a Floating Bridge

PRESENTERS: Sepehr Sobhani and Brian Holloway

Sepehr Sobhani is a Principal Construction Manager working for Sound Transit on the Seattle to South Bellevue portion of the East Link Light Rail Extension. Previously he worked at WSDOT in both design and construction management working on notable projects such as the Alaskan Way Viaduct and the I-5 / SR18 Triangle project. He is a professional engineer, three time recipient of the Partnership for Excellence award from the Association of General Contractors, and was part of the project team that won the Award of Excellence from the Post Tensioning Institute. With almost 15 years of experience in the Puget Sound region, Sepehr has a track record of leading talented teams to successful completion of complex engineering projects.

Brian Holloway is currently the Corridor Design Manager for East Link, I-90 and Redmond Extension at Sound Transit. He directs and coordinate all technical aspects of these Light Rail projects leading the consultant design teams through these complex light rail projects. Mr. Holloway is both a licensed Structural (SE) and Civil Engineer (PE) in the state of Washington. In addition, Mr. Holloway holds a Washington license as a bridge inspector and is an Associate with the Design Build Institute of America. Throughout his career, he has worked in many aspects of civil and transportation project design and construction including, design, advanced seismic analysis, plan and specification preparation, construction administration, field inspection and construction support. Mr. Holloway has been with Sound Transit since 2014. Previously he worked at SDOT where he worked in Capital Projects and Roadway Structures as a project manager for bridge, trail, and transit capital projects and as the Design Manger for the Elliot Bay Seawall project.


The Homer M. Hadley (HMH) Bridge is one of the longest floating bridges in the world as part of the I-90 freeway across lake Washington. The decision to utilize this bridge as part of the East Link light rail extension makes this structure even more critical, taking the existing light rail system eastward approximately 14 miles, from downtown Seattle to the city of Redmond. This will be the first time light rail has ever been constructed on a floating bridge anywhere in the world. Given the vital nature of this multi-modal transportation corridor, Sound Transit agreed to add longitudinal post-tensioning to the pontoons of the HMH Bridge, extending the life of the structure by minimizing the current racking of these pontoons during adverse weather.

AACE Seattle Section May 9th, 2019 Meeting
Executive Inn by the Space Needle
200 Taylor Avenue N.
Seattle, WA

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

AACE Seattle Section April 11th, 2019 Meeting

PRESENTATION and AWARDS: This meeting will be a joint meeting between the AACEi Seattle chapter and the local chapters of SAVE and ASPE. This will be an opportunity to share our experiences and network.
We are honored to have Doug Leo the incoming AACEi international President to be our speaker. For the presentation: Doug Leo will be discussing his use in AACE’s technical products and how these are used daily in the performance of his job.
At the end of the presentation Doug will be presenting AACEi Seattle Chapter 2019 Scholarships to the award winners that were selected.

PRESENTERS: Mr. Leo has more than 30 years of total cost management, professional estimating and project consulting experience in the engineering and construction industries. His emphasis is on assisting clients in establishing best-in-class Capital Project Delivery. Clients include King County Wastewater Treatment Division, Seattle Public Utilities, US Army Corps of Engineers, Husky Energy, Shell Oil, Kinross Gold Corporation, and Agrium.
Mr. Leo prepares, reviews and validates conceptual and detailed estimates for water, waste water, domestic and international heavy civil and mechanical projects ranging from $200,000 to over $10 billion in size. He specializes in capital projects of strategic importance, utilizing new technologies and parametric estimating methodologies.

AACE Seattle Section March 14th, 2019 Meeting
Executive Inn by the Space Needle
200 Taylor Avenue N.
Seattle, WA

PRESENTATION: Update on the University of Wasnington – The presentation will cover the educational programs offered by the College of Built Environments, the new master plan for the Seattle campus, and some of the current construction projects.

John Schaufelberger – is a Professor of Construction Management at the the University of Washington, where he has been teaching since 1994. He served as Chair of the Department of Construction Management from 2002 to 2014 and as Dean of the College of Built Environments from 2012 to 2019. Prior to joining the University of Washington, he had a career as an Army officer with the US Army Corps of Engineers.

AACE Seattle Section February 13th, 2019 Meeting
Executive Inn by the Space Needle
200 Taylor Avenue N.
Seattle, WA

PRESENTATION: SeaTac Airport North Satelite Modernization and Expansion – Project Update and Lessons Learned

Ken Warren – is a Capital Program Leader for the Port of Seattle, Sea-Tac Airport.  He manages the NorthSTAR program, North Satellite Modernization project at Sea-Tac Airport, a $658M renovation and expansion of a 1970 satellite airside terminal satellite facility.  The project is a partnership with Alaska Airlines that set initiatives to increase the customer experience, leverage technology, and expand the satellite from 12 to 20 aircraft contact gates.  Ken has been in project management for the airport for the last 6 years, completing airport gate utility and energy conservation projects.  He previously was the owner’s representative for the SeaTac Airport for the mechanical infrastructure systems within the building, including HVAC, gate utilities, water, waste, fire, and other systems.  Prior to joining the Port in 2004, Ken was a mechanical design consultant.  Ken’s has been involved in design and construction projects from many roles, including master planning, designer, project manager, construction inspector, estimator, owner, and code authority.  Ken is particularly proud of his varied role on the Preconditioned Air Project where he was presented a theoretical problem at the airport, completed a Life Cycle Analysis, sponsored the project, aided the design consultant in developing the project scope and design, acted as the main customer and owner’s representative for the project delivery including construction.

Mark Grotefend – Mark is a Program Controls Manager with Jacobs Engineering and currently supports the Port of Seattle, Sea-Tac Airport’s North Satellite Modernization project. He has over 30 years experience in various industries and has served as AACE Seattle Section President, Region 6 Director, VP of Regions and AACE President 2009-2010.  Mark is a Certified Cost Professional, Earned Value Professional and hold Fellow status with AACE.

AACE Seattle Section January 10th, 2019 Meeting
Best Western Plus Executive Inn
200 Taylor Avenue N.
Seattle, WA

PRESENTATION: Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement – Project Update and Lessons Learned
In 2001, the earthquake that rocked the Puget Sound region demonstrated the need to replace the aging and seismically vulnerable Alaskan Way Viaduct. After years of studies and environmental reviews of various alternatives, tunneling technology advanced to a point at which a single bore double deck tunnel was selected in 2010 as the preferred alternative to minimize the impact of the viaduct replacement. That tunnel is now complete, and the work at each portal is nearing completion. A public grand opening is scheduled for February 2-3 and this presentation will provide a recap of the work accomplished to date, and review some of the Project Management processes and lessons that were learned in the implementation of this $3.3 billion program.

Harry Jarnagan PE, CCP Vice President, Mott MacDonald

David Sowers PE, is WSDOT’s Deputy Program Administrator for Engineering and Program Management with the Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program. David has been with WSDOT for 18 years, and over that period has delivered large, complex projects through roles at Headquarters, Washington State Ferries, and now with the AWV Program. David has Civil Engineering degrees from Michigan State University and Auburn University and is a registered professional engineer.

Brian Smith CCP, PMP, Senior Associate, Mott MacDonald has 30 plus years of experience with a variety of capital projects in different phases using a variety of delivery methods including EPC, engineering design, design-build, design-bid-build and construction management. His areas of expertise include project scheduling, cost engineering and forecasting, project and earned value reporting, project and change order estimating, contract management with experience in field engineering. His background includes work on public
transportation and wastewater projects in the Puget Sound area as well as large, complex projects in the private sector around the nation.

Presentation:  Part 1 : Part 2

AACE Seattle Section November 8th, 2018 Meeting
Best Western Plus Executive Inn
200 Taylor Avenue N.
Seattle, WA

PRESENTATION: How Do You Eat an Elephant? A Project Controls Approach to Very Large Projects
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PRESENTER: Peter George
Peter George is well known for his brilliant, instructing talent and techniques. Recently retired as the is amaranth the same as quinoa and the Director of shrimp dish and of Major Projects for Nuclear at Ontario Power Generation. He was previously responsible for project controls and account management for several core clients including Encana, Suncor and ConocoPhillips, as part of shrimp in butter sauce recipe and of multiple Programs in Northern Alberta and British Columbia. Peter has over thirty years of ridgeback shrimp season and of experience in Project Controls Management, Planning/Scheduling, Cost Management, Estimating, and Risk Analysis in the sprouted quinoa health benefits and the home office as well as at site. He has worked in Canada, South America, Russia, the shrimp dish recipe and the Philippines and the shrimp cooked in butter and garlic and the United States and has experience on projects up to $7 billion in value, in fields as varied as Nuclear, Oil and Gas, Potash, Mining and Metals, and Infrastructure Projects.

AACE Seattle Section October 11th, 2018 Meeting
Best Western Plus Executive Inn
200 Taylor Avenue N.
Seattle, WA

PRESENTATION: Construction productivity, new technologies, and a potential glimpse at the future
The construction industry has lagged other industries with regards to the productivity of the workforce. Various Owner, Engineer, Contractor, and Supplier companies have joined forces to work with Academia to fund research to improve construction productivity. This presentation touches upon automation, modeling, RFID, AI, AR, and other technologies currently being developed.

PRESENTER: Jonathan (Jon) Kennedy, PSP
Jon is the Project Controls Manager for the Regional Construction Division of Matrix Service Inc. out of Bellingham WA. Jon is serves as Matrix’s representative on the Downstream Chemicals Committee for the Construction Industry Institute (CII), working on a research team for the CII DCC, getting to see some of the items to be discussed during the presentation. Jon has been actively involved with AACE’s Seattle Section in 2013 and is a Past President of the Section. Jon has a Civil Engineering degree from Georgia Tech and outside of work and AACE, his life revolves around his kid’s soccer schedules

AACE Seattle Section September 13th, 2018 Meeting
Best Western Plus Executive Inn
200 Taylor Avenue N.
Seattle, WA

PRESENTATION: Integrating a Portfolio with Integrated Master Schedules
As the Integrated Master Schedule (IMS) concept becomes a more common method for managing complex projects, it is important to understand the full breadth of what integration means for project planning and execution. Contemporary scheduling tools are built around recursive structures, from activity to Work Breakdown Structure to Enterprise Project Structure. Using Sound Transit’s current portfolio as a guide, we will look at the capabilities of a standardized, integrated program.

PRESENTER: Michael X. Truman, PSP
Michael has almost 20 years of experience in project control. He has worked for contractors, consultants, and clients to stand up projects, control cost and schedule, and manage change. He is currently a Senior Schedule Engineer at Sound Transit where he oversees the schedules for projects in the East Corridor, from alternatives analysis and project development through contractor procurement and construction. With the scheduling team, he has been developing the IMS practice at ST for the past 4 years; he built the preliminary schedule structure for Lynnwood Link Extension, Federal Way Link Extension, Tacoma Link Extension, and the Operations & Maintenance Facility: East, in addition to managing the current East Link Extension IMS comprising 7 interfacing construction contracts.

AACE Seattle Section June 14th, 2018 Meeting
Best Western Plus Executive Inn
200 Taylor Avenue N.
Seattle, WA


Learn how the Federal Government contract requirements are designed, inspected and paid with respect to quality in this informative presentation. Discover how random sampling inspection procedures can be used in both services, maintenance, repair and large construction contracts.

PRESENTER: Terry L. Borne, PE, CCP

Terry has over 30+ years experience in Federal contracts serving in Public Works and several US Army Corps of Engineers offices as a Project Engineer/manager and supervisor. He is a Washington State Professional Engineer, an AACEI Certified Cost Professional and a Seattle Section member. Terry graduated from Indiana Institute of Technology with a Civil Engineering degree and has an Associate of Science degree in Mechanical Technology. He has retired from Government service and is now President of Cost Engineering Consultants, Inc., a veteran-owned business.

Terry Borne – AACE Quality Presentation

AACE Seattle Section May 10th, 2018 Meeting
Best Western Plus Executive Inn
200 Taylor Avenue N.
Seattle, WA

PRESENTATION: GC/CM Cost Estimate Reconciliation

As General Contractor / Construction Manager (GC/CM) becomes more popular, it is essential for Project Control practitioners to identify and address challenges associated with this contract delivery method. This presentation focuses on the cost estimating aspect of Project Control. We will discuss issues that can, and will most likely occur, and how to overcome them.

PRESENTER: John Barrett Newman, CCP CEP

John graduated from the University of Washington in 2004 with a degree in Construction Management and has spent most of his career as a cost professional. He has worked in numerous industries ranging from vertical construction, oil & gas, aviation to link light rail. His current assignment is Lead Cost Engineer on Sound Transits East Link Extension (ELE) and was involved during estimate reconciliation of E130 and E335 contracts, both GC/CM. In addition, John is an active member of AACEs Seattle Section and was once our Section President.

AACE Seattle Section April 12th, 2018 Meeting
Best Western Plus Executive Inn
200 Taylor Avenue N.
Seattle, WA
PRESENTATION: The Real Leadership Lessons of Steve Jobs!

We know that effective leadership is critical to the success of an organization, but while we all agree in principal that leadership is key, so many organizations (and bosses) are missing the mark. We struggle with a lack of focus. We throw out lots of great ideas but fail to execute well. We make great products, but they don’t get the traction we hoped for. To be successful, we must have great companies, filled with great people.
When asked what his most important creation was, Steve Jobs didn’t cite the iPhone, or the Mac, or any other product. He named Apple itself. Making an enduring company, he said, was both harder and more important than making an excellent product.

At our April Meeting we will have a presentation from Tim Riley, who is a professional colleague of our Section Secretary, Mike Morrison. This will be an interactive presentation with some discussion at the tables and sharing with your table mates. You may be surprised at some of the lessons learned and taught by Steve Jobs.

PRESENTER: Tim Riley, CEO Masters Forum

Tim Riley is chair of the Seattle CEO Masters Forum, a think-tank for Washington’s C-level leaders. In addition, Tim is Program Director for the Leadership Acceleration Program LEAP, a Fortune 100 level leadership development program. Tim has been active at the C-level for over 20 years and has robust subject matter expertise in the following areas: Strategic planning and execution, leadership coaching, and development, competitive strategy, digital and traditional marketing, sales force design, negotiation, employee engagement, business case analysis, and financial modeling. Tim is active on several profit and not-for-profit boards and has received numerous national and regional awards for business performance including two recognitions on the Inc 500 listing.

AACE Seattle Section March 8th, 2018 Meeting
Best Western Plus Executive Inn
200 Taylor Avenue N.
Seattle, WA

PRESENTATION: Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Project Update

The nearly 60-foot diameter, four lane, double-decker tunnel is anticipated to be open to traffic later this year, but that will justbe the kick-off for the waterfront transformation that has been promised. Demolition of the Viaduct will commence shortly after traffic is moved into the tunnel along with the decommissioning of the Battery Street Tunnel and the re-connection of surface streets at the north portal of the tunnel. This presentation will provide an update on the Viaduct Replacement Program and the upcoming demolition and street reconstruction projects.

PRESENTER: Brian Smith CCP, PMP and James Farris, PE

Brian is the Project Controls Manager with Mott MacDonald for the Viaduct Replacement Program and he is currently the Seattle Section’s Director of Education. Brian has 30 plus years’ experience in Project Controls in both the private and public sectors in a variety of industries including Mining, Wastewater Treatment, Aircraft Manufacturing, Power Generation, Light Rail, Highways and now, Tunnels.
Jim is the Assistant Project Engineer for the AWV design office. Recent projects include: SR99Connections, which will connect the south portal of the bored tunnel to SR 99 and surface streets and the SR 99 Demolition, Decommissioning and Surface Street project. Jim is a registered Civil Engineer in the State of Washington and has 27 years’ experience in design and construction with the Department of Transportation.

AACE Seattle Section February 8th, 2018 Meeting
Best Western Plus Executive Inn
200 Taylor Avenue N.
Seattle, WA

PRESENTATION: Navigating the Waters of an Integrated Master Schedule

The term Integrated Master Schedule (IMS) can take on many forms depending on who is asking? Owners, General Contractors, Executive Management, PMO, Program Managers, Project Manager, etc. For large organizations managing multiple initiatives/Program/Projects, and getting an understanding of where these intersect can be a daunting task. We will discuss how an organization can develop an integrated schedule and report this information to various stakeholders using various tools on hand.


Brian is a project controls professional with over 20 years of experience managing and maintaining integrated project and construction schedules for airports and a variety of other transportation and facilities projects. His expertise ranges from project planning and scheduling to cost engineering, project and risk management solutions. He has developed and delivered best-of-class training solutions for the Primavera software suite. His experience ranges from nuclear refueling outage schedules, telecommunication projects and auditing construction schedules in a consultant role for construction of the Panama Canal, Miami Dade Airport terminal, and El Dorado Airport in Bogota, Columbia, brings keen knowledge of compliance issues and best practices for mitigating risk.

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.

November 9th, 2017 Meeting

PRESENTATION: Life Cycle of a Real Estate Investor’s Single Family Rehabilitation Project and Case Study

This presentation explains the lifecycle of a rehabilitation project on a single family residential house for a real estate investor, going beyond what is seen on the shows on television. It will then lead to a case study for a project recently performed in Northwest Washington State.

PRESENTERS: Lisa and Jonathan Kennedy, PSP

Lisa Kennedy purchased her first home at the age of 20, and has been involved in real estate investing in multiple facets since. She has a degree in Finance from Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT). Jon Kennedy has a day job as a Project Controls Manager with a large industrial contractor. Jon got involved investing in real estate with Lisa in 2013. Jon has a degree in Civil Engineering from Georgia Tech.Life Cycle REI & Case Study

AACE Seattle Section Presenter Bio & Presentation Abstract – September 2017

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 keyrole 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

AACE Seattle Section Presenter Bio & Presentation Abstract – October 2017


The time has come to clearly define Scalable Earned Value Management (SEVM). Scalable Earned Value Management (SEVM) is a modification of Earned Value Management System as defined by the US Government. Earned Value Management System is defined by the proscriptive ANSI EIA 748C criteria, the 32 Guidelines, AACEA Total Cost Framework and its Recommended Practices. Many users have a need to use Earned Value Management with lesser criterion than that defined for the Earned Value Management System. SEVM is Earned Value Management system defined in modified criteria, scalable to the needs of the user. A user’s needs may only require very basic criteria or scale upward toward the high criterion Earned Value Management System. This presentation discusses and demonstrates considerations for scaling the criteria to the user’s needs. The purpose of this presentation isto “?kick-offa” the effort to develop Scalable Earned Value Management (SEVM) AACE Recommended Practices (RPs). Chuck has accepted the duties as Co-Chairman of the AACE Earned Value Management Sub-Committee to focus on this issue.

PRESENTER: Charles F. Lappenbusch, Jr., MBA, CCP, EVP, PSP

Charles Lappenbusch Consulting LLC. Mr. Lappenbusch has over 40 years of project management and financial experience related to infrastructure projects, including as Director of Development for a new town of 17,000 residences to include all the public and private infrastructures. His emphasis is cost control processes, monitoring and integration with Critical Path Scheduling, Earned Value Method, Risk Analysis and writing reports focused to the desired levels of management. He aligns and allocates budgets to applicable WBS levels that support “?roll up”? and “?drill down”? analysis.

AACE Seattle Section May 11th, 2017 Meeting

PRESENTATION:Sound Transit 3: Estimate and Schedule Development

PRESENTER: Andrea Forderer, PE, PMP, CCP, VMA

April 13th, 2017 Meeting

PRESENTATION: Developing Effective Project Performance Strategies – Counting What Counts


March 9th, 2017 Meeting


PRESENTER: Charles F. Lappenbusch, Jr., MBA, CCP, EVP, PSP


February 9th, 2017 Meeting


PRESENTER: David A. Hamilton, PE, CVS-Life, CCP, ENV-SP

January 12th, 2017 Meeting

PRESENTATION: SR99 Alaskan Way Viaduct

PRESENTER: Joe Clare PE, PMP, Mott MacDonald

November 10th, 2016 Meeting

PRESENTATION: Sabine Pass Condensate Storage & Send-Out Subproject


October 13th, 2016 Meeting

PRESENTATION: Virtual Reality Applications for the AEC Industry

PRESENTER: John Rewolinski

VR Presentation

September 8th, 2016 Meeting

PRESENTATION: Enhanced Risk Based

PRESENTER: Ovidiu Cretu, Ph.D., PE


May 12th, 2016 Meeting

PRESENTATION: Partnering for Success: Sound Transit and City of Bellevue, East Link Light Rail Extension – South Bellevue to Overlake Transit

PRESENTER: DeWitt Jensen PE and Kevin Collins PE

April 14th, 2016 Meeting

PRESENTATION: Lakewood High School Value Analysis

PRESENTER: John Boatman

March 10th, 2016 Meeting

PRESENTATION: Oil and Gas Prices and the Current Effects on the Economy

PRESENTER: Ken Marzocco

February 11th, 2016 Meeting

PRESENTATION: Sea-Tac Airport Planning & Building for Growth

PRESENTER: Wayne Grotheer, Director & Elizabeth Leavitt, Director

January 14th, 2016 Meeting

PRESENTATION: Update on Academic Programs and Construction at the University of Washington

PRESENTER: John Schaufelberger, Ph.D., PE.

September 10th, 2015 Meeting

PRESENTATION: Current Trends in BIM for Design Collaboration, Construction and Facilities Management

PRESENTER: Dale Stenning, Hoffman Construction, Operations Manager

November 12th, 2015 Meeting

PRESENTATION: UW Montlake Triangle Project – Issues Relating to a Multi-agency Project in a Complex Site Environment

PRESENTER: Andy Casillas & Ed Rockwell, University of Washington

October 8th, 2015 Meeting

PRESENTATION: Inflation vs. Escalation – Facts, Trends & Forecast


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