2016 Speakers

Eldon Abbott

Eldon L. Abbott, P.E.

Reliance Engineers, LLC Principal Project Manager • WSP/Parsons Brinckerhoff (Retired)

Eldon Abbott

Eldon L. Abbott, P.E.

Reliance Engineers, LLC Principal Project Manager • WSP/Parsons Brinckerhoff (Retired)

Eldon Abbott has spent more than  45 years working in the geotechnical and underground engineering field, most of them with WSP/Parsons Brinckerhoff.  Eldon has managed the design and participated in many of WSP/Parsons Brinckerhoff’s numerous complex projects including marine, transit, underground parking garages and tunnels.  His managerial assignments for Parson Brinckerhoff include design for Boston’s Post Office Park and Garage (the award-winning 1,400-car, seven-level underground parking garage and urban park); the MWRA’s Boston Harbor 6.5 mile Effluent Outfall Tunnel, which is the largest single-entry tunneled outfall in the world; and the Port of Miami Tunnel connecting I-395 to the Port of Miami.

Eldon served as Project Manager for WSP/Parsons Brinckerhoff’s early re-evaluation of the Port of Miami Tunnel project through development

Gary Brierley

Gary Brierley

President • Dr. Mole Inc.

Gary Brierley

Gary Brierley

President • Dr. Mole Inc.

Dr. Brierley has more than 45 years of experience as a Civil Engineer specializing in the design and construction management of underground facilities.  During this time, he has served as president for two successful start-up companies and, as a consequence, has evaluated literally hundreds of contracts for professional services. He is active in numerous professional societies and has published more than 100 articles about design/build construction, the non-technical aspects of professional practice, and underground construction.  Currently, Dr. Brierley is President of Doctor Mole Incorporated, and serves as an expert witness on liability issues on underground claims, contract disputes, and differing site conditions. For more information regarding Dr. Brierley’s background visit our website at www.drmoleinc.com

David Davies

David Davies

Assistant Vice President • WSP / Parsons Brinckerhoff

David Davies

David Davies

Assistant Vice President • WSP / Parsons Brinckerhoff

David Davies has more than 25 years of experience in cost estimating, scheduling, value engineering, risk analysis, life-cycle costing and construction management in the highway, transit, building, and manufacturing industries.  Davies has facilitated cost and schedule risk analysis to support major highway and transit projects during environmental reviews and selection of locally preferred alternatives in compliance with local and federal requirements including CALTRANS, FHWA, FTA and FRA.

Davies is recognized by the FTA for his expertise in executing federally mandated risk assessment on new starts projects, both on behalf of the FTA and transit agencies. Projects he has completed assessments for include; Mid Coast Rail Project, San Diego, LYNX Blue Line Extension, Charlotte, North Carolina, Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Berryessa

Don Del Nero

Don Del Nero

Vice President • Stantec Consulting Services

Don Del Nero

Don Del Nero

Vice President • Stantec Consulting Services

Don Del Nero is a Vice President with Stantec and the Tunneling and Trenchless Engineering Practice Leader. He has 27 years of experience including more than 50 miles of underground projects involving planning, studies, design, design-build, construction management, and construction management at risk. He is also on the Board of Directors for the North American Society for Trenchless Technology (NASTT), is an instructor for the NASTT New Installation Course, various NASTT webinars and an instructor for the annual Microtunnelling and Tunnelling short courses held in Denver, Colorado at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Andy D’Entremont

Andy D’Entremont

Principal • Epic Insurance

Andy D’Entremont

Andy D’Entremont

Principal • Epic Insurance

Andy D’Entremont joined EPIC in 2014. He brings more than 30 years of experience serving energy and construction related clients.

Growing up in Beaumont, Texas, D’Entremont began his working career in a family construction company specializing in industrial construction, heat exchanger/pressure vessel manufacturing and repair, and pipe fabrication. He learned the construction and energy business from the ground up, working in both shop and field environments. “Working in a family business allowed me to stretch my limits and gain experience much more quickly than my peers”

D’Entremont began his insurance career selling personal lines and small business accounts for a national carrier in Texas. He has held positions with Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. and its subsidiary, Wausau insurance as well as Cobbs

Peter M. Douglass

Peter M. Douglass

President • Peter Douglass Inc.

Peter M. Douglass

Peter M. Douglass

President • Peter Douglass Inc.

Peter M. Douglass is a licensed geotechnical engineer and engineering geologist who has been a consulting geotechnical engineer for nearly 50 years, working primarily on underground construction projects in both soils and rock.  For the past 25 years he has been heavily involved as a dispute resolution board (DRB) member on more than 40 tunnel construction projects throughout North America and in New Zealand.

Douglass has been president of the Dispute Resolution Board Foundation and received the Al Mathews Award from this organization.  He was involved heavily in the development of the geotechnical baseline report (GBR) concept, which has become a key document in most underground construction Contracts.  These two features (DRBs and GBRs) have proven most valuable in the avoidance

Randall J. Essex, PE

Randall J. Essex, PE

Mott MacDonald • Tampa, Florida USA

Randall J. Essex, PE

Randall J. Essex, PE

Mott MacDonald • Tampa, Florida USA

Randy is an Executive Vice President with Mott MacDonald’s Tunnels Practice in North America.  During his 38-year career, he has provided investigation, design, project management, resident engineering, technical review, and expert witness services for more than 170 tunnel projects across North America and overseas.  Randy is the principal author of ASCE’s 2007 publication “Geotechnical Baseline Reports for Construction”.  He is past Chairman of ASCE’s Underground Technology Research Council, is the U.S. Representative to the International Tunneling Association, and this past January received the prestigious Golden Beaver Award for Engineering.

Bob Fitzgerald

Bob Fitzgerald

Senior Partner - Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald LLP

Bob Fitzgerald

Bob Fitzgerald

Senior Partner - Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald LLP

For more than three decades, Bob Fitzgerald has been engaged in a construction contract legal practice focusing primarily on the preparation and negotiation of prime and subcontract documents along with the resolution of claims for additional time and money under both public and private construction contracts. His practice is international in scope and has provided him with the opportunity to work with both the private construction industry and federal, state and local government entities engaged in public construction contracting. While Fitzgerald has been retained to represent contractors in virtually all areas of the construction industry, he has developed a particular expertise in heavy construction contract disputes relating to dams, canals, power plants, water and sewage treatment plants and machine

Barry Fleishman

Barry Fleishman

Partner • Kilpatrick Townsend

Barry Fleishman

Barry Fleishman

Partner • Kilpatrick Townsend

Barry Fleishman focuses his practice on complex policyholder insurance coverage issues. His insurance coverage experience includes representation before federal and state courts, arbitral tribunals, and judicial and private mediators, focusing on corporate policyholder claims for insurance coverage arising out of liability and loss from property damage, bodily injury, personal injury, and alleged wrongful acts of directors and officers. Fleishman has represented major corporations seeking insurance coverage with respect to liabilities and losses incurred as the result of catastrophic property damage, defective or misused products, environmental damage, alleged discrimination, and directors’ and officers’ activities in cases involving  natural disasters, including major hurricane and cyclone-related losses, fires and explosions, mold and moisture, and alleged corporate wrongful acts.

Fleishman was recognized in The Best

Ian H. Frank

Ian H. Frank

Partner, Construction Practice Group - Frantz Ward LLP

Ian H. Frank

Ian H. Frank

Partner, Construction Practice Group - Frantz Ward LLP

Ian is a partner in Frantz Ward LLP’s Construction Practice Group and dedicates his entire practice to all facets of construction and surety law. He counsels contractors, subcontractors, specialty trades, material and equipment manufacturers, design professionals and other project participants in developing, managing, resolving and litigating complex commercial construction disputes, as well as negotiating contracts utilizing a vast array of project delivery methods. Ian has extensive experience pursuing, defending, analyzing and negotiating extra work claims, delay and disruption claims, differing or changed conditions claims, performance and payment bond claims, lien claims, default and termination claims, and bid disputes.  He frequently represents clients in diverse construction disciplines, including road and bridge construction, heavy civil/tunneling projects, earthwork and utility construction, structural steel

Robert Goodfellow

Robert Goodfellow

Senior Vice President - Aldea Services

Robert Goodfellow

Robert Goodfellow

Senior Vice President - Aldea Services

Robert is a Senior Vice President for Aldea Services LLC, and he is a licensed professional engineer in more than a dozen U.S. states. Goodfellow has 25 years of experience in the tunneling industry and he currently serves on the Executive Committee for the American Underground Construction Association (UCA of SME). He is an acknowledged industry expert in risk management and is co-author of the tunnel industry guidelines for risk management on tunnel projects. Goodfellow is an invited lecturer at seminars held at the Colorado School of Mines and Colorado University where he presents a class in risk management for underground projects. Goodfellow has a breadth and depth of experience with all types of tunneling methods (including rock, soil, NATM,

David Hecker

David Hecker

Group General Counsel • Kiewit Corp.

David Hecker

David Hecker

Group General Counsel • Kiewit Corp.

Founded in 1884, Kiewit is one of North America’s largest and most respected construction and engineering organizations.  The employee-owned organization operates in the United States, Canada and Australia. Kiewit offers construction and engineering services in transportation; oil, gas and chemical; power; building; water/wastewater; and mining. In 2015, Kiewit had revenues of $9 billion and employs 22,000 staff and craft employees.

David Hecker received a B.A. in Business Administration in 1986 from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and his law degree in 1989 from the University of Nebraska College of Law.

Steve Kramer

Steven R. Kramer, PE, FASCE

Vice President • AECOM

Steve Kramer

Steven R. Kramer, PE, FASCE

Vice President • AECOM

As AECOM Vice President and Director of Tunneling for the Americas, Steven Kramer oversees the growth and development of the tunneling and trenchless practice in transportation, water and energy across the Americas. Steve has 30 years of experience in engineering firms serving the infrastructure industry.  He is recognized as a leader in the underground and trenchless industry.  Steve led the design, management and construction of over 50 underground projects ranging in construction values up to $775 million.

A frequent speaker and active participant at industry conferences and in technical societies, Kramer has published more than 90 technical and management papers.  He holds two B.S. degrees from Washington University in St. Louis – one in Civil Engineering and the second in Engineering

Erika Moonin

Erika Moonin

Engineering Project Manager • SNWA

Erika Moonin

Erika Moonin

Engineering Project Manager • SNWA

Erika P. Moonin, P.E., D.WRE, is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Nevada and California.  She graduated from the University of Nevada – Las Vegas in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering.  After graduating, Moonin started her career working for a few years at an engineering consulting firm and now has gained more than 20 years of working experience for the Las Vegas Valley Water District (LVVWD) and the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA).

She is currently an engineering project manager for the SNWA and is responsible for managing the planning, design and construction of the Lake Mead Intake No. 3 projects totaling more than $1.4 billion, thus ensuring a safe and reliable water supply

Matthew Nawn

Matthew W. Nawn, P.E., PMP

Senior Project Controls Specialist (General Engineer) • Federal Transit Administration; Office of Capital Project Management

Matthew Nawn

Matthew W. Nawn, P.E., PMP

Senior Project Controls Specialist (General Engineer) • Federal Transit Administration; Office of Capital Project Management

Matt Nawn joined FTA in April 2015 as the Office of Capital Project Management’s specialist for matters related to risk assessments, scope/cost/schedule of capital projects, and the administrator of associated tools such as the Lessons Learned repository, Capital Cost Database, Standard Cost Categories and Risk Evaluation Tool.  Prior to joining the FTA, Nawn had nearly 15 years of engineering experience in the government in both military and civilian positions primarily involving management and leadership of capital projects.

Nawn also is an adjunct instructor at Frederick Community College in its Construction Management and Supervision Program, and has performed technical assessments and project scope and estimating services as a private consultant for vintage streetcar restoration projects.

Nawn holds a Master of Science in Engineering

Levent Ozdemir

Levent Ozdemir

President - Ozdemir & Associates

Levent Ozdemir

Levent Ozdemir

President - Ozdemir & Associates

Levent Ozdemir, president of Ozdemir & Associates, spent 32 years as a professor at the Colorado School of Mines, where he developed and taught undergraduate and graduate courses in design and construction of underground structures, tunneling, site investigations, excavation project management and underground mining. He led pioneering research in the field of mechanical rock excavation that helped maximize performance, standardize cost estimation, and develop predictive modeling.

Ray Post

Ray Post

Vice President • Huxted Tunneling

Ray Post

Ray Post

Vice President • Huxted Tunneling

Ray Post has more thanr 25 years of experience in the microtunneling and tunneling industry.  He has worked in all phases of the tunneling industry including executive management, project management, estimating, design and inspection services and sales.  He has experience in the construction of EPB segmental tunnels, microtunnels, rib and board tunnels, and jack and bore operations.  With construction values ranging from $500,000 to $440 million and diameters ranging from 10 in. to 21.5 ft.  He has worked across the United States and Canada in various geotechnical conditions as a general contractor, subcontractor and joint venture contractor.

Post has a degree from Louisiana Tech in construction engineering and holds general contractor licenses in California, Georgia, Arizona and Florida.

Carlton M. Ray

Carlton M. Ray

CSO • City of Indianapolis

Carlton M. Ray

Carlton M. Ray

CSO • City of Indianapolis

Carlton Ray has over 30 years of experience in positions of increasing responsibility in the water and wastewater municipal sector and as an engineering consultant. He has extensive experience in the areas of program management, regulatory affairs, program financing and public outreach. He also has experience in design and environmental engineering. Ray has held key roles on some of the largest combined sewer overflow control programs in the country. As Director of the $2.6 billion DC Clean Rivers Project, Ray provides overall program leadership and direction and is responsible for the success of the program. This encompasses all major aspects of program implementation including preliminary design, environmental compliance, public outreach, cost and schedule management, program quality assurance, construction management oversight,

Tom Rosenberg

Tom Rosenberg

Partner - Roetzel

Tom Rosenberg

Tom Rosenberg

Partner - Roetzel

Mr. Rosenberg focuses his practice on construction law and civil litigation, and leads Roetzel’s Construction Law practice, which has been recognized by US News & World Report as one of the best law firms nationally and/or regionally for construction and construction litigation from 2012 to 2016. Mr. Rosenberg has been honored by Chambers USA as a leading construction lawyer in the State of Ohio since it began ranking US lawyers and law firms in 2003. He has been selected as an “Ohio Super Lawyer” by Ohio Super Lawyers Magazine for the past 12 years. He is listed in “The Best Lawyers in America” for the specialty of construction law and has been recognized in International Who’s Who in Construction Law for his international construction law experience.

 

Lynn M. Schubert

Lynn M. Schubert

President • The Surety & Fidelity Association of America

Lynn M. Schubert

Lynn M. Schubert

President • The Surety & Fidelity Association of America

Lynn M. Schubert is president of The Surety & Fidelity Association of America (SFAA), a trade association of more than 400 member companies that collectively write the majority of surety and fidelity bonds in the United States. SFAA is licensed as a rating or advisory organization in all states and has been designated by state insurance departments as a statistical agent for the reporting of fidelity and surety experience SFAA represents its member companies in matters of common interest before various federal, state and local government agencies. Schubert also is a member of the executive committee of the International Surety Association, headquartered in Amsterdam, a confederation of associations from around the world specializing in surety bonds.

Prior to joining the SFAA,

Robert Smith

Robert Smith

Partner • Akerman

Robert Smith

Robert Smith

Partner • Akerman

Robert Smith has over 30 years of experience in the prevention and resolution of disputes in the construction industry, and he is a past president of the American College of Construction Lawyers. Smith is widely sought after for his civil engineering background and extensive experience in the Dispute Resolution Board process, having served on over 80 such boards in the past 23 years. Throughout his practice, he has advised public and private owners, architects, engineers, and contractors on a wide range of contract drafting, review, and negotiation matters and represented them in the arbitration and litigation of complex disputes. Smith is also internationally known for his knowledge of risk identification and allocation, the integration and application of construction contracting best

Rob Snyder

Rob Snyder

Vice President Property & Casualty – Environmental Risk Management - The Fedeli Group

Rob Snyder

Rob Snyder

Vice President Property & Casualty – Environmental Risk Management - The Fedeli Group

Rob Snyder serves as vice president of environmental risk management with responsibility for new business production in the Property and Casualty Division. Rob designs, implements and executes plans that include technical support of corporate accounts, and furthers the development of environmental risk management clients. Rob provides consultative problem solving in the application of environmental insurance for contracting, transportation, mergers and acquisitions, real estate development, manufacturing, brownfield re-development and any business that poses an environmental financial risk to clients' balance sheets.

With a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering, Rob is both a Certified Insurance Counselor and Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter. He is widely recognized as a public speaker within the environmental and regulatory community.  Rob started with The Fedeli

Matt L. Swinton

Matt L. Swinton

Senior Vice President & District Manager • Underground District

Matt L. Swinton

Matt L. Swinton

Senior Vice President & District Manager • Underground District

Matt Swinton is a senior vice president of Kiewit Infrastructure Co., part of Kiewit Corp. He serves as district manager for Kiewit’s nationwide underground tunneling and foundations contracting operations. Swinton is responsible for the overall planning and direction of construction, engineering, estimating, bidding and administration of all work for the Underground District.

Swinton joined Kiewit in 1999 after earning degrees in mining engineering and geological engineering degrees from the Colorado School of Mines. He began his career in Kiewit’s operations as an engineer-estimator with the Underground District in Omaha. He was the project engineer on the $112 million Chattahoochee Tunnel project in Atlanta; job superintendent on the Cape Creek Tunnel project in Oregon; job superintendent on the DFW J1A Tunnel in

Andy Thompson

Andy Thompson

Senior Associate and Vice President • Mott MacDonald

Andy Thompson

Andy Thompson

Senior Associate and Vice President • Mott MacDonald

Andy Thompson has worked for Mott MacDonald since 1988 and is currently assisting in the management of the design phase for the Purple Line in Maryland and the Thimble Shoal Tunnel Project in Chesapeake Bay. Between 2008 to March 2016 he has worked on the East Side Access Project in midtown Manhattan serving as program executive responsible for delivering around $5.5bn of heavy civil and underground elements of the project beneath Grand Central Terminal and Sunnyside Yard in Queens.

Previously he has worked on landmark projects such as Channel Tunnel and the A20 Round Hill Tunnels in the United Kingdom, the Great Belt in Denmark as well as other underground projects such as Harbor Area Treatment Scheme Stage 1 in Hong

Waed Watson

Wade Watson

Vice President of Operations, Skanska USA Civil Southeast, Inc. • Project Director, SKW Constructors JV (ERT Project Design-Build Contractor)

Waed Watson

Wade Watson

Vice President of Operations, Skanska USA Civil Southeast, Inc. • Project Director, SKW Constructors JV (ERT Project Design-Build Contractor)

Wade H. Watson, Vice President of Operations with Skanska USA Civil Southeast, serves as Project Director for SKW Constructors – a joint venture of Skanska, Kiewit, and Weeks Marine – the design-build contractor for the Elizabeth River Tunnels (ERT) Project.  In this role, Wade is responsible for leading the strategic and operational activities of the design-build portion of the ERT public-private partnership (P3) project. With over 35 years of experience in the construction industry, Wade has provided leadership for several major construction projects including bridges, offshore structures and marine construction, and large civil/transportation projects.  Wade is a graduate of Clemson University where he earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering.  In his free time - when he’s not out building tunnels

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