November 28-29, 2018

Marina del Rey, California

November 28-29, 2018

Marina del Rey, California

Agenda

Wednesday
2018-11-28
Thursday
2018-11-29
07:00 - 08:00
Registration & Continental Breakfast
08:00 - 08:15
Welcome & Introduction – Levent Ozdemir | Ozdemir & Associates
Levent Ozdemir
President | Ozdemir & Associates
08:15
Session 1 – Fundamentals of Risk Management (Click for description and presenters)

This session explores the basic fundamentals of risk management for underground construction, beginning with some background, history and risk-management strategies. It covers UCA’s Guidelines for Improved Risk Management, and provides real-world case studies including projects for the Southern Nevada Water Authority and the City of Atlanta.

Session Chairs: John Reilly | John Reilly Associates; Don Del Nero | Stantec; Bob Goodfellow | Aldea Services

Robert Goodfellow
Senior Vice President | Aldea Services LLC
Don Del Nero
Vice President | Stantec
John Reilly
President | John Reilly Associates
08:15 - 09:00
Intro to Risk Management – John Reilly | John Reilly Associates

The presentation covers a short history of risk, risk management development, risk-related problems in construction and risk management initiatives in the last 25 years. It covers ITA/ITIG/UCA codes/guidelines/better practices including risk identification, characterization and management. Specific tools, techniques and models (CEVP, RIAAT) will be discussed, as well as specific case histories (Lake Mead tunnel, New Lima Airport and others). Finally, industry advances and awareness issues will be explored.

 

John Reilly
President | John Reilly Associates
09:00 - 09:30
UCA Guidelines for Improved Risk Management – Bob Goodfellow | Aldea Services
Robert Goodfellow
Senior Vice President | Aldea Services LLC
09:30 - 10:00
Risk Management Approach for Southern Nevada Water Authority Projects – Erika P. Moonin | Southern Nevada Water Authority; James Grayson | Kenny Construction
Erika P. Moonin, P.E., D.WRE
Engineering Project Manager | Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA)
James Grayson
Quality Group Manager | Kenny Construction
10:00 - 10:30
Risk Management Using CMAR Delivery – Don Del Nero | Stantec

The City of Atlanta is currently constructing a $300M (US) water supply system upgrade including conversion of an over 100-year old rock Quarry into a 2.4 billion-gal raw water storage facility and 5 miles of 12 ft. diameter tunnel bore with eleven shafts of various types.  The project is being delivered using the Construction Management at-Risk (CM@R) model, which is an innovative contracting method that is relatively new to the tunnel industry.  The presentation will highlight risk management concepts implemented during design and special provisions incorporated in the tender documents to address the unique nature of risks associated with CM@R delivery.

 

Don Del Nero
Vice President | Stantec
10:30 - 10:45
Networking Break
10:45 - 12:00
Owners Panel: Approaches to Risk Management (Click for description and presenters)

Moderator: Mark Ramsey, Implementation Manager | HNTB

Panelists: Bryan Pennington, Executive Officer | Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation; Dennis Ratcliffe, Deputy Director | Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority; Joe Gildner, Executive Project Director | Sound Transit, Erika P. MooninEngineering Project Manager | Southern Nevada Water Authority;

Erika P. Moonin, P.E., D.WRE
Engineering Project Manager | Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA)
Joe Gildner
Executive Project Director | Sound Transit
Mark Ramsey
Implementation Manager | HNTB
Bryan Pennington
Executive Officer | Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation
12:00 - 13:15
Networking Lunch
13:15
Session 2 – Geotechnical Risk Assessment (Click for description and presenters)

 Session 2 of the Risk Management in Underground Construction Workshop will concentrate on the overwhelming contribution of the subsurface investigation and the geotechnical sections of the contract document to the successful control of risk for a tunneling project. Success for a tunneling project is largely dependent on how well all parties to the contract understand the ground through which the tunnel will be constructed. Based on that understanding, the project Owner must prepare a contract package that informs the Contractor what he must do in order to be successful; including the preparation of submittals for his proposed means and methods. It is also crucial for the Owner to observe and monitor ground behavior during construction to make certain that the work is proceeding as planned and that negative impacts to adjacent third parties are avoided.

Session Chair: Gary Brierley, Dr. Mole

Gary Brierley
President | Dr. Mole Inc.
13:15 - 14:00
Preparation of Geotechnical Baseline Reports- Randy Essex | Mott MacDonald
Randy Essex
Executive Vice President with the Tunnels Practice | Mott MacDonald
14:00 - 14:45
Geotechnical Data Reports – Greg Raines | Stantec

This presentation will present the elements of the Geotechnical Data Report (GDR). The GDR is arguably the most important geotechnical document for risk mitigation as it present factual information based on site specific explorations. Good geotechnical explorations form the basis for all subsequent decisions. Mr. Raines will present information of various forms of exploration and testing techniques to aid in understanding how the information is generated and its meaning. This will be summarized in a discussion of the presentation of the data in GDR so that it maintains minimum bias and interpretation such that it can be used by all parties involved in the design and construction. Contract requirements will close the discussion to keep the hierarchy of its use and relationship to other geotechnical documents.

Greg Raines
Tunnel Practice Leader - WaterPower & Dams | Stantec
14:45 - 03:30
Geotechnical Risk Assessment for Tunneling Projects – Gary Brierley | Dr. Mole Inc.
Gary Brierley
President | Dr. Mole Inc.
15:30 - 15:45
Networking Break
15:45 - 17:00
Geotechnical Risk Assessment Panel (Click for description and presenters)

Moderator: Gary Brierley, President | Dr. Mole Inc.

Panelists: Sean Harvey, Associate | Brierley Associates; David Hatem, Partner | Donovan Hatem, LLP; Allen Marr,  CEO  | Geocomp; Steve Klein, Senior Engineering Manager | WSP

Gary Brierley
President | Dr. Mole Inc.
David J. Hatem
Partner Donovan | Hatem LLP
W. Allen Marr, Ph.D., P.E.
CEO | Geocomp
Sean Harvey
Associate | Brierley Associates
Steve Klein, P.E, GE
Senior Engineering Manager | WSP
17:00 - 18:30
Networking Reception
07:00 - 08:00
Registration & Continental Breakfast
08:00
Session 3 – Legal/Insurance/Financier Issues (Click for description and presenters)

The contract ultimately is the foundation of risk management, therefore, a full understanding of the contract and its implications is key to success in the tunneling market. This session features some of the foremost experts in the legal field to help you avoid pitfalls in your next project.

Session Chairs: Tom Rosenburg | Roetzel & Andress; Kathy Barnes | Watt Tieder Hoffar Fitzgerald

Tom Rosenberg
Partner | Roetzel
Kathy Barnes
Senior Partner | Watt Tieder
08:00 - 08:45
Design Risk vs. Designer Liability: Applying Best Practices in Design-Build Underground Projects – David Hatem | Donovan Hatem

Achieving effective and balanced risk allocation in design-build (“DB”) subsurface projects has proven to be a challenging process and objective, and a controversial subject. Some have pointed to overly-aggressive owner procurement practices and contractual terms as reasons for that experience. Others have pointed to overly-aggressive design-builder pricing and inadequate contingency. The analysis and explanation, however, are more profound and complicated. The superficially simple DB characteristic of single-point responsibility does not automatically and necessarily produce or converge into risk allocation simplicity.

To date, there has been significantly less examination of other, more intricate technical and contractual factors that account for the challenges and complexities in achieving effective and balanced risk allocation in DB subsurface projects.

 

David J. Hatem
Partner Donovan | Hatem LLP
08:45 - 09:45
Builders Risk Insurance-Pitfalls and Perils – Barry Fleishman | Shapiro Lifschitz & Schram; Blake Parrish | Marsh

Mr. Fleishman will review changes in the law affecting insurance in the underground construction industry.  He will discuss the trends in the law and potential future developments that could affect the industry.  In this interactive program, attendees are encouraged to discuss insurance dispute scenarios relevant to their businesses.

 

Barry J. Fleishman
Principal | Shapiro Lifschitz & Schram
Blake Parrish
Senior Vice President | Marsh
09:45 - 10:30
Legal Aspects of Risk Management – Ian Frank | Frantz Ward
Ian H. Frank
Partner and Chair of Construction Practice Group | Frantz Ward LLP
10:30 - 10:45
Networking Break
10:45 - 12:00
Legal, Insurance and Finance Panel (Click for description and presenters)

Moderator: Tom Rosenberg, Partner | Roetzel & Andress

Panelists: Adrian Pellen, Senior Vice President – North American Infrastructure Leader | Marsh; Kathy Barnes, Senior Partner | Watt Teider; Russell Lear, Vice President | Flood and Peterson (NASBP)

Russell Lear
Vice President Flood and Peterson | NASBP
Adrian Pellen
Senior Vice President – North American Infrastructure Leader | Marsh
Kathy Barnes
Senior Partner | Watt Tieder
Tom Rosenberg
Partner | Roetzel
12:00 - 13:00
Networking Lunch
13:00
Session 4 – Case Histories and International Examples (Click for description and presenters)

Case histories are a good way to learn from the success – or failure – of others. This session focuses on risk management from an international perspective with examples from India, Latin America, Turkey and the United States. We wrap things up with a panel featuring contractors who make their living in the tunnel arena.

 Session Chairs: Steve Kramer, COWI; Moussa Wone | DC Water

Steven Kramer
Senior Vice President of Tunneling | COWI
Moussa Wone, Ph.D., P.E., DBIA
Design Manager | D.C. Water
13:00 - 13:30
Risk Management on Tunnel Projects in India: A Different Issue – Paul Nicholas | AECOM

The risks of underground construction are similar worldwide but working overseas in developing countries brings additional risks and changes in emphasis on others. The presentation will give a flavor of risk management while working in India.

Paul Nicholas
Consultant and Contractor | AECOM
13:30 - 14:00
Ground Risk in EPC Contracts in Latin America – Johannes Horner, Recon-struct Geologic Consulting GmbH

In Latin America, the EPC contract form is widely used for infrastructure projects such as hydroelectric power projects or industrial plant sites. Although this contract form intends to give a clear indication on the allocation of ground risk, alterations and omissions of contract clauses are common and can cause ambiguous shifts in the allocation of ground risk. Crucial for the development of a project in the EPC environment is the tender phase when the data on ground conditions have to be analyzed and interpreted by the bidders. In addition, the bidders can decide upon complementary ground investigation, which may be necessary in order to prepare the required engineering and design for contract execution. During this stage of bid preparation, access to the site, climatic conditions and environmental permits are often critical factors which may limit further ground investigation. These factors are often overlooked. High altitudes, such as the Andean Cordillera, deserts and rain forests can pose challenges for ground investigation to be performed in a short period of time of bid preparation. This is even more challenging, if a bidder intends to prepare a geological-geotechnical model for an alternative design.

 

Johannes Horner
Consulting Geologist | Recon-struct Geologic Consulting GmbH
14:00 - 14:30
Risk Management in Large Road Tunnels: Istanbul and San Jose – Gordon Clark, HNTB

The Istanbul Strait Road Tube Crossing was one of the most challenging underwater tunnel projects in the world. The 43 ft diameter, doubled decked tunnel is subjected to 11 bars of hydrostatic pressure, variable geology, and is located in a very active seismic area. Execution of the project required innovative solutions, sophisticated construction techniques, and a prudent risk management approach. The project was delivered in a Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) contract in a public-private partnership. The technical challenges, coupled with financial and commercial risks required the implementation of sophisticated risk management tactics including the provision of Independent Design Verification.

Gordon Clark
VP West Tunnel Practice Leader | HNTB Corporation
14:45 - 15:00
Networking Break
14:45 - 16:00
Contractor’s Panel: Incorporating Risk into Bids (Click for description and presenters)

Moderator: Steve Kramer | COWI

Panelists: Dawn Dobson-Markman | Barnard Construction Company, Inc., James Grayson, Quality Group Manager | Kenny Construction; Christophe Bragard | Traylor Brothers Inc.; Paul Vadnais, President | Vadnais Trenchless Services, Inc.

Dawn Dobson-Markman
Business Development Manager | Barnard Construction Company, Inc.
Steven Kramer
Senior Vice President of Tunneling | COWI
James Grayson
Quality Group Manager | Kenny Construction
Christophe Bragard
Tunnel Manager - Regional Connector Project | Traylor Brothers Inc.
Paul J. Vadnais
President | Vadnais Trenchless Services, Inc.
16:15 - 16:30
Closing Comments
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