2024 Scholarship

2024 Scholarship Application

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Meeting Summary


 Thursday, February 10th, 2022


 6:30 p.m. Virtual Networking

 6:45 p.m. Business Mtg/Announcements

 7:00 p.m. Technical Presentation

Please Note:  This is a Live Webinar Technical Presentation


 MS Teams Virtual Meeting


The Top Ten Mistakes Made In Forensic Analysis


Glen R. Palmer, CFCC PSP FAACE; and

Christopher W. Carson, CEP DRMP PSP FAACE


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Technical Program:


The Top Ten Mistakes Made in Forensic Analysis


Abstract: Project team members and experts are not always accurate in how they analyze a

project’s forensic history. These inaccuracies range from using incorrect analysis methodologies to “cherry-picking” only data that supports their case and everything in between. These mistakes are common and happen for many different reasons. They can be due to an analyzer not having enough experience or they can be made purposely in an attempt to mislead. 

The authors will discuss ten biggest mistakes made in forensic analysis today and how to recognize and confirm that each is in fact mistake.  In addition to the identification, the paper will also discuss the proper way to perform each analysis where the mistake was made, using lessons learned from project controls, forensic analysis/dispute resolution experience, and AACE’s Recommended Practices.

 These top ten mistakes will be discussed in ascending order of importance starting with least important, but the authors believe that all ten are vital to avoid when performing a forensic analysis.

 SpeakersGlen R. Palmer, CFCC PSP FAACE

 Owner of GR Palmer Consulting Services, LLC


 Christopher W. Carson, CEP DRMP PSP FAACE

 Enterprise Director of Program & Project Controls and Vice       President for ARCADIS U.S.

Glen Palmer is the owner of GR Palmer Consulting Services, LLC. His firm specializes in Planning and Scheduling, Project Management, Dispute Resolution, and Risk Management projects. He has over four decades of engineering/construction experience in power, oil & gas, commercial, infrastructure, mining, and process industries.

He has recognized expertise in project/construction management, and project controls, including planning & scheduling, and cost engineering. He is a certified Planning and Scheduling Professional (PSP) and a Certified Forensic Claims Consultant (CFCC) from AACE International and is a Fellow in that organization.

Mr. Palmer has provided expert testimony in mediations, ICC Arbitrations and US courts. Global project experience has included projects in Europe, South America, North America, and Asia. He has a B.S. degree from the University of Maine, USA.

Chris Carson is Enterprise Director of Program & Project Controls and Vice President for ARCADIS U.S., the leading global firm providing Consulting, Engineering, and Program/Construction Management services.  Chris is the Lead for the Program & Project Controls (PPC) Community of Practice, the PPC training and best practices development center.

He has over 45 years of experience in Program/Construction Management, specializing in the Program & Project Controls disciplines; Planning and Scheduling, Cost Management, Risk Management, Document Control/Contract Administration, and Forensic Analysis/Claims Avoidance/Dispute Resolution. His experience includes educational, commercial, industrial, governmental, military, medical, facilities, infrastructure/transportation, aviation, seaports, water/wastewater, utilities, and environmental projects. 

As a recognized thought leader in the Program/Project Controls and Construction Management industry, he has received multiple awards.  Mr. Carson was the recipient of the 2021 AACE International “O.T. Zimmerman Founder’s Award” for “… the development of policies, practices, procedures, and projects directed to the advancement of the precepts of total cost management and AACE International”, the 2011 AACE “Technical Excellence” award, the 2009 PMI College of Scheduling award for “Significant Contributions to the Scheduling Industry”, and the “Chairman’s Award” from CMAA in 2006 for contributions to the CM industry.  He was on the AACE 2016-2018 Board of Directors and an Advisor on the Board of Advisors for the Construction Industry Institute for 2019-2020.

Mr. Carson was selected as an AACE International Fellow in 2013 “in recognition of professional attainment and significant accomplishment in cost management or cost engineering.”  He was selected as the first founding Fellow of Project Controls by the International Guild of Project Controls in 2014, and a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) in 2015 for his individual achievement “as well as demonstrating significant career achievements and successes…”.

As a top ranked speaker and presenter of over 700 industry sessions, Mr. Carson’s credentials include over 65 peer-reviewed publications such as AACE Recommended Practices, “Forensic Schedule Analysis”, “Identifying the Critical Path,” “Recovery Scheduling,” “Development of Cost Estimate Plans,” “Original Baseline Schedule Review,” and “Update Schedule Review.”  Mr. Carson was an Author/Editor for the book, “CPM Scheduling for Construction - Best Practices and Guidelines,” published in 2014, and a contributing author for “Construction Project Scheduling and Control,” by Saleh Mubarak, published in 2010, and contributing author for the “Time Management Guidelines” and “Claims Management Guidelines” published by CMAA, 2011, 2017, 2018.  In September 2021, AACE published its 100th Recommended Practice and Chris had the eighth greatest number of individual contributions to those Recommended Practices.

Mr. Carson is a CMAA Certified Construction Manager (CCM), a Chartered Surveyor by RICS (Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors), PMI Project Management Professional (PMP), an AACE International Planning and Scheduling Professional (PSP), Decision and Risk Management Professional (DRMP), and Certified Estimating Professional (CEP). 

RSVPs must be received on or before 5pm on Wednesday, 09-February 2022.  Your friends and colleagues are always welcome; membership in AACE is not required.

Click here to RSVP before end of business day Wednesday, 02/09/2022.

Please register by Wednesday 02/09/2022, and an invitation including the Webinar link will be e-mailed to you.  For AACE members who hold professional certifications, Webinar attendance counts toward renewal points as long as online attendance for the entire presentation is verified.

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