2024 Scholarship

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Meeting Summary


 Thursday, November 16th, 2023


 6:30 p.m. Networking

 6:45 p.m. Business Mtg/Announcements

 7:00 p.m. Technical Presentation

Please Note:  Live Webinar Notice


 Virtually via MS Teams Virtual Meeting


 Proactive Cost Engineering Techniques to Avoid Common Project Failures


Christopher W. Carson, CEP DRMP PSP FAACE
Enterprise Director of Program & Project Controls and Vice President for ARCADIS U.S.


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 Technical Program:

Abstract: Success in project delivery is a function of anticipating potential failures and managing those risks across the entire construction project lifecycle, from a project's inception to finally turning the completed asset over to operations.  Project failures almost always relate to cost and time overruns directly caused by these risks.  The maximum and most effective proactive resolution of these failures requires a risk-oriented planning and monitoring culture integral to the cost engineering disciplines of cost and time management.  There is no simple one-step process, but rather, it requires a proactive and planned effort, which includes looking for opportunities to improve and eliminate threats to performance.  This approach addresses specific traditional construction and program management areas that commonly fail, such as scope definition and change management, and offers proven solutions.  This paper provides recommendations for resolving the potential failure points in each phase of the project lifecycle. The content is gleaned from lessons learned over the author’s 45-year career.

Speaker:    Christopher W. Carson, CEP DRMP PSP FAACE
                   Enterprise Director of Program & Project Controls
                   and Vice President for ARCADIS U.S.

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 leads 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.  

Mr. Carson has received multiple awards as a recognized thought leader in the Program/Project Controls and Construction Management industry.  He 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 CII for 2019-2020.

He 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 chosen as the first founding Fellow of Project Controls by the International Guild of Project Controls in 2014. He was made 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,” 2014, contributing author of “Construction Project Scheduling and Control,” by Saleh Mubarak, 2010, and contributing author for the “Time Management Guidelines” and “Claims Management Guidelines” by CMAA, 2011, 2017, 2018.  In addition, in September 2021, AACE published its 100th Recommended Practice, and Chris had the eighth most significant number of individual contributions to the AACE library of Recommended Practices.

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

RSVPs must be received on or before 5 p.m. on Wednesday, 15-Nov-2023.  Your friends and colleagues are always welcome; membership in AACE is not required. If you must cancel your reservation, please inform us at least 24 hours before the meeting.

Click here to RSVP before the end of business day on Wednesday, 11/15/2023.

Please register by Wednesday, 11/15/2023; 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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