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 Expert  723998

Expert in Construction Risk Management, Project Controls, Project Management, CPM Scheduling, Disputes, etc.

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Washington (WA)
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She has been involved in scheduling for 30 years. She has written extensively on the subject, has provided training on CPM scheduling including hand-on scheduling, contract administration of scheduling, schedule delay analysis, and identification of risks. She has recently just stepped down as the Chairman of the College of Scheduling of the Project Management Institute and still serve on the Board of Directors as Chairman Emeritus. She is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in the UK and a member of its project management and risk management divisions. She is also a member of the Academy of Experts and a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) as well as a Past President of the American Society of Civil Engineers she has served as a testifying scheduling expert since 1984. She provides advice to clients regarding the adequacy of schedules and/or identification of risks within the schedules. While these risk management engagements do not involve the actual “development” of CPM schedules, they do require extensive knowledge of CPM scheduling as often the risks involve logic, activity durations and/or how the activities are sequenced in order to perform the work. Her work is extensive in this area and these particular engagements have not been listed herein.


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As Chief Executive Officer of Expert's Firm Expert oversees all aspects of the firm's Risk Management, Management Consulting and Dispute Resolution services. Expert's Risk Management experience includes project planning and ongoing project execution, risk assessment and analysis, trend evaluations and risk reduction plans for public and private projects in the transportation, infrastructure, power, process, oil and gas and building sectors. Expert has written and lectured extensively on the subject of risk management and has served as an in-house instructor on risk management for both Owners and Contractors. She has served as an advisor to multiple Owner and Contractor clients and served as a member of various Risk Management assessment and review panels. In addition, Expert has assisted and been actively involved in developing and setting up Risk Management corporate-wide programs for multinational companies around the world. Representative Project Specific Risk Management engagements include multibillion dollar Rail Projects, the Kuala Lumpur Airport, a pharmaceutical plant in Singapore and the Melbourne City Link Project in Australia. Engagements have included risk assessments and ongoing risk monitoring for EPC Contractors and Owners. She has also served as Project Manager and Scheduling Engineer for major projects (design, construction and fast track) using computer automated systems.

In Nielsen-Wurster's Management Consulting Division, Expert's engagement experience includes analyses of Board of Directors roles and responsibilities, management structures and performance, evaluation of operations, management processes, contract development and form, project controls, contract administration, claims avoidance, schedule delay, value engineering and others. She has performed Management Consulting services for major US and non-US companies and public agencies including Japan and Australia throughout the construction, process, power and transportation sectors. She also lectures and presents seminars on project controls, management, Board of Director roles and responsibility and leadership to private firms, corporations and professional society organizations.

Expert has extensive international experience having traveled to nearly 100 countries and having worked on numerous domestic and international engagements.

Megaprojects, by industry definition, are very large investment projects that attract a high level of public attention or political interest because of substantial direct and indirect impacts on the community, environment and budgets. They are generally defined as major infrastructure projects that cost more than $1 billion.

Expert has significant global experience with megaprojects costing several times this minimum definition. She has been a member of and led teams on engagements such as Crossrail Project, London, United Kingdom at £10 billion; Sakhalin Pipeline Project, Moscow, Russia at $20 billion; Consortium Contractor, Marine Facility, Europe at $6 billion; Xiaolangdi Dam, China at $3.5 billion; Melbourne Citylink Project, Victoria, Australia at $2 billion; Siemens PEMEX-Cadereyta project at $1.6 billion; Rockport Works Steel Mill Facility, Rockport, Indiana, United States at $1.1 billion; Refinery Upgrade and Pipeline Project, North America at over $1 billion; and International LNG Terminal, North America at $1 billion; HBJ Pipeline Projec


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Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Seattle, Washington;  Tacoma, Washington;  Bellevue, Washington;  Everett, Washington;  Federal Way, Washington;  Kent, Washington;  Yakima, Washington;  Lakewood, Washington;  and Renton, Washington.

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Year   Degree   Subject   Institution   Honors
2005   PhD   Civil Engineering and Project Management   Kochi University of Technology, Japan   Magna Cum Laude
1984   MBA   Finance and Marketing   New York Institute of Technology   Magna Cum Laude
1978   BSCE   Civil Engineering and Construction management   Purdue University  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Title   Responsibilities

1981 to




Chief Executive Officer


Overall firm management, strategic planning, marketing and selling and billing responsibilities in the fields of risk management, management consulting and dispute resolution. Testifies as an expert witness as required

1978 to 1981


CH2M Hill


Master Program Scheduler


on-site tunnel inspector, estimating and schedule responsibilities in project controls department and responsible for overall program schedule for the $1.2 billion Milwaukee Water Pollution Abatement Program

Career Accomplishments:

She was the President of the largest civil engineering organization in the world-The American Society of Civil Engineers. She is also the immediate past chair of the Project Management Institute College of Scheduling. She was the US. representative to the World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO). She is the current Chair for the Society for Social management Systems located in Japan. She has chaired numerous conferences and was the co-chair with The Philippine President Ramos of the first Civil Engineering Conference for the Asian Region


She is a licensed professional civil engineer (PE) in 11 US States, Manitoba Canada and a Chartered Engineer in Australia (CPEng). She is a certified Project management professional (PMP) and a chartered surveyor. (MRICS)

Professional Appointments

She was appointed by President Bush in 2006 for a 6-year term to the National Science Board


She has been awarded Purdue University's Engineering Alumni Award, Lifetime Achievement in engineering Leadership by George Mason University, Sigma Kappa Colby Award, Society of Women Engineers upward Mobility Award, Glamour Magazine Top Women in Business Award, Professional Women in Construction Leadership Award

Publications and Patents Summary

She has written over 150 articles and publications, has recently finished a book entitled the 21st Century Engineer in current editorial review by ASCE Press and scheduled to be available for purchase in September 2007 and is currently a weekly blog writer for Engineering News Record

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • She was the leading expert for Fluor on a $500 million Trades Practices Act lawsuit (management review misrepresentation) on the largest cobalt nickel mine in the world. Based on her testimony in an international arbitration, the owner was not successful in the misrepresentation claim.
  • She assisted in the development of a risk management corporate wide program that prevented a multi billion company from financial disaster and resulted in the company setting up risk management controls that could be applied in all their global operations and projects.
  • She was part of a team that provided the independent review and assessment on two of the largest projects underway in Europe-both in the Billions of dollars, for both the Crossrail project estimate in London and the Venice Lagoon project in Italy.
  • She developed and presented a week long course to the project managers at the Panama Canal on risk management, contract administration and dispute resolution.
  • She was the project manager for risk management effort for the City Link Authority regarding the multi-year City Link highway and tunnel project in Melbourne, Australia which was the first toll project in Victoria, Australia.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your expert consulting needs.  Expert is available for consulting to corporate, legal and government clients.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Expert Witness:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
She has testified on multiple occasions in international arbitrations (ICC, SIAC, London Court of Arbitration, UNICTRAL) , Federal US. District Courts, State Courts, Public Utility Hearings, multiple depositions, and mediation presentations
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Expert on water main construction and shut-down of water main for a municipal water company.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding expert testimony, litigation consulting and support, forensic services, or any related expert witness services.  A few litigation needs include product liability, personal injury, economic loss, intellectual property (patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright), and insurance matters.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

International Experience:
Years   Country / Region   Summary
1992 to   Australia   She has done extensive work in Australia regarding both risk management and dispute resolution on projects concerning mining, roadways, rails, buildings and refineries
1987 to   Asia   She has worked extensively in Asia in Japan, China, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Philippines, Nepal, Indonesia performing both risk management, training and dispute resolution on projects concerning refineries, fossil power, hydro-electric dams, roads, process plants, pharmaceutical plants, rail projects, mining projects, LNG plants, pipelines, airports and ports
1984 to   Europe   She has worked extensively in Europe on project in the UK, Ireland, Italy, Turkey, Finland, Switzerland, Portugal, and Spain. These projects have included independent assessments, risk management and dispute resolution
1986 to   Middle East   She has worked in Kuwait, UAE, Bahrain and projects in Saudi Arabia regarding training, and dispute resolution on projects including refineries, oil depots, power plants and LNG plants
1995 to   South America   She has worked extensively in South America including the countries of Mexico, Panama, Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, Columbia, and Venezuela. Engagements included training, risk management and disputes concerning process plants, power plants, oil depots and refineries, brick refractories and pipeline projects

Language Skills:
Foreign Language   Description
English   She is fluent in English
Spanish   She has a good understanding of the Spanish language, excellent reading comprehension and good speaking and written skills

Market Research:
She is a partner in Unionville Vineyards, a winery located in New Jersey. In addition to her position of CEO in The Nielsen-Wurster Group where she is responsible for marketing services, she has developed and successfully marketed wine to an industry where New Jersey was unheard of for making wine-until the wines she was marketing began winning world class medals including double gold in California!

Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your marketing research, industry research, and company research needs.  For research needs involving multiple experts or secondary research, a Research Director can be assigned to coordinate the work into a custom report for you as a potentially quicker and more cost effective alternative to doing this work yourself or hiring a boutique consultancy.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Additional Skills and Services:

She has developed and presented numerous training courses on leadership, risk management, project controls, CPM schedules, schedule delay analysis, dispute resolution, contract administration, globalization, engineering education and confidence building

Other Skills and Services

She has worked in over 60 countries and traveled to nearly 100 and been to all seven continents. As international director and then President of the American Society of Civil Engineers, she has worked with engineers, executives and government officials from all different cultures. She has developed a way to manage diversity and has mastered the art of negotiations all over the world


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