January 14 - Construction Contracts
Tricks, Traps, and Ploys in Construction Scheduling
This presentation is intended to be a practical guide to managing and scheduling your construction projects to maximize efficiency and prohibit litigation that may arise from early problems. Contract provisions, scheduling methods, claims avoidance and dispute resolution are among the topics this webinar will cover. Additional topics may be added at a later date.
Speakers: Brian Goodreau & Greg Holness
Brian Goodreau is a Principal Claims Analyst and the Operations Leader for the Arcadis Contract Solutions team of experts in construction disputes and project controls in New York City. Brian has more than 12 years of experience and currently manages claims on behalf of public and private owners for numerous complex infrastructure and building projects across North America. He has a proven record of accomplishment helping clients to avoid and mitigate disputes by implementing techniques such as CPM scheduling and total cost management. Brian has also effectively resolved numerous disputes on behalf of his clients, providing expert analysis and litigation support. Brian has been involved numerous alternative dispute resolutions including negotiations, mediations and claims review boards.
Prior to Arcadis, Brian worked as a project manager in the field for nearly a decade. Throughout his career, Brian has held positions as project manager, scheduler, project controls manager, and claims analyst. His experience in the field coupled with his skills of the latest technology provides him with the tools required to be an effective analyst on complex claims.
Brian is a graduate of Central Connecticut State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Construction Management and is a certified Planning and Scheduling Professional (PSP) with the Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering International (AACEI). Mr. Goodreau is an accomplished public speaker and is often invited to speak at seminars on construction claims and managing projects more effectively.
Greg Holness has more than 25 years of experience in construction and construction disputes, having held the titles of Project Director, Transportation Engineer, Claims Analyst, Project Manager, and General Counsel. As a professional engineer and an attorney, Greg has created and managed schedules; maintained budgets; overseen the design, procurement and installation processes; interacted with insurance companies and sureties; handled construction litigations; and advised corporate officers on diverse topics such as bid disputes, how to attract better vendors, regulatory compliance, and the company’s strategic vision.
Greg has analyzed and resolved all sorts of claims on public and private projects, ranging from small but difficult to resolve matters, to enormous multi-party litigations requiring many days of dispute resolution to close out. Greg's previous work at a department of transportation, an international large design-build curtainwall subcontractor, and several law firms (where he represented owners, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, architects, engineers and sureties), has given him multiple perspectives which he uses to draw upon when developing a successful strategies for resolving disagreements. In addition, he has drafted and negotiated hundreds of construction and design contracts in his career, so he is intimately knowledgeable on the key terms that often are central to disputes.
Greg enjoys providing in-house training and giving lectures and seminars on a wide variety of construction topics, but particularly those aimed at teaching how to avoid problems in construction and what to do when they do arise.