Construction Management - Expert Witness Network

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B.S., Civil Engineering, University of Virginia (1975)
Registered Professional Engineer/California (C043580)
Construction claim preparation and analysis. Specialist in differing site
conditions, CPM scheduling, schedule delay analysis, and damages for loss
of efficiency, disruption, and acceleration. Negotiation, mediation,
arbitration, and litigation support.
Mr. Bull has over 25 years experience in program and construction
management, the analysis and resolution of claims, and has provided expert
witness testimony. He is President of Abacus Engineering Corporation.
Mr. Bull's experience covers: management in a consulting environment,
project management, design engineering, construction management,
construction engineering, construction claims, CPM scheduling, and cost
engineering. Other areas of expertise include: project organization, finance
and control; design consultant and contractor selection; contract drafting and
negotiation; contract compliance audits; dispute negotiation and resolution;
claim prevention and management; and surety work. Mr. Bull has been in
responsible charge of the design, development, and implementation of
computerized design, drafting and project control systems; cash flow
management; cost reporting; records management; and material control.
In addition to his in-depth program control experience, Mr. Bull has been in
charge of the management and resolution of over $100 million in claims
related to the construction of governmental and institutional projects. These
claims encompassed allegations of differing site conditions, design errors
and omissions, delay, disruption, acceleration, and termination.
Abacus Engineering Corporation
4685 MacArthur Court, Suite 210
Newport Beach, California 92660
Telephone: (949) 474-2070
Facsimile: (949) 474-2071
Toll Free: 1-800-475-2070 e-mail: [email protected]
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Abacus Engineering Corporation, President (1994 B Present)
Program and Construction
Management Services,
Forensic Engineering,
Claims Analysis, and
Expert Witness Services
As President, Mr. Bull provides corporate direction and support to the
management of programs and the analysis of claims. He serves as Principalin-Charge on numerous program management, construction management,
forensic engineering and claims assignments. Mr. Bull's experience
includes: industrial, commercial, residential, hospital, drinking water,
wastewater, power, process, and transportation projects in the public and
private sector. He is highly skilled in the preparation and analysis of
complex schedule-based claims for delay and loss of productivity. He has
serves as an expert witness in litigation, arbitration, and mediation. He is
also a course instructor for Abacus Seminars specializing in the training of
architects, engineers, and project managers on the subjects of construction
contract administration, CPM scheduling, and the analysis of claims.
Barba-Arkhon International Inc., Vice President (1991 B 1994)
Program Management
Services and Claims Analysis
As Vice President, Mr. Bull provided firm-wide direction and support to the
management of programs and the analysis of claims. He served as Officerin-Charge on numerous program management and claims assignments. Mr.
Bull's assignments included the management and direction of contract
completion efforts, and claims analyses for premier projects in the public
and private sector. Projects for which he provided services include: a claim
related to the termination for default on a wastewater treatment facility; a
claim for disputed change order, delay, and loss of productivity on a
justice/prison facility; a claim for defective design, delay, disruption, and
productivity losses regarding the construction of an administration building
for a major California university; and project close-out, claim analysis, and
expert testimony relative to a high-security office and laboratory for a
nationally recognized government research laboratory.
Project Management Associates, Vice President and
Regional Manager (1990 B 91)
Claims Analysis and
Construction Management
As Vice President, Mr. Bull managed the Southern California operations of
the company. In this capacity, he assisted in the delivery of construction
management services and directed and performed the evaluation and
analysis of various delay/disruption and negligence claims related to major
medical and commercial facilities. Projects for which he provided services
include the Ramada Renaissance Hotel at Los Angeles International Airport
and the California Medical Center in Los Angeles.
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High Point Schaer, Senior Consultant (1988 B 90)
Program Management,
Claims Analysis, and
Expert Witness Services
Mr. Bull provided program management services, directed and participated
in project completion efforts, and performed construction claims analysis.
Projects for which he provided services included the 400-bed Pomona
Valley Hospital Medical Center (addition and remodel, including asbestos
abatement), the Park Hyatt Santa Monica Beach Hotel, the City of Compton
Fire Station and Emergency Operations Center, and the City of Costa Mesa,
Harbor Boulevard Storm Drain Improvement Project, among others.
Kennedy/Jenks/Chilton Engineers, Manager of Design and
Construction (1986 B 88)
Design and Construction of
Civil, Environmental, and
Hazardous/Toxic Remedial
Mr. Bull was responsible for the management of the design and construction
of various projects. Projects on which he supervised the design and services
during construction included the BDP/Carrier Corporation soil and
groundwater remediation project in the City of Industry, California; the
California Department of Corrections maximum security prison at Wiley's
Well, California; the airport taxiway and roadway for the Orange County,
California, John Wayne Airport; as well as a variety of water and
wastewater conveyance systems and treatment plants. Mr. Bull was also
active in the mitigation of potential professional negligence actions directed
at the firm.
CH2M HILL, Project Manager (1982 B 86)
Facility Planning,
Program Management,
Scheduling, Cost Control and
Expert Witness Services
As Project Manager, Mr. Bull directed CH2M HILL's efforts for the City of
Los Angeles in drafting a Consent Decree with the Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA). Mr. Bull assisted the City in their preparation of
a Facility Plan and the Grant Funding Application, as well as providing
expert testimony regarding City compliance with the Clean Water Act
requirement for the cessation of sludge discharge into Santa Monica Bay.
He also directed CH2M HILL's efforts relative to the construction of the
Hyperion Energy Recovery and Cogeneration Plant at El Segundo,
California, providing fast-track scheduling, cash-flow management, change
order negotiation, claims analysis and resolution, and record management
for 23 fixed price procurement and construction contracts. He also provided
design engineering and expert witness services for the City of Los Angeles.
While at CH2M Hill, Mr. Bull also prepared a Construction Management
Plan and Grant Funding Application for the Sanitation Districts of Los
Angeles County regarding the District's Energy Recovery and Cogeneration
Plant at Carson, California.
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Fluor Corporation, Control Team Leader (1980 B 82)
Scheduling, Cost Control, and
Construction Management
As a Control Team Leader at Fluor, Mr. Bull directed a construction group
responsible for field planning, cost estimating, fast-track scheduling, and
inspection for six major petrochemical process facilities at a $2.0 billion
(1980) coal gasification and refinery plant. While with Fluor, Mr. Bull also
successfully developed and implemented the integration of cost and
scheduling systems for over $2.0 billion of petrochemical plant design and
construction. The integration allowed for the incremental and cumulative
measurement of productivity and earned value.
Morrison-Knudsen Company, Project Engineer (1975 B 80)
Construction Management,
Field Engineering, Scheduling,
Cost Control, and Claim
Mr. Bull was a key team member on four major projects while with
Morrison-Knudsen Company.
On the West Suriname Railway in South America, he provided construction
scheduling, cost estimating, cash flow projections, change order
management and field engineering services. Field Engineering services
included railway and roadway right-of-way and line and grade; construction
engineering for the ballast and concrete plants, as well as for temporary and
permanent bridge structures; balance of cut and fill, as well as investigation
and location of suitable borrow and spoil sites; and general project
engineering support to ongoing field operations.
On the King Khalid Military City (KKMC) project in Saudi Arabia, Mr.
Bull was responsible for the design, implementation, and maintenance of
project control systems that met the requirements of the Department of
Defense (DOD) Cost/Schedule Control Systems Criteria (C/SCSC).
Morrison-Knudsen's contract with the Saudi Arabian Government included
procurement, construction, and management services for KKMC, including
the airbase, roadway, perimeter air defense command system, and support
On the Hampton Roads Bridge/Tunnel Project in Virginia, he provided field
productivity measurement and analysis, and made observations and
recommendations regarding construction means and methods for excavation,
cast-in-place concrete roadway, approach structure, and tunnel work.
On the Trident Submarine Facility in Groton, Connecticut, he participated in
the preparation of a construction claim regarding differing site conditions,
disruption, delay and extra work for a shipyard and dock.
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Mergentime Corporation, Engineering Intern (1973 B 75)
While attending the University of Virginia, Mr. Bull was employed as an
engineering intern by Mergentime Corporation on a major cut and cover
section of the Washington, D.C. Metro Subway Project. In the capacity of
intern, he worked under the supervision of the Company's Professional
Engineers to assist in the design of support of excavation and concrete
formwork, field survey for horizontal and vertical control, take-off of
quantities for placement and payment, preparation of monthly progress
payment applications, and the estimation of change orders.
National Society of Professional Engineers
Professional Engineers in Construction
"Pollution Taxes on Virgin Materials and The Potential Impact
on the Management of Solid Wastes" (Forbes Magazine conference
on "Rebuilding America's Infrastructure", New York, New York, January
"Design/Build/Operate/Transfer C A Twenty-first Century
Approach to Public Sector Construction in the United States"
(The Construction Superconference, San Francisco, California, December
"Choosing The Best Delivery System for Your Project - Plus, A
National Survey of Large Project Experience" (The Construction
Superconference, San Francisco, California, December 1996)
“The Best Way to Hire a Construction Claims Consultant is to
Ask the Right Questions – Twelve Key Questions to Ask”
Fall 1998
“Typical Approach and Methodology for the Calculation of
Damages for a Complex Construction Claim”
Spring 1999