E-news for the Construction Division March 2007

Final PEC Web Seminar -- Escalating Construction Costs

April 18 12:30 — 2:00 p.m. E.D.T.
Through the Roof — Escalating Construction Costs
Michael Kennedy, Principal, Stantec Consulting Inc.


As you struggle to control costs, have you wondered:

  • Why are the costs moving faster than ever before, such as copper, cement and gasoline?
  • What are indicators for further shifts and dramatic jumps in materials costs—what’s likely to be the next cost punch in the nose?
  • What innovations have been around awhile and working well, such as the Proctor & Gamble model rooms?
  • What are the technology and information management breakthroughs that can lower the risk and stress of projecting costs accurately and finishing the job without economic stalls?

Michael Kennedy, B.Sc, MCIOB, PMP, Principal, Stantec Consulting, Ltd. is our featured speaker at this seminar and will discuss, “Winning the Construction Cost Escalation Battles.” Kennedy has built a successful 16 year career in the project management and construction field. Performing a variety of project management and support assignments in Canada and the UK, Kennedy worked for one of the top project management companies in Britain prior to joining Stantec in 1999. 

Kennedy employs a proactive, hands-on approach to project management that has contributed to his overall success in the field. He has a thorough knowledge of all areas of project management, particularly design and construction management, consultant coordination, and contract administration. His experience encompasses a diverse range of projects and includes key management roles on major transportation and public infrastructure undertakings, as well as commercial developments. Kennedy is also the Managing Principal for the Vancouver Stantec office, focusing on maximizing Stantec's multidisciplinary opportunities to secure and execute major projects. He leads Stantec’s market sector approach to business development and delivery of services.

Download this form to register today!




Construction Engineers Needed to Review Exam Preparation Materials

NSPE's partner, Kaplan AEC Education, a leading provider of engineering exam preparation materials, instructor resources, and continuing education materials, seeks content reviewers and contributors on the topic of construction engineering. An immediate need exists to develop review materials on this topic for PE exam preparation. Beginning in April 2008, construction engineering will be an option for the afternoon-depth portion of the PE exam in civil engineering.

Compensation for reviewers and contributors varies depending on the scope of work required. If interested, please mail or email your contact information and resume to the attention of:

Laurie McGuire
30 S. Wacker Drive
Suite 2500
Chicago, IL 60606

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Take the 2007 Milton F. Lunch Ethics Contest Challenge

All current NSPE individual members, NSPE state societies, and NSPE chapters (including student chapters) are invited to participate in the 2007 NSPE Milton F. Lunch Ethics Contest. Here's your opportunity to match your wits with experienced PEs and engineering students throughout the country!

Contestants are encouraged to analyze the facts of a real situation involving the ethical obligations of a professional engineer as a member of the United States military. Contestants must develop discussion and conclusions about the ethics of the engineer in the case using the format of the NSPE Board of Ethical Review. Entries must be 750 words or less and must be received at NSPE Headquarters by April 20.

The winning entry will receive a certificate, recognition in PE Magazine, and an award of $1,000 ($500 to the NSPE state society or NSPE chapter and $500 divided among the authors), provided by the NSPE Educational Foundation.

Judges will decide the winner based on quality of the entry in form and presentation; demonstration of understanding of the implications concerning ethical or unethical behavior; and comprehensive analysis of the case and arguments supporting your conclusions.

The contest is named for NSPE’s former general counsel, who played a key role in the founding of the NSPE Board of Ethical Review.

Please visit the "Ethics" section of the NSPE Web site for additional information or to download a contest flyer in PDF format.

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2006-07 PEC Executive Board

Arthur DeWit, P.E., F.NSPE
Lake Havasu, AZ

Immediate Past Chair
E. Terence Foster, Ph.D., P.E., F.NSPE
Omaha, NE

Leonard "Bud" Darby, P.E.
Alexandria, VA

James Goedert, Ph.D., P.E.
Omaha, NE
Northeast Region Vice Chair
Jon Drosendahl, P.E.
Glenshaw, PA
North Central Region Vice Chair
Southeast Region Vice Chair
James Neff, P.E.
Gainesville, FL
Southwest Region Vice Chair
Paul Bakken, PE
Centennial, CO

Central Region Vice Chair
Carl Meglan, P.E.
Columbus, OH

Western and Pacific Region Vice Chair
William Beery, P.E.
Hilo, HI

PEC Staff Liaison
Kim Granados, CAE

PEC Homepage 

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