Dispute Resolution SOCOTEC

James WEST

James-E.-West

Dispute Resolution Expert

James WEST

ABOUT

Mr. West has over 20 years of consulting experience involving construction cost and scheduling disputes.  Mr. West has provided expert consulting services on matters including construction claims, government contracts disputes, surety matters, subcontractor close-out, subcontractor default insurance, and project completion scheduling.  Mr. West has prepared and analyzed claims for schedule delays, change order pricing and related schedule impacts, cost overruns, productivity losses, defective work and resulting impacts, adverse weather impacts, and terminations. Mr. West has consulted on a variety of projects including airports, condominiums, convention centers, hospitals, hotels, pipelines, processing and manufacturing facilities, retail development, stadiums, and transportation, and public works. Mr. West has also provided schedule review services which include peer reviews, schedule progressing and creating and inserting fragment activities.  

 

Mr. West has also provided cost review services, including analysis of project estimates, job cost reports, change order requests, and change orders.  Mr. West used the results of his analysis to determine the reasonableness of the project estimate, allowable cost, and appropriateness of project billings. Mr. West has assisted in the development of baseline and completion schedules.  He has analyzed project schedules and developed recovery schedules on troubled projects and provided support in documenting schedule and cost impacts.    

 

Mr. West has provided inspection services to determine and document the cause and origin of damage to commercial structures resulting from deficient construction and other damage.  Mr. West has utilized the results of such investigations to estimate the cost of repairs. Mr. West has provided expert testimony in state court and mediation.  

ABOUT

Mr. West has over 20 years of consulting experience involving construction cost and scheduling disputes.  Mr. West has provided expert consulting services on matters including construction claims, government contracts disputes, surety matters, subcontractor close-out, subcontractor default insurance, and project completion scheduling.  Mr. West has prepared and analyzed claims for schedule delays, change order pricing and related schedule impacts, cost overruns, productivity losses, defective work and resulting impacts, adverse weather impacts, and terminations. Mr. West has consulted on a variety of projects including airports, condominiums, convention centers, hospitals, hotels, pipelines, processing and manufacturing facilities, retail development, stadiums, and transportation, and public works. Mr. West has also provided schedule review services which include peer reviews, schedule progressing and creating and inserting fragment activities.  

 

Mr. West has also provided cost review services, including analysis of project estimates, job cost reports, change order requests, and change orders.  Mr. West used the results of his analysis to determine the reasonableness of the project estimate, allowable cost, and appropriateness of project billings. Mr. West has assisted in the development of baseline and completion schedules.  He has analyzed project schedules and developed recovery schedules on troubled projects and provided support in documenting schedule and cost impacts.    

 

Mr. West has provided inspection services to determine and document the cause and origin of damage to commercial structures resulting from deficient construction and other damage.  Mr. West has utilized the results of such investigations to estimate the cost of repairs. Mr. West has provided expert testimony in state court and mediation.  

Professional Experience & Qualifications

15+ Years with Firm | 20+ Years in Industry

SOCOTEC
2022 – Present | Principal

Veritas Advisory Group - a SOCOTEC Company
2003 – 2021 | Senior Vice President

Peterson Barrington (A unit of Navigant Consulting)
1998 – 2003 | Senior Consultant

Travelers Property and Casualty Insurance Company
1996 – 1998 | Commercial Lines Property Adjuster

  • B.B.A., Strategic Management - University of North Texas – Denton, Texas - 1996

  • Vale Estimating School
  • Comment, Inc. – Primavera Project Planner
  • Construction Risk Insurance Specialist (CRIS)

  • James E. West, Field Directed Changes, (Dallas/Fort Worth Construction News, August 2007).
  • Alan F. Nagorzanski, John L. Bailey, and James E. West. 2010. Using Scheduling Consultants and Analyzing Default Schedule Delays. Surety & Fidelity Claims Institute Newsletter 22:8-15.

Expert Accordion Background

REPRESENTATIVE PROJECTS

Expert Witness Testimony

Colson & Colson General Contractor, Inc. and White Rock Trail Residence, L.P. v. Raymond L. Goodson, Jr., Inc. 

  • District Court of Dallas County, Texas 

Medical City Dallas, LTD. v. Carlisle Corporation, d/b/a Carlisle Syntec Systems, David Farsaci, Inc., d/b/a Charley Company and Charley Company of Texas, Inc. 

  • District Court Dallas County, Texas 192nd Judicial District 

Landmark Organization, L.P. v. Ellerbe Becket, Inc. et al.  

  • District Court Travis County, Texas 98th Judicial District 

Clark Construction Group, LLC. v. The City of Miami Beach, Florida and Hill International, Inc. 

  • Circuit Court of the 11th Judicial Circuit - Miami-Dade County, Florida 

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