Dispute Resolution SOCOTEC

Peter VAN DER SCHANS

Peter-VAN-DER-SCHANS

Dispute Resolution & Project Advisory Expert

Peter VAN DER SCHANS

ABOUT

Peter van der Schans has over 20 years of experience in the engineering and construction industry. Mr. van der Schans has extensive experience providing strategic advisory services with a strong background in project management, construction claims evaluation and mitigation, litigation support, scheduling, and cost controls. Mr. van der Schans is a Certified Cost Professional (CCP) and a Planning Scheduling Professional (PSP) certified by The Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering International (AACEI), and a Project Management Professional (PMP) certified by the Project Management Institute (PMI).

 

Mr. van der Schans has resolved construction claims and disputes and led construction audits across several industries. He has specialized in project management assessments, cost estimate reviews and control, schedule analyses, change orders, contract and license agreement negotiations, dispute mitigation, and risk  assessment. His experience includes major capital domestic and international projects in Upstream Oil and Gas, Chemical Plants and Refineries, Marine and Offshore projects, Power Projects, LNG Liquefaction and Regasification Plants, Manufacturing Facilities, Pipelines, Commercial Buildings, Civil and Infrastructure Projects, and other specialized engineering and construction projects. Prior to serving as VP at Synergen, a SOCOTEC Company, Mr. van der Schans was Manager of Capital Projects for Deloitte Advisory.

ABOUT

Peter van der Schans has over 20 years of experience in the engineering and construction industry. Mr. van der Schans has extensive experience providing strategic advisory services with a strong background in project management, construction claims evaluation and mitigation, litigation support, scheduling, and cost controls. Mr. van der Schans is a Certified Cost Professional (CCP) and a Planning Scheduling Professional (PSP) certified by The Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering International (AACEI), and a Project Management Professional (PMP) certified by the Project Management Institute (PMI).

 

Mr. van der Schans has resolved construction claims and disputes and led construction audits across several industries. He has specialized in project management assessments, cost estimate reviews and control, schedule analyses, change orders, contract and license agreement negotiations, dispute mitigation, and risk  assessment. His experience includes major capital domestic and international projects in Upstream Oil and Gas, Chemical Plants and Refineries, Marine and Offshore projects, Power Projects, LNG Liquefaction and Regasification Plants, Manufacturing Facilities, Pipelines, Commercial Buildings, Civil and Infrastructure Projects, and other specialized engineering and construction projects. Prior to serving as VP at Synergen, a SOCOTEC Company, Mr. van der Schans was Manager of Capital Projects for Deloitte Advisory.

Professional Experience & Qualifications

5+ YEARS WITH FIRM | 20+ YEARS IN INDUSTRY

SOCOTEC
2022 – Present | Senior Managing Director

Synergen Consulting International, LLC - a SOCOTEC Company
2016 – 2021 | Senior Vice President

Deloitte Advisory
2013-2016

Interface International Consulting, Inc.
2004-2013

Law Offices of Richard B. Geiger, LLC
1998-2004

Raytheon Engineering and Constructors
1998-1998

Solutia, Inc.
1997-1997



 

  • Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering – The University of Texas at Austin
  • Masters of Business Administration (Finance & Accounting) – Regis University

  • Dispute Resolution
  • Project Advisory
  • Expert Witness Testimony
  • Preparation & Evaluation of Claims
  • Construction & Project Management
  • Risk Analysis
  • Project Controls
  • Scheduling / Critical Path / Delay Analysis
  • Acceleration / Disruption Analysis
  • Productivity Analysis
  • Cost Analysis
  • Change Management
  • Engineering / Procurement / Construction
  • Damages Calculation
  • Construction Practices & Safety
  • Technical Report Writing

  • Project Management Professional (PMP) – Project Management Institute
  • Certified Cost Professional (CCP) – AACE International
  • Planning and Scheduling Professional (PSP) – AACE International

  • Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering International (AACEI)
  • Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC)
  • Project Management Institute (PMI)
  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
  • Energy Bar Association (EBA)
  • American Bar Association (ABA)

  • State Courts
  • American Arbitration Association (AAA)

ABA Forum in Construction Law

  • 2018 – New Orleans, Louisiana


Downstream Engineering and Construction Conference

  • 2017 – New Orleans, Louisiana


Engineering and Construction Contracting Conference

  • 2016 – Palm Springs, California
  • 2017 – Boca Raton, Florida
  • 2018 – San Antonio, Texas
  • 2019 – Colorado Springs, Colorado


Rice Engineering & Construction XX Annual Forum

  • 2017 – Houston, Texas


State Bar of Texas – Construction Law Forum

  • 2017-2018 – San Antonio, Texas

Project Management – The Future of US Capital Projects
• June 4, 2018
• PMI Houston Conference, Co-Presentation

Preparing to Avoid Battler (Documentation and Project Controls to Avoid or Mitigate
Claims)
• June 22, 2017
• Associated Builders and Contractors Greater Houston (ABCGH) – Legal Seminar

Righting the Ship: Managing Troubled Projects
• September 9, 2015
• 47th Annual Engineering and Construction Contracting Association Annual Conference

Oil & Gas Pricing, Trends, and Project Updates
• March 4, 2015
• Energy Construction Forum, Moderator

Avoiding Project Warfare – Construction Claims Prevention and Mitigation
• March 11, 2014
• Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering International (AACEI)

“Tracking the Procurement Process Using a CPM Schedule – As Applied in Construction”, December 28, 2016, AACE International, RP 88R-15 (Contributor).

"Original Baseline Schedule Review – As Applied in Engineering, Procurement, and Construction ", October 23, 2014, AACE International, RP 78R-13 (Contributor).

"The Great LNG Reversal", July 25, 2013, Red Hard Hat/Interface Consulting International, Inc. Authors: Peter van der Schans and Sarah Spurgeon

"Escalation Estimating Using Indices and Monte Carlo Simulation", May 2, 2012, AACE International RP 68R-11 (Contributor).

"Integrated Cost and Schedule Risk Analysis and Contingency Determination using Expected Value", May 2, 2012, AACE International RP 65R-11 (Contributor).

"Hurricane Aftermath Leaves Short Supply", October 2005, Build Houston Magazine. Authors: Peter van der Schans

"Increasing Material Prices Gouge Construction Industry", January 2005, Construction Executive Magazine. Authors: Peter van der Schans

"The Cost of Doing Business - Is Your Company Suffering from Increasing Material Prices?”, November 2004, Build Houston Magazine. Authors: Peter van der
Schans

Expert Accordion Background

REPRESENTATIVE PROJECTS

Commercial

• Assisted with the evaluation of glass window installation defects on behalf of a general contractor for a commercial building.


• Performed a tangible asset inventory reconciliation project for a video delivery and broad band technology company as part of a $2 billion purchase.

Condominiums

• Analyzed change orders and site instructions related to delays and cost overruns of the construction of a $21 million condominium complex in Minnesota. Primary issues included permit delays, design/build coordination, subcontractor performance and workmanship, moisture/mold remediation, unit buyer customization, and liquidated damages. Analysis was presented in an expert report for arbitration purposes.

Cultural / Entertainment / Sports

• Analyzed subcontractor’s $9 million claim for delay damages, extra work, and acceleration costs regarding the construction of a resort and casino project in Las Vegas. Provided detailed evaluation of the flaws related to opposing expert’s measured mile analysis. Provided analysis and conclusions in an expert report for use in litigation.

Educational

Performed construction progress and estimate to complete audit for a global EPCM contractor on a $100 million new university campus building construction project in Tennessee. Performed a site visit and analyzed applications for payment, project schedules, change orders, claims, and other project documentation.

Healthcare

• Evaluated storm damage and provided cost estimates for remediation and necessary code- related improvements resulting from tropical storm damage to eight (8) healthcare facilities in Texas. Analysis and conclusions presented in an expert report for insurance purposes.


• Advised a mechanical contractor on risk mitigation and claims avoidance regarding large government healthcare projects.

Hospitality

• Performed construction progress and estimate to complete audit for a global EPC contractor on a $180 million new resort hotel construction project in Florida. Performed a site visit and analyzed applications for payment, project schedules, change orders,claims, and other project documentation.

Industrial / Processing

• Analyzed engineering delays, quality issues, and $800 million in project cost growth on behalf of an owner regarding a propane dehydrogenation project in Texas for the purposes of a Certificate of Merit. 

• Analyzed design issues and delays that resulted in $150 million in cost growth for a $230 million ethylene cracker expansion project in Texas for the purposes of a Certificate of Merit.

• Analyzed engineering performance and cost impacts on behalf of an owner for the construction of an Alkoxylation plant unit in Texas for the purposes of a Certificate of Merit.

• Analyzed design basis and design changes of a unit of a chemical plant that experienced a fatal gas leak on behalf of the engineering company.

• Provided project management advisory services for a client planning a multi-billion-dollar petrochemical plant in the US Gulf Cost. Conducted management interviews to understand project objectives, background and status. Organized and conducted sponsor and project team alignment meetings. Assisted the client in obtaining and evaluating contractor responses. Performed special analysis and research into specific issues. Advised client on alternative options/ strategies to meet project objectives, including project delivery system, contracting strategy, labor escalation, and contractor selection criteria.


• Provided construction claims and litigation support regarding a $350 million chemical plant expansion project in Louisiana. Set up and managed large-scale electronic document database with remote access. Primary issues included scope changes, schedule delays, labor productivity impacts, and cost overruns.

• Evaluated scope change, schedule delay, cost overrun, termination, and other technical issues relative to the construction of a $75 million gas processing plant in Louisiana. Analysis and conclusions presented in expert reports for litigation purposes.

• Evaluated productivity labor loss claim for approximately $12 million on behalf of the owner of a hydrogen steam methane reformer project. Analysis used in mediation in preparation for arbitration.

• Performed schedule analysis of design and construction delays, and analyzed performance deficiencies, regarding the construction of a biodiesel production facility. Analysis and conclusions presented in expert report for use in international arbitration (IAC).

• Provided research and analysis for use in an expert report for an international arbitration (UNCITRAL) on behalf of the owner’s engineer for gas processing plants projects related to an LNG liquefaction facility. Analyzed issues related to out of scope work and design and development.

• Analyzed contractor delays and performance issues regarding the engineering and construction of a bioethanol plant. Analysis presented in an expert report for use in an international arbitration (LCIA).

• Evaluated design, procurement, and construction issues regarding the construction of a $10 million air separation unit in Texas. Principal issues included design changes, schedule delays, labor overruns, and force majeure impacts.

• Provided preliminary evaluation of events prior to and following a steam pipe rupture incident in New York.

Institutional

• Developed delay and disruption claims valued at over $4 million for an airfield runway electrical subcontractor for a U.S. Air Force project.

• Performed construction progress and estimate to complete audit for a global EPC contractor on a $60 million new roadway and base entry construction project in North Carolina. Performed a site visit and analyzed applications for payment, project schedules, change orders, claims, and other project documentation.

Manufacturing

• Developed expert report analyzing contractor claims for turnaround work on behalf of one of the world’s leading paper manufacturing companies.

• Performed a construction progress audit for a solar power panel manufacturer constructing a $200 million manufacturing facility in Texas. Verified reasonableness of cost incurred by performing a site visit and analyzing applications for payment, project schedules, change orders, and other project documentation.

Mining

• Performed project controls and procedures audit of a greenfield gold mine project in Nevada with an estimated cost of $2 billion. Evaluated the adequacy of control measures in place to ensure the integrity of project status and pre-feasibility cost reporting, as well as compliance to the project manual for large capital projects in the pre-feasibility phase. Provided conclusions related to project governance, estimating, scheduling, progress, budget, AFEs, and stage-gate reporting.

• Conducted project controls and procedures audit of 125ktpd copper mine expansion project located in the US with an estimated cost of $2 billion. Evaluated the design and operating effectiveness of project controls processes including estimating, forecasting, change order management, scheduling and management reporting. Evaluated the accounting and administrative controls. Provided recommendations for improved project controls and project governance.

• Conducted project controls and procedures audit of 240ktpd copper mine expansion project located in Peru with an estimated total cost of $4.6 billion. Provided recommendations to improve and strengthen accounting and administrative controls, project governance, cost and schedule controls, and identified lessons learned to be incorporated on future projects. Identified additional project risks and assisted the client in developing a management action plan for project management reporting; project cost reporting; change management; schedule updating process; contract management;  and additional considerations related to the client’s in-process management improvement 
initiatives.

Multi-Family

• Evaluated duration of remediation and repairs associated with flooding of an apartment building and clubhouse. Provided experts testimony in arbitration hearing. 

• Performed CPM schedule analysis to evaluate project delays for five (5) retirement home facility construction projects on behalf of a plumbing subcontractor.

• Analyzed design/construction defect issues and estimated remediation costs relative to a 350-unit apartment complex in Ohio. Primary issues included defective roofing installation and painting defects. Analysis presented in an expert report for litigation purposes.

Oil & Gas

• Analyzed contractor schedule delays and performance compliance for the construction of a $7.5 billion LNG liquefaction facility in Texas on behalf of an investor.

• Managed engagement with oil and gas super major to facilitate alignment between contractor and owner for a $7 billion-dollar project. Analyzed processes and procedures, implemented improved reporting of metrics, and implemented decision tracking and communication processes. Provided ongoing support including facilitation and stewardship of strategic leadership milestones, facilitation of a vendor data acceleration program, procurement process improvements, meeting efficiencies and status reporting, and other process efficiencies.

• Evaluated the planning and execution of a post-fire refinery reconstruction project on behalf of an owner in a business interruption insurance claim dispute.

• Provided ongoing claims assistance on behalf of an owner in the construction of a multibillion-dollar LNG liquefaction facility in Angola.

• Evaluated millions of dollars in costs incurred by owner during remediation activities on an offshore TLP (tension-leg platform) undergoing repairs prior to operation in the Gulf of Mexico.

• Assisted LNG vessel escort contractor with preparation of proposal for large contract in the Gulf of Mexico. Provided research and support for recommendations to client.

• Led the development and implementation of project scheduling and cost control systems for an international offshore contractor supplying life-of-field contracting services and development solutions for offshore energy producers. Provided project management oversight and training to facilitate systems implementation.

• Analyzed owner delay and disruption issues and provided analysis to support the quantification of labor productivity losses and monetary damages regarding a $26 million ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD) revamp project in California. Primary issues included defective engineering and construction documents, late and defective predecessor work, late materials, and acceleration. Analysis and conclusions presented in an expert report for litigation purposes.

• Analyzed an $8 million claim regarding delays, disruptions, and labor productivity impacts to an ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD) project in Oklahoma. Evaluated claimed productivity impacts and provided independent analysis of contractor claims against owner. Presented analysis and conclusions to client for claim negotiation and settlement purposes.

• Analyzed scope growth, work suspension, and contract termination issues and quantified damages relative to a $17 million topsides erection and outfitting contract for a deepwaterspar production facility in the Gulf of Mexico. Analysis and conclusions presented in an expert report for arbitration purposes.

• Analyzed delays, disruptions, and labor productivity impacts regarding a $16 million topsides erection and outfitting contract for a deepwater spar production facility in the Gulf of Mexico. Primary issues included engineering deficiencies, late and out-of-sequence material and equipment deliveries, late predecessor work, scope changes, and acceleration. Analysis and conclusions presented in an expert report for litigation purposes.

• Evaluated force majeure claims related to the construction of expanded facilities for an LNG vaporization terminal in Louisiana. Analyzed schedule delays and disruptions and evaluated change order requests, labor wage volatility, labor shortages, and productivity impacts. Presented analysis and conclusions to client for claim negotiation and settlement purposes.

• Evaluated contract termination issues and assessed damages due the owner for cost to complete the work on an $8 million refinery boiler rebuild project in Aruba. Analysis and conclusions presented in expert report for arbitration purposes.

• Prepared $150 million claim on behalf of owner for a $10 billion refinery project related to delays and defects in pipe spool fabrication.

• Performed schedule analysis and assisted with claim evaluation for a $300 million delayed startup claim and $100 million property damage claim.

• Analyzed approximately $20 million in damages related to an oil and gas production platform in the Gulf of Mexico resulting from an allision with a fishing vessel. Analysis presented in an expert report on behalf of the owner in litigation.

• Analyzed design delay issues, scope growth, and cost increases on behalf of an EPCM contractor involved in a $100 million dispute with the owner regarding the construction of two natural gas processing plants.

• Analyzed isometric drawings and P&IDs related to change order claims, performed witness interviews, and reviewed change order documents for an $8 million claim regarding a natural gas processing plant, representing an owner.

• Evaluated construction drawings and claim items to assist with determination of responsibility and damages related to a $10 million dispute for a 100 MMscf/d natural gas plant in Eagle Ford region in La Salle County, in South Texas. Analysis presented in an expert report for litigation. 

• Evaluated change orders and performed schedule for a $10 million dispute on a $117 million gas processing (Johnson Project) Midland County, Texas. Analysis presented in an expert report for litigation.

• Performed claims consulting and litigation services involving delay, disruption, and damages relative to contractor’s work on a project involving the construction of three (3) compressor stations. Analysis and conclusions presented in an expert report for use in litigation.

• Assisted with review of $6 million in change order requests and determination of responsibility and damages related to the construction of three (3) compressor station projects in Big Spring, Texas.

• Analyzed $750 million in costs associated with the construction of pump stations related to the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System electrification project.

• Provided analysis and support for construction monitoring and reporting services for large- scale interstate multi-contractor pipeline construction project in the Midwest valued at $920 million.

• Assisted contractor with claims related to the construction of 65 miles of 20” and 16” pipelines in Pennsylvania.

• Analyzed multi-million-dollar claim for standby costs and other delay and disruption issues relative to the construction of an offshore platform export pipeline in the Gulf of Mexico. Analysis presented to client for claim evaluation purposes subsequent to arbitration.

• Prepared industry study of large diameter natural gas pipeline construction contractor capacity and availability. Performed analysis of labor and material cost trends for the near- term. Analysis and conclusions presented in report to owner for use in evaluating planned pipeline construction projects.

• Provided research and analysis in support of an offshore pipeline repair estimate for a subsea pipeline damaged in the Gulf of Mexico.

• Evaluated and assisted with the preparation of change orders on behalf of offshore contractor installing a pipeline offshore of Saudi Arabia. Primary issues involved welding, extra work, delays, fuel costs, weather, and time extensions.

• Prepared a cost analysis and trend study regarding operations and maintenance (O&M) costs for interstate natural gas pipelines in the United States. Evaluated O&M cost trends related to labor, services, materials, and equipment.

• Prepared a trend study which analyzed and forecasted large diameter pipeline construction costs and contractor backlog, compressor station costs and contractor backlog, and material and equipment pricing and availability. Analysis and conclusions presented in a report to owner for use in construction planning.

• Reviewed contractor work plan, schedule, and capabilities on behalf of owner for a pipeline construction project in Texas and Louisiana. Analysis and support provided to client for use in evaluating viability of proceeding with existing contractor.

• Provided construction management assistance to an owner regarding delay, force majeure, weather disruption, and contract dispute issues for a 42-inch pipeline construction project in Louisiana and Texas. Project involved two (2) compressor stations in addition to the pipeline.

• Provided preliminary technical evaluation regarding the presence of black powder in a natural gas pipeline feeding a cogeneration power plant facility in Texas. Analysis and conclusions presented in a report for litigation purposes.

• Assisted with pipeline contractor’s claim for additional compensation related to productivity impacts and additional work on a $27 million natural gas pipeline construction project in the Midwest. Provided support for measured mile productivity analysis, analyzed additional work, and evaluated weather delays. Analysis and conclusions presented in an expert report for litigation purposes.

• Reviewed $9 million in contractor claims related to mats, boring footage, baselay footage, crossings, padding dirt, move-arounds, sandbags, and other issues on a 12” natural gas pipeline project in Oklahoma. Evaluated responsibility and damages for the purpose of mediation.

• Analyzed $4 million in contractor claims for a 39-mile 12” natural gas pipeline project in South Carolina. Claims included additional hydrotesting, mats, lost productivity, rock ditch, and other issues. Analysis presented in expert report for litigation purposes. 

Power & Energy

• Reviewed FEED package and design development construction documents to evaluate scope growth and cost increases of a $3.3 billion Greenfield power plant project regarding an $800 million dispute.

• Analyzed schedule delay issues and evaluated $22 million of contractor’s claimed damages resulting from the construction of a combined cycle power plant. Rebutted opposing expert opinions regarding contractor’s claims. Analysis presented in an expert report, on behalf of the owner, in ICC arbitration.

• Assisted foundation subcontractor with claims against general contractor for additional costs related to delay, interference, and weather impacts regarding a power plant upgrade project in Texas. Provided advice, including change order request documents, to client for claim negotiation purposes.

• Analyzed requests for information and change order documentation regarding the construction of two (2) heat recovery steam generator (HRSG) units for a $325 million combined cycle power plant in California. Primary issues included late and defective design documents and materials, late predecessor work, restricted site access, performance issues, and liquidated damages. Analysis and conclusions presented in an expert report for arbitration.

• Provided analysis to support monetary damage quantification regarding a power plant in the Dominican Republic. Reviewed and identified relevant documents related to key issues and set up and managed electronic document database. Analysis and conclusions presented in an expert report for litigation purposes.

• Evaluated claim relative to change orders and contract termination for failure to perform and assisted in evaluating the design and construction of an electrical generating plant. Assisted in the evaluation of contractor's alleged change orders and analyzed the validity of each change order and the magnitude of those believed to be valid. Presented analysis and conclusions to client for claim negotiation and settlement purposes.

 

Southstar Management, LLC v. Underwriter at Lloyd’s, London, et al 
• JAMS Arbitration 
• Hearing – 2019


Wyatt Construction Company, Inc. v. Connect Midstream, LLC f/k/a Valiant Midstream, 
LLC; and VM Arkoma Stack, LLC
• Case No. CJ-2019-4, I

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