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Fifth Circuit Affirms Arbitration Award of Nearly $7 Million to Petrofac, Inc. The American Arbitration Association (AAA) award in favor of Petrofac, Inc., in its construction claim against DynMcDermott Petroleum Operations Company (DM), was affirmed by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in its July 17, 2012, filing.  Damages expert Frank G. Adams, PE, of Interface Consulting International, Inc., testified before the arbitration panel as to Petrofac’s engineering and field labor productivity losses due to design and construction issues on a transportable degasification plant at two US Department of Energy Strategic Petroleum Reserve sites in Texas. The panel awarded Petrofac over 90% of the damages outlined in Interface Consulting’s damage analysis, in addition to attorneys’ fees and interest, amounting to ... [View Full Release]


With attendance reaching its highest level in 30 years, OTC 2012 drew marine and offshore industry players from across the globe and locally, including Houston-based Interface Consulting International, Inc. Interface Consulting helped once again break attendance records during Houston’s 43rd annual Offshore Technology Conference, April 30-May 3, 2012. The annual conference, held at Reliant Park, drew the third-largest crowd in event history with 89,400 attendees. The sold-out exhibition reached a 30-year high in attendance, up 14% from last year, by bringing together offshore energy industry leaders from around the world. Consultants of Interface Consulting had the opportunity to attend a special technical program panel Tuesday, May 1, entitled, “Year 2030—Visions of Worldwide Offshore Oil and Gas.” Moderators Gregory Carter of ... [View Full Release]


The American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry Annual Meeting returned to Las Vegas from April 26-28, 2012, after a 13-year hiatus to discuss “Advanced Project Delivery: Improving the Odds of Success.” Several of Interface Consulting’s consultants participated in this informative and activity-filled conference including Frank G. Adams, PE; Philip D. Barnard, PE, CCE; Christopher J. Sullivan; Lisa S. Heard; and Jennifer M. Hatten, CCC, PSP, LEED AP. The event is held every year and is attended by prominent construction law attorneys and various construction industry players from around the country. Workshops and plenaries focused on project delivery systems (PDSs) and their impact on overall construction projects, the parties involved, financing and contracts, and disputes that often result. There were ... [View Full Release]


The American Bar Association’s Forum on the Construction Industry got a taste of Houston hospitality at the 2012 Midwinter Meeting, February 2-3, 2012.  The program, “Innovative Legal Strategies Developed from Challenging Projects,” was held at the InterContinental Houston near the Galleria. Interface Consulting’s senior staff members, including Frank G. Adams, PE; Philip D. Barnard, PE, CCE; Christopher J. Sullivan; and Lisa Sumner Heard were on hand during workshops, plenaries, Division events, and as an exhibitor. The program explored the advanced project management and legal tactics developed from large, challenging projects that are necessary to practicing construction attorneys and consultants. Thursday’s plenary sessions focused on many big issues that face the construction arena, including design control and delegation, the role of ... [View Full Release]