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The 43rd Annual Engineering &Construction Contracting Association (ECC) Conference returned to Phoenix, Arizona, this year with a record-breaking registered attendee list. Attendees, including Interface Consulting engineers, took in insights from the conference theme, “Journey Into Uncharted Territories: Repositioning the Projects Business in a World with Changing Boundaries.”The conference was held at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa September 7-10, 2011.

With over 600 registered attendees, including executives and decision makers from across the United States and around the globe, this year's conference focused on how owners, contractors, and suppliers adapt in order to successfully execute projects and reposition their businesses in the evolving project environment. Presenters of note included keynote speaker Alan L. Boeckmann of Fluor Corporation and  2011 Lifetime Achievement Award winner Khalid Farid of AMEC on September 8,2011. A special luncheon featuring Frank Abagnale, the real-life subject of the film, “Catch Me If You Can,” was on September 9, 2011.

This year, one of Interface Consulting’s new team members, Eric K. Rodriguez became involved in the ECC Future Leader Program team that presented the forum, “Evolution of Our Workforce: Retain/Refocus/Replenish” at the Future Leader Working Session. Other presentations by the Future Leaders included the Cool Projects forum, which focused on two unique projects: the Gorgon Project at Barrow Island in Western Australia and the Athabasca oil sands project in Northern Alberta.

About the ECC Association:

The Engineering & Construction Contracting Association (ECC) consists of owners, contractors, suppliers, and academics who are interested in using the latest ideas to improve the performance of the industry and their organizations. ECC achieves this with a high-quality annual conference, together with ongoing programs such as Future Leaders and outreach to the academic community.

About Interface Consulting:

As engineers and construction consultants since 1986, Interface Consulting International, Inc.(www.interface-consulting.com), has provided a wide range of consulting and expert services to the construction- and energy-related industries in a variety of challenging settings – from the project field to the boardroom and courtroom. Interface Consulting is an authority on construction claims and construction management consulting with experience in more than 40 countries worldwide.