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Project Consultant

Construction & Engineering Expert

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Rachel Smith, a project consultant for Interface Consulting, utilizes her degree in mechanical engineering and product design experience with a major oilfield service provider to tackle complex projects in the construction industry. A native Spanish speaker and proficient in both French and Portuguese, Ms. Smith uses her diverse language skills and background to provide a unique perspective and assist in bridging communications between the firm and its clients. She utilizes her professional experience to provide expertise in claims, litigation, arbitration, and management consulting. Ms. Smith specializes in performing technical analyses for complex construction issues, such as those involving schedule delays, management issues, cost overruns, and labor productivity. Her work focuses on forensic document analysis, project cost evaluation, schedule delay analysis, and damage quantification.


Bachelor of Science – Mechanical Engineering
Rice University – Houston, Texas

Work History

Interface Consulting International, Inc.
Project Consultant

  • Performs complex CPM schedule delay analyses and quantifies delay damages including extended general conditions, labor productivity losses, and liquidated damages

  • Analyzes construction variation claims caused by differing site conditions, delays, disruptions, site access, construction and design defects, constructive changes, and force majeure events

  • Evaluates project documentation to assess damages in relation to cost deviations, change order management, labor productivity losses, and schedule delays

  • Performs data analysis to create graphics for use in reports, presentations, mediation, arbitration, and litigation

Mechanical Design Engineer

  • Provided global lead technical support to the field in various languages

  • Implemented innovative design options and performed value engineering analyses resulting in reduced cost for parts and manufacturing

Professional Affiliations

  • Member – American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • Member – Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA), Young ITA
  • Member – Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
  • Associate Member – Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC)