Ms. El Didi has experience in all phases of construction projects, and has advised clients on a range of construction topics ranging from project portfolio management, project controls, project scheduling, change management, risk management, and construction dispute resolution.
As an Exponent consultant, she has provided project scheduling and controls support as well as portfolio management support for a large utility client in California. Her tasks involved developing and updating complex resource-loaded schedules for major capital transmission and substation projects (over $20M), performing analyses on schedule progress, evaluating and tracking monthly cash flow, and developed reporting on the project overall health. Ms. El Didi also developed major project’s business cases by building resource-loaded schedule scenarios, analyzing schedule impact on the project cost, exploring opportunities for schedule and cost savings, and building a quantitative risk register. She has also devised an Earned Value Management approach tailored to the client’s needs and supported its implementation.
On a portfolio level, Ms. El Didi has analyzed and reviewed project’s schedules and forecasts, prepared presentations and dashboards for the client’s senior leadership and organization meetings, reviewed resource utilization regularly and proposed recommendations, and assisted the client with setting the annual budget and forecast and resource balancing. She also led project teams in an initiative for the client supporting a multi-year executable portfolio plan by scoping new projects and developing schedules and forecasts that were used to support setting a multi-year budget.
Additionally, Ms. El Didi has participated in the analysis of various types of construction claims for mediation, arbitration, and litigation. Ms. El Didi’s experience includes the development, analysis, and defense of construction claims related to schedule and cost overruns. She has developed detailed analyses of project issues, delays, and costs, built daily as-built schedules and databases, and analyzed as-planned and as-built schedules to determine entitlement and allocate responsibilities for schedule delays and cost impacts. She has also prepared time impact analyses for several projects of varying complexity and size. Ms. El Didi has also provided risk analysis services to large contractors including probabilistic scheduling, Monte Carlo simulations, and schedule and cost risk assessments.
Prior to Exponent, Ms. El Didi was a contract administration and proposals engineer at Dar Al Handasah in Cairo, Egypt, where she assisted in the coordination of all contractual matters on projects such as Ritz Carlton in Cairo and in the development of technical and financial proposals to clients overseas, including Al Haramein High Speed Railway Project in Saudi Arabia. Ms. El Didi was also a part-time analyst at Booz & Co (now Strategy&) in Cairo, Egypt, where she worked on the Nile River ferry ridership feasibility study and presented the study’s findings and recommendations to the Road Transport Authority.
CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS
- M.S., Engineering Project Management, University of California, Berkeley, 2012
- B.S., Construction Engineering, American University in Cairo, Egypt, 2012
American Association of Cost Engineers –AACE (SF Section board member)
American Society of Civil Engineers (member)
Project Management Institute (member)