Bob Freas
Robert M. Freas
Principal
Construction Consulting
  • Alexandria

Mr. Freas advises clients on a range of topics including risk management, project controls, change management, project scheduling, process improvement, change order negotiations, dispute avoidance, and the preparation or defense of construction claims. He has participated in the preparation and presentation of a number of major construction and contract claims and disputes. His experience with construction disputes includes the development, analysis, and defense of construction claims related to delays, inefficiencies, and cost overruns. Specifically, he has prepared as-planned schedules, updates and time impact analyses, prepared and analyzed as-built schedules, and prepared delay and performance related analyses, productivity-impact and acceleration analyses, and cost and damages claims.

Mr. Freas has provided risk analysis services to large construction owners and contractors including contract risk assessments, probabilistic scheduling, Monte Carlo simulations, and schedule and cost assessments. He also has provided project management oversight and construction management services, developed project control systems, and prepared project status reviews.

Mr. Freas’ construction project experience includes power generation, industrial and oil process facilities; water and waste water treatment plants; pipelines; hospitals and health-care facilities; educational and laboratory facilities (to BL4 level); sports complexes, Federal government and military-related facilities; hotels, resorts and casinos; high-rise office, mixed use and condominiums; apartments; luxury residences; retail and restaurants; airports; highways and bridges; railroad and light rail, parking structures; correctional facilities; museums, performing art centers and theaters; and tenant improvement build-outs. Mr. Freas’ non-construction project experience includes shipbuilding, light rail transit car manufacturing, military aircraft production and defense systems, and hardware and software development. Mr. Freas has been involved in major insurance related matters caused by catastrophic events that resulted in significant property damage, business interruption losses, contract performance claims, and multi-faceted litigation.

Mr. Freas has been an adjunct professor in the Department of Civil, Environment, and Infrastructure Engineering at George Mason University and he frequently lectures on project controls, construction claims avoidance and preparation, and risk management and mitigation strategies.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • M.S., Engineering Management, Catholic University of America, 1986
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), 1982

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Planning and Scheduling Professional (PSP), Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering (AACE) International, #00345

Publications

Speaking / Training Engagements

Martone R, Cull R, Freas RM. Panelist at ABA Webinar: It’s only a matter of time: Tips and tricks for working with construction schedule experts, July 2014.

Freas RM. Training Instructor re: Construction claims: Time extensions, delays & dispute resolution, Western Area Power Administration (DOE), April 2014.

Freas RM. Presenter for PCI Webinar re: Session #4 – More effective delay claim preparation and analysis, March 2014.

Freas RM. Presenter for PCI Webinar re: Session #3 – Are we late? Oh, it’s over already? Which delay claim methodology should I use?, February 2014.

Grover W, Freas RM. Presenters for PCI Webinar re: Session #2 – Sweat the small stuff: The indispensable advantage of effective project documentation, January 2014. 

Freas RM. Presenter for PCI Webinar re: Session #1 – Improving your project planning and scheduling practice, December 2013. 

Freas RM. Training Instructor re: Time extension requests and delay claim analysis, U.S. Maritime Administration, October 2013. 

Freas RM. Triumphs, challenges, & failures of the Big Dig. Panelist at International Institute of Loss Adjusters’ 2012 Annual Convention, October 2012. 

Freas RM. The Future of oil and gas projects in the Americas – Opportunities, Challenges and Risks. Panel Moderator at Construction Superconference, December 2010. 

Freas RM. Schedule training: Analysis of construction schedule changes. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Alaska District, September 2010. 

Freas RM. Builder’s risk losses: Coverage and adjustments. Panelist, Property Loss Research Bureau Claims Conference, April 2011, April 2010, March 2009, April 2008. 

Freas RM. Big Dig embankment failure: Mishaps and lessons learned. ASCE Metro Washington Geotechnical Chapter, September 2007. 

Freas RM. Catastrophe at the site: How to survive and recover. Panelist, Construction Superconference, December 2006. 

Freas RM. Cost recovery without litigation. Panelist, Construction Management Association of America Conference, May 2004. 

Freas RM. Speaker on admissibility of expert witness testimony at Board of Contract Appeals Judges Association’s Annual Educational Seminar, January 2001. 

Freas RM. Changes to the concept of time in construction for 2000. Panel Moderator at Construction Superconference, December 2000. 

Freas RM. Instructor on CPM Scheduling: Changes and Disputes Resolution, Federal Publications Seminars, LLC, September and October 1999, April and May 2000, May 2001, October 2002, April and September 2003, October 2004, September 2005, March 2006, October 2009, November 2011 and November 2012. 

Freas RM. Speaker at 16th Annual Construction Law Conference, March 2000. 

Freas RM. Gaming and resort hotels. Panelist at Construction Superconference, December 1999. 

Freas RM. Instructor on Advanced Scheduling Techniques and Mitigating and Analyzing Claims, Associated Builders and Contractors, February 1997. 

Freas RM. Instructor on Construction Delay and Disruption Claims, Federal Publications, Inc., November 1996. 

Freas RM. Instructor on CPM Scheduling in Mitigating and Analyzing Claims, Federal Publications, Inc. October 1996. 

Freas RM. Instructor on Advanced Scheduling Techniques and Mitigating and Analyzing Claims, Associated Builders and Contractors, June 1997. 

Freas RM. Speaker on Project Management and Scheduling Techniques at ABA’s 4th Annual Construction Institute, Section of Public Contract Law, October 1995. 

Freas RM. Instructor on Scheduling Extended or Impacted Performance, Associated Builders and Contractors, March and November 1995. 

Freas RM. Instructor on Basic Scheduling Course for Maryland State Highway Administration, April–June 1993. 

Co-Instructor on Claims and Scheduling, Chesapeake Division, Naval Facilities Engineering Command.

Publications and Presentations

Freas RM, Tipnis KS. Is CPM scheduling a problem—Have we forgotten the process? (PS-1660). Paper and presentation, AACE International Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, June 2014. 

Freas RM. Cost recovery without litigation. Paper presented at Construction Management Association of America Conference, May 2004. 

Freas RM. Project management and scheduling techniques for the small and emerging contractor. ABA’s Section of Public Contract Law’s Fourth Annual Construction Institute, October 1995. 

Freas RM. CPM scheduling—Changes and disputes resolution. Contributing author of Federal Publications Seminars’ course book.


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CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • M.S., Engineering Management, Catholic University of America, 1986
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), 1982

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Planning and Scheduling Professional (PSP), Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering (AACE) International, #00345