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Robert M. Freas

Principal

Construction Consulting

Professional Profile


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.

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

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