Bill Erwin is a partner in The Chapman Firms’s Austin office.
Mr. Erwin is a registered architect and attorney who's practice focuses on the transactional and dispute resolution aspects of construction law. His experience includes working with clients in all phases of the construction process with an emphasis on procurement, contract drafting and negotiation, prevention and resolution of claims, and project close-out. Mr. Erwin spent the first decade of his career as a commercial architect, where his practice encompassed all aspects of project design and construction on large-scale private real estate developments, as well as municipal and institutional projects. His regulatory and procurement expertise has proven invaluable on complex mixed-use and sustainably master-planned projects.
Over his career as an architect, Mr. Erwin has overseen the design, construction, and commissioning of over 7 million square feet of private commercial construction. As a result, his background in design and construction management provides him a unique understanding of the complex technical issues involved in successful project delivery.
Mr. Erwin holds a Bachelor of Science from Texas A&M University, a Master of Architecture from the University of Texas at Arlington, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin.
Mr. Erwin is a registered architect with the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners, and the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.
Mr. Erwin is Vice Chair of the Austin Bar Association Construction Law Section, and in 2016, he was recognized by Engineering News Record (ENR) as a “Top 20 Under 40 A/E/C Professional”.
The Advanced Work Packaging Institute's Contractual Committee
Chartered to advance the industry's Advanced Work Packaging implementation, the Advanced Work Packaging Institute's Contracts Committee aims at providing the industry with guidelines and insights on the contractual and dispute resolution aspects related to Advanced Work Packaging. The committee's work is primarily driven by multidisciplinary research.
Olfa Hamdi is an international researcher in the field of project management, independent consultant, founder of the Advanced Work Packaging Institute and co-founder of The Institute of Management. Olfa Hamdi was a member of the research joint venture RT272 on Advanced Work Packaging between the Construction Industry Institute (CII) and the Construction Owners Association of Alberta (COAA).
She is a co-author of the 3-volume Industry Research Implementation on Advanced Work Packaging IR272-2. Her Research Master Thesis, published by The Univeristy of Texas at Austin in 2013, is the first academic publication to document research on AWP benefits, implementation challenges and maturity. Olfa Hamdi holds a Master of Science in Capital Projects’ Management from The University of Texas at Austin, a Master of Science in Engineering from Ecole Centrale de Lille (France), and a graduate degree in Alternative Dispute Resolution for construction disputes from Texas School of Law. She is a fellow of the State Bar of Texas Construction Law section. Olfa has numerous publications in prestigious academic and professional journals as well as media outlets.
Olfa speaks four languages and is a firm believer in the role of interdisciplinary research in driving capital projects effectiveness and project management knowledge sphere expansion.
Olfa Hamdi founded the AWP Institute with a clear objective in mind: trigger and build the global momentum around Advanced Work Packaging and advance the AWP system by closing its gaps through research and innovation for it to become a recognized comprehensive global industry practice.
Today, the AWP Institute has an outreach to more than 40 countries.
Mr. Werner specializes in program management, construction management, project control, contract administration, risk
management and dispute resolution. Since 1974, his construction experience has included providing services on a wide variety of construction programs and projects. He
has held positions as QA/QC Inspector/Manager, Field Subcontracts Manager, Contract Administrator, Construction Manager/Resident Engineer, Senior Scheduler, Project Controls Manager, Director/VP of Project Planning and Scheduling, Assistant Vice President of Claims, Commercial Director, and Change Control Claims Manager. Recent program/project experience includes acting as Program Management/Construction Management Consultant for projects to assist Owner’s senior management with development and execution of all design and construction contracts and to ensure the Program/Project goals and objectives are met focusing on completing the Program/Project on schedule and within budget. Mr. Werner also has extensive experience in preparing and defending claims for owners, contractors and surety insurance companies on private and public projects, such as power plants, industrial facilities, academic facilities, commercial/mixed use buildings, water and wastewater plants, dams, prisons, airports, hotels and resorts, hospitals, light rail and transit facilities, highways and bridges. Mr. Werner has been designated as an expert witness on numerous cases.
Mr. Werner currently works for Stantec as Construction Management Consultant for the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transit (HART) Honolulu Rapid Transit Project 20 Mile Alignment. Mr. Werner is the Change Control/Claims Manager for the East Side Project Construction Engineering and Inspection Contract.
Dr.Anamaria Popescu, P.E., PSP, PMP
Dr.Popescu is a director with Berkeley Research Group in their Construction Practice based in Denver, Colorado. BRG is a strategic advisory consulting firm helping clients manage risks on large complex capital projects. She is also construction arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association and a licensed Professional Engineer who has more than 21 years of experience in project management, construction claims, schedule delay analysis, project controls, and contract management. Her project experience includes power generation, natural gas drilling, pipelines, petrochemical and process plants, oil and gas production platforms, mining, water treatment plants, airports, telecommunications, and commercial construction in Australia, Canada, the United States, Mexico, South America, and China. Dr. Popescu has provided program/project management and project control services for projects ranging from $500,000 to $50 billion. As an expert witness, she has written expert reports and has testified in international and national arbitration hearings and dispute review board proceedings regarding delay and disruption claims. She has also taught seminars and courses on scheduling, effective project controls, and dispute avoidance in the United States and internationally. Dr.Popescu obtain her B.S, M.S, and Ph.D from the University of Texas at Austin in the Civil Engineering, Construction Engineering and Project Management Department. Her doctoral thesis specialized in determining the optimal schedule delay analysis techniques being implemented in the construction industry.
Dr. Popescu's speaks fluent Romanian and intermediate Spanish. On her free time, she loves hiking and skiing in the Colorado Rocky Mountains near her home.
Dr. Anamaria Popescu
Ms. Lee has over 30 years of experience as a Project Manager and Contract Manager including Owner Representation in the construction and engineering fields. Her experience includes owner representation, construction management, project controls, audit assistance, site development, due diligence, claims management, and schedule preparation. In addition, for 15 of these years, Ms. Lee spent her time in the field managing quality control, safety, subcontractor and client changes and claims, along with day to day operations of a construction project.
Her specific project experience includes power plants, water treatment systems, oil and gas mid-stream projects, remediation projects, computer chip plants (cleanrooms), pharmaceutical plants, data centers, and wireless site development. The projects ranged from construction only projects with difficult structural elements (spider trusses, building over a rock outcropping at a remote location, architectural concrete, strict baseplate tolerances) to major EPC (Engineer, Procure, Construct) projects ranging from $500 million to over $15 billion with complex mechanical and electrical systems and the associated performance guarantees. Many of the commercial construction projects were fast track in nature including a new construction of a 50,000 SF Class 1 cleanroom.
Ms. Lee not only is well versed in contract management, but also develops project specific procedures for procurement/subcontracting processes including material handling and execution plans. The procedures strategize the proper commercial terms and cost structure for each scope of work and required flow downs from the prime agreement. She has performed these services as both the owner representative and contractor. She successfully manages Change Management of subcontractors, suppliers, and clients by estimating proposed changes, auditing invoices and proposals, and verification of contract compliance making Ms. Lee a strong standard of care consultant. These talents have allowed her to successfully settle back charges and claims with subcontractors mitigating legal action; and to support project claims with client.
In one organization, Lori was key implementing good business practices into the Region’s Procurement System to control costs, forecast estimate to complete/at completion, and control cash flow.
As a Project Manager, Ms. Lee planned and scheduled projects in conjunction with the construction team; performed site development activities including site acquisition with the associated feasibility studies of proposed sites incorporating budget and site marketability; oversight of engineering and design services; and oversight of permitting activities including NEPA, Phase I and II reports, and air space studies; and managed the close-out process consisting of punch list, operational turnover, and commercial close-out of procurements and documentation.