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Analyzed a major fire at an upgrader in Alberta that processed synthetic crude oil from an oil sands facility. The client, a major construction company and its insurer, was defending against liability for property damage and business interruption damages totaling $1 billion.

Oil Sands

Alberta, Canada

Analyzed a major fire at an upgrader in Alberta that processed synthetic crude oil from an oil sands facility. The client, a major construction company and its insurer, was defending against liability for property damage and business interruption damages totaling $1 billion.

Oil Sands

Alberta, Canada

On behalf of an insurance company, analyzed a $500 million claim for business interruption losses due to delays to the startup and commissioning of an upgrader refinery that was built to process synthetic crude oil from an oil sands production facility. The delays were allegedly caused by a fire at the oil sands production mine site, which delayed the transport of bitumen to the refinery through a 200-plus-mile pipeline. Prepared detailed CPM schedule analyses and an expert witness report. Designated as a CPM expert witness in support of the ICC arbitration in Alberta.

Oil Sands

Alberta, Canada

On behalf of an insurance company, analyzed a $200 million insurance claim for non traditional coverages resulting from delays and cost overruns on the construction of an oil sands mine facility and upgrader unit in Alberta. Prepared expert witness reports in support of the ICC arbitration.

Oil Sands

Alberta, Canada

On behalf of interested underwriters, performed cost and data analysis and prepared an expert report for an insurance adjuster. The claim related to a fire loss that was the result of a line failure that caused an oil-based thinning agent to leak at a bitumen upgrader settling basin. The loss occurred for one of the largest operators in the Canadian oil sands industry and its joint venture companies. The facility is an embankment dam that was, by volume of construction material, the largest earth structure in the world in 2001.

Oil Sands

Alberta, Canada

On behalf of an owner, performed a schedule quality assurance review and schedule risk assessment of the integrated master schedule for a $14 billion oil sands project.

Oil Sands

Alberta, Canada

On behalf of an owner, performed an in-depth integrated cost and schedule risk analysis for a CAD$14 billion oil sands project. Added logic ties and key interface milestone details into the Level II schedule to develop a Risk Analysis Schedule. Provided an assessment as to whether the current schedule and cost forecast was achievable. Provided a “to go” risk analysis on schedule and cost for each project area as well as an assessment of the overall cost (including indirects) and schedule risks. Evaluated current trends in the schedule and cost forecast including field productivity effects. Reviewed the project control processes, provided an assessment including: evaluation of systems/flow of data from EPCs/GCs to the owner, change management processes, and contracts processes for back-charging and processing of claims. Reviewed how material quantities were being managed. Delivered recommendations to further de-risk and improve the probability of achieving project goals.

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