San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART),
West Dublin and Pleasanton, CA
BART On-call General Engineering Services, West Dublin/Pleasanton Claims Analysis Services

As a subconsultant to Jacobs, Acumen provided services for BART’s West Dublin-Pleasanton station project by conducting pre-claim and claim services and developing an as-built construction schedule. Acumen submitted a report for the pre-claim analysis that BART’s attorney and top management accepted in May 2009. Following the report submittal, Acumen continued working with BART during preparations for dispute mediation, which led to a negotiated settlement in December 2009.

Acumen staff reviewed contract documents, BART Facilities Standards, Caltrans Standard Specifications and Standard Special Provisions, Critical Path Method scheduling data, meeting minutes, information log requests, plans and specifications, and other relevant information to assist BART in understanding its overall exposure to any potential claim that the developer or design-build team could file. Acumen staff also evaluated Time Impact Analysis reports filed by the design-builder to establish validity.

In addition, staff evaluated a potential claim situation related to construction of pedestrian overcrossings at the new West Dublin-Pleasanton BART station. During construction, issues arose related to welding standards used in building the structures. Subsequently, the overall quality of the welds and structural integrity of the pedestrian overcrossings were in dispute. Delays took place, as BART reviewed and resolved these issues. Based on Acumen’s analysis and findings, staff presented recommendations to BART executive management, project management, and legal staff. Acumen also developed an as-built schedule using P6 software to fully capture the actual project construction sequencing, potential workarounds, and responsibility for project delays. Acumen supported BART during preparations for dispute mediation, which led to a negotiated settlement in December 2009.

Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Pacific, Joint Guam Program Office (JGPO), Hawaii
Master Integrated Schedule

Acumen supported the U.S. Navy on a task order for supplying technical expertise to complete the Master Integrated Schedule (MIS) portion of a large, multimillion dollar Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)/Overseas Environmental Impact Statement. Acumen staff developed a P6-based MIS, and project controls and database integration methodologies for the project. Acumen’s master scheduler integrated 48 project schedules (many of them in MSP 2003 or 2007) using P6 software with its Software Development Kit and Application Programming Interface software components. After converting the schedules, Acumen staff organized them into a Primavera Project Portfolio.

Acumen has developed the MIS with the capability to interface with other scheduling systems, project control tools, and databases. Staff used Oracle 10g Release 2 as the backend database for the MIS development and ODBC Link to directly link Oracle database schema to the P6 Project Management module for manipulating the project-related data for reports, revisions, and updates. Acumen delivered the final MIS to the client in Primavera P6 with P6 Web Access, in MSP Standard 2003/2007, and in MSP Server 2007. After completing the MIS, Acumen also trained appropriate individuals and agencies on schedule maintenance.

San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), San Francisco, CA
As-Needed Specialized Engineering Services, Third Street Light Rail Project

Acumen led the claims analysis/claims schedule analysis team for SFMTA’s Third Street Light Rail Transit project in 2006. Based on SFMTA’s 2.5 years (January 2003 to June 2006) of data for the monthly progress schedule updates to the Third Street Light Rail (Segment C) project, Acumen developed an integrated as-built schedule and created a hindsight baseline schedule as a basis for delay claim analysis for the project.

Acumen also led the claim analysis team that reviewed and researched the Request for Information (RFI) documents, schedule, letters of transmittal, daily inspection reports, and other delay-related documents. Acumen input the findings into the hindsight baseline schedule for further analysis on direct delays and/or ripple impacts, and quantified all the delays and impacts.
The team completed the analysis and report for the SFMTA team’s negotiation and decision-making in July 2006, and SFMTA management and the on-site project management team were extremely satisfied with the results.

Microsoft Corporation, Santa Clara, CA
Microsoft Bay 1 & 2 Data Feeder Replacement – Permanent Solutions

Acumen staff served as the project scheduler for Microsoft’s Data Center Feeder Replacement project. Responsibilities included the development of a cost-loaded Critical Path Method schedule of over 800 activities, and monthly reporting to the client. The schedule depicted the complete $18 million upgrade of the power system in both bays of this computer data center. The client used the schedule as a cross-check to the contractor’s monthly pay application. The correlation between costs shown in the schedule and those determined independently in the pay application usually exceeded 99 percent accuracy.

Alameda County Medical Center, Oakland, CA
Highland Hospital Acute Tower Replacement Project

Acumen is providing scheduling support services for the Highland Hospital Acute Tower Replacement (ATR) Project. The project is a $430 million, three-phase replacement of the existing hospital tower. Phase 1 encompasses the demolition of two existing structures and construction of a satellite medical office building. Phase 2 encompasses the demolition of three additional existing structures and construction of the new Acute Care Tower. Phase 3 encompasses demolition of the existing hospital tower and construction of a new building that links multiple structures within the newly reconfigured campus. All construction activities are taking place immediately adjacent to the operating hospital in a dense residential urban environment. Acumen staff is using Primavera 6 to develop the cost-loaded schedule for the entire seven-year project.