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ASFE Annual Meeting Scheduled
March 13, 2006

Profiting from the management of risk will be the focus of the annual meeting of ASFE/The Best People on Earth, April 6-9, 2006 at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel in Nashville, TN. ASFE is a not-for-profit trade association established to help geoprofessional, environmental, and civil engineering firms “prosper through professionalism.”

“Engineering and environmental firms traditionally have been risk-averse,” said ASFE Executive Vice President John P. Bachner. “By contrast, organizations whose business is risk – like insurance companies – seem to thrive. We believe that ASFE member firms understand risk and are in a position to manage it not only for themselves, but for their clients as well, and to do so profitably.”

Irvin E. Richter, chairman and chief executive officer of Hill International, will keynote the event. Hill International is a highly regarded construction risk management firm established in 1976. He will provide insights that ASFE’s Project Risk Evaluation Process (PREP) Task Force will apply in development of a groundbreaking, new ASFE program.

Patrick J. McCarthy will also discuss project risk management, providing an underwriter’s perspective on project insurance policies. He will explain how underground conditions and subsurface exploration factor into a project and who the experts are when it comes to evaluating project risks.

ASFE meeting attendees will also hear case histories of the Project Risk Evaluation Process in practice, when three members present case histories. URS’ Ken Lyon will discuss the state of the art in North American project risk evaluations from a front-line perspective. Jan Hellings (Dr. Jan Hellings & Associates) will address “A European Perspective on Risk,” and Donald “Don” Richardson (BEM Systems, Inc.) will talk about “Balancing Risks and Rewards in Performance-Based Contracts for Environmental Remediation Services.”

ASFE will also address disaster management, when a panel of ASFE member firm CEOs shares their experiences of managing firms through: the unexpected death of a sole owner, the devastating experience of Hurricane Katrina, and a fire that ravaged a firm’s offices.

Dr. Peter G. Nicholson, Ph.D., P.E. (University of Hawaii) will also present a keynote address, when he discusses “Why the New Orleans Flood Prevention System Failed.” He will share his experiences as a lead investigator on the ground soon after the disaster, and will reveal why the system failed and what is being done to prevent a recurrence.

Also on the schedule, Paul H. Goldsmith (Harley Ellis Devereaux) will discuss the U. S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program, and Vern Petersen of the International Code Council will focus on special inspection: what it is, when it is required, who can provide the service, and duties of the inspectors.

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