"Choreographers for the Construction Industry"



261 Old York Road - Pavilion #732

Jenkintown, PA    19046  
Summary: Forty-plus years "hands-on" experience focusing upon the legal and technical aspects of project controls
and the management of engineering design and construction.
Licenses & Registration: Professional Engineer
Attorney at Law
Land Surveyor
Real Estate Broker
PA#26353 NJ#26066 FL#30093 MD#32896
PA#32429 NJ#16522 FL#327441
Education: Ph.D.   Civil Engineering
J.D.     Law                     
MSCE   Construction Management
BSCE   Soils/Foundations      
2008 Drexel University
1980 Widener University
1977 Drexel University
1975 Drexel University
University Experience: Drexel University
Civil Engineering and Engineering Management
1979 - present
Temple University
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Associate Professor
2009 - present
University of Pennsylvania
Systems Engineering
Associate Professor
1990 to 1996
Consulting & Engineering Experience: Project Controls - CPM Planning and Scheduling
Computer Applications - Cost Engineering
Legal Aspects of Project Management - Claims
Principal and President
Engineering & Property Management Consultants, Inc.
- providing project controls and claims resolution services to the engineering and construction industry
1983 to present
Associate Corporate Counsel
Fuller Company (GATX) of Bethlehem, PA
- case preparation for six multi-million dollar disputes located domestically and overseas
1981 to 1983
Manager of Project Controls
IU Conversion Systems of Horsham, PA
- creation and management of a new department of planning, scheduling and cost engineering to manage design and nationwide construction of $10mm to $20mm process plant projects
1980 to 1981
Senior Staff Consultant
Hill International of Willingboro, NJ 
- liaison between Hill's subsidiary CPM consultant and Hill's claims group during assimilation period, providing CPM analysis and claims for various projects
1978 to 1980
Field Cost Engineer
Bechtel Power Corporation at Pottstown, PA
- reviewing productivity and methods for improvement on the Limerick Nuclear Generating Station
1976 to 1978
  Graduate Engineer
City of Philadelphia, PA - Water Department
- assisting consultant to implement first Water Department use of a CPM based scheduling program
1975 to 1976
  Co-op Engineering Student
- Urban Engineers - Philadelphia, PA - design detailing
- Philip Plotnick Sons - Philadelphia, PA - site rep building townhouses
- City of Philadelphia, PA - Airport Division - field inspection Cargo City
- City of Philadelphia, PA - Airport Division - survey team
1970 to 1974
Legal Experience: Attorney
- First chair jury trial and bench trial experience
- Medical Malpractice, Contract, Landlord/Tenant Disputes
- Commercial and residential real estate settlements
- Guest lecturer Widener Law School on A/E liability
1980 to present

Publications, Patents, Papers and Presentations:

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CPM in Construction Management, 9th Edition, James J. O'Brien and Fredric L. Plotnick,
Plotnick Professional Services, 2022.   ISBN 978-0-578-33357-1

CPM in Construction Management, 8th Edition, James J. O'Brien and Fredric L. Plotnick,
McGraw-Hill, 2016.   ISBN 978-1-25965255-5

CPM in Construction Management, 7th Edition, James J. O'Brien and Fredric L. Plotnick,
McGraw-Hill, 2009.   ISBN 978-0-07-163662-9

CPM in Construction Management, 6th Edition, James J. O'Brien and Fredric L. Plotnick,
McGraw-Hill, 2005.   ISBN 0-07-145769-0

CPM in Construction Management, 5th Edition, James J. O'Brien and Fredric L. Plotnick,
McGraw-Hill, 1999.   ISBN 0-07-048269-1

Contracts and the Legal Environment for Engineers & Architects, 7th edition,
Joseph T. Bockrath and Fredric L. Plotnick, McGraw-Hill, 2010.  ISBN 978–0–07–339784–9
now also in paperback student edition ISBN 978-1-30-894246-9

Update on RDM, The Measurable News, Summer 2008, Issue 3,
Published by the PMI College of Performance Measurement, p 1 et. seq.

Rewriting the CPM Scheduling Specification to Better Support the Project Owner,
The Construction Lawyer, Summer 2015, Vol 35, No 3, p 31
Evidence Issues in Forensic Use of CPM Scheduling,
The Construction Lawyer, Fall 2011, Volume 31, Number 4, p 25 et seq.

Understanding and Proving Construction Delay Claims,
The Practical Real Estate Lawyer
,Vol. 2 No. 4 JULY 1986, Published by American Law Institute
of the American Bar Association Committee On Professional Education, pp 67 - 77.

Developer and Certification of RDCPM® - evolving CPM from format
of ADM to PDM and now RDM

System and Method for Handling NP-Complete Problems - U.S. Patent  7,860,814, issued 28DEC10

Multi-Hierarchical Reporting Methodology - U.S. Patent 8,805,919, issued 16APR14

Numerous Presentations for Legal and Technical Societies and in Private and Trade Group Forums, including:
- Primavera
TM User Conferences
- Andrews' Contractor's Construction Superconference
- Project Management Institute (PMI)
 - College of Scheduling
 - College of Performance Management
 - Delaware Valley Chapter
- Association for Advancement of Cost Engineering International
- American Society of Professional Estimators
- Engineers Club of Philadelphia - Professional Courses
 - Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers - State Meetings and Boot Camp
- PSPE Philadelphia - Chapter Meetings and Boot Camp
- ABA Forum for Construction Journal articles and at Annual Meeting
- New Jersey State Bar Association ICLE and Construction Committee CLE
- Montgomery County Bar Association Construction Committee CLE
- Philadelphia Bar Association Construction Subcommittee CLE

ENR.com Blog The Next Generation and Viewpoint - since September 2009

Founder of the Construction CPM Conference - since 2010
- Successor to Primavera User Conference - now a multi-software platform for professionals of CPM planning & scheduling
- Rotating between Walt Disney World, New Orleans, San Diego
- Our Continuing Mission is:
 - to explore leading edge CPM scheduling concepts
 - to seek out new expert schedulers and software solutions
 - to boldly go where no scheduling conference has gone before
- accredited by PMI and AACE for Certifications
- accredited by Florida Bar for up to 20+ hours towards Construction Certification

Professional Associations:

Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers
President of the Philadelphia Chapter 1989-90, 1998-99, 2009-10-11, 2019-20
- State PSPE Vice President for SouthEast Region
- Past State Director for the Philadelphia Chapter
- Editor of Newsletter - The Philadelphia Engineer - Webmaster www.pspe-philly.org
- Chair High School Scholarship Awards - Philadelphia Chapter
- Chair Outstanding Engineering Achievement Award Competition
- Founder and Chair State PSPE Continuing Education Boot Camp since 2011

American Society of Civil Engineers
Past Chair of the Philadelphia Chapter Construction Group
- Past Chair of the Philadelphia Chapter Audit Committee
- "In-house Counsel" for Revision of Constitution Philadelphia Chapter 

Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineers
- Speaker at National Conferences
- Speaker at Delaware Valley Section
- Text CPM in Construction Management is a primary reference for AACE PSP exam

Project Management Institute
- College of Scheduling now transitioned to Scheduling Community of Practice
-- Past Vice President of Education
-- Past Director of University Relations
-- Past Chair R&D Technical Papers of Annual Conferences
- College of Performance Management
-- Speaker at Annual International Integrated Program Management Conference
- Delaware Valley Chapter
-- Speaker

Bar Associations of PA, NJ, FL, Philadelphia and Montgomery County
- Forum Committee on the Construction Industry of the ABA
- Disciplinary Study Group of the Pennsylvania Bar
- Health Care Study Group of the Pennsylvania Bar
- Construction Contracts Committee of the Montgomery County Bar
- Past V.P. Construction Contracts Subcommittee of the Philadelphia Bar
- Speaker for Bar Associations of PA, NJ, FL, Philadelphia, Montgomery County
- Construction CPM Conference - approved for continuing education by Florida Bar

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