John Ciccarelli, PE, CCP, PSP, FAACE

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John J. Ciccarelli has more than 25 years of experience performing expert consulting and project advisory services for clients in the engineering and construction industries globally. John’s experience includes dispute resolution and litigation support, construction cost assessments and audits, risk management assessments, construction project controls and management, and construction oversight. He regularly focuses on schedule delay, loss of productivity, and cost damage quantification issues and participates in various phases of claims management and litigation, including change order review; discovery, mediation, and settlement discussions; preparing expert reports and briefs; and presenting expert witness testimony at formal legal proceedings.

John’s diverse experience includes commercial, residential, and institutional buildings, power plants (fossil fuel, cogeneration, and nuclear), wastewater treatment plants, roadways and bridges, transportation, infrastructure development, earthworks, petrochemical plants, offshore platforms, and oil/gas facilities, and manufacturing and process facilities. He has experience on domestic and international projects and provides a balanced range of perspectives from public and private owners/operators to contractors, engineers, architects, and vendors.

Prior to joining J.S. Held, John was a Senior Vice President at Marsh Risk Consulting. He also held management positions with the consulting practices of several premier global consulting firms, including Deloitte, Exponent, and The Nielsen-Wurster Group. Before consulting, John gained construction management experience as an owner’s project engineer for the Port Authority of NY/NJ and through various project engineering and management roles for a general contractor and concrete subcontractor on numerous projects.

John holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Delaware and a Master of Business Administration from Rutgers University. He is a licensed professional engineer in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, as well as a Chartered Engineer and internationally registered Professional Engineer through the National Engineers Registry in Australia. John is also certified by the Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering (AACE) International as a Certified Cost Professional (CCP) and Planning & Scheduling Professional (PSP). John is actively involved in several professional associations and is recognized as an organizational and thought leader by industry peers, as demonstrated through numerous publications, speaking engagements, and leadership positions in AACE International and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). John was on the Board of Directors, is a former President of AACE International, and is currently the chair of the Claims and Dispute Resolution Committee. John is also a contributing author to the ASCE’s loss of productivity standard.

Key Expertise

  • Contract Scope Change
  • Cost & Process Audit
  • Damages Quantum
  • Forensic Schedule Delay
  • Loss-of-Productivity
  • Risk Management

Professional Registrations

  • Licensed Professional Engineer (PE), The State of New Jersey
  • Licensed Professional Engineer (PE), The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • Certified Planning and Scheduling Professional (PSP), AACE International #231
  • Certified Cost Professional (CCP), AACE International #2073
  • Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng), Engineers Australia
  • National Engineers Registrar (NER), Engineers Australia
  • Registered Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Engineer (APEC Engineer)
  • Registered International Professional Engineer (IntPE (AUS)

Professional Affiliations & Accreditations

  • Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering (AACE) International
    • Board of Directors
    • Past President
    • Fellow
    • Technical Board
    • Claims and Dispute Resolution Committee Chair
  • American Bar Association (ABA) Forum on Construction Law
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
    • Construction Institute (CI), Claims Avoidance and Resolution Committee
    • Standards for Measuring Loss of Productivity Technical Committee
  • Institution of Engineers, Australia (MIEAust)
  • National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE)
  • Project Management Institute

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