Employment History
Professional Societies and Industry Associations

James E. Kelley, Jr.


Mr. Kelley has over forty years of experience in the construction industry, both in field construction assignments and in a consulting role.

For over fourteen years, Mr. Kelley was an employee of Dravo Corporation with field assignments including construction of (navigation) Lock and Dam No. 13 on the Arkansas River, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge in Maryland, Smithland (navigation) Locks on the lower Ohio River, the Washington (DC) subway tunnels and underground station, as well as several other significant projects. Mr. Kelley's roles in these field assignments included cost, field, office and project engineer, and shift and project superintendent. Between field assignments, he worked in Dravo's headquarters office as an estimator and division assistant cost engineer.

Early in his career, Mr. Kelley took a military leave of absence from Dravo for two years to serve on active duty as a Lieutenant in the United States Army Corps of Engineers, assigned to Fort Belvoir in Virginia, Fort Knox in Kentucky, and Camps Friendship and Essayons in Thailand. During this time, he was involved in construction of the Bangkok By-pass Road Extension and facilities at Khorat Air Force Base.

As a consultant, Mr. Kelley has assisted clients in over 375 engagements. His clients have included construction contractors and subcontractors, design professionals, private and public (federal, state, and local) owners of construction, real estate developers, mining company owners/operators, manufacturers, insurance and surety companies, utilities, attorneys, and financial institutions. Consulting services have included claims preparation and analysis (including expert testimony), construction planning (including estimating and scheduling), program/project management advisory services, operational/organizational analyses and performance/productivity enhancement, and strategic planning. His consulting engagements have originated throughout the United States and in several foreign countries.

Over the past twenty-five years, Mr. Kelley has developed a substantial expertise in the determination and allocation of construction delay/impact damages, analyses of highly complex cause-effect relationships and the determination of root causes of problems, and the systematic interpretation of defectively intertwined contractual terms and conditions. Additionally, on many occasions, he planned and directed the organization of computerized litigation support databases involving millions of documents providing for both the efficiency of data input and the effectiveness of the ultimate product to serve the varied needs of the highly-diverse body of users. For these databases, he planned and implemented extensive and cost-effective quality assurance/control procedures to ensure the integrity of the databases.

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Employment History

1964 Dravo Corporation, Contracting Division
  Bullpen Engineer in Home Office

1964 - 1966 United States Army Corps of Engineers (Military Leave of Absence from Dravo)
  Platoon Leader
  Assistant Battalion Operations Officer

1966 - 1978 Dravo Corporation (Including assignments to Raymond-Dravo-Langenfelder and Dravo-Groves-Newberg joint ventures)
  Cost Engineer
  Field Engineer
  Division Cost Engineer and Estimator
  Shift Superintendent
  Office Engineer
  Project Engineer
  Project Superintendent

1978 -1996 Kellogg Corporation (became part of Peterson Consulting [now Navigant Consulting] in 1993)
  Project Manager and Project Executive
  Group Manager of Four Operating Groups
  Director of Corporate Operations
  Director of Corporate Development
  Senior Vice President
  Vice Chairman
  Vice President of Peterson Consulting (now Navigant Consulting)

1996 Established and organized Kelley Management Associates. LLC

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B. S. Civil Engineering, Purdue University, 1964

Professional Engineering Registrations

Pennsylvania 1969 to present No. 014872E
Virginia 1976 to present No. 8722

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Professional Societies and Industry Associations

American Arbitration Association (Member, Panel of Arbitrators,1980-94 and 1998-present) (Arbitrator II Training completed 2002; annual updates are current).

American Society of Civil Engineers, 1979-present, Life Member, 2009-present. Peer Reviewer, Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 1991-present.

Dispute Review Board Foundation, Member, 1997-present. Trained in DRB Administration and Practice, and DRB Chairing.

Hazardous Waste Action Coalition (HWAC), 1991-95. Chairman, Subcommittee On the Full-Service (i.e. Design-Build) Remediation Project Delivery System, 1992-93.

Joint Committee on Alternative Delivery Systems, HWAC/ASFE (Association of Soil and Foundation Engineers), 1993-95.

National Society of Professional Engineers 1980-present.

Society of American Military Engineers, 1981-present.

Society of Mining Engineers of AIME, 1982-present.

The Moles: Member, 1992-present; Trustee/Executive Committee, 2005-2007; Membership Committee, 2007-2010; Awards Committee, 1998-2010; Finance Committee, 2001-2007, Chairman, 2005-2007; Publicity Committee, 1998-2001.

Underground Technology Research Council, Technical Committee on Tunnel Construction, 1985-88.

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"Soils Engineering Problems: Bangkok By-Pass Road Extension", Military Engineer, January-February, 1967.

"Risk Identification and Management Planning Techniques Applied to AM/FM Projects", Proceedings, Keystone VIII Conference on Automated Mapping and Facilities Management, Keystone, Colorado, 1985.

"The Corporate Hazards of Hazardous Waste-A Risk Mitigation Guidebook for Potentially Responsible Parties", presented at two Chemical Week (McGraw-Hill Magazine) Seminars in Keystone, Colorado and New York City, 1986.

"Underground Contracting Practices-A Case Study, Proceedings, 1989 Rapid Excavation and Tunneling Conference, Los Angeles, California. Co-authored with Dr. Gary S. Brierley, Ronald D. Drake, and Joseph C. Kellogg.

"Calculation of Damages Using the Modified Total Cost Approach", KC News, a periodical publication of Kellogg Corporation, October, 1991.

Elements, Management, and Allocation of Cleanup Costs, presented at the Construction Superconference, New York City, 1994.

"Cause-Effect Modeling for Design Malpractice Cases", Construct! A periodic publication of the Construction Litigation Section of thr American Bar Association, Spring, 1994.

"Case Study: Apportionment of Damages Using the structured Cause/Effect Approach", Section Five of a seminar manual: Proving Causation of Delay and Disruption in Building and Civil Engineering Contracts, Royal Institute of British Architects, London, England, 1995.

"Independent Management and Financial Review of the Yucca Mountain Project", a report documenting an investigation prepared for a special review panel appointed by Energy Secretary O'Leary and Nevada Governor Miller, July 15, 1995. This report was prepared under the direction of and final edit by Kelley.

"Independent Management and Financial Review of the Yucca Mountain Project Completed", AUA News, a periodic publication of the American Underground/Construction Association, Fall, 1995.

"Developing the Risk Avoidance/Mitigation Mind-Set to Project Planning and Management", presented at the Forbes (Magazine) Conference: Rebuilding America, Session 603: How to Impact Your Project's Cost of Risk, Washington, D.C., November, 1995.

Graphic Diagram: "Policy Perspective on a Long-Term Federal Mega-Project", prepared, presented, and utilized by Kelley as Moderator of a Panel at the Forbes (Magazine) Conference: The Future of the Federal Facility Cleanup and Redevelopment Market, Session 1112, Washington, D.C., May, 1996.

"Cause/Effect: Often the Missing Ingredient in Construction Claims Presentation" Contractor Briefing, a periodic publication of Ernst & Young's Construction Industry Services Practice, Fall, 1996.

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Kelley Management Associates, LLC, is able to build a team of professionals as needed to meet the Client's objectives. In order to serve its clients in the most cost-effective manner, the company first assesses the Client's needs and existing resource capacity appropriate to assist in the work, and then assembles a team to perform the work. Associates of the company include accountants and cost engineers, computer programmers, estimators, schedulers, geotechnical specialists, material scientists, graphic artists and animation developers, and other construction industry specialists. When assembling the Kelley Management consulting team, potential conflicts of interest are fully examined and the Client retains the ultimate approval of individual team member assignments.

On large consulting engagements, it is the policy of Kelley Management Associates, LLC, to assign task support work to personnel with the lowest billing rates consistent with the level of experience and expertise required to provide for cost-effectiveness of consulting work products for the Client.

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