Mr. Avalon is President of Long International and has over 30 years of engineering, construction management, and claims consulting experience. He is an expert in the preparation and evaluation of construction claims, insurance claims, schedule delay analysis, arbitration/ litigation support, and dispute resolution. He has prepared more than thirty CPM schedule analyses, written expert witness reports, and testified in deposition, mediation, and arbitration proceedings. Mr. Avalon has analyzed construction schedules for owners and contractors to determine the causes of construction delays and to equitably allocate responsibility for delay-related costs. He has developed “cause and effect” analyses and presentations for time extensions and delay damages. In addition, he has published numerous articles on the subjects of CPM schedule delay analysis and entitlement issues affecting construction claims and is a contributor to AACE® International’s Recommended Practice No. 29R-03 for Forensic Schedule Analysis. Mr. Avalon is a registered Professional Engineer with U.S. and international experience in petrochemical, oil refining, oil sands, gas-to-liquids, LNG, commercial, educational, medical, correctional facility, transportation, dam, wharf, wastewater treatment, coal, and nuclear power projects.
Mr. Avalon specializes in preparing detailed schedule analyses and apportioning responsibility for delays, disruption, and acceleration impacts. He is skilled at contract analysis, claims preparation, claims defense, and the negotiation of settlements. He has served as a Project Manager on numerous claims ranging in size from US$100,000 to over US$1 billion. Before joining Long International, Mr. Avalon held construction management positions including Senior Scheduler, Contract Administrator, Project Manager, and Senior Consultant. In these roles, he had responsibility for preparation of project schedules, analysis of change orders, and resolution of construction claims.
Long International is a U.S. and international construction claims and project management consulting firm that provides expert analysis and testimony involving delay, acceleration, loss of productivity, unresolved change orders, defective specifications, and related damages, as well as analysis of business interruption and property damage insurance claims following fires and explosions. Long International was founded by Richard J. Long, P.E., a chemical engineer with over 40 years of experience on over 300 projects in the U.S. as well as numerous international projects.
We have significant experience in industrial plant construction including power, cogeneration, petroleum refining, petrochemical, oil and gas production, mineral processing, and other process plant and industrial projects. In addition, we have significant experience in projects involving commercial and industrial buildings, transportation and light rail, prisons, airports, wastewater treatment facilities, dams, pipelines, and hospitals. We also specialize in Project Management and Claims Prevention training services.
Our mission is both to resolve and prevent problems that negatively affect the success of engineering and construction projects. Because we have many years of engineering, project/construction management, contract administration, and project controls experience prior to establishing our consulting careers, we have the qualifications, capability, know-how, and credibility to properly analyze problems, establish cause-effect relationships, and develop defensible and persuasive opinions relative to the responsibility for problems and resulting schedule delays, productivity loss, and cost overruns. This expertise also provides our clients with the knowledge to properly manage and control the scope, quality, cost, schedule, estimating, and contract administration aspects of their projects and prevent/mitigate problems that may arise.
Our professionals have extensive U.S. and international experience on large, complex, grass roots, revamp, and reconstruction projects incorporating conventional-phased, fast-track, or design-build concepts. Long International’s consultants include chemical, mechanical, civil, electrical, and mining engineers with advanced degrees, professional engineering licenses, construction management degrees, and MBA degrees. Our key personnel have over 25 years of experience working for private and public owners, large engineering and construction companies, mechanical and electrical contractors, and construction consulting firms. This experience encompasses hundreds of projects worldwide ranging in cost from several million to hundreds of millions of U.S. dollars. We assign senior consultants with extensive engineering and construction experience to perform the analyses and testify in mediation, arbitration, litigation, or other ADR forums if resolution through negotiation is not achieved. Our clients expect expertise, experience and credibility. We are proud of the reputation that we have earned for high-quality work products and cost-effective results.
Areas of Expertise
- Business Valuation
- Construction Damages
- Demonstrative Evidence/Exhibits
- Forensic Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Oil & Gas
- Professional Engineering
- Real Estate Valuation
- Scheduling Delay & Analysis
- Structural Engineering
- Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
- A: Registered Professional Engineer, Florida (No. 55137)
Registered Professional Engineer, Colorado (No. 25802)
Planning & Scheduling Professional (PSP-00193)
- Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
- A: Florida Engineering Society
National Society of Professional Engineers
Project Management Institute, Scheduling Community of Practice
Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering International
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