Mr. Richard E Westney, PE PMP

Westney Consulting Group
1800 West Loop South, Suite 1200
Houston , TX 77356
Office: 713-962-1410


Author of 5 books, visiting faculty at US and international universities, and a licensed professional engineer, Mr. Westney provides 45 years of major engineering and construction project experience in the oil & gas industry. Graduate of Harvard Business School. Expert in cost estimating, project risk analysis, and project management best practices.

Areas of Expertise

  • Construction
  • Construction Damages
  • Oil & Gas
  • Pipelines
  • Scheduling Delay & Analysis

Expert Background

Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
A: Diploma, Harvard Business School: 3-year Owner/President Management Program
MS, Management Science: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
BS, Mechanical Engineering, City College of New York
Licensed Professional Engineer (Texas)(PE)
Certified Project Management Professional (PMP)
Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
A: 1. AACE International, world's leading association for project cost engineering - Past President, Fellow, and Award of Merit winner
2. Engineering & Construction Contracting Association (ECC) - member of Board of Directors and Executive Advisory Board for past 10 years, frequent speaker
3. Society of Petroleum Engineers - instructor for training programs, program committee for the Offshore Technology Conference, frequent speaker
4. Rice Global Engineering & Construction Forum - program committee, frequent speaker
5. Project Management Institute
Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
A: Have taught project management, cost engineering, project risk management at the undergraduate, graduate and executive levels since 1980 in both public seminars, in-house programs, and at universities. University teaching roles include:
1. Visiting Professor, Norwegian University of Science & Technology
2. Visiting Associate Professor, Texas A&M University
3. Guest lecturer: Stanford University, University of Texas, University of Houston, Rice University, Moscow School of Management
Frequently serve as a public speaker at various conferences including:
1. Engineering & Construction Contracting Association
2. Offshore Technology Conference
3. Rice Global Engineering & Construction Forum
4. Global FPSO Conference
5. Topsides, Platforms and Hulls Conference
6. Petrochemical Engineering & Construction Conference
7. Refinery Engineering & Construction Conference
Q: Have any of your accreditations ever been investigated, suspended or removed? (if yes, explain)
A: No
Q: On how many occasions have you been retained as an expert?
A: Two - each engagement was 2 - 3 years
Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
A: Cost estimating and cost-risk analysis for large engineering & construction projects in the oil & gas industry.
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
A: 100%
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
A: none
Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
A: none
Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
A: N/A
Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
A: twice
Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
A: twice
Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
A: five
Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
A: Expert opinion reports and testimony regarding project management, cost estimating, cost-risk analysis, strategic project planning, contracting strategy.
Advisory services to litigation team.
Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
A: $650
Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
A: $650
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
A: $650
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
A: $650
Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
A: travel expenses, extraordinary reproduction expenses are invoiced at cost.
Travel time is billed at 50% of the hourly rate, with the number of hours being equal to the flight time plus two hours


References upon request.