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J Mark Dungan

J Mark Dungan

Delta Consulting Group4330 Prince William ParkwaySuite 301WoodbridgeVirginiaUSA22192

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WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

WWL says

Mark Dungan is vaunted as “meticulous in his work and always reliable”, with commentators pointing to his “great demeanour which triers of fact find truthful and cogent”.

Questions & Answers

Mark Dungan, executive vice president and co-founder of Delta Consulting Group, has over 35 years of experience in the construction industry. He is a testifying expert in matters involving delay, disruption and cost estimates. Mr Dungan has co-authored numerous articles pertaining to loss of productivity, which have been published in domestic and international law journals. He has a BS in building construction from Virginia Tech and he is a licensed Class A general contractor in Virginia.

Why did you decide to pursue a career in the construction industry?

Construction has been a family heritage. My grandfather was a carpenter and contractor, and my brother is an architect. I started working in construction as a teenager. While pursuing my college degree I worked in different construction-related trades during breaks to gain “hands-on” appreciation for the work. I thoroughly enjoy working in the industry.

Describe the current focus of your work regarding loss of productivity claims.

The two primary costs that cause construction budget overruns are time and labour hours. There have been significant advances in management tools and methodologies to address time/schedule variances, but productivity is still an enigma. My goal is to advance the credibility of productivity claims such that the costs are more appropriately allocated to the responsible party, which should result in quicker resolutions.

In your opinion, what is the future of productivity claims worldwide?

A primary challenge for productivity analysis has been the difficulty of contemporaneously documenting causation events. With the continual development of technological advances, I see the construction industry embracing these new tools to document and calculate productivity in real time. I recently implemented a procedure on a mega-project for a contractor that used smartphones and tablets to document disruption in real time. The data was uploaded into a unique database that we developed. Then our team was able to analyse the data and send it, along with the images, to the owner as a real-time notice. This gave the owner an opportunity to mitigate the disruption event. This project is an excellent example of how experts can use technology to better serve their clients.

What are some of the most significant trends in the construction dispute marketplace?

In the not-too-distant past, contractors and owners were motivated to resolve disputes because their long-term success relied upon each other. It seems the marketplace is evolving towards short-term relationships, with financial optimisation being the priority. This trend will likely lead to more disputes and both parties will need to focus more attention on the contractual language and project documentation.

What do you enjoy most about your work?

I enjoy all aspects of my work. Our company motto is “making the difference” for our clients and our employees. When our experts provide the parties with a concise and factual assessment of the disputed issues, which then leads to a resolution, that is particularly satisfying. I also enjoy forging new approaches to loss of productivity analysis. I now spend a considerable amount of time assisting the next generation of experts to advance their careers, which I also find particularly rewarding.

What are a few of the most memorable matters you have worked on?

For sheer size and scale, walking through the locks of the new Panama Canal, while under construction, was an incredible experience. Working on a large hydroelectric dam project in the remote jungles of Panama was also quite an experience.

What has been your greatest achievement to date?

In the field of construction consulting, I am quite proud of the work my colleague, Dr Tong Zhao, and I have done to advance the area of loss of productivity analysis. I also have great satisfaction co-founding Delta Consulting Group and I am proud of the positive environment we have created for the next generation of experts. It is so rewarding to see them succeed and flourish within our company.

What advice would you give to younger experts?

Do the research, there are no shortcuts. Form your independent opinions based on the facts, do not be swayed toward advocacy – that is the job of counsel. If you become another advocate, you add no value to your client or the trier of fact.

Global Leader

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Mark Dungan receives accolades for his “great mastery of scheduling issues” as well as his “outstanding forensic skills”.

Biography

J Mark Dungan is executive vice president and co-founder of Delta Consulting Group, an international consulting firm of multidisciplined professionals in engineering, accounting, construction, project management and litigation support. He has over 40 years of experience in the construction industry derived from several positions, beginning as a field engineer and construction manager of a multibillion-dollar corporation and growing through operations; division manager; and equity owner of a real estate development and construction company.

Mr Dungan’s years of service working as a construction and project manager on construction sites has given him an in-depth understanding of construction means, methods and the value of good project controls, such as scheduling cost and productivity controls.  Building on that experience, he honed his skills as a claims consultant with an international consulting and accounting firm. Mr Dungan is now sought out by public and private entities and by both plaintiffs and defendants to provide expert witness testimony on critical litigation matters.

Mr Dungan is a testifying expert in matters involving delay, disruption, cost estimates and construction defects. He has co-authored numerous articles pertaining to loss of productivity, which have been published in domestic and international law journals. He is a regular presenter on this subject at the AACE national conference and co-authored a peer reviewed article entitled “Improved Baseline Method to Calculate Lost Construction Productivity”, which was published in the ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management in February 2014.

Mr Dungan has a BS in building construction from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute State University. He is a licensed Class A general contractor in Virginia, USA.  

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Mark Dungan is a well-established figure among peers who consider him a top name for high-value construction projects and disputes.

Biography

J Mark Dungan is executive vice president and co-founder of Delta Consulting Group, an international consulting firm of multidisciplined professionals in engineering, accounting, construction, project management and litigation support. He has over 35 years of experience in the construction industry, derived from positions beginning as a field engineer and construction manager of a multibillion-dollar corporation, and growing through operations, division manager and equity owner of a real estate development and construction company.

Mr Dungan’s years of service working as a construction and project manager on construction sites has given him an in-depth understanding of construction means, methods and the value of good project controls, such as scheduling cost and productivity controls. Building on that experience, he honed his skills as a claims consultant with an international consulting and accounting firm. Mr Dungan is now sought out by public and private entities and by both plaintiffs and defendants to provide expert witness testimony on critical litigation matters.

Mr Dungan is a testifying expert in matters involving delay, disruption, cost estimates and construction defects. He has co-authored numerous articles pertaining to loss of productivity, which have been published in domestic and international law journals. He is a regular presenter on this subject at the AACE national conference and co-authored a peer reviewed article entitled “Improved Baseline Method to Calculate Lost Construction Productivity”, which was published in the ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management in February 2014.

Mr Dungan has a BS in building construction from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute State University. He is a licensed Class A general contractor in Virginia, USA.

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