Steven Huyghe
Office:
1760 Peachtree Street NW, Suite 100
30309
City:
Atlanta
State:
Georgia
Country:
USA
Tel:
+1 678 385 3344

Questions and Answers:

Who's Who Legal Thought Leaders - Construction

Mr Huyghe is the founder and chairman of Core International Consulting, LLC, based in Atlanta, Georgia. He is an internationally recognised expert and testifier with extensive experience in dispute resolution, project advisory services, contractor’s due diligence, construction management, and is acknowledged as a leader in assisting owners, contractors, designers and counsel with large domestic and international projects in distress or litigation. Steve is highly regarded for his work related to claims, dispute resolution, litigation, arbitration and expert testimony.

Describe your career to date.

I have spent over 23 years as a general contractor constructing large, complex projects and over 20 years analysing and testifying to some of the largest construction projects built within the United States, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East.

How has the field of construction changed since you first began your career?

Many of the seasoned construction professionals that truly know construction and how to build projects on time and within budget have either retired or have been promoted, putting them into a position of putting out fires working with new project managers. The trade labour has decreased in their skillsets and are no longer capable of providing quality and efficient work.

What issues have you seen most frequently in your practice over the past 12 months?

Owners and contractors are having difficulty finding qualified staff members. The mandatory processes required to plan and construct projects in a timely manner are not put in place putting both contractors and owners at risk.

What do you believe distinguishes your practice from others in the field?

I have actually constructed projects and run labour. I know the ins and outs of the construction process. Many experts can focus on scheduling but do not know enough about construction to analyse projects properly.

How do you expect new technologies to impact your practice in the coming years?

I think the use of drones and electronic means to capture as built information will help contractors to better understand where their projects are and what will be needed to claw back time.

You have a highly international practice. Which regions do you see as the most active at present and what is driving activity in those areas?

At present, the United States in certain sectors has many chemical and LNG plants under construction. This is driven by the need for these products. The Middle East is also seeing a lot more expansion in chemicals and renewable energy as they transition out of solely depending on oil.

What is your proudest achievement to date?

I was asked to be the lead facilitator to analyse and resolve disputes on a very large international chemical plant and to mitigate litigation. This was a four-year assignment and required dealing with multinational contractors from over eight countries. All disputes were settled through negotiations.

What advice would you give to someone looking to start a career in the field of construction consulting?

Make sure you acquire at least 10 years of actual construction experience in the field. The construction industry is the only field where the “experts” do not need to possess actual construction experience. I think in the future construction experts who only possess scheduling skillsets will not be qualified by the courts. There is a major international movement to eliminate individuals who do not have a hands-on construction background.

Biography:

Who's Who Legal Consulting Experts: Experts - Construction - Quantum & Delay

Mr Huyghe is the founder and chairman of CORE International Consulting, LLC, based in Atlanta, Georgia. Mr Huyghe is an internationally recognised expert and testifier with extensive experience in dispute resolution, project advisory services, contractor due diligence, construction management, and is acknowledged as a leader in assisting owners, contractors, designers and counsel with large domestic and international projects in distress or litigation. Presently, he works with contractors and owners to assess large scale construction projects and provide expert project advisory services to ensure great outcomes.

As a past Class A General Contractor, Mr Huyghe began constructing projects in the late 1960s and built oil refineries, chemical and steel plants, wastewater and water treatment facilities, and large- scale infrastructure and commercial construction projects. As a "hands-on" contractor, his time was spent onsite dealing with all construction matters, particularly labour, construction and means, and delays/disruption issues.

Mr Huyghe is actively involved with the monitoring, analysis, and facilitation of onsite settlements, litigation and management of major construction projects, including EPC contracts involving energy, refineries, gas, petrochemical, water and wastewater, industrial processing, infrastructure, tunnelling and high-rise construction. His project advisory methodology helps project owners and contractors in the pre-development stages through the entire course of construction, mitigating delays and disruptions, and managing project costs.

Highly regarded for his work in claims, dispute resolution, litigation, arbitration and expert testimony, Mr Huyghe's ability to determine and then demonstrate the impacts of delay, disruption, lost labour productivity, and/or changes to work, and then to establish resulting damages, is well known. He has provided testimony on delay, disruption, labour productivity, construction means and methods including manpower, and resource evaluations, and in a variety of domestic and international venues. Mr Huyghe has authored several articles on construction, which can be found on www.coreintlconsulting.com/publications.

WWL says: Steven Huyghe draws international endorsements for his deep expertise in the construction sector and his wide-ranging experience providing expert project advisory services and acting as a testifying expert.

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