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Principal
Gerald H. Williams, Jr., Ph.D., P.E.

Dr. Williams has been involved in the construction industry in Oregon since the 1970’s. Like most people in this industry Gerry started out working construction in the field as a teenager in high school, then in college worked as a draftsman for local mechanical engineering firms and as an engineering intern with the Oregon Department of Transportation.

After College, Dr. Williams worked for small consulting civil engineering firms in Portland before joining the staff of the Portland Development Commission, to oversee the public improvements for RiverPlace.

In 1989 Gerry joined the Donald M. Drake Company, as a project engineer and estimator. In his tenure at the Drake firm, he was personally responsible for more than $250 million of project estimates and participated in all of the more than $1.3 billion in building project bids that the firm bid during that time. In 1995 he left the Drake firm to become a full time Ph.D. student in the Engineering Management Program at Portland State University.

Since forming CEM Research, Inc. (now Construction Research) in 1996, Dr. Williams has worked on more than a hundred projects ranging from academic research, to construction defect claims, forensic engineering, and of course construction payment claims.


Email: gerry@cemresearch.com

 

Gerald H. Williams, Jr., Ph.D., P.E.
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Principal
James F. Grady


James Grady joined the firm on a part time basis in 2011 and has steadily increased his presence on our projects, in particular those jobs that include complex construction schedule analysis. James holds a degree in Construction Engineering Management from Oregon State University, and has worked in the construction business in Oregon for more than 35 years. James worked for the Donald M. Drake Company and JE Dunn Northwest for nearly thirty years, where he was the primary scheduler before taking over as the company’s IT chief. He has been intimately involved in scheduling and schedule updating of numerous projects including: Industrial Facilities, Hospitals, Prisons, Office Buildings, Schools, Housing Complexes, Freeways and Bridges.

Email: james@cemresearch.com

 

James F. Grady
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Construction Research strives to provide its clients with the highest level of analyses available. Dr. Williams has developed a long relationship with academics at Portland State University (where he taught for 13 years) and elsewhere. In recent years Construction Research has brought on a number of college professors for specific assignments in the areas of their expertise. These include: statistical, parametric and non-parametric analyses; structural engineering and failure analyses; geotechnical engineering analyses; discrete and continuous systems simulation modeling; and arctic regions (effects of ice and snow) engineering analyses.

But simply providing the analyses, or "egghead stuff" is not enough, analyses must be assembled and organized in such a manner that it can be clearly and concisely communicated to a mediator, arbitrator, court, or jury.
     

   
Tim Anderson

Dr. Tim Anderson holds graduate degrees in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from Georgia Tech and an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from the University of Minnesota. He has been a full time professor of Engineering & Technology Management at Portland State University since 1995 and has consulted with the firm on a project by project basis since 2003. Dr. Anderson is coauthor (with Dr. Williams) on the Northwest Wall & Ceiling Bureau, Labor Productivity Impact Study, and the forthcoming Finishing Contractors Association, Labor Productivity Impact Study.

Tim provides much of the methodological support for the firm’s analyses; he has assisted in modeling labor productivity impacts on projects as diverse as Combined Cycle Co-Generation Electrical Power Plants, and Metal Stud Framing, Drywall and Finishing jobs. Dr. Anderson’s own area of research involves applications of Data Envelopment Analysis to evaluate technical efficiencies in production operations, such as construction. Dr. Anderson has overseen studies of construction project efficiency that have involved more than a thousand construction projects, including hundreds of general construction building projects in the Oregon public building sector, and more than four hundred metal stud framing and drywall projects. He has testified as an expert on cases challenging statistical extrapolation in construction defect cases.

 

Tim Anderson
     

   
Franz Rad

Dr. Franz N. Rad, Ph.D., P.E., S.E., headed the Civil Engineering Department at Portland State University for nearly three decades and currently leads the Structural Engineering group at PSU. Dr. Rad has worked on a number of projects for the firm, most recently he has been involved in the analysis of the collapse of a warehouse roof in Gresham, Oregon, for the firm. Dr. Rad has also worked as a consultant to the firm on various retaining walls and other structural engineering issues and he has also consulted with other firms on major structural failures. Dr. Rad recruited Dr. Williams to teach at PSU in the 1990's and that relationship has endured since; he brings a wealth of experience and understanding of complex structural engineering issues and unmatched technical knowledge to every project he has worked on for the firm.

 

Franz Rad
     

   
Mark B. Catlin, PE, GE

Mark is a licensed professional geotechnical engineer (PE and GE registrations) in both OR and CA. He has more than 20 years of experience consulting on a variety of private-sector, municipal, DOT, and military projects including high-rise and low-rise residential, commercial, and manufacturing structures, power plants, transmission lines, retaining walls, transportation projects, and seismic, settlement, landslide, and ground improvement analyses.

Mark's educational background includes:
Master of Science in Geotechnical Engineering - University of California, Berkeley
Graduate advisor Prof. J. Michael Duncan - repeated the course work completed for MS program at MIT.
Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering - Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

 

Mark B. Catlin

     

   
Abby Lambert

Abby is a graphic and web designer with more than 20 year’s experience in design and marketing. She is co-owner of AMP Marketing & Communications, a boutique agency in Portland, Oregon that provides marketing and design services to small businesses and start-ups.

Abby holds a bachelor degree in Organizational Communications from Marylhurst University. She works with the Construction Research team on communications and other projects as needed.

 

Abby Lambert
     

     
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