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AACE Seattle Section May 8th, 2014 Meeting
Best Western Plus Executive Inn
Seattle, WA
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Washington State Ferries (WSF) is a division of the Washington State Department of Transportation and is the largest ferry system in the United States in terms of fleet size.  WSF operates 22 vessels that provide transportation to more than 11 million passengers annually.  This has become critical transportation infrastructure for many island businesses and residents throughout the Puget Sound and San Juan island regions, who are greatly impacted by any delays or disruptions within the system.  

Starting in the late 1990s, WSF began modernizing and replacing its aging fleet, which included authorizing the construction of several new vessels including the 2,500 passenger Jumbo Mark IIs, to the more recent 64-car (Kwa-di Tabil) and 144-car (Olympic) class ferries.   This presentation will address the latter two classes of ferries from a general contractor's and project controls viewpoint.  It will discuss some of the contractual and construction challenges faced by the project team, including how the ship construction work was organized, managed, and controlled in order to achieve WSF's requirements.


Eric Morrison is a Senior Advisor for UK based Rio Tinto and is working on environmental management and closure projects. Eric is a CCC, EVP, PMP, and CMIT, and has served on the AACE Seattle Section Board of Directors for the past four years. Eric worked for Vigor Shipyards as a Deputy Program Manager and Controller on various State and Federal ship programs including the Washington State 64-Car and 144-Car Ferry Program.  He has also worked on rail projects for Parsons Transportation Group and KJM & Associates.


Vigor Fab is the builder of the Washington State 64-car and 144-car ferries, and is a leader in shipbuilding and industrial fabrication with modern facilities and a skilled workforce in Portland, Seattle and, Everett. Vigor Fab constructs quality vessels of all types including double-hulled fuel barges, ATBs, excavators, Z-drive ship assist tractor tugs, auto and passenger ferries, fishing boats and cargo ships. More than 100 hulls have been fabricated in the Portland and Seattle yards for satisfied customers across the country and around the world.

*** Please make every effort to sign-up for this meeting before 12:00 Noon on Monday, May 5th, so that the proper number and choice of meals can be ordered from the hotel kitchen. Your cooperation will be greatly appreciated! ***

LOCATION (Wheelchair Accessible):
Best Western Plus Executive Inn
200 Taylor Avenue N
Seattle, WA 98109

5:30pm - Social Hour
6:30pm - Dinner
7:15pm - Program

The member price for this event is $28.00 if you register before 12:00 Noon on the Monday immediately preceding the meeting; late registration is $33.00. Non-members will be charged $36.00 before 12:00 Noon on the Monday immediately preceding the meeting, and $41.00 thereafter.

You may order a diablo chicken, baked salmon with BBQ sauce or lemon dill crème sauce, or vegetarian (requires one week advance notice) dinner. If you have specific dietary restrictions please contact us at so that we can accommodate you. The AACE Seattle Section will be rotating menu selections this program year; we are interested in hearing your feedback!

The AACE Seattle Section must pay for all meals that are ordered. If you RSVP that you will attend, you are responsible for the bill of your meal. In addition, if you attend without an RSVP there is a possibility that your meal options will be limited from those listed above. If you would like to be added to the Seattle Section's mailing list to receive future notices about our meetings and events, please contact one of the presiding Officers or Directors.

Visit the AACE Seattle Section on our website at

Anybody interested in budget control, claims management, cost engineering, cost estimating, earned value management, planning and scheduling, project control, project management, value engineering, or risk management in any industry is cordially invited.

AACE Seattle Section meets the 2nd Thursday of each month from September through May (excluding December). Each meeting with a technical presentation qualifies for .25 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) towards your CCP/CEP/CFCC/EVP/PSP recertification requirements.
Thursday May 08, 2014 6:30 PM - Thursday May 08, 2014 8:30 PM | $28.00 - $41.00



Best Western Plus Executive Inn
200 Taylor Avenue N
Seattle, WA 98109
United States



Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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