Risk Management on Infrastructure Tunnel Projects



9:00-9:25 a.m.

Risk Management on Infrastructure Tunnel Projects

Speakers: George Teetes, President, and Matt Koziol, Project Engineer, Schnabel Engineering Underground


Following a consent decree mandate by the EPA, the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority embarked on a $2.7 billion project to reduce CSO emissions into the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers by 98%. Currently eight years into its 26-year schedule, the program involves a large network of tunnels, structures and other utilities. The program has been divided into separate projects, each in a different stage of design or construction with varying procurement methods and multiple interfacing issues between them. Early on, program leaders determined that risk management would be of utmost importance to keep this “mega-project” on schedule, on budget, viewed in a positive light, safe and effective. This presentation outlines the process of risk management utilized for this project, summarizes the different types of risk analyses, explains the advantages of managing risk, identifies decisions made as a result of the process, and outlines many of the challenges faced and lessons learned.