This panel discussion is designed to inform and educate attendees about the benefits of arbitration as well as some of the more common types of engineering and construction disputes through an interactive discussion of actual cases. Attendees will develop a basic understanding of the construction contract law principles that can be applied in their professional careers. Attendees will also develop an appreciation for dispute avoidance as a best practice of risk management.
Explain the benefits of arbitration;
Discuss common types of engineering and construction disputes;
Review construction contract law principles;
Identify ways to mitigate the risk and practice dispute avoidance.
Tim Austin, P.E. F.NSPE, is a Professional Engineer with the firm of Kaw Valley Engineering, Inc. His diverse work experience has provided him with a unique perspective of the engineering and construction industries and he has been an experienced and accomplished manager in both the public and private sectors. At Kaw Valley, he serves numerous public and private clients.
Mr. Austin brings exceptional interpersonal skills to the engineering profession. He is skilled in team management and works to bring value to the process. He is skilled in public relations, interacting with the media, the public, elected officials, and other public or quasi-public boards/bodies on a variety of topics.
Mr. Austin has been and continues to be active in a number of professional and community organizations. He is a past president of the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) and the Secretary for the Engineer’s Foundation of Kansas. He is a past president of the Kansas Society of Professional Engineers and a past board member of NSPE. He is a past board member of the Wichita Area Builders Association and currently serves on both the legislative and developers committees. He is immediate past chairman of the Wichita Art and Design Council which he chaired for 4 years. Mr. Austin has previously served as a past chairman of the Wichita Airport Advisory Board where he served 8 years, on the advisory board to the Real Estate Department at Wichita State University, on the governmental affairs committee for the Wichita Area Association of Realtors, past member of the Board of Trustees for Aldersgate United Methodist Church, and served on the founding committee of the Greater Wichita Area Economic Development Coalition.
In 2009 he was named an NSPE Fellow.
Mr. Austin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Kansas State University and a Master’s in Public Administration from Wichita State University. He is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Kansas.
Rod Toben heads up the AAA® Dallas Regional Office focusing on the AAA’s Construction Division. In that role, he interacts with the AAA’s clients who file Construction, Real Estate and Environmental cases and the panelists serving as arbitrators and mediators on those cases in the Midwest and Southwest. His current responsibilities include delivering case management services for large, complex construction caseloads and developing the AAA’s construction suite of ADR Services. He frequently consults with general counsel and advocates on the design and implementation of construction dispute resolution programs. In addition, he is responsible for the recruitment and development Association’s Roster of Arbitrators.