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Meet Our Team



   Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Construction Engineering & Management, University of Maryland, 1991

   M.S., Civil Engineering, University of Maryland, 1982, 

   B.S., Civil Engineering, University of Maryland, 1981


  Professional Engineer:

    AL - # 27363-E      MD - # 13975        PA - # PE-049469-R

    DE - # 7033           MN - # 4554           SC - # 17727

    DC - # 9118           NJ - # GE-46190     TN - # 116582

    FL – # 71053         NY - # 080331        TX - # 122649

    GA - # 023639       NC - # 022824       VA - # 0402031044

    KY - # 20314         OH - # E-61455      WV - # 14611

    MO - # PE2005000716


  Registered Professional Land Surveyor - DE - # S6-0000708

  Registered Professional Land Surveyor - MD - # 10974

  National Council Of Examiners For Engineering And Surveying - # 14360

  Association For The Advancement Of Cost Engineering International (AACEI) – PSP 1105

  AACEI – Certified Forensic Claims Consultant (CFCC) – 96

  American Council Of Engineering Companies (ACEC) – EXW (Expert Witness)

  ACEC – MGT ENG (Management Engineer)


“Whenever we can apply what we’ve learned and have a client benefit from that and not end up in a failure situation – not end up in court, but instead,  fix whatever is going wrong in a project – that’s my favorite aspect of this line of work. That’s when people win.”
– Kenneth J. O’Connell, Ph.D., P.E.

Dr. O’Connell is a registered professional engineer, a registered Planning and Scheduling Professional, and a Certified Forensic Claims Consultant with expertise in civil engineering, industrial, commercial, institutional, and heavy/civil construction. Dr. O’Connell has been the principal-in-charge of assignments for public agencies in addition to numerous assignments on behalf of owners, general contractors, and subcontractors. His “hands-on” construction experience includes a wide range of industrial, commercial, heavy/civil and transportation projects. Dr. O’Connell has broad experience in the construction industry as a consultant, designer, project manager, and teacher.

Dr. O’Connell is both a court and board-recognized expert in construction scheduling and delay analysis, construction management, engineering, and surveying. Dr. O’Connell has performed numerous scheduling and claims analyses on many industrial, commercial, transportation, and institutional projects involving complex structural, mechanical, and architectural systems that require complete knowledge of the design, fabrication, and installation of all building components (e.g., complex structural steel systems, reinforced concrete, and post-tensioned concrete systems). His specific knowledge of contractor’s means and methods, materials, building codes, and structural systems is enhanced by his extensive construction experience as a project manager. 

Dr. O’Connell’s academic background includes both research and teaching of civil engineering and construction management. He currently teaches as an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland and formerly taught at The Catholic University of America, for over twenty years.

Dr. O’Connell is co-founder and president of O’Connell & Lawrence, Inc., a firm that specializes in providing civil engineering, construction consulting, project management, scheduling, claims analysis and preparation, surveying, construction inspection and constructability reviews.

Read more about Dr. O’Connell’s work in the field of Forensic Engineering in the 2015-2016 Edition of the University of Maryland’s online magazine, Civil Remarks.

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