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Steve Abbott

SJA Construction Services Pty Ltd

Australia wide and internationally
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About my services

With 40 years’ experience in the Building, Construction and Engineering Industries, Steve Abbott has worked through the Construction Industry from Carpenter to senior management positions within some of the largest construction organisations in Australia.  During the first 20 years of his career in construction contracting, his responsibilities ranged from the delivery of individual major projects to the management of complete business units for major construction organisations.

Steve is an accomplished construction expert specialising in the areas of time (delay/disruption), quantum, quality of product and construction process / project delivery.  He has provided expert witness services in relation to Arbitrations (including International Arbitrations), Expert Determinations, Mediations and has authored expert reports and testified in most legal jurisdictions including the Supreme Courts of New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria.

Steve has provided expert services on some of the largest building, construction and engineering projects across Australia together with major projects in New Zealand, Macau, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and the United Kingdom.  During the past 20 years since launching SJA, Steve has also played an active role in the Client-Side Project Management of hundreds of live construction projects via SJA’s Project Management Division including the day to day Project Management of construction projects and also acting in the role of Superintendent.

Steve is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Project Management, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Building, a Member of the Resolution Institute (formally the Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators Australia), a Member of the Society of Construction Law and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK).

Steve is also a Certified Practicing Project Manager with the Australian Institute of Project Management. He holds a current Supervisor’s Certificate in accordance with the requirements of the NSW Office of Fair Trading and holds a Builder - Project Management License with the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC).  Steve is also a member of the Australian Property Council, and the Master Builders Association of NSW.

Steve is also a qualified Mediator and Expert Determiner with the Resolution Institute and is currently studying in relation to the Certificate in Arbitration.

Experience and qualifications

1999 – present
Managing Director, SJA

Steve is the founder and Managing Director of SJA and formed the business in 1999.During the past 20 years, Steve Abbott has been directly involved in many hundreds of building, construction and engineering projects across Australia, and internationally. These assignments have included the provision of Client-Side Project Management Services, General Construction Advice, Construction Expert Advice, the preparation of Expert Reports and the provision of Expert Witness services in most jurisdictions dealing with issues that include:

Assessment of Quantum: Expert advice, reporting and Expert Witness services related to the estimation of construction costs in relation to disputes valued into the hundreds of millions of dollars.

Assessment of Delay and Disruption:  Expert advice, reporting and Expert Witness services related to construction planning and programming including forensic delay and disruption analysis.

Quality of Product: Expert advice, reporting and Expert Witness services related to Defect inspections and reporting including the identification of defects and estimation of rectification costs.

Project Delivery - Expert advice, reporting and Expert Witness services regarding issues relating to the provision of Client-Side Project Management Services and the process of delivering major construction projects.

With a multinational network and a track record spanning 20 years, SJA is a leading advisory and delivery services firm specialising in Advisory Services, Planning & Programming, Project Management and Quantity Surveying.

1997-1999
NSW / ACT State Building Division Manager, Abigroup Contractors

Reporting to the Managing Director and accountable for all functions of the Building Division including business development, pre-contracts, operations, administration, cost control and reporting for multiple projects at any given time up to and in excess of $100 Million.Responsible for all personnel employed in the building division.

1995-1997
NSW / ACT State Building Operations Manager, John Holland Construction & Engineering

Responsible for the successful delivery of multiple building projects at any given time in the NSW / ACT region valued up to and in excess of $200 Million. Accountable for all functions of building operations including project delivery, administration, cost control and reporting.

1989-1995
Assistant Project Manager, Project Manager and Senior Project Manager, John Holland Construction & Engineering

Responsible for the successful delivery of individual building projects ranging from $40 Million to $75 Million (present value).  Accountable for all functions of the project including project delivery, administration, cost control and reporting.

1988-1989

Building Foreman to Site Manager, Baulderstone Hornibrook

Convention Centre Darling Harbour, $416 million (present value)

1987-1988 present

Building Foreman, Barclay Mowlem.

Exhibition Centre Darling Harbour $226 million (present value)

1985 to 1987

Quantity Surveyor / Estimator then Building Supervisor, Washington Gray Homes

Cost control and purchasing. Responsible for the estimation of construction costs and variations for all projects completed by the company.

1982 to 1985

Apprentice Carpenter to Tradesperson to Supervisor, Premier Improvements.

Responsible for facility management and supervision of the organisation’s workforce.

1979 to 1982

Apprentice Carpenter, W.T. Mison Constructions.

Served first three years of Carpentry and Joinery Apprenticeship.

Specialisations

Steve is an accomplished construction expert with specialisations in the following areas:

Quantum: assessment of construction costs including entitlement

Time: forensic delay & disruption analysis

Quality of product: defect inspections and reports including quantification of rectification costs

Construction process/project delivery: issues relating to construction process, project procurement, project management and contract superintendence

Industry Sectors

Steve has managed, provided project advisory services or expert services in relation to the delivery of major Construction projects in the following sectors:

Building /construction (all sectors)

Major civil engineering projects

Major infrastructure projects

Major rail projects

Mining projects

Telecommunications

Energy including renewable energy

Oil & Gas

Qualifications

Expert Determination Workshop, Accredited Expert Determiner with the Resolution Institute (Formally Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators Australia).

Mediation and Conciliation Course, Accredited Mediator with the Resolution Institute (Formally Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators Australia).

Commerce Degree, Management Major, University of Western Sydney.

Advanced Diploma of Building and Construction (Management), Everthought Education.

Industrial Safety Certificate, Penrith College of T.A.F.E. Received College Statement, certificate number - 183442.

Advanced Management Certificate, (three years’ part time), Penrith College of T.A.F.E. Passed in Credit Grade. Certificate number - 016158.

Building Foremen, Clerk of Works Course (three years’ part time) Blacktown College of T.A.F.E. Passed in the Credit Grade receiving awards from the Master Builders Association, James Hardies and T.A.F.E. for achieving the highest marks in the school of building.  Certificate number - 117272.

Craftsman Certificate of Proficiency (Carpenter & Joiner) as issued by the Director of Apprenticeship - Dept. Of Industrial Relations. Certificate number T8216318.

Carpentry & Joinery Trade Course, (three years’ part time) Blacktown College of T.A.F.E.   Passed in the Honors Grade. Received awards from Blacktown T.A.F.E. for achieving third place in the School of Building.  Received the apprentice of the year award (School of Building) from the Rotary Club of Blacktown City.  Certificate number - 37037.

Associations

Fellow of the Australian Institute of Project Management.

Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management.

Fellow of the Australian Institute of Building.

Member of the Resolution Institute (Formally Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators Australia).

Member of the Society of Construction Law.

Member of the Australian Property Council.

Certified Practicing Project Manager with the Australian Institute of Project Management.

Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK).

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