Does Knowing P3 Make You a Good Scheduler? & Other Great Questions w/John Armstrong from CivicCM E18

Civic CM ( is a construction management firm that specializes in scheduling, risk, claims, project controls, construction defect, and litigation support. Civic CM regularly provides these services for general contractors, owners, subcontractors, attorneys, developers, and owners’ representatives. Civic CM helps clients achieve their desired outcomes and commercial success by providing greater certainty and confidence in their scheduling and claims management practices. And Civic CM achieves those goals through unparalleled commitment to integrity, competency, quality, responsiveness, and teamwork.

Civic CM was founded in 2014 and is currently comprised of over 20 scheduling, planning, claims, and construction defect experts. Civic CM’s Arizona office is located in Tempe and its headquarters is in San Marcos, California. Civic CM also has offices a Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Denver, and West Palm Beach. Civic CM’s work in nearly all construction market sectors and types, and is highly experienced in all forms of contract delivery methodologies.

Below are the most common work products that Civic CM provides its clients:

• Develop and update CPM schedules
• Facilitate pull planning and last planner sessions
• Perform forensic delay analyses and prepare time extension requests
• Assemble disruption and inefficiency claims
• Provide expert witness reports and testify in mediation, arbitration, and litigation
• Develop and manage project risk management programs
• Review and audit schedule submissions and claims from contractors

John Armstrong is a degreed engineer with nearly 2 decades of experience in the construction industry as an expert witness, general contractor, and owner’s representative.

He is highly skilled in project and program controls, claims avoidance and preparation, risk management, schedule auditing, enterprise-level planning for owners, schedule development for contractors, and contract and change management. John regularly provides expert witness services relating to damage quantum and forensic delay analysis arising during construction. John is also experienced in providing litigation, arbitration, mediation, and alternative dispute resolution support for attorneys.

John has worked on complex projects and programs, including residential, infrastructure, education (K-12, community college, university), correctional facilities, technology, and healthcare. He has provided lead scheduling, change and claims management, project controls, expert testimony, and contract/change management services for over 170 construction projects totaling over $12 billion. John’s experience with project delivery methods includes design-bid-build, CMAR/CMGC, design-build, lease-leaseback, and more.

John is also an expert in construction claims and time extension requests across various markets and sectors. John has provided these services for a full spectrum of clients, including construction owners, attorneys, and contractors. These services include damages quantum and forensic analysis of time extension requests. John has testimony experience in depositions, hearings, and mediations.

John is also a contributing author on the update of AACE International Recommended Practice 29R-03 “Forensic Schedule Analysis.” John was also the lead researcher and primary author of the technical paper Assessing Accuracy of Estimated Activity Durations in Construction CPM Schedules, which is to be published by the American Society of Civil Engineers (“ASCE”) Construction Research Congress 2020, published in March 2020. John is an active member in relevant industry organizations, including serving as the Region 5 Director for AACE.

Connect with John on LinkedIn.


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