Taming Utility Risk – We All Have a Part to Play

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CONTENT EXPIRES: December 31, 2023

Risk management and allocation are hot topics in design build. This session will focus on the topic as it relates to utilities, one of the top ranked risks to modern transportation infrastructure projects. Managing this risk successfully continues to be a challenge for both project owners and Design Build practitioners alike. Beginning to address this risk prior to award is an essential aspect of successful project delivery and this session will provide the tools and methods being used on projects that have successfully managed to reduce the risk posed by utility site conditions.


1. We will analyze current issues with risk allocation practices that often lead to liquidated damages and other claims and the contracting practices that lead to them. 

2. We will asses the effect that the pricing of utility risk has on the overall solicitation process and ultimately successful project deliveries. 

3. Methods will be presented to ensure utility risk is being allocated to the party most appropriate to own and manage the risk. 

4. Best practices for procurement and contracting strategies will be described to aid in reducing claims related to utility conditions.

Corey Biddle

Business Development Manager

T2 Utility Engineers

Corey is the Business Development Manager at T2 Utility Engineers and has been in the Utility Engineering and Geospatial practice for nearly 15 years. he has successfully managed these projects throughout the United States. He currently is focused on the pre-award side of Design Build transportation projects throughout the US with most of his work revolving around the DOTs and municipalities to provide direction and consultation for implementation of Utility Engineering programs within their agencies. He is actively involved with organizations and committees such as UESI, ACEC and APWA, to support the bringing of best practices to the Utility Engineering and Design Build industry. Corey currently is the chair of the Regional Outreach group for the DBIA Transportation Committee.

Evan Caplicki, JD


Nossaman LLP

Evan Caplicki is a partner with Nossaman LLP.  Evan guides public agencies through all stages of innovative infrastructure project development – from delivery option selection through procurement and contracting, to contract administration and claims resolution.  In helping lay the foundation for some of the largest transportation projects in the U.S., Evan provides clients extra depth through his extensive construction expertise. He holds a certificate in Construction Management in addition to his law degree, and has represented owners, contractors and subcontractors in public and private building projects during his career.  He also very active in DBIA, serving on a number of committees and co-chairing several conferences.  He is also a board member of the Western Pacific Region Chapter.

Donna Haight

Central 70 Utility Manager

Colorado Department of Transportation

Ms. Haight began her career with CDOT in 2001, serving as a Construction Assistant Engineer and Inspector from 2001-2006, and currently as a Utility Manager from 2006 through the present. Her professional experience includes working on countless utility projects in CDOT Region 1 (Denver Metropolitan Area), serving as the Utility Manager for Design Build projects, and currently working on the challenging Central 70 Design Build project.

Anna Pulido, P.E.

Utility Portfolio Section Director

Texas Department of Transportation

Anna Pulido, P.E. currently works for TxDOT as the Utility Portfolio Section Director. Anna joined TxDOT in 2016, serving as the Utility Manager for the San Antonio District. During that time, she was instrumental in improving the Utility Conflict Management process and helped lead the way in the statewide program implementation. After graduating from Texas A&M University in 2009, where she earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering, Anna began a well-rounded career – starting at Bexar County Public Works. She then went on to work for the City of San Antonio assisting with the project management of capital improvement projects. Anna transitioned to the private sector before becoming employed at City Public Service Energy. Anna’s experience has enabled her to understand transportation project and utility challenges from different perspectives, which has allowed her to execute innovative utility coordination solutions to progress transportation projects.


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