Author Archives: Ernie Maschner, DBIA, Vice President Global Infrastructure, Victaulic

About Ernie Maschner, DBIA, Vice President Global Infrastructure, Victaulic

Ernie Maschner is an award-winning global construction professional with over 30 years of experience in major infrastructure projects. Mr. Maschner has held leadership positions on mega projects such as the London 2012 Olympics, Rio 2016 Olympics, and Masdar Sustainable City in the UAE. Prior to joining Victaulic, he was the project co-director (AECOM/Graham JV) for the $272M design-build McLoughlin Point Wastewater Treatment Plant in Victoria, BC. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of California, San Diego in applied mechanics and engineering science and has an MBA from San Diego State University.

Using Collaborative Delivery to Mitigate Supply Chain Disruption

When we emerge from the extreme days of the COVID environment, there will be some lingering effects that become a permanent part of our way of doing business.  Management of the supply chain is probably one of the most significant. I was at a national association conference last month with nearly two thousand attendees. Last year I moderated a panel at the same conference talking about early supply chain engagement. The reception from the audience was interest, but not urgency. Fast forward a year and the same conference had a thread of supply chain issues running through every presentation. We’ve all seen the pictures of backed-up ocean freighters parked off the west coast. We’ve seen costs for construction commodities rise to 200% or 300% of previously predicable prices in under a year. The existing way of handling these risks has not responded to the challenges.

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Topics: Collaborative Delivery, Equipment/Technology Suppliers, Victaulic.

Supply Chain Engagement

On the Northeast Water Purification Plant in Houston, TX, Victaulic worked with WDBC members CDM Smith, Jacobs, Carollo, Balfour Beatty, and McCarthy during the engineering phase to address piping differential settlement entering and exiting structures. The solution was incorporated into the design at an early stage, and Victaulic was released to begin production to allow for delivery during the early works excavation phase.

Water/wastewater projects are becoming larger and more complex. Our industry is continuously innovating to maximize the productivity of existing and new plants. Recent events related to the COVID-19 outbreak may have permanent changes in the way plants are designed and built. The design and procurement process for collaborative-delivery projects requires early involvement of supply chain partners to reduce risks for a successful proposal and construction.

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Topics: Collaborative Delivery, Equipment/Technology Suppliers, Victaulic.