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Lance VanDemarkPE, PhD, F.ASCE, MSCE

Vice President, Civil Engineering

Dr. VanDemark has over 23 years of traditional design experience in Civil Engineering & Land Development and has a strong educational background in Structural Engineering, Engineering Management and Construction Management. In addition to his Civil and Mechanical Bachelor’s Degree, as well as his Engineering Systems and Engineering & Technology Management Master’s Degrees, Dr. VanDemark completed and successfully defended his doctoral dissertation on dispute resolution and risk mitigation of civil engineering and construction related claims. Dr. VanDemark is a licensed professional engineer in 48 states in addition to Washington DC and Puerto Rico. Dr. VanDemark is an Editorial Board Member, Senior Editor and Guest Editor for the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Journal of Legal Affairs and Dispute Resolution in Engineering and Construction (LADR). Dr. VanDemark is also a Fellow with the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Dr. VanDemark has published several peer reviewed manuscripts related to Dispute Resolution and is active in the presentation of his expertise.

Dr. VanDemark has provided traditional Civil Land Development Services as the Engineer of Record in 23 states on a multitude of projects including grading, drainage, utilities and erosion control design in addition to entitlements and project management. Dr. VanDemark has also provided 12 years of assignments in Civil Forensics and Heavy Civil Engineering Claims since joining VERTEX in early 2012. Dr. VanDemark has been retained on a multitude of civil engineering construction defect and expert witness files for civil and heavy civil engineering projects across the US in 44 different states. In addition to the civil engineering construction defect and expert witness work, Dr. VanDemark has also worked on, testified and performed expert consulting services for surety, insurance and eminent domain claims. Dr. VanDemark has been qualified as an expert in 6 different states in the areas of grading, drainage, utilities, erosion control, site planning, floodplain permitting, transportation, cost estimating and eminent domain.

Representative Heavy Civil projects that Dr. VanDemark has worked on as the Engineer of Record or as an expert/consultant include:

  • Airports: Denver International Airport, Asheville Regional Airport, Miami International Airport, Hollywood International Airport (Ft. Lauderdale, FL), Indianapolis International Airport, Colorado Springs Regional Airport and Palau International Airport (in progress), Hulburt Field AFB (Ft. Walton Beach, FL)
  • Department of Transportation (DOT) Projects: Colorado DOT, Arizona DOT, Kentucky DOT, Maine DOT, Maryland DOT, Mass DOT, Ohio DOT, Texas DOT, Wisconsin DOT, Wyoming DOT,
  • Oil & Gas Disputes: Texas, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Pennsylvania & Ohio for large pipeline owners
  • Disputes & Dispute Resolution: Multiple disputes in 44 states

Dr. VanDemark has also published several articles with the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Education & Certification

Ph.D., Engineering and Applied Science, University of Colorado
M.S., Engineering Systems, Colorado School of Mines
M.S., Engineering and Technology Management, Colorado School of Mines
B.S., Civil Engineering, Colorado School of Mines
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Colorado School of Mines

Professional Engineer (PE) – Civil, State of AL, AR, AZ, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, PR, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY
10 Hour OSHA Training

SPECIAL TRAINING
Expert Opinions as Engineer of Record Provided in: AL, AR, AZ, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, SD, TN, TX, VA, WA, WI, WV & WY
Deposition and Trial Testimony in: AZ, CO, CT, FL, IA, ID, IL, MA, NC, NY, TX, WI & WV
Civil Engineer of Record for Projects in: AZ, CO, DC, FL, IL, MA, MD, ME, MN, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OK, OR, PA, TX, UT, VA & WA
Admitted as an expert in CO, IA, ID, NC, NY & TX

Associations

Editorial Board Member, Senior Editor & Guest Editor – American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) – Journal of Legal Affairs and Dispute Resolution in Engineering and Construction
Fellow American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Member National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE)
Member American Water Works Association (AWWA)
Member American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC)
Member American Concrete Institute (ACI)

Areas of Service

Civil & Land Development

Expert Witness Services

Damages, Design Defect

Forensics Technical, Civil

Standard of Care, Civil Engineering

Standard of Care, Heavy Civil

Standard of Care, Site Civil