Construction Engineering

DEA offers a full array of construction engineering (CE) and construction administration services that span the planning, design, construction, and operation of a project and facilities program. During all phases of a project, our expert staff focuses on delivering a successful project to the owner’s expectations by working proactively with owners and contractors to avoid pitfalls or deficiencies. Clients can access whatever DEA services are needed, including one-stop CE services for an entire project.


  • Construction procurement services
  • Assistance in preparing bid documents
  • Assistance in proposal requests
  • Analysis of submitted bids
  • Constructibility reviews
  • Review construction drawings and specifications at several stages of design
  • Assist owner and consultant in elimination of potential problems
  • Value engineering
  • Review design concepts and materials, building systems and equipment
  • Review field construction techniques and feasibility
  • Advise on alternative designs and/or materials
  • Recommend availability of materials, labor and time requirements for procurement, installation and construction
  • Compare first-cost vs. life-cycle cost
  • Evaluate alternatives and recommendations for design revisions that result in cost or time savings
  • Review of construction documents at periodic intervals during preparation
  • Independent cost estimates
  • Cost verification

During Construction

  • Surveying
  • Construction staking, right-of-way and property surveys
  • Contour and topographic mapping
  • Computation of cut and fill quantities
  • Construction administration
  • Administer contract and provide thorough documentation
  • Complete field inspection and provide thorough documentation
  • Conduct inspection/surveillance, testing coordination, change order scoping and negotiations, and review and validate quality control procedures
  • Provide specialized inspection services as needed

Construction Completion

  • Final inspection services
  • Prepare punch list
  • Check that testing, including operational testing, has been performed and documented
  • Check that complete sets of Operation and Maintenance manuals and required training are provided
  • Claims analysis and negotiation, as needed
  • Expert witness support, as needed