Get Involved with RT-PUI-01

The goal of this study is to identify and develop research products that could lead to step change improvements in the way companies manage risks associated with regulatory changes. The research seeks to build a foundational understanding of the interactions between the regulatory and project management processes, the impacts of those interactions, current company practices and gaps, and best practices employed inside and outside the construction industry. The insights gathered will direct the team toward potential solutions and/or further research. The conclusions are expected to be available in 2019.

The team needs your help.

Take the survey or participate in a case study. Whether you answer “yes” or “no” to any of these questions, we want to hear from you:

  • Are you challenged by continuous regulatory changes and uncertainty?
  • Do you deal with the vast and complex regulatory environment at federal, state, and local levels?
  • Do regulatory changes have significant disruptive impacts on your capital assets and projects?
  • Are there gaps in the current processes in your company for proactively dealing with regulatory changes?


An electronic survey to identify common industry practices and challenges is now live. By expanding the sample size and applying statistical analysis, the results should pinpoint the real pressure points and most common challenges facing companies today.

Who should participate?

  • Any individual or company who deals with the regulatory environment as part of their direct or indirect responsibilities in executing capital projects.
  • Individuals involved across the whole regulatory process—from early horizon scanning to compliance—and the whole project lifecycle—from corporate-level strategic planning to design, construction, and operation.

The survey is primarily designed to collect input from the power, utilities and infrastructure sector, but participants from other sectors are also welcome.

How to participate?

  • Company Survey: For the best results, the research team would prefer for participating companies to collaborate internally on a single response. To receive a unique link to a dedicated survey form, which can be viewed by an unlimited number of internal subject matter experts, please contact Jin Zhu at or (860) 486-0489.
  • Individual Survey: Individual subject matter experts can provide input in their areas of expertise: access the survey online.

Case Studies

Case studies are in progress on three recent state and federal regulatory changes that affect different elements of a capital project in the power sector:

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan
  • EPA’s Mercury Air Toxics Standard
  • U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Agency’s (OSHA) Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard

These case studies will reconstruct the development and implementation of the regulatory change, and explore the business and project procedures, processes, and decision-making methodologies employed by companies to mitigate project impacts.

Who should participate?

For each case study, the research team aims to include perspectives from at least two companies whose capital project was impacted by the regulatory change. We would also like to hear from the regulators involved in promulgating the change and other stakeholders who influenced either the regulatory process or the project management process.

How to participate?

Please email your interest and some background on your experience with the specific regulation to Ali Mostafavi ( or Ryan Stoa (

About the Study Team

The study team is led by four leading academics and includes participation from 12 companies that represent owners, operators, and contractors. Many other companies across multiple sectors have provided input.

Dr. Edward Jaselskis, E. I. Clancy Distinguished Professor in Construction Engineering and Management at North Carolina State University, has a background that includes extensive industry, government and academic experience. Prior to his current appointment, he held positions as a cost/schedule engineer with Exxon, civil field engineer with Bechtel, construction project reviewer for the Department of Energy, a National Science Foundation director who funded research projects pertaining to improving our nation’s infrastructure, and director of the Engineering Policy and Leadership Institute (EPLI) at Iowa State University.

Dr. Ali Mostafavi, Assistant Professor in the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering at Texas A&M University, has a background in governance and management of infrastructure projects, particularly in the area of future-proofing to future risk scenarios. He is a member of the Infrastructure Resilience Division of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Construction Industry Institute Power, Utilities, and Infrastructure Sector Committee, and the Resilient Utility Coalition.

Ryan Stoa, J.D., Associate Professor of Law at Concordia University School of Law, has conducted research in administrative rules and regulations that dictate the effectiveness of resource governance regimes. Through programs with the United States Agency for International Development and InterAmerican Development Bank, he has contributed to the development of legal frameworks governing water rights in the countries of Georgia and Haiti.

Dr. Jin Zhu, Assistant Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at University of Connecticut, has expertise in resilience of complex systems. She has investigated pathways leading to resilience in various contexts, including large construction project systems and interdependent infrastructure systems.

Laura Keating Brannen, Bechtel, Chair

Randy Kulhanek, DTE, Co-Chair

Nik Corno, MC Industrial, Inc.

Stephen Fyfe, S & B Engineers and Constructors, Ltd.

Jeffrey Gans, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Kai Guo, Kiewit Power Group

Michael Hatchell, Fluor Corporation

Steve Morrison, Victaulic

Susan Rapin, Ontario Power Generation

Jeremy Rasmussen, PTAG, Inc.

Carmelo Torrisi, Faithful+Gould

David Turner, Zachry Group

Carzell Walton, Southern Company

Robert Wible, CII


Study Charter

What are the current best practices for proactively identifying, evaluating, and responding to the impact of regulations throughout the lifecycle of major projects?

Contact Us

Dr. Ali Mostafavi
Texas A&M University
(765) 543-4036

Dr. Edward Jaselskis
North Carolina State University
(919) 515-1158

Dr. Ryan Stoa
University of Portland
(208) 639-5434

Dr. Jin Zhu
University of Connecticut
(860) 486-0489