As a Highway Engineer with over 45 years’ experience, David Carmichael has worked on road related projects in Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Georgia, Ukraine, Iran, Oman, Cyprus, Papua New Guinea, Botswana, Lesotho and the UK.
Experience has been gained on all aspects of highway engineering from feasibility studies, including traffic and transportation studies, preliminary design, final design and preparation of contract documentation, tender assessment and supervision of construction. Whilst working for contractors, experience has been gained on the preparation of claims and submissions for dispute resolution under the FIDIC suite of contracts.
From June 2009, David Carmichael has been an independent Consultant advising road contractors on the requirements and use of FIDIC on projects in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan, Ukraine and Georgia. Also acting as a Dispute Board representative for contractors in Kazakhstan and Georgia
From March 2008, was resident in Azerbaijan working as the Team Leader on the Southern Corridor Improvement Project (Project 1) where he was responsible for setting up the team for the detailed design for the proposed Masalli to Astara section of the Alat to Astara motorway.
From 2001 to 2007, resident in Kazakhstan, he worked as a Project Manager/Team leader on a design and construction supervision assignment for the rehabilitation of 1,000 km of roads in Western Kazakhstan.
Other highway construction supervision assignments have included:
These projects have given him wide experience of contract procurement and administration.
Design office experience has been gained in various offices throughout the world including Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Cyprus, Papua New Guinea, Botswana and the UK.
David has also given expert evidence in various courts and other proceedings.
He is a native English speaker and also has basic spoken Russian language skills having lived and worked in a number of CIS countries.
June 2009 Independent Civil Engineering Consultant
Independent Consultant advising road contractors on the requirements and use of FIDIC on projects in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan, Ukraine, and Georgia. Preparation of Contractor’s claims and submissions for dispute resolution under the FIDIC suite of contracts on internationally funded projects (EBRD, IBRD, ADB etc.).
2001-2009 Project Manager Highways, Nippon Koei UK
2008 Southern Corridor Improvement Project (Project 1), Azerbaijan – ADB funded
Team Leader responsible the detailed design, procurement support and construction supervision stages of the Masalli to Astana section of the Alat to Astara Motorway. Duties included liaison with AzerRoadService (and their Project Implementation Unit) and the management of a multidisciplinary design team consisting of international and Azeri specialists. The Contract was based on FIDIC.
2001-2007 Kazakhstan Road Network Rehabilitation Project – JBIC funded
Team Leader responsible for the detailed design, procurement and construction supervision for 1,000 km road rehabilitation works in Western Kazakhstan. Duties included liaison with the Kazakhstan Ministry of Transport Roads Committee, management of design work carried out by international specialists and Kazakh design consultants, pre-qualification and tender evaluation, acting as the Engineer on two road rehabilitation contracts and evaluating claims submitted by the Contractors. The Contract was based on FIDIC
Awarded Medal of “Esteemed Road Builder” by the Ministry of Transport and Communications in Kazakhstan in recognition of the high standard of services provided (2006).
Team Leader responsible for final design and contract documentation for three road rehabilitation projects throughout the country. The Contract was based on FIDIC
1979 – 2000 GIBB Ltd and associated companies
1997 – 2000 National Road Improvement Project, Papua New Guinea – JBIC funded
Team Leader – Responsible for final design and contract documentation for three road rehabilitation projects throughout the country. Also, Resident Engineer on the Mumeng to Bulolo Road Upgrading Project.
1994-1997 Senior Resident Engineer on the A4/A46 Batheaston/Swainswick Bypass
Responsible for the day to day running of all technical aspects of the project. Also responsible for liaison with the client and other interested parties. During times of protest action worked as part of a three-man team representing the Employer, the Engineer and the Contractor that was set up to minimise delay and disruption.
1992-1994 Executive Engineer in the Transportation and Marine Division
Project Manager on the A4/A46 Batheaston/Swainswick Bypass responsible for the overall day to day running of the project during final detailed design, preparation of documentation and tender assessment.
Preliminary route selection, cost estimating and environmental framework preparation for road schemes being prepared for the Department of Transport including:
Preliminary design of the main access road and all other land-slide roads for the proposed Spata Airport, Athens.
Head office management responsibilities for all the firm’s infrastructure and urban road projects from feasibility design through to construction supervision including:
Working on the following:
Resident Engineer supervising and administering the reconstruction of 31 km of road. Responsibilities included issuing drawings and instructions to the contractor, monitoring the contractor’s progress against his programme, quality control, inspection of operations, completion certificates, dayworks, preparation of interim and final payment certificates, measurements, assisting the contractor with working methods and construction techniques, reviewing and commenting on the design documentation, writing monthly progress reports for the client and preparing a final report on completion of the project. The Contract was based on FIDIC.
Senior Design Engineer for preliminary investigation and design of bridges, river bank landing facility and all aspects of roadworks for 12 km of road.
1982-1985 Design Engineer in the Roads, Airports and Bridges Department
Preliminary route selection, cost estimates and cost benefit analysis (COBA) for various alternatives.
Computer ground modelling and design using Moss on the following projects:
1983 Industrial Estates in South Wales
Infrastructure design and redevelopment.
1979-1982 Engineer with Gibb, Petermuller & Partners
Reconnaissance for 550 km road in Oman followed by preliminary route selection carried out in their Cyprus design office.
Responsible for supervision of pavement and finishings for 600 km section including IPA and final account measurements. Firq Junction.
1975-1979 Marples Ridgway Ltd
Supervision of the upgrading of an existing dual carriageway to motorway standard involving the widening of existing bridges and structures.
1979 General design duties in UK Head Office
Supervising ground works for a swimming pool in the Midlands including piling and ground beams.
1978 Graduate Engineer on the Shurgaz – Zahedan Road Project, Iran
Earthworks engineer responsible for supervision of 20 km muntain section near Nostratabad.
Design experience. Worked mainly on the River Ouse Abstraction Scheme and Hardham Water Treatment Works.
Seven span post tensioned viaduct across the main London – Dover railway line. Setting out and general site supervision.
Working as a setting out engineer on various small contracts.