Rice Global E&C Forum
Rice Global E&C Forum

Welcome to the Rice Global Engineering & Construction Forum

The Rice Global E & C Forum is the only organization focused solely on the discussion and study of problems and opportunities facing the contracting side of the E & C industry. The Rice Global E&C Forum (RGF) has a vision to be the premier venue for discussion of critical issues impacting the future of the global E & C industry.

The mission of the RGF Council is to accomplish its vision through collaboration with Rice University, by conducting an Annual Forum and holding monthly roundtable meetings within a neutral environment.

Nominate Someone or a Program for the Award for Excellence

Each year since 2011, the Rice Global Engineering & Construction Forum (RGF) has presented the Award for Excellence to recognize a significant achievement or outstanding performance in the E&C industry. If you know of a program or initiative benefiting the E&C industry that has achieved excellence, we want to know about it! Nominations are due May 4, 2015. For more details or to download the nomination form, click here.

Join us for a Discussion – Upcoming Roundtable Meetings

Date: Friday, April 17, 2015

“Riding the Waves of Change: How to Manage Change for Smooth Engineering and Construction Project Sailing”

Engineering and Construction  project initiatives often encounter rough waters because the organization asks employees to do something different. Furthermore initiatives muddy the waters when change management processes and tools aren’t aligned and integrated into the overall project management framework. Organizations can take steps to help employees take to change as a duck takes to water.

Only 30% of change efforts fully meet their business goals (John Kotter, Leading Change). Unlike most change management presentations that focus on failure rates of change management efforts, Mark Hordes, Senior Partner with Allen Austin of Houston Texas will present the critical success factors and “must-do” steps to enable your project change management interventions to succeed and sustain the test of time.

Speaker: Mark Hordes, Senior Partner, Allen Austin

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Date: Friday, May 8, 2015

“Navigation Channel Considerations for Marine Terminals:  Minimizing Risk”

Navigation channel design and construction is an essential part of the operational efficiency, safety, and security of a marine terminal.  In this presentation, Mr. McWilliams will lay out the primary considerations for the creation of a new navigation channel, including the design, dredging operations, and maintenance requirements related to a marine terminal.  Included are the basics of channel design; environmental aspects of dredging; coordination with regulatory agencies; major equipment types and application; operational aspects of dredging, including productivity; placement and disposal of dredged material, including beneficial use; project risks; market considerations; and contractual items.

Speaker: Jeffrey McWilliams, Director – Maritime, Gulf Coast Region, AECOM Inc.

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Career Opportunities with Member Companies

Interested in exploring employment with a Forum member company? Visit http://www.forum.rice.edu/membership/careers/ to view current opportunities.

Become A Member

The Rice Global E&C Forum would not be what it is today if it were not for its members. Learn how you can become actively involved in our Forum by visiting our membership information page or contact us at globalforum@rice.edu.

Join us now for 2015. Our membership year runs from January 1 – December 31.

We thank our members for enabling the Forum Board of Directors to establish and maintain a continuous dialogue on current and future issues related to the benefit of the Engineering and Construction industry. Our membership directory is available for your review.

Need a Student Intern?

Contact our University Liaison at satish.nagarajaiah@rice.edu.

Monthly Roundtables

April 17, 2015
May 8, 2015
June 12, 2015
July 10, 2015
August 14, 2015
October 9, 2015
November 13, 2015
December 11, 2015

Annual Forum XVIII

September 21-22, 2015


Grand Hall in the Ley Student Center at Rice University


11:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


$25 for online registration; $35 for on-site registration
includes a boxed lunch; park at the Central Campus Garage or in West Lot.

LES Houston Chapter Events

Rice Global E&C Forum and Licensing Executives Society (LES) Houston Chapter have teamed up to cross-promote each other's events! Check out some of their upcoming events below:

IP Business Basics 101
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM

Around the World with LES Houston Chapter Networking Reception
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

CEEM Sector Houston Conference and Committee Meeting
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM

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