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Posted 6/30/2014

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By Mohammed Ibrahim
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District

Chris Dening received the Great Lakes and Ohio River Division (LRD) Hard Hat of the Year award from District Commander Bernard Lindstrom, June 27.

Dening competed with nominees from all the districts in LRD, and was selected for this honor that recognizes the most outstanding construction field office employee in the division. 

His exceptional work and outstanding contributions to the construction contracts administered by the Upper Ohio Construction Area Office added to his recognition. 

Dening is the lead engineer for the approximately $30-million Emsworth Locks and Dam Back Channel Scour Protection contract.  As project engineer, he is responsible for construction management and overseeing the quality assurance representatives’ work, providing oversight of the contractor’s quality control system, and ensuring adequate implementation of contractor and government approved safety programs.  Dening is the only senior project engineer at the Upper Ohio Resident Office. He mentors new engineers and engineering technicians in all phases of construction management and field activities which contributes to the overall success of the construction mission. He ensures adherence to the LRD Regional Business Process Manual and has been serving as the construction office’s International Organization of Standardization (ISO) proponent and trainer. 

He is also an instructor for the Pittsburgh District Construction Quality Management for Contractors course.  He was very instrumental in keeping thorough documentations regarding high water delays and interruptions for the contractor on the back channel. He analyzed the contractor's request for equitable adjustments (REA) and assisted in the analysis of the main channel REA.  Both REAs totaled $10 million and because of Chris' documentation and detailed analysis, both REAs were negotiated for about $2.25 million, saving the government nearly $8 million.

Dening will now represent LRD and compete against all the nominations submitted by other division’s Hard Hat of the Year awardees for the USACE award. 

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