About Us

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SmartRisk is a Los Angeles, California based consultancy providing risk and performance consulting services to design and building professionals on a national and international basis. Our services focus on improving performance and profitability through analysis and customized solutions.

Timothy J. Corbett

Timothy Corbett, Founder and President of SmartRisk, has extensive experience developing and implementing risk and performance management programs for architects, engineers, environmental consultants, building and construction professionals. Tim implemented model risk management programs for numerous organizations including international firms Bechtel and EG&G where he obtained a Department of Energy (DOE) Top Secret Security Clearance. Tim held Vice President positions with industry leading insurance carriers with responsibilities for Underwriting, Risk Management, Claims Analysis and Industry Relations. Mr. Corbett is a member of American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the United States Green Building Counsel (USGBC). As a member of a number of national committees, Tim is regularly called upon as a speaker at regional, national, international forums. Tim has been published and quoted in professional publications and owns copyrights to risk analysis processes and strategies. Mr. Corbett holds a BS in Security Risk Management, MS in Management focusing on organizational development and process improvement, completed Environmental Science studies, obtained an Architectural Design Technology Certificate and is Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design (LEED) accredited.

Sample of Speaking Engagements

"Results Are In - Major Causes of Claims and Effective Strategies"  VOCO2 Risk Management Symposium, Newport Beach, CA

"Construction Risk and Industry Trends" Agent CE Training, Philadelphia Insurance Companies, Philadelphia, PA

"Methods to Reduce Professional Liability (PL) Insurance Costs" A/E/E Loss Prevention Conference, Denver, CO

"Projects With Large Claims and Risk Management Strategies" Structural Engineer Institute (SEI) Conference, Denver, CO

Cyber Risk Increasing for Design FirmsMarquis Insurance Agency & A/E Clients

"Skill Set Needed for Todays Project Managers (PM)" Killefer Flammang Architects

"Alternative Energy Options and Risk" Asian Risk Management Conference, Bali, Indonesia

Do You Want to Be a Higher Performing Design Firm? ACEC Conference

Contracts Provisions That Get Design Firms Into Trouble Killefer Flammang Architects

Condo's - Why Are They the Most Litigious Project Type? Admiral Insurance Company

Industry Trends for A/E Firms Willis A/E Risk Management Symposium

How Do Higher Performing Firms Manage Risk? ACEC Conference

Risk Management for Design-Build Marquis Agency

Professional Liability - Architects and Engineers Agents CE Training

Condo's: Why Are They the Most Litigious Project Type? Beazley Insurance Group, and KLH Engineers

What's Going on in the A/E Industry? Admiral Insurance Company

Design-Build - Advantages & Disadvantages Admiral Insurance Company

Profile of Higher Performing Design Firms Admiral Insurance Company

A/E Business and Proposal Development KLH Engineers

Project Quality – Best Practices for a Successful OutcomeMarquis Insurance Agency

“Effective Risk Management Strategies for A/E Firms KLH Engineers

"Characteristics of Higher Performing Design Firms " Architect Institute of America (AIA)

"Managing Risk for Small Firms" Architect Institute of America (AIA) Los Angeles

Importance of Project CloseoutKLH Engineers

Succession Planning – Making an Informed DecisionMarquis Insurance Agency

A/E Claim and Contract TrendsRockefeller Partner Architects

Contract Risk & Liability - The Never Ending TaleMarquis Insurance Agency

Suspended and Abandoned Project Risk for A/E FirmsWillis A/E Risk Management

"Getting Paid for Design Services" Architect Institute of America (AIA) Los Angeles

"A/E Economic Recovery Strategy" Society of Business Administrators

Risk Management for Small A/E Firms Architect Institute of America (AIA) Los Angeles

Importance of a Value-Risk Based Business Strategy Heffernan Insurance Brokers

Project Site Safety Including Green Projects Marquis Insurance Agency Risk Management Session

Importance of Incorporating a Risk Based Business Strategy Society of Business Administrators

Protecting Your Practice - Key Legal Issues For Design Professional University of Southern California (USC) School of Architecture Professional Development

Contracts Checklist- A Tool For your Firm Marquis Insurance Agency Risk Management Session

Construction Trends & Risk Management Willis Risk Management Webinar Training

Trends and Recovery Strategies Marquis Insurance Agency Risk Management Session

Asian Risk Management Practices for Sustainable Projects Asian Pacific Risk Management Conference, Bali, Indonesia

CALGreen & Green Project Risk Architect Institute of America (AIA) Los Angeles Chapter, Los Angeles, CA.

Green Design & Construction Risk Management Strategy Balestreri Pendleton Potocki, A Law Corporation, San Diego, CA

Protocols for Sustainable Projects.” Marquis Insurance Agency Risk Management Session

Risk Management for Sustainable Design.” Energy & Environmental Conference (EUEC), Phoenix, AZ

Higher Performing Design Firms.” Willis Risk Management Webinar Training, January 2011

DOD LEED Risks & Challenges.” 2010 NAVFAC Pacific/Hawaii Designer & Builder Symposium, Honolulu, HI, December 2010

Economics & Risk for A/E Firms.” Professional Liability Agents Network (PLAN) Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, UT

Strategy for Successful A/E Firms.” MOBIUS LA, Architect Institute of America (AIA) Los Angeles Design Conference, Los Angeles, CA., October 2010

Where’s The Risk? Rooting Out Risk to Improve Profitability.” Architect Institute of America (AIA) Pasadena & Foothill Chapter

Should I Really Sign That Contract American Congress on Surveying and Mapping and Land Surveyors Annual Conference, Phoenix, AZ

Risk and Green Project Claims Environmental Industry Summit, San Diego, CA

Risk Management for Sustainable Design.” Energy & Environmental Conference (EUEC), Phoenix, AZ

How to Survive & Prosper In a Down Economy Architect Institute of America (AIA) Pasadena & Foothill Chapter, Pasadena, CA

Today’s Economy: What’s Going On and What Should I Do?” Beazley Insurance Company Risk Management

Implications of the Green Mega Trend The Building Industry Show (BIS) Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach, CA.

Starting Your Own Firm Architect Institute of America (AIA) Los Angeles Chapter, Los Angeles, CA

Are International Projects Right for You?” MOBIUS LA, Architect Institute of America (AIA) Los Angeles Design Conference, Los Angeles, CA.

What is Your Firms Risk Rating?” Liberty International Underwriters Risk Management Conference, San Antonio, TX

Green Projects & Risk MOBIUS LA, Architect Institute of America (AIA) Los Angeles Design Conference, Los Angeles, CA

Best Practices for Condominium Projects American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC)

Proactive Approach to Risk Management for Condominium Projects Architect Institute of America (AIA) Los Angeles

 

Sample Publications

Can Construction Observation Help Reduce Project Risk?” National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) Publication

A/E Law Firm Survey Report SmartRisk Survey Report

What A/E's Need to Know to Avoid Risk While Doing Green Design Design Firm Management & Administration Report (IOMA)

A/E Insurance Carrier Survey Report SmartRisk Survey Report

Diligence, Cautioned Urged Amid Tough Economy Engineering, Inc., interviewed on article topic of A/E Professional Liability (PL)

How the Economy is Altering Architect/Engineering Insurance Buying Insurance Journal Special Report

Perfect Storm for Litigation: How Does your Liability Carrier Measure Up?" Design Firm Management & Administration Report (IOMA)

Design Firms Taking on More Liability Risk Building Design & Construction, SmartRisk survey results used to development article

Could Your Firm Pass a Stress Test?” Engineering News Record (ENR) Publication

Managing Risk In a Multidiscipline World Engineering, Inc., interviewed on the topic of A/E risk and exposures

Designing Security Measure A/E ProNet guess essay

The Risks, and Rewards of Going Green Engineering Inc.

Managing Risk In Green Building Projects Greener Buildings News, November 2007

A Picture of Stability Engineering, Inc., interviewed on the topic of A/E Professional Liability (PL) insurance, July/August 2007

Professional Liability Premiums Leveling Off Engineering, Inc., interviewed on the topic of A/E Professional Liability (PL) insurance July/August 2005

Professional Liability Survey Results Engineering, Inc., interviewed on the topic of A/E Professional Liability (PL) insurance

Insights in the Risk for Environmental and Geotechnical Firms Design Professional Insurance Company (DPIC) publication

Guide to Professional Liability Insurance American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Publication

Environmental Firms: Solid Business Practices Key to Controlling Risk Environmental Science & Engineering

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