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João a. Petrocelle Carvalheiro, Pmp, Mrics

Construction Industry  Claims & Arbitration Specailist, Project Manager & Teacher


  • More than 20 years of experience, 7 million ft² built and managed over $US 300 million of construction projects. Project Types : Office Buildings, Shopping Malls, Warehouses, Supermarkets and Data Centers, LEED Gold Certified and Factory Mutual Facilities. (all in Brazil).
  • Native fluency in English andDual Citizenship (Brazilian and American, birthplace Miami, Florida)
  • B.Arch. (1998) with a Management MBA (CEAG- FGV 2006), and  courses on Real Estate and Financeand Economics. PMP and MRICS certified.
  • Law School student at Mackenzie University (2022)
  • Deep knowledge of and experience with construction industry dynamics, regulations, means and methods, designers, contractors and developers. Project Integrator & Team Builder. Implementor of productivity improvement and time saving techniques on site.
  • Construction Claims technical advisor.
  • Practitioner and researcher:  Lean Construction (LCI), Front End Loading (IPA) , Critical Chain Project Management (TOC/Goldratt), DCMA 14 Point Schedule Assessment (Department of Defense), Operations Management and Strategic Planning Theory.
  • Writer on Project Management for local Project Management magazinesand websites. Trainer and lecturer on the topic of Construction Project Management modern practices, procedures and controls.

areas of expertise & skills

  • Construction Arbitration 
  • Claims / Forensic Analysis / Time - Impact Analysis
  • C.P.M Scheduling / D.C.M.A. 14 Point Schedule Analysis (DoD)
  • C.C.P.M./ T.O.C.(Goldratt)
  • Takt Time Planning / Pull Planning / Last Planner System (Lean Construction)
  • Earned Schedule (W.Lipke) /Earned Value Method
  • S Curves Controls & Delay Forecasting (Trends)
  • Kalman Filter Forecasting Method (B.C.Kim)
  • Target Value Design (LCI) / Value Engineering (SAVE International Methodology)
  • Cost Control &  Budget Monitoring /Total Cost Management (AACE)
  • Process Mapping / Value Stream Mapping
  • Activity Sampling / Crew –level productivity measurement & balancing
  • Team Building / Empowerment / Respect for People / Trust-Building Behaviors
  • Competitive Strategy & Value Propositions for Construction Companies
  • Specialized Consultancy for Construction industry
  • Teaching and Coaching


  • Worked as an advisor consultant on 3  major construction arbitrations in Brazil for Aldo Mattos Consultancy  
  • Reduced BRL 20 MM or 15% of total (USD 7 mm) in a 3 week value engineering job for a industrial project Also reduced BRL 75 MM (USD 25 MM)or 20% of total on a one year value engineering effort for a commercial building project. 
  • In a period 6 months  implemented a Planning & Control System based on KPIs for one of Brazil's top 10 Mechanical Contractors 
  • On a Warehouse project, I led on site meetings (Last planner/Lean construction methodology) with supervisors and other front line personnel from subcontractors, which improved communications and assured on time delivery.
  • Interviewed by PM Network magazine because of my work as a PMO. Trained more than 60 engineers and architects on Estimating and Planning and Control techniques. 

Work History

Jun2018 - Present

 Project Controls Manager

Lock Engenharia

 Responsable for Planning, Schedulling and Controlling aproximately 20 project simultaneosly. Productivity Improvement on site and  training practices of Engineering team.

Mar 2015Present

Owner & Founder

ESTRATEGIA PRODUTIVA CONSULTORIA                          (Productive Strategy Consultancy)

Productivity, process Improvement and management consultancy firm focused on small contractors, subcontractors, MEP contractors , construction management companies and real estate developers. Providing an array of services, construction planning & controlling, trends and forecasts , value engineering, cost control, labor& process improvement (Lean Construction methods), strategic planning for contractors and training on project management schedulling/ cost control.

2011Mar 2015

Head of Project Management Office


Tasks/Responsibilities: Project Controls PMO in charge of all Real Estate projects from economic feasibilty to building. project controls and disputes avoidance management.

Main projects: Office Buildings in São Paulo.


Senior Project Manager


Tasks/Responsibilities: International clients account manager PM services in Brazil, portfolio management, scheduling and budgeting, RFP's and RFI's, PM team training and development providing technical PM support for brokerage area.

Main projects: Otis new factory in São Bernardo area, Brazil, Nike new store in Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro, Nokia store in São Paulo, Expedia, Western Union, Illumina and Harley Davidson offices in São Paulo


Project Manager (On Site)


Planservice is one of Brazil's top 10 Construction Management Companies, Partner of Mace Consulting Group).

Tasks/Responsibilities: Assuring compliance with cost and schedule baselines, collecting and coordinating input from stakeholders, planning and organizing project activities and tasks, scope control and change management, project status reporting and forecasting, conflict resolution between client and general contractor.

sample projects: 2 data centers, 5 supermarkets (3 new, 2 renovations), 1 shopping mall, 1 warehouse complex.




Universidade Mackenzie

Business Administration Specialization Program - CEAG M.B.A. 

F.G.V. - EAESP - São Paulo - Brazil

São Paulo Business Administration School of Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV-EAESP) was created in 1954 through a joint effort between the Brazilian government  and Michigan State University. The 3 year CEAG is F.G.V.'s  oldest and most traditional course. CEAG is accredited MBA  by the Association of MBAs (AMBA) .


Applied Finance Economics Graduate Course

F.G.V. - EAESP - São Paulo - Brazil

One year graduate course on Finance and Economics


Real Estate Business Graduate Course

F.A.A.P. - São Paulo Brasil

One year graduate course on Real Estate business


Bachelor in Architecture

F.A.A.P. - São Paulo Brasil

undergraduate course on Arhitecture and Urban Planning