James Blaschke is the Manager of Cost Estimating and Benchmarking for ConocoPhillips.  His experience spans twenty-five years of EPC experience that includes project execution, contract negotiation, cost estimating and benchmarking for both upstream and downstream projects.  His career includes time with major EPC contractors (Bechtel, Fluor Daniel and Black & Veatch) in addition to the past eight years on the owner side (ConocoPhillips).  James has built cost estimating departments as well as implemented tools and procedures. James is currently the CII Chairman of Performance Assessment Committee. He holds a Masters degree in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M.