CALL FOR PAPERS FOR 2017

A majority of Sessions are reserved for CPM and Project Management Theory, Software Tutorials and Select Demonstrations, and other invited Speakers. A limited number of Sessions are available for Consultants to teach innovative means and methods and for software vendors to demonstrate new or improved products. A limited number of Project Showcase Sessions are also available. Members of the construction community are invited to submit abstracts describing how YOUR project delivery was improved by superior CPM scheduling and project controls. Please email your abstract to info@constructioncpm.com.

ABSTRACTS FOR 2017

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Wednesday, 8:00 AM to 9:15 AM -- 75 minute session -- main auditorium

WED00 - Welcome by Fred Plotnick and Jim O'Brien -- and Opening Keynote Sessions:

Need for Tech Societies by John Livengood President AACE
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Owner's Perspective on Need for Schedulers by Julie Owen Past-President AACE
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Wednesday, 9:45 AM to 11:00 AM -- 75 minute session

WED11 - Oracle Primavera's Solution for Engineering & Construction
Come learn about Oracle Primavera's commitment, focus and discipline to engineering and construction solutions. A comprehensive approach to address the big and complex as well as the small and simple. Topics will include:

  • Overview of total industry solution offering
  • Integrating Cost & Schedule
  • Changing the game - from creation to status collection to reporting

Presented by Garrett E. Harley, director engineering and construction strategy

WED12 - Deltek Open Plan Download to 1st Update
This session will lead attendees from download of Open Plan software from Deltek's website, or from the link provided in the back of of the text CPM in Construction Management, 8th Edition, to delivery of the first update report to management of the Contractor and the Owner.
Presented by Rob Edwards

WED13 - Microsoft Track TBD

WED14 - Introduction to Phoenix Project Planner
Phoenix Project Manager is a project-focused CPM scheduling tool for the construction, energy and architecture/engineering markets.
In this session, Jay Poulsen, President of Phoenix Project Management, will discuss the use of Phoenix Project Manager to create and maintain project schedules, and how to migrate your current scheduling efforts from Primavera or other enterprise platforms to Phoenix. Mr. Poulsen will also discuss the future development direction of Phoenix Project Manager.
For more information: Phoenix Project Manager.

WED15 - Introduction to Software Solution TBD

WED16 - Introduction to Use of CPM TBD

WED18 - Oracle Primavera One-on-One Clinic
Two 30 minute sessions to clinic with a representative from CBA, a Oracle Primavera Partner, for One-on-One assistance.
Sign up when you register or at the conference. Click here to register.


Wednesday, 11:10 AM to 12:25 PM -- 75 minute session

WED21 - Schedule Development Using P6 Professional Download to 1st Report
This session will lead attendees from download of Primavera P6 software from Oracle's website to delivery of the first report to management of the Contractor and the Owner. This session is taught by two veteran users of P6™, Hannah Schumacher, Managing Consultant for Hill International (www.hillintl.com) and Charlie Jackson, Vice President of Project Life Span, LLC.

Many Contract Documents are now requiring the use of the latest version of Primavera software (P6™) due to its enterprise capabilities and its use of latest technologies including the capabilities to interact other software applications; therefore it is important for the Scheduler to understand how to use this software most efficiently in their battle to complete their projects in a timely manner.

Primavera’s latest release of P6™ contains many features that can assist in developing schedules quickly and efficiently. However, a new or in-experienced user would be overwhelmed in the struggle to prepare the schedule using P6™ and these advanced features without proper training or “Basic Training”.
This session will focus on the presenters’ experiences and their lessons learned regarding the effective use of P6 ™ in the schedule development process as they apply to the Planning and Scheduling development processes. The Scheduler should be able to apply the implementation and execution “Lessons Learned” outlined in this presentation to develop schedules quickly and efficiently using P6™.

WED22 - Deltek Acumen Fuse: The Truth about Schedule Quality
The first step towards improving project success is building a structurally sound and reliable schedule. This presentation will walk through the diagnostics available to assess schedule quality and present initiatives you can implement for avoiding the pitfalls common to the practice of project scheduling. Hear how Deltek Acumen Fuse, a schedule diagnostics tool that integrates directly with all major scheduling tools, helps validate project and portfolio schedule quality and provides unparalleled insight through detailed project analysis. See the industry-proven standards and user-defined metrics in Fuse that help establish the high-quality schedule required for project success.
Presented by Tom Polen

WED23 - Microsoft Track TBD

WED24 - Introduction to Asta Powerproject Schedule Tool for Planners
An introduction to how Asta Powerproject makes scheduling easier and more cost effective. Come take a look why Asta Powerproject is quickly being adopted across the entire USA. Every construction company wants to “share” licenses, Asta listened and is the only construction specific scheduling software to offer concurrent licensing. See why large and small construction companies such as Saunders Construction, Encore Electric and PCShave improved performance, gained widespread use and reduced training costs by turning to Asta Powerproject. Come see how everyday scheduling functionality can be accomplished with Asta Powerproject’s unique “drag & drop” functionality. We will show you how Asta Powerproject is really easy to use, easy to learn, powerful and more reliable than other software for construction scheduling. We will also present an overview of the Enterprise version which gives real-time multi-user collaboration across all projects and teams.
Presented by Wendy Corrigan, Project Integration - Asta Authorised Reseller & Trainer
Visit the Asta's exhibit booth (TBD) beforehand and make a guess as to how long it takes for “you” to install Asta Powerproject & you could walk away with a free license of Asta Powerproject if you attend this session. This is an incredible $1500 value & the emphasis is on you installing Asta Powerproject. It is that easy!

WED15 - Introduction to Software Solution TBD

WED16 - Introduction to Use of CPM TBD


Wednesday, 12:30 PM to 1:50 PM -- Lunch


Wednesday, 2:00 PM to 3:15 PM -- 75 minute session

WED31 - Schedule Updating Using P6 Professional NTP to 1st Update Report
This session will lead attendees in the proper use of Oracle Primavera P6 EPPM from Notice-to-Proceed (or acceptance of the initial baseline schedule) to delivery of the first update report to management of the Contractor and the Owner. This session is taught by two veteran users of P6™, Hannah Schumacher, Managing Consultant for Hill International (www.hillintl.com) and Charlie Jackson, Vice President of Project Life Span, LLC.

Many Contract Documents are now requiring the use of the latest version of Primavera software (P6™) due to its enterprise capabilities and its use of latest technologies including the capabilities to interact other software applications; therefore it is important for the Scheduler to understand how to use this software most efficiently in their battle to complete their projects in a timely manner.

Primavera’s latest release of P6™ contains many features that can assist in developing schedules quickly and efficiently. However, a new or in-experienced user would be overwhelmed in the struggle to prepare the schedule using P6™ and these advanced features without proper training or “Basic Training”.
This session will focus on the presenters’ experiences and their lessons learned regarding the effective use of P6 ™ in the schedule development process as they apply to the Planning and Scheduling development processes. The Scheduler should be able to apply the implementation and execution “Lessons Learned” outlined in this presentation to develop schedules quickly and efficiently using P6™.

WED32 - Deltek Acumen Risk: The Rewards of Schedule Risk Analysis
CPM schedules are excellent at providing a completion forecast based on the planned duration and sequence of work. However, they fall short in accounting for external risk events – those discrete events that have an impact on a project execution teams' ability to execute the plan. This presentation focuses on the second step towards improving project maturity: identifying and reducing project risk exposure through project risk analysis. Learn best practices when running a schedule or cost risk analysis and hear how Deltek Acumen Risk and Risk book combine the accuracy of Monte-Carlo risk analysis with a straightforward, team-oriented user experience to simplify this process.
Presented by Tom Polen

WED33 - Microsoft Track TBD

WED34 - Introduction to Micro Planner X-Pert v3.5.1
For 35 years Micro Planning International (MPI) has provided full service project management to clients worldwide. MICROPLANNER X-Pert has been the project management software which others are judged. A high performance package making planning and management easy for both novice and power users alike. X-PERT for Windows is a Critical Path Logic network based product for either ADM and /or PDM format, and provides a host of project planning and scheduling features, Resource Scheduling, Earned Value Performance, Gantt and Project Cost Controls, all easier to use than many packages.
Presented by Patrick Weaver PMI-SP, on behalf of Raphael M Dua MACS PCP, General Manager Micro Planning International Asia Pacific Pty Ltd.

WED35 - Introduction to Software Solution TBD

WED36 - Planning Planet Guild Town Hall
Q & A on Planning Planet's Guild and Guidelines


Wednesday, 3:35 PM to 4:50 PM -- 75 minute session

WED41 - TBD by Japka
For more information about Mr. Japka and how he can help you get to the next level, visit www.Japka.us.

WED42 - Five Steps to Schedule Maturity with Deltek Acumen
Think of project planning as a three-legged stool. We've already improved the quality of our schedule (leg 1), improved accuracy by accounting for risk (leg 2), now we'll take a look at the third key element to successful project planning: accurate resource planning. A resource loaded schedule is the perfect marriage between the work required to complete the project and the resources needed to complete the work. This presentation focuses on best practices for achieving this harmony and why it's important to remove the traditional silos between cost forecasting and scheduling and learn how Deltek Cobra and PM Compass can make this a reality!
Presented by Tom Polen

WED43 - Advanced Schedule Logic Analysis for Microsoft Project
Complex sequencing logic can be difficult to extract and display in Microsoft Project, especially when constraints, variable calendars, and resource leveling complicate Project’s Slack (Float) calculations. So we wrote our own Add-In to make Project sing like a rock star. BPC Logic Filter started as a lightweight tool to show only logically-connected tasks. Over the years we’ve added advanced features to focus on Driving Relationships, Project Longest Path, Multiple Float Paths, Driving Path Drag, and – most recently – Resource Leveling Drivers. This last feature identifies the Resource Constrained Critical Path for any resource-leveled schedule in MS Project. We’ve also added some graphical highlighting options to polish up the output.
Presented by Thomas Boyle, PE, PMP, PSP, of boyleprojectconsulting.

WED44 - Asta Powerproject BIM Functions

WED45 - Introduction to Software Solution TBD

WED46 - Introduction to Use of CPM TBD


Thursday, 8:00 AM to 9:15 AM -- 75 minute session -- main auditorium

THU00 - Thursday Keynote Sessions

Keynote on State of CPM Scheduling by Plotnick
CPM was created in 1956. Supported by terminal to mainframe computing in 1970s. Supported by personal computing in 1980s. Supported by tablet to servers farms in 2010s. How are needs of end users being addressed? How can we professionals best serve our employers and clients with the current tools provided?

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Keynote on Industry's Need for Schedulers by TBD
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Thursday, 9:45 AM to 11:00 AM -- 75 minute session

THU11 - Litigation Track Keynote - Andrew Ness
on the interaction of law and scheduling on a time-centric construction project

THU12 - Advanced Features of CPM Software TBD
How to get the most from software you already have

THU13 - RISK TRACK
Introduction to and use of Monte Carlo style risk solutions
Dan Patterson on Risk - Past Present Future

THU14 - COST TRACK TBD
Integration with Cost and EVM systems

THU15 - PRODUCTIVITY TRACK TBD
Relating to LEAN, Linear, 4D, BIM, Resource Allocation and other extensions of CPM

THU16 - Business of CPM Track TBD
theory, best practices, admin, back-office and case studies


Thursday, 11:10 AM to 12:25 PM -- 75 minute session

THU21 - Construction Contracts and Dispute Resolution 101
The lead up to the actual construction of a building or other project should be all about the construction contract – a document that too often gets short shrift while the parties involved are wrapped up in their own excitement concerning the arrival of the new work. In this presentation, we examine key construction contract clauses and the concept of drafting construction contracts which adequately take into account the possibility of disagreements on the job – and possibly a breach of the agreement. In connection with the foregoing, we will dive into the litigation, arbitration and mediation processes, and how each of those factor in to resolving project disputes
Presented by Dan Lund of COATS ROSE www.coatsrose.com

THU22 - Advanced Features of CPM Software TBD

THU23 - RISK TRACK TBD

THU24 - COST TRACK TBD

THU25 - Resource Constrained Scheduling Capabilities of PM Software
by Evgeny Zorin and Vladimir Liberzon

THU26 - Asta Powerproject Case Study TBD


Thursday, 12:30 PM to 1:50 PM -- Lunch


Thursday, 2:00 PM to 3:15 PM -- 75 minute session

THU31 - Litigation Track TBD

THU32 - Advanced Features of CPM Software TBD

THU33 - RISK TRACK TBD

THU34 - COST TRACK TBD

THU35 - PRODUCTIVITY TRACK TBD

THU36 - Business of CPM Track TBD


Thursday, 3:35 PM to 4:50 PM -- 75 minute session

THU41 - Litigation Track TBD

THU42 - Advanced Features of CPM Software TBD

THU43 - RISK TRACK TBD

THU44 - COST TRACK TBD

THU45 - PRODUCTIVITY TRACK TBD

THU46 - Business of CPM Track TBD


Friday, 8:00 AM to 9:15 AM

FRI01 - Keynote Session - Mock Trial 2017
-- 160 minute double session

Judge Marshall's court is again in session for this year's Mock Trial presentation. So top off your cup of coffee, be seated, and enjoy the show! Judge Marshall will teach the LAW. Two attorneys, renown for international and domestic construction litigation, will be providing examples of trial techniques, setting traps for unwary experts. Two experts will be providing examples of bad and good behavior. One fact witness with actual knowledge will entertain as he provides the facts of the case to Judge Marshall and the jury (you!)

FRI03 - Admin Tips & Tricks for P6, CM and BI Publisher

This session will provide technical considerations and setups for BI Publisher for CM14. In addition, you will learn tips and tricks on how to create CM14 reports using the BI Publisher web interface and the BI Publisher word plug-in. If you are person responsible for configuring reports for Primavera CM14 and EPPM, you will discover the setup, reports and functionality are very different. Although this session will focus on CM14, the differences between them will be presented.
Presented by Maha Rifai Harrison, PMP, LEED AP, Manager, System Solutions / Information Technology for

FRI04 - TBD

FRI05 - TBD

FRI06 - TBD


Friday, 9:25 AM to 10:40 AM

FRI13 - TBD

FRI14 - TBD

FRI15 - TBD

FRI16 - TBD


Friday, 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM

FRI21 - Litigation Track Keynote - TBD
The interaction of law and scheduling on a time-centric construction project

FRI22 - Oracle Primavera Town Hall
An interactive session to talk shop, learn and share ideas on Oracle's strategy to best serve the AEC community led by Garrett Harley, Director, Engineering & Construction Strategy

FRI23 - RISK TRACK TBD
Introduction to and use of Monte Carlo style risk solutions

FRI24 - COST TRACK TBD
Integration with Cost and EVM systems

FRI25 - PRODUCTIVITY TRACK TBD
Relating to LEAN, Linear, 4D, BIM, Resource Allocation and other extensions of CPM

FRI26 - Business of CPM Track TBD
theory, best practices, admin, back-office and case studies


Friday, 12:20 PM to 1:40 PM -- Lunch


Friday, 1:45 PM to 3:00 PM

FRI31 - Privilege, Product, and Peril: A Scheduler’s Role in Discovery and Litigation
Communications between client and attorney are privileged and private in our system of justice. The attorney’s work product is likewise protected as essentially the attorney’s impressions of and a manifestation of those private communications. The process of discovery (and e-discovery) will prod and probe the client’s files but should not reach privileged communications. But how far does the attorney-client privilege and work product doctrine extend? Is the consultant’s work product likewise protected? And what missteps can result in an unintended waiver of these protections? In this presentation, A.J. Manion and Jean M. Terry, attorneys with the construction law firm, Manion Stigger, LLP, will discuss the attorney-client privilege, the work product doctrine, and best practices for construction professionals serving as litigation representatives.

FRI32 - Advanced Features of CPM Software TBD
How to get the most from software you already have

FRI33 - RISK TRACK TBD

FRI34 - COST TRACK TBD

FRI35 - PRODUCTIVITY TRACK TBD

FRI36 - Business of CPM Track TBD


Friday, 3:15 PM to 4:30 PM

FRI41 - Litigation Track TBD

FRI42 - Advanced Features of CPM Software TBD

FRI43 - RISK TRACK TBD

FRI44 - COST TRACK TBD

FRI45 - PRODUCTIVITY TRACK TBD

FRI46 - Business of CPM Track TBD

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