CALL FOR PAPERS FOR 2016

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 2016

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

MON00 - Welcome by Fred Plotnick and Jim O'Brien -- and Opening Keynote Sessions:

Need for Tech Societies by Martin Darley Past President AACEi
Leading the Association for Advancement of Cost Engineers International for this past year, Martin Darley has had to navigate tumultuous times and events ranging from the economic impact of pricing of oil to both real and perceived political turmoil throughout the world. And yet AACEi continues to be the meeting place where conflicting theories on cost engineering may be debated and recommended practices deemed useful to all sides may be promulgated. Martin will explain why, in these uncertain times, it is even more necessary than ever to be involved in the process of learning, teaching and joining in these debates.

From CAD to BIM to CPM by Tom Dengenis of Synchro Software
To the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. We're not fond of rules and we have no respect for the status quo. You can praise us, disagree with us, quote us, disbelieve us, glorify or vilify us. About the only thing you can't do is ignore us. Because we change things. We invent. We imagine. We explore. We create. We inspire. We push the human race forward. Maybe we have to be crazy. How else can we stare at an empty computer screen and see the future? Or sit in silence and hear an excited team that’s amazed by the new medium? Or gaze at a empty site in China and see “The Happiest Place on Earth”? While some may see us as the crazy ones, we see creative power. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do...– Inspired by Jack Kerouac.


Monday, 9:45 AM to 11:00 AM -- 75 minute session

MON11 - Introduction to 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
  • Roadahead

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

MON12 - Preparing a P6 schedule for Risk Analysis

Presented by Darryl Townsend of DRMcNatty & Associates, Inc.

MON13 - Microsoft New Project and Portfolio Management Solution
Overview for Construction Project Management

Modern integrated technologies are enabling the next generation of Construction Project Management (CPM).
Learn about new and advanced CPM scheduling, the new ways to efficiently bring updates to your project and unique project data visualization leveraging the power of the cloud. The new and enhanced Microsoft Project Management platform is changing the way organizations plan and manage infrastructure and construction projects.
This session will include demonstrations and information on:

  • An overview of Microsoft latest solution for Project Management and Portfolio Management focused on Construction Projects
  • Governing the project lifecycle through phases, reviews and approvals
  • Managing cost, schedule, task updates, risks and collaboration across project stakeholders
  • Data visualization and advanced reporting for Project Managers

The session will be presented by Microsoft and Microsoft’s Gold Partner EY, including real life case study illustration and demonstrations.

MON14 - 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.

MON15 - Introduction to Synchro PRO

Planners and Schedulers: Become Rising Stars! Is your scheduling being done in a silo? Does the schedule follow rather than lead your projects? Are workflow and production reliable and steady? Synchro PRO gives planners and schedulers the 21st century tools they need to take a key role in improving project delivery- imagine seeing into the future of your project- identifying and resolving not only design issues but also conflicts in space in time before the project ever begins.
Synchro PRO is the most powerful 4D technology platform on the market today- it is interoperable with industry standard scheduling and CAD software so you can digitally import both your schedule and your 3D model- add detail, equipment, temporary works and review the real time simulations until you are confident your plan is optimized and ready for construction. Synchro PRO brings high value manufacturing precision to construction in a way that is easy to learn! Find out how you can achieve the same benefits that 33 of the top 50 contractors who use PRO are achieving- saving time and money, improving safety, improving productivity and using reliable planning and scheduling as the foundation of successful project delivery. Become a rising star in the industry, make 2016 the year you learn 4D.

MON16 - The Parallel Application of Change Management and Project Management in Construction Projects

Change Management should run parallel to project management, but often it does not. Prosci developed the ADKAR model for Change Management. It’s similar in many ways to the process areas of the PMBOK, but it focuses on people rather than execution, monitoring and control of scope.
Since change and adjustment are constant in the construction environment, there are tangible benefits for an organization in applying the ADKAR process to the construction project management process. In order for organizational change to happen, individuals must change. And an organization that has a strong platform for change will effect change more efficiently, and therefore perform better.
Presented by Tim Mather of PMA

MON17 - Mitigating Delay Claims and Scheduling Best Practices

Session addresses Claims and Risk Awareness, specifically as it related to construction scheduling. How to mitigate claims when construction change is inevitable. Learn about the principle causes of dispute and how to avoid claims as it relates to the project schedule function. Presented by Raquel Shohet, EI, PSP, of Hill International, with over 25 years of construction industry experience in the engineering, cost, scheduling, estimating, and field disciplines.
Note swapped with TUE17 in printed booklet

MON18 - 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.


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

MON21 - 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™.

MON22 - PMWeb Change Management by Jon McNatty

MON23 - Really Understanding Microsoft Project

Love it or hate it, Microsoft Project (MSP) CPM scheduling software is here to stay. Many construction contracts are now mandating its use. Most people using MSP on construction projects find that MSP is fine for planning the work but very difficult to use when maintaining the status and accurately forecasting project completion.

The good news is that you can ‘make’ MSP properly reflect complicated status including out-of-sequence progress resembling Retained Logic. The Great News is that in this fourth-generation presentation, we finally made understanding easy. This advanced presentation will explain how to best use MSP in place of P6 or other more status-oriented scheduling software.

Presented by Ron Winter, PSP, author of Schedule Analyzer Software, and Vera Lovejoy.

MON24 - 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 stand (13-14) 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!

MON25 - Avoiding Defects, Delays & Damages with BIM and 4D Scheduling

For decades the construction industry has accepted disputes as a fact of life; but no longer. BRG started using the power of 4D to analyze when and why things went wrong on projects- clients love it, adverse parties cringe when they see it. 4D tells a story quickly and accurately, in a way that is easily understood by anyone. The real benefit to the industry though is using 4D to identify and resolve problems in the planning stage thereby reducing, or altogether eliminating defects, delays and damages. By using 4D in the planning phase, improvements can be made in the safety, productivity and reliability of projects.
Presented by Ben D Nolan III PE PSP of Berkeley Research Group, LLC.

MON26 - When Contractor Schedules Go Opaque

Most contracts provide for the Contractor to submit a planned sequence of work, and most of those provide for the contractor to update the schedule to show progress. But what do you do when the Contractor fails to submit an update, or submits an update that doesn't clearly show the Contractor's performance or impacts to the plan?
Presented by Thomas Long, Chief of Schedule Controls, NYC Environmental Protection.

MON27 - TBD

MON28 - 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.


Monday, 12:45 PM to 1:15 PM -- 30 minute session

MON60 - Lunch


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

MON31 - 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™.

MON32 - Schedule Risk Analysis doesn’t have to be hard!

All too often Schedule Risk Analysis (SRA) is only performed because it was required for a proposal. Once the contract is won SRA goes out the window. Where SRA is not mandated it may be ignored because it is perceived as a lot of effort for questionable return. This presentation will demonstrate the benefits of using SRA throughout the project life cycle and show that benefits can be achieved with little additional effort.
Presented by John Owen, COO of Barbecana Inc.

MON33 - Planning and Scheduling with MS Project

This is a sharing session. I have been a contract project scheduler for the last 23 years supporting corporate internal clients using MS Project. As a full time scheduler I’ve had plenty of time to determine the strengths and weaknesses of MS Project and to establish a mode of operation that both optimizes its value to the client and minimizes the effort needed to do that. The purpose of this session is to share the mechanics and to encourage other schedulers to share theirs. I make use of MSP’s programmable Custom Fields, Visual Basic macro capability, menu (ribbon) customization capability, and table and view customization flexibility. Some may find aspects of my approach unorthodox but progress doesn’t happen doing what everyone else does. I’ll be interested in the observations and suggestions of my peers.
Presented by Ed Mahler, PMP, of the Project Administration Institute, www.paiwebsite.com

MON34 - 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.

MON35 - TILOS and Trimble 3D

Interfacing 3D Corridor Modelling with TILOS Linear Planning for Mass Haul Optimization in Road and High Speed Rail
Two sessions is one. In the first half of this session Hubert Geier, the developer of TILOS, a leading distance-based linear planning tool, will explore the interface of 3D corridor modelling from Trimble’s Business Center to TILOS to create and optimize the mass haul planning of material along a corridor. Once the mass haul plan is optimized in TILOS, it can be connected to any GIS system for plan versus actual during execution in field.
The second half of this session is a case study showing how TILOS mass haul planning is being used on the French High Speed Rail system, presented by Fabien Gaboriauthe leading linear rail planner in France and Switzerland.

MON36 - Planning Planet Guild Town Hall

Q & A on Planning Planet's Guild and Guidelines

MON37 - Ghost Schedules Benefits and Pitfalls by Jim Zack

It’s not uncommon for those preparing for, or defending against a construction delay claim, to discover that the project actually has multiple schedules. One set of schedules is inevitably the baseline or as-planned schedule that the contractor submitted along with the update submittals. However, the second and sometimes even third, set of schedules uncovered and previously unknown to other project participants are often referred to as Ghost Schedules.

MON38 - 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.


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

MON41 - Performing a Critical Path Analysis

Do you really know how to perform a Critical Path analysis? Learn the subtleties of analyzing the Critical Path and producing the best critical path report you ever have. Make your Project Manager proud! Learn about driving predecessor, dealing with multiple calendars, and parallel paths. More than longest path, multiple paths, and sorting. Focus on what counts! This is a demo using the software.
As an added bonus will cover how to create the coolest S-curves with a simple copy paste from P6 to Excel. Up to five early curves for trending and late dates! The Banana curve is back - really!
Time permitting will open session to any questions about Primavera P6 Professional. Bring it on!
Mr. Japka with 30 years of Primavera experience will share with you what he has learned along the way. For more information about Mr. Japka and how he can help you get to the next level, visit www.Japka.us.

MON42 - Doing a P6/Acumen Risk Analysis

Presented by Darryl Townsend of DRMcNatty & Associates, Inc.

MON43 - BPC Logic Filter for Microsoft Project

Complex sequencing logic can be difficult to extract and display in Microsoft Project, especially when deadlines or variable calendars complicate Project’s Slack (Float) calculations. So we wrote our own Add-In to make Project sing like a rock star. BPC Logic Filter is a lightweight tool that shows only logically-connected tasks and includes advanced features to focus on Driving Relationships, Project Longest Path, Multiple Float Paths, Driving Path Drag, and other key parameters.
Presented by Thomas Boyle, PE, PMP, PSP, principal consultant of a firm which he founded in 2004 after 19 years in engineering and construction management. Based in Charlotte, NC, USA, he provides outcome-driven consulting and management-support services to clients worldwide.

MON44 - Take Control with Safran Project

Achieving real effective control of complex projects is a complex activity in itself – requiring an integrated approach that understands the relationship between many variables - such as effective initial planning; Scope change; the impact of Risk; Earned Value; and effective status updating. All these moving parts are often addressed with the support of several non integrated processes and applications.
Come see how Safran Project can give you real control of your project execution. From initial planning, setting the baseline to status collection and reporting. Presented by Øyvind Røberg - Product Strategy Manager, Safran Software Solutions.

MON45 - DynaRoad Location-Based Scheduling Software for Infrastructure Projects

DynaRoad has Time-Location (Linear) Scheduling tools synced with Gantt CPM features, as well as an interface to Topcon’s 3D modeling and Takeoff tools. You can see and plan your schedule on a project map. For earthworks, DynaRoad uniquely links the construction schedule to the mass haul plan and does a mass haul calculation based on the schedule.
Presented by Henry Stenberg, Topcon Positioning Systems

MON46 - SELLING EFFECTIVELY IN THE NEW ECONOMY
Succeed by De-Commoditizing Yourself

That’s right it is not a down economy it is a new economy. If you are waiting for things to pick up and get back to normal … it will be a long wait. In the last 5 years the economy has taken some major hits: the unwinding of the real estate bubble, slowest economic recovery in 70 years and business uncertainty and worry over the looming debt crisis. This has created a new selling environment. It is much tougher out there than any time in the last 30 years. Many salespeople are struggling in this new sales environment because:

  • Sales techniques they are using were designed for another era
  • They have self-limiting beliefs that get in their way and render the sales techniques they do know to be ineffective.
Dan Caramanico has extensive background managing large construction projects. And he has spent the past 25 years teaching individuals and major corporations how to dramatically increase their sales of products and services and has published two books on that very subject. In this session you will learn:
  • How to differentiate and de-commoditize yourself
  • How to effectively and professionally eliminate competition
  • How to command higher prices
  • How to stop wasting time with prospects who are not qualified
  • Why your mindset and is the most important part of selling your service
Presented by Dan Carimanico of Caramanico Maguire Associates, Sales Force Training & Development.

MON47 - Review of O'Brien-Plotnick Delay Claim Methodology by Kenji Hoshino

Kenji Hoshino is considered one of the prime movers of the AACE 29RP-03 recommended practice for analysis of delays. In 2014 Kenji provided a critique of the delay claim methodology recommended in CPM in Construction Management by James O'Brien and Fredric Plotnick. Several of Kenji's suggestions have now been incorporated to the 8th edition of the text recently published. And so Kenji will now review the current edition of the text against the current release of the RP.

MON48 - 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.


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

TUE00 - Tuesday Keynote Sessions

Keynote on Management, Tech & Law by Kevin O'Brien of Jones Day
and
Keynote on Industry's Need for Schedulers by Al Landes, Past President of AGC


Tuesday, 9:45 AM to 11:00 AM -- 75 minute session

TUE11 - Litigation Track Keynote - If Only I Had Sent an Email

This key note will address the importance of project documentation for ongoing construction projects. With attention to real life examples of controversies that occur when notice provisions are not specifically followed or when contract documents and daily reports are incomplete, this session will explain the legal ramifications associated with poor project documentation, including the difficulties experts may encounter in compiling a claim when project documentation is lacking. Armed with the knowledge from this session, you'll be prepared to address and properly document issues as they arise and never again think to yourself, "If only I had sent an email."
Presented by Dan Lund & Tamara Lindsay of COATS ROSE www.coatsrose.com

TUE12 - TBD

TUE13 - 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

TUE14 - Safran Risk

Risk analysis tools can be complicated. The complex interfaces and lack of process support can leave you wondering about the quality of your risk analysis. Did you capture all of your risks? Did you build the model correctly? In this session, you’ll learn how Safran Risk addresses these issues. You’ll learn how the process-led interface provides confidence in your risk modeling process, and you’ll learn new techniques for capturing all of your risks in the comprehensive risk register – including risk factors (uncertainty), risk events, and risk calendars. You’ll also learn how Safran Risk’s best-in-class analytics can provide you quantified insight into how risks are impacting your project. Come see why Safran Risk is defining the new standard in schedule risk analysis.
Presented by Wes Gillette – Director of Client Services, Safran

TUE15 - BIM Track Keynote by Ben Crosby

How to strengthen your schedule with BIM and Lean
BIM is the buzzword. Virtual Design and Construction is the dream. The reality is: 4D and Lean make us more production, more efficient, and most importantly more profitable. During our time together we will discuss how this is happening and go over procedures and tips to help you make your schedules better. Conversation, skeptics, and even hecklers are welcome, because we want to learn all we can.
Presented by Ben Crosby

TUE16 - Business of CPM Track
Understanding the Schedule - The Challenge of Informed Consent

This presentation looks at the communication challenges associated with communicating controls information in a way that is understood and appreciated by stakeholders (particularly senior managers) so they can use the information to make informed decisions. Far too many controls professionals make the mistake of assuming everyone has the same appreciation of ‘simple’ reports generated from various controls tools. The problem with this assumption is the simple fact you have no idea what is actually being understood by the stakeholder unless you take the trouble to test the assumption. Effective communication gets the right information to the right person, in a format they can understand so they can use it to make effective decisions.
As George Bernard Shaw once said “The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place”. Project professionals routinely complain about the slow pace of decision making and/or the lack of sensible decisions from management and clients - this is entirely understandable if the decision maker feels they are being denied information needed to make a decision because they do not fully appreciate or understand the information in the format provided. Effective communication gets the right information to the right person, in a format they can understand so they can use it to make effective decisions.
Presented by Dr. Lynda Bourne

TUE17 - How to Promote Collaboration between IT and Project Teams

How many times have you been in class or discussion where IT becomes the root of discussions? Both users and management tend to express frustration when talking about software, hardware, upgrades and incident management with their IT department. On the other hand, IT also faces challenges with inadequate information or requirements from their end users. Most of the time it focuses on communication, or lack thereof. Most implementation failures are caused by a lack of simple communication, such as listening skills, understanding perspective and goals. This session is your chance to gain access to an IT Professional that was formerly a project manager in the field managing projects that has many successes in bridging the gap between IT and the project team.
Presented by Maha Rifai Harrison, PMP, LEED AP, Manager, System Solutions / Information Technology for Hill International
Note swapped with MON17 in printed booklet

TUE18 - 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.


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

TUE21 - Retrospective TIAs – Time to Lay Them to Rest?

The power of Time Impact Analysis (TIA) methodology is attested to by its near universal adoption as a preferred method for establishing entitlement to time extensions during the course of a project using CPM scheduling. AACE’s RP 52R-06 (2006), which provides a detailed explanation of how-to properly perform this prospective analysis, is further example of Prospective TIA’s importance. Yet, at the same time the Retrospective TIAs continues to pose significant methodological issues even though it remains a major methodology for determining the delays in a CPM schedule, as reflected in AACE’s RP29R-03 (2011). Questions concerning Retrospective TIA’s accuracy abound as originally reflected in the question I posed in my 2008 AACE presentation on the matter: “Retrospective TIAs – Time to Lay Them to Rest?” After nearly five decades of use this article presents a case as to why TIA’s are still amongst the best and worst forensic delay methodologies. It poses the question if their Retrospective use should be sharply restricted due to its defects and alternatives available to the expert analyst.
Presented by John Livengood, FAACE, President-Elect, AACE International

TUE22 - Reviewing Resource Leveled Schedules using P6

Standard CPM schedule review techniques are insufficient to review automatically resource leveled schedules. We will discuss ways to effectively review such schedules that can be used on construction projects utilizing an Oracle/Primavera P6 Professional. There are a large number of issues and guidelines to be considered when evaluating an automatically resource leveled CPM schedule.
Presented by Ron Winter, PSP

TUE23 - 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

TUE24 - EVM versus cost loading for USACE's QCS/RMS (Understanding the SDEF File)

Cost loading a schedule for USACE’s QCS/RMS is often a source of much misunderstanding and frustration on the part of the project team and scheduler. An understanding of the reasons and requirements for cost loading a schedule to support QCS/RMS is of great help. Simply put; understanding the data and structure of the SDEF File is the first step; understanding the reason for cost loading the schedule is the second reason to understand the SDEF File. The bottom line is; if you want to be paid for the work performed then you need to cost load your schedule, that is, your schedule becomes the Schedule of Values (SOV) forming the basis of your monthly progress payments. This session will, provide a basic understanding of the requirements for cost loading a schedule and an understanding of the data in the SDEF File that will allow you to get paid.
Presented by David Long

TUE25 - Visio by Microsoft - Professional Flow Chart & Diagram Software

Come find out how Visio 2016 can make your life simpler and save you time with quicker ways to create professional-looking diagrams. This session is beneficial for anyone who uses or would like to learn the new features of Visio including those in Construction, IT, HR, Facility Management, Operations, Project Management and Business Analysis. Learn how to import AutoCAD .dwg files and take advantage of all of the new Visio 2016 productivity features to visualize your data, and share your diagrams across the enterprise utilizing SharePoint and Visio services.
Presented by Matt Roderman - Tips & Techniques L.L.C

TUE26 - Governing to Create Value: the vital connection between controls and governance

This presentation will be based on my work leading the Australian input to ISO 21050: Guidance on the Governance of Project, Program and Portfolio Management. The standard and other changes globally are placing increased importance on an organization’s senior executives knowing what is happening to their investments in projects and programs, creating opportunities for PMOs and ‘controls’ professionals.
Presented by Pat Weaver, Mosaic Project Services Pty Ltd.

TUE27 - Overcome the Challenge of “XER Overload”

Do the hundreds of schedules that are submitted each month challenge your program? How are you organizing, managing, analyzing and reporting upon all of them? During this session we will show you how to streamline and house critical project data. At the same time, you’ll receive consistent, timely, accurate, reviews of your schedule and establish a procedure to receive and review the schedules, while coordinating and managing update submissions. Understand how to work beyond the parameters of the tools you currently use. Grasp the new, database-based technologies that function as a storage unit for your XERs while keeping them organized and producing all the analytics you’ll need for success.
Presented by David Giardino, Owner & President, Turino Group Incorporated

TUE28 - 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.


Tuesday, 12:45 AM to 1:45 PM -- 60 minute session

TUE60 - Lunch


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

TUE31 - Litigation Track - Is Comparative Fault Available in a Construction Contract Claim?

When parties come at odds in a construction project—i.e., owner versus general contractor/general contractor versus subcontractor—litigation claims often arise that sound in both contract and in tort/negligence. The question then becomes whether a defendant in a breach of contract suit can assert the comparative fault of the plaintiff suing it (or the contributory fault of others) to lessen its exposure. The state of the law on this issue will be examined.
Presented by Martha Y. Curtis of Sher Garner Cahill Richter Klein & Hilbert, L.L.C.

TUE32 - Advanced Application of BIM for Project Controls

STV’s BIM 456 initiative utilizes technology, beyond that currently utilized by our peers, in the AEC industry and Building Information Management (BIM) practices to deliver value throughout the complete life-cycle of the project. STV’s representatives will address the benefit of utilizing BIM applications for project controls from design management, through pre-construction and construction to facilities management and operation. The session will address the use of BIM, and interoperable software, to increase the efficiency and accuracy of cost estimating, managing project scope, measuring construction productivity levels, analyzing project progress, schedule development and analysis, forensic analysis and cost control, by the linking of individual tools within the platform.
Presented by Dareen Salama of STV

TUE33 - 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

TUE34 - The Great Debate: Value of Implementing an Earned Value System

Pradip Mehta, PMP, CCE, PSP, EVP, RMP, a renowned and internationally recognized speaker on this subject, will deliver a light hearted and humorous presentation with real world examples and case studies on the use and abuses of an earned value system. He will address a few streamlined approaches to get the most out of implementing earned value on both small as well as large projects. He will also examine different elements that play an important role in determining how effective earned value will be for you in your particular application. The speaker will also discuss a case study to expose some of the dangers and pitfalls of the "strict" interpretation of variance data related to earned value.

TUE35a - Time-Location Schedule Reporting

Time-Location charts are an effective schedule reporting method for projects of a linear nature such as roads, railways or tunnels. This presentation will provide an overview of Time-Location reporting, its applications on construction projects and will include a practical demonstration using existing scheduling tools with Chainlink to produce Time-Location charts.
Presented by Santosh Bhat, Director at Australasian Project Planning, Sydney, Australia.

TUE35b - 4D Solutions: Improving Transportation Through Better Information

This presentation will discuss the fundamentals of 4D Scheduling and the value of its use in heavy highway and bridge construction projects. Through this innovative process, owners are enhancing their designs prior to construction and bridging the gap between the planned schedule and how it’s actually built. Learn how these easy-to-understand graphical representations are improving project understanding and can be utilized at any project stage – ideally during conceptual design. Presenter will walk through the 4D process, the technology used, and will highlight several projects where 4D has saved months of construction time and up to 10x the cost of the service.
Presented by David Giardino, Owner & President, Turino Group Incorporated.

TUE36 - Building Schedules to Maximize Communication

A frequent challenge we see with schedule development on one-of-a-kind engineered projects is either too much detail being defined in the schedule and schedules collapse under their own weight or the schedule doesn’t have enough detail to provide the Owner with a feeling that the Project Team is in control. These types of projects create a unique challenge when creating schedules and reports that meet all project stakeholder information needs. As with most anything that has competing requirements the answer often lies somewhere in the middle. In this presentation you will learn scheduling techniques to manage schedule development to achieve a level of detail we call “Just Enough”.
Presented by Warren Krueger of Loadspring Solutions

TUE37a - Who Should Own Float? Mitigating Delays by Float-Preallocation Method

Float reduces risk by protecting against delays in network schedules. But who owns it remains a contentious issue. We will discuss the results of a National Science Foundation-funded research on allocating project float – between the sum of raw durations and the contract deadline – to the critical path. A mathematical model from social decision-making has inspired how to fairly allocate so that the critical participants can reach an evenly low risk level. Simulations validate the new approach.
Presented by Gunnar Lucko, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering and Director of Construction Engineering and Management Program, Department of Civil Engineering, The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC 20064. lucko@cua.edu

TUE37b - Best Practice to Make your CPM Line-of-Balance Friendly

Line of Balance can be a powerful scheduling tool, yet a CPM schedule is still necessary and sometimes required for most projects. Most projects cannot afford to maintain separate CPM and Line of Balance schedules. Learn best practices to construct or adjust a CPM schedule that will analyze and render flawlessly as a Line-of-Balance schedule as well.
Presented by Farid Saddik, MIEAust CPEng, Principal Consultant at Saddik & Associates

TUE38 - 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.
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Tuesday, 3:35 PM to 4:50 PM -- 75 minute session

TUE41 - A Tale of Two Hospitals

Two projects are examined from the legal perspective.
Presented by Brian Grubb of Coats Rose

TUE42 - Proper Preparation for Graphic Presentations using BIM and 4D Scheduling

Graphic presentations can be effective tools to presenting delays and other impacts in construction disputes. However, these presentations can be costly to prepare from scratch. Such demonstrations can be subject to challenge that the presentation is not an accurate depiction of the events they seek to portray. Attendees will learn how to utilize contemporaneous tools – the Building Information Model (BIM) and the contemporaneous CPM schedules to prepare an effective graphic presentation regarding schedule delays and how they can be utilized to make an effective schedule delay presentation, including the ability to resist challenges to the admissibility and weight of the presentation.
Presented by Charles V. Choyce, Jr., MRICS, PSP, PMP, CFCC, of Berkeley Research Group (“BRG”), Randy Dow, Esq., Partner with the South Florida office of Boyd & Jenerette, and Benjamin Crosby, CCM, LEED AP, CM-BIM of W.G. Yates Construction

TUE43 - 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

TUE44a - Risky Project Project Risk Analysis and Risk Management Software

RiskyProject is integrated project risk management and risk analysis software. RiskyProject facilitates all steps of project risk management process: risk identification, analysis, mitigation and response planning, and risk communication. RiskyProject performs both qualitative and quantitative risk analysis. It performs schedule and cost risk analysis using Monte Carlo simulations. RiskyProject’s risk register includes all information about risks. These risks can be assigned to project schedule and used in risk analysis.
Presented by Lev Virine of Risky Project

TUE44b - PMA Netpoint Risk

TUE45 - Location Based Schedules with Trimble Vico

TUE46 - The Ten Best Ways to Promote a Collaborative Project Environment

Projects run more smoothly and successfully when the project team works in a collaborative approach using project controls-oriented project management. This approach helps prevent distrust, reduces letter battles, and eliminates confrontational meetings, and creates a transparent project management atmosphere on the project. With the need to make money in a tight market, the Contractor will quickly fall into a defensive posture if the Owner or Construction Manager become concerned about claims or perceived claims positioning, even if those are simply reactions to Contractor actions or notifications. Authors Chris Carson, FAACE, PSP, CEP, DRMP, CCM, PMP, ARCADIS U.S., Inc. and Glen R. Palmer, PSP, CFCC, GR Palmer Consulting Services, LLC will discuss ten best ways to promote the collaborative environment that minimizes the risk of confrontational or defensive attitudes, and keeps the team working together throughout the project.

TUE47 - Using TF vs Longest Path When & Where for Each

In determining the Critical Path on construction projects, it is traditionally preferred to use the Longest Path Calculation. However, on complex projects the Longest Path may not apply, be accurate or show the true Critical Path to the projects contractual milestone completion dates / obligations. In these instances it may be necessary to analyze critical activities using total float. Often times, Penalties, LD’s, multiple constraints, Interim milestones and calendars can affect this decision. This presentation will explain example cases where it is appropriate to use Longest Path versus Total Float and provide some tips for identifying and tracking the Critical Path in each case.
Presented by Andy Roeser of L.F. Driscoll Company

TUE48 - 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.
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Wednesday, 8:00 AM to 9:45 AM -- 105 minute session

WED01 - Keynote Session - Mock Trial 2016

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. Three 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!)

WED12 - 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

WED13 - TBD

WED14 - Trimble Document Control with Prolog

WED15 - Affordable 4D Planning within a single application using Asta BIM

Bringing 4D planning within affordable reach within one application. See how this new version of Asta Powerproject incorporates Building Information Modelling (BIM) features that enable 4D planning, drive greater collaboration, and deliver communication, time and efficiency benefits. Since over 50% of the value of BIM is used during scheduling come see why Asta decided to add BIM to their scheduling application. We will show you how you can link project plans and 3D models in a single application so that BIM can become a usable tool for everyone – not just an expensive tool for a few specialists.
Presented by Jason Ruddle, Managing Director, Elecosoft UK, Ltd.

WED16 - The Critical Path and Float Management to Success and Happiness

Life is a combination of tasks, projects, portfolios, and programs. Most people suffer from “lack of time or too many tasks”. In most cases, things can get much better with a little planning and good management. In fact, when we do simple adjustments in our lives, not only we produce better, we do feel better and happier ourselves. This presentation touches lightly on a few of these hints and adjustments, using some project management concepts as well as other empirical rules. Amazingly, most of these concepts are the type of “oh! That was easy… how didn’t I think of it?” Presented by Saleh Mubarak

WED17 - Case Study 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.
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Wednesday, 10:00 AM to 11:15 AM -- 75 minute session

WED21 - When Do You Need to Hire a Claims Specialist

Most construction managers are experienced and capable of dealing with normal problems that occur on a project. However, sometimes the problems are more complex and require the additional expertise of a forensic scheduling expert, claims consultant or a testifying expert. Hear from a testifying expert and claims consultant on how and when to make that decision.
The roles and responsibilities of the CM may not include dealing with complex delay claims or damage calculations. The audience will learn how to integrate the services of a delay and claims specialist into the project and to develop a working relationship that will benefit the client.
Presented by Rocco Vespe of Hill International

WED22 - Oracle Primavera Town Hall

User Wish List and Q&A on the road map for Oracle and Primavera product lines
Moderated by Garrett E. Harley, director engineering and construction strategy

WED23 - Project Risk Analysis with Risk Events Step by Step

Efficiency of project risk analysis process depends on how project uncertainties are identified and modelled. Uncertainties in task durations and costs can be modelled using statistical distributions. Uncertainties can also be modelled using discrete risk events (threats, opportunities, or both), which can be assigned to the project tasks and resources.
This presentation includes step by step process of quantitative risk analysis with risk events. The process starts with risk identification and recording them using a risk register. The next step is assigning risks to tasks and resources with certain probability and impact. Then the relationship between risks is identified. This relationship is graphically presented using event chain diagrams. Uncertainties defined by statistical distributions represented unidentified events or “nose”. The Monte Carlo simulation helps to generate risk adjusted project schedule as well as rank events and event chains. Mitigation and response planning is conducted for the critical risk events and chains. The next runs of Monte Carlo simulations help to determine efficiency and cost of mitigation efforts. The process repeated multiple times during project execution based on actual task duration and cost.
Presented by Lev Virine of Risky Project

WED24 - TBD

WED25 - Synchro Scheduler: FREE CPM Scheduling Software

Synchro Scheduler is the CPM scheduling engine that powers the Synchro 4D platform; it does not offer 4D but it is available at no cost to those looking for a traditional Gantt chart tool. Come see what it does and save some money in 2016.

WED26 - Scheduling Repetitive Activities via Genetic Algorithms

Presented by Dr. Mohammed Aljoma of Aleppo University

WED27 - Asta Case Study - PennDOT’s Approach to Scheduling

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is one of the largest DOTs in the nation in terms of its highway and bridge construction program. Come to this session to find out PennDOT’s approach to project scheduling. Highlights of this session will include what led the Department to Asta Powerproject, the implementation process, PennDOT’s scheduling policies and procedures, and lastly how PennDOT is using Asta Powerproject. Presented by Kimberlee A. Waiwada, P.E., PMI-SP®, Scheduling Consultant, Raudenbush Engineering on behalf of PennDOT and Rusty Hamilton, President, Catalyst USA.

WED28 - 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.
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Wednesday, 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM -- Lunch

Wednesday, 1:15 AM to 2:30 PM -- 75 minute session

WED31 - Professionalism and the Resident Engineer

Do not risk losing your license as a professional engineer. Do not risk losing your CCP or PMP.
Presented by Keith J. Bergeron of Deutsch Kerrigan

WED32 - Inner Workings of P6 by Ron Winter Part I - P6 Durations and Dates

To properly use Oracle/Primavera P6 and EPPM software, it is essential to understand the underlying structural format of P6 software before delving into its functions. This software architecture forms the basis and limitations of how P6 presents its calculations. Expert P6 users must first understand the basis and limitations of how P6 handles durations and dates.

WED33 - The Great Debate by Ernie Hani

Always entertaining. Always a surprise.

WED34 - UFSG Project Schedule Structure Requirements by David Long

The Unified Facilities Guide Specifications (UFGS) are a joint effort of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC), the Air Force Civil Engineer Center (HQ AFCEC) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The UFGS are for use in specifying construction for the military services. Meeting the scheduling structure requirements of Section 01 32 01.00 10 is often a source of much misunderstanding and frustration on the part of the Project Team and the Scheduler in achieving an approved baseline. An understanding these requirements versa the expectations of the specific Government’s Project Delivery Team (PDT) will help in structuring your schedule such that it will be accepted by the PDT. This session will provide basic tricks and tips of structuring your Project Schedule to the UFGS Project Schedule Specifications.
Presented by David Long

WED35 - Using Synchro to Develop a Federated Scheduling Model for a Multi-Project Infrastructure Program

Learn how to use Synchro to develop and review project schedules on a major construction program. With Synchro, which combines the 3D BIM model, the project schedule (in this case in P6) and the project estimate, you can provide visualization of the project construction that is becoming essential to developing effective project schedules. Learn how to quickly find and correct schedule errors or missing scope. Learn also how to detect construction issues between projects that are essential to resolve before construction begins. Learn also how to use this model for quick and effective schedule reviews with construction staff and supervisors. This wastewater treatment program has the largest Synchro model yet generated in Synchro, and we will also discuss the features and challenges of developing a federated Synchro model for a large project or program.
Presented by Jeffrey Campbell, PSP of Project Controls Cubed

WED36 - Audit Trail – Strengthen Your Projects’ Foundation

Project management systems are vital to all companies. To many project oriented companies a solid project management system is a matter of survival. Audit Trail is a solution that provides DATA INTEGRITY assurance, reduces risks and instils more confidence for all projects and programs stakeholders from project teams and management to shareholders.
Presented by Tara Donnelly Audiit International Sales and Patrick Serafino of Critical Business Systems.

WED37 - Academic TBD

WED38 - 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.
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Wednesday, 2:45 PM to 4:00 PM -- 75 minute session

WED41 - Ethics and the Expert

A Panel Discussion Led by Judge John McClellen Marshall on the sometimes competing ethical considerations of engineers and attorneys.

WED42 - Inner Workings of P6 by Ron Winter Part II - P6 Calculations

Oracle/Primavera P6 and EPPM software have many advanced CPM functions. This presentation will cover the basis for these functions and well as the options available. Of special interest are the functions of both the longest path calculation and the Multiple Critical Paths function.

WED43 - Contract Management is No Longer in Your Future - So Now What?

August 2016 marks the end of the road for enhancements and bug fixes to PCM. While you can continue to use it, technology will eventually pass it by leaving it alongside P3 and Suretrak. You made a significant investment in developing the processes and output in your PCM environment – so where do you go from here? There are several products on the market but which one is best for your organization? You don't want to have this problem happen again. Attend this session to hear about the new E&C Accelerator provided by Oracle. Don't just pick the flashiest or coolest looking application - that may be a mistake.
Presented by Steve Kelly of Foresee Consulting

WED44 - UFSG Project Schedule Reporting Requirements

The Unified Facilities Guide Specifications (UFGS) are a joint effort of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC), the Air Force Civil Engineer Center (HQ AFCEC) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The UFGS are for use in specifying construction for the military services. Meeting the scheduling reporting requirements of Section 01 32 01.00 10 is often a source of much misunderstanding and frustration on the part of the Project Team and the Scheduler in achieving an approved progress schedule reports. An understanding these requirements versa the expectations of the specific Government’s Project Delivery Team (PDT) will help in reporting your schedule such that it will be accepted by the PDT. This session will provide basic tricks and tips of structuring your Project Schedule Reports to the UFGS Project Schedule Specifications.
Presented by David Long

WED45 - Schedule Simulation – The Lego Experience

The schedule is everything, and you have to be done on time. It is doable, but only the best will make it. In this Lego simulation you will have to meet the project schedule while maintaining quality, safety, and owner expectations. In order to deliver you have to start implement Lean and BIM, while you build the project. By participating you will come away with a better understanding of project managers, superintendents, and owners and will have a pile of fun while learning. Cause everyone loves Legos!
Presented by Ben Crosby.

WED46 - PMA Netpoint Basic Navigation Tutorial

WED47 - TBD

WED48 - 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.
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