CALL FOR PAPERS FOR 2015

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 2015

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

THU00 - Welcome and Opening Keynote Session
Martin Darley, President of AACE on Setting Standards for Professionals

detail, bio, photo, logos to be added


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

THU11 - 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

THU12 - Improving Schedule Quality with Deltek Acumen Fuse®

A good plan makes a great project.
Deltek Acumen Fuse employs simple and effective schedule diagnostics to help pinpoint and, more importantly, resolve schedule shortcomings to ensure each schedule is of the highest quality. Quickly visualize metric results and forensic data with the addition of the simpler, more intelligent SmartGantt™ to help achieve peak-level performance in planning quality and, as a result, a better chance at successful project execution.
Learn how to utilize the built-in benchmarking capabilities in Deltek Acumen Fuse along with the libraries of standard metrics to satisfy owner’s requirements for on-time, to-budget, and to-spec project completion.
Presented by Dr. Dan Patterson, Vice President of Product Strategy, Deltek

THU13 - Microsoft Project for Construction

Presented by Campana & Schott's Director for US Operations, Larry Mead, has over 15 years of experience in the US and internationally in Europe, managing, implementing and developing enterprise project management solutions. Larry Mead holds a Master´s in International Business, is a PMP, and owns Microsoft MCP and MCITS certifications.

THU14 - Schedule Planning in Vico Office

This advanced course is designed for planning teams who want to learn more about flowline theory and how it is used in complex, commercial construction projects. 4D BIM scheduling is comprised of 4 components: quantities by location, flowline theory, on-site production control, and 4D movie simulations. In this session, we will focus on the planning functional subset of locations, flowline, and using scheduling simulations to explain the project to the Owner.

THU15 - Introduction to Synchro Professional

THU16 - The GPM Way - The time of discontent with CPM is past

Dr. Gui presents ten key aspects of the graphical path method (GPM)of project planning and scheduling that represent emerging, or improve on existing, best practices that will change the project/program/portfolio management landscape as we know it. The principles provide a credible way forward for those practitioners who agree with the premise that “the current state of scheduling practices is wasteful,” not to mention with the tenet of the ENR story on 05/26/2003, where O’Brien, Plotnick, Wickwire, & Ockman lamented that “Critics Can’t Find the Logic in Many of Today’s CPM Schedules.”

THU17 - Planning, Scheduling and Detailed Planning – Getting to Earned

The history of planning and scheduling at Zachry will be discussed from a case study. This session will review and explain Zachry’s current approach to schedule management, the ties to advanced work packaging and how our earned value processes interface with and affect the schedule.
Presented by Mike Mosley of Zachry

THU18 - Welcome to the inaugural Planning Planet USA Conference

Welcome remarks by James Williams and Theo d'Orgee.

THU19 - Oracle Primavera One-on-One Clinic

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


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

THU21 - 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, Director of Scheduling Services for FDI Planning Consultants (www.fdiplan.com) and Charlie Jackson, Vice President of Primavera Services for Hill International (www.hillintl.com).

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™.

THU22 - Schedule Optimization with Deltek Acumen 360

From planning and execution, to delay recovery and everything in between, faster, cheaper project completion is always the goal. What would it take to move your project time frames into the fast lane?
Deltek Acumen 360 provides the acceleration you crave effortlessly and in seconds. Identify multiple scenarios for achieving an earlier completion or options for pulling a delayed project back on track and use the built-in decision support options to select a direction for your business.
This presentation will explore the unique capabilities of Deltek Acumen 360 and review some tips and best practices for obtaining team consensus and buy-in on proposed scenarios.
Presented by Dr. Dan Patterson, Vice President of Product Strategy, Deltek

THU23 - 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, and author of Schedule Analyzer Software.

THU24 - 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.
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!

THU25 - Intro to Oracle’s Primavera Risk Analysis

This session will lead attendees from download of Primavera Risk Analysis (previously named Pertmaster) software from Oracle’s website to delivery of the first update report to management.

Oracle's Primavera Risk Analysis is a full lifecycle risk analytics solution integrating cost and schedule risk management. Primavera Risk Analysis provides a comprehensive means of determining confidence levels for project success together with quick and easy techniques for determining contingency and risk response plans. You'll have an objective view of required contingency to account for cost and schedule uncertainty as well as analyzing the cost effectiveness of risk response plans.

"PRA" is promoted by Oracle as an add-on to provide robust risk analysis. But it is also a robust and fully featured product for performing primary CPM schedule and resource levelling. And it is the only product that is currently RDCPM® Compliant Certified. Come learn how to use PRA as a primary scheduling tool and how the RDCPM® features of "PRA" can improve your schedule and project control.

THU26 - Introduction to Micro Planner Manager

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 a Critical Path Logic network based product either ADM and /or PDM format, a host of project planning and scheduling features, Resource Scheduling, Earned Value Performance, Gantt and Project Cost Controls easier to use than many packages. Details X-PERT’s major features will be demonstrated this session, Micro Planning International’s owners.
Presented by Raphael M Dua MACS PCP, General Manager Micro Planning International Asia Pacific Pty Ltd.

THU27 - Weather Delays and How to Deal With Them

There is no standard in the industry for how to accommodate planned weather impacts in a CPM schedule. Some practice the hope and pray strategy where they take no specific action and recover any time lost as needed. Still others, randomly select the specified number of days from the project calendar and turn them into non-work days. A few use a weather contingency activity to push the schedule to an early completion tempo. This session will explore pros and cons of all three options and allow people to determine for themselves when each option might be appropriate.
Presented by Heath Suddleson, PSP, Executive Achievement

THU28 - Planning Planet Program TBD

THU29 - Oracle Primavera One-on-One Clinic

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


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

THU60 - Luncheon Program - Presentations by Technical Associations

AACE (Association for Advancement of Cost Engineering International)
PMI SCoP (Project Management Institute Scheduling Community of Practice)
Planning Planet


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

THU31 - 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, Director of Scheduling Services for FDI Planning Consultants (www.fdiplan.com) and Charlie Jackson, Vice President of Primavera Services for Hill International (www.hillintl.com).

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™.

THU32 - Performance Analytics for MS Project and Primavera schedules using Deltek PPM

This session will explore how the Deltek Cost and Schedule analytical suite can be used in conjunction with tools from Microsoft or Primavera to validate schedule quality and provide cost and performance analysis capabilities. The pragmatic use of effective Earned Value techniques for commercial projects will be discussed.
Presented by David Estipona, Senior Principal Sales Engineer, Deltek

THU33 - Hacking Primavera P6 Professional

10 Creative Solutions to common P6 problems from the Planning Community.
Planners Unite! Find out how creative planners and schedulers have hacked up solutions to their most frustrating Primavera P6 problems. From Calendars to the P6 SDK, P6 users have come up with savvy solutions that often keep projects and data moving in the right direction. We'll present 10 hacks you can try yourself. You're sure to learn a trick or 3 in this presentation. Presented by Michael Lepage, PMP of Planner Tuts.

THU34 - Production Control in Vico Office

As any good Scheduler knows, planning the schedule is only half the battle; the other half is managing to the schedule on-site. This advanced workshop examines the skills and toolsets necessary to perform on-site production control. Building on the learnings from the previous session, this workshop will tackle measuring work put in place by location and comparing actuals to planned; creating look-ahead schedules in the trailer to help Supers see potential conflicts far in advance; and working as a team to solve scheduling conflicts and avoid cascading delays.

THU35 - Introduction to Construx Live Schedule & Risk Software

Michael Pink of Construx Solutions will be speaking on the importance of data management and analysis in construction, as it relates to understanding and avoiding budget overruns and delays. In his presentation, Michael will touch on how technology will play a major role in adding efficiencies in commercial construction by increasing visibility on progress and performance. Finally, he will explain how the combination of data management processes and technology will result in significant reductions to project costs and durations across the industry.

THU36 - Introduction to Spider Project Software

Spider Project is the only PM software that optimizes resource, cost, and material constrained schedules and budgets for projects and portfolios. Spider has more unique features than any other software on the market (e.g. automatic resource assignments) but maintains a decentralized approach so users are not hamstrung by security controls or internet service. Used in 28 countries, Spider Project has now entered the USA! Come see the next generation of scheduling software today.

THU37 - P6, Fuse and Synchro – Bring it All Together on a Major Infrastructure Program

This session demonstrates how P6, Acumen Fuse and Synchro were introduced on a major infrastructure Program and how they are being used to effectively manage the program. Owners of public agencies undertaking a major construction programs often are doing so for the first time and are not familiar with the advanced schedule and cost management tools available today. This session will discuss how the project was structured, how these tools were introduced and how are they being used today. The P6 enterprise needed to be structured to control the program for 2 years while the alternative projects were still being defined, including storing monthly payments and preparation of cost histograms. Acumen Fuse has become the tool for reviewing the quality of all schedule submittals and Acumen Risk was also introduced. Synchro then came together as the source for evaluating construction schedule submittals and visualizing cost and schedule plans to identify constructibility issues prior to construction. Experience was gained in how to bring 3D/4D /5D together effectively which will be discussed.
Presented by Jeffrey Campbell, PSP of Project Controls Cubed LLC

THU38 - Planning Planet Program TBD

THU39 - Oracle Primavera One-on-One Clinic

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


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

THU41 - Oracle Primavera P6 Tips & Tricks

Take your P6 Professional knowledge to the next level. Join Mr. Japka as he demonstrates little know P6 features live. Topics covered will include;

  • Group and Sort
  • Formatting Bars
  • Creating a Critical Path Report
  • Resource Codes
  • Templates
  • Open discussion - Ask questions, stump the presenter! Prizes given!
Mr. Japka will lead this session. Jonathan_Japka@Japka.us. Mr. Japka worked for a Primavera Authorized Partner (PAR) since 1990 before going out on his own in 2004. Learn “Everything you ever wanted to know about P6* (* But were afraid to ask)” (nod to Woody). Presented to a packed house at last year’s 2013 PMI scheduling conference.

THU42 - Deltek Open Plan Download to 1st Update

THU43 - Netpoint Case Study

THU44 - Introduction to Phoenix Project Planner

THU45 - TBD

THU46 - The Hidden Critical Paths (HCP) Method – Shortening Complex Schedules

HCP (Hidden Critical Paths) is a method of analyzing and optimizing complex construction and infrastructure project schedules. The output of an HCP analysis is a report which conveys invaluable understanding and insight for project managers, executive management and even parties to construction claims.
In most large construction and infrastructure projects, the improved project management enabled by this report dramatically reduces risk and saves millions of dollars. HCP identifies serious flaws in schedule integrity, identifies opportunities for dramatic schedule improvement, reveals hidden risks in the schedule, highlights tasks requiring special attention, ensures alignment between different perspectives on the project and presents an overall confidence measure of a project's likely success.
In this presentation, the HCP method will be explained and demonstrated using actual construction projects and interesting examples.
Presentation by Tal Levanon of HCP-Consulting

THU47 - 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.

THU48 - Planning Planet Guild of Project Controls Town Hall

Come to this session to discuss the current status of the International Guild of Project Controls, preview the two completed Standards of Practice, Planning & Scheduling and Forensic Analysis, and participate in developing the Cost Management Standard of Practice.
Moderated by Chris Carson.

THU49 - Oracle Primavera One-on-One Clinic

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


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

FRI00 - Keynote Session - Dan Patterson
formerly of Pertmaster, Primavera, Acumen, and Deltek
on The Past and Future of CPM Project Scheduling

detail, bio, photo, logos to be added


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

FRI11 - Introduction to Litigation Track

FRI12 - Hulett on Risk

FRI13 - Oracle Primavera Unifier - the Next Generation for Contract Management

FRI14 - BIM Track - 4D scheduling in a nutshell!

Some people are going nuts about 4D and others think they are nuts for doing it. BIM is growing up and whether you are a champion or a sceptic, you need to know why and how 4D works and where is doesn’t work. More importantly, how to increase the effectiveness of your current scheduling, controls and analytical processes.
Presented by Ben Crosby of Yates Construction.

FRI15 - Cost Track - Humphreys on EVM

FRI16 - The Riddle of the Ribbon, Moving to MS Project 2010 from a highly customized MS Project 2007, or Where is Everything?

Microsoft has once again upgraded a perfectly adequate product, adding some new features while removing some that were useful, and then completely restructuring the menu system, now the Ribbon, making it difficult to find where they put everything. This is the story of my experience translating my highly customized 2007 version to be equally useable on 2010. We’ll talk about how to keep the 2007 version on your system because you’ll want to reference where things were and the upgrade will wipe it out unless you stop it. You’ll probably want to bring your views, tables, filters, macros, and customized fields along. But the biggest challenge I found is how to navigate the incredibly cluttered and unfamiliar Ribbon menu system. We’ll talk about how to customize the ribbon to make it as familiar as your old menu system. And interestingly they don’t store the ribbon in the Global.MPT file where all the rest of your customization resides. So if you go to the trouble of customizing your Ribbon, which I guarantee you will want to do, you will want to know where they put it in case you want to save someone else the trouble and send them your Ribbon. This is not an exhaustive tutorial of features and functions, but it does represent what you the practitioner are likely to experience when you upgrade.

Presented by Ed Mahler, PMP, President of the Project Administration Institute (PAI)

FRI17 - Development and Training of the Planning and Scheduling Professional

There is a popular saying that Planning and Scheduling is more an Art than a Science. It is time that we scheduling professionals change that perception. The late Peter Drucker was quoted as saying that “Management is a profession not an art or science.” Planners and Schedulers are important and integral members of the Project Management Professional team. Skill Training and Individual Development are keys to the continued growth and success of the Planning and Scheduling profession. Our professional associations have been working to establish Best Practices and Recommended Practices to serve as guiding documents that identify the required skills and knowledge for planning and scheduling professionals to improve the development and training of both current and future generations of professional planners/schedulers. This presentation will discuss professional development responsibilities and identify available training methods to successfully implement the training and development of planning and scheduling professionals.
Presented by Ted Douglas, CCP, PSP, FAACE

FRI18 - Planning Planet Program TBD

FRI19 - Oracle Primavera One-on-One Clinic

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


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

FRI21 - Forensic Schedule Analysis and Discretionary Logic

Let’s face it: Forensic Schedule Analysis (FSA) and real time schedule review do not handle CPM schedules with significant amounts of discretionary logic very well. Major theoretical and practical advancements have been made on what FSA methodology is most appropriate to evaluate schedule delay in the last decade, largely through the introduction of AACE’s RP29R-03. Nevertheless, discretionary logic - the type of logic that is not dictated by either the contract or the physical necessity of the project - continues to cause difficulty for fair and accurate analysis of schedule updates during the course of the project in the construction industry. Further, these analytical problems persist in the methodologies associated with post-construction FSA. This presentation considers several applications and refinements of existing forensic delay methodologies, particularly As-Planned vs. As-Built, Contemporary Period Analysis and Collapsed As-Built, which can assist in identifying the as-built critical path and delay responsibility in schedules with significant amounts of discretionary logic.
Presented by John Livengood.

FRI22 - Making Sense of Schedule Risk Analysis

The paper will start with a brief discussion of the nature of uncertainty and how we measure it, the validity of subjective estimates, and why schedule uncertainty is different and more complex than cost uncertainty. This will include an explanation of the phenomenon of merge bias.
It will go on to explain how Monte Carlo simulation works and why it is the only valid way to deal with schedule uncertainty. Reference will be made specifically to uncertainty relating to task durations, resource costs, and project calendars.
The main part of the paper will deal with how to determine the input data, including correlations, and how to interpret the results, including estimated frequency function, cumulative frequency function, and percentile points.
The paper will conclude with a discussion of sensitivity analysis, its value, and the difficulty of doing it properly.
Presented by John Owen and Tony Welsh.

FRI23 - Document Control with Trimble Prolog

FRI24 - Introduction to 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.

FRI25 - Deltek COBRA - A "How To" for Schedulers

FRI26 - Schedule Analyzer Live! by Ron Winter

FRI27 - UFSG Project Schedule 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 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 and/or accepted monthly reporting. An understanding of the reasons for the requirementsversa the expectations of the specific clients are of great help. The bottom line is, you need to understand these requirements and structure your schedule such that it will meet these requirements. This session willprovide a basic understanding on the tricks and tips of structuring your Project Schedule to the UFGS Project Schedule Specifications.
Presented by David Long

FRI28 - Planning Planet Program TBD

FRI29 - Oracle Primavera One-on-One Clinic

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


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

FRI60 - Plenary Luncheon Theatre - Disney Magic by Disney Imagineering


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

FRI31 - The Critical Intersection Method: A New Paradigm in Delay Analysis

AACE Recommended Practice RP-29R-03 identifies nine different methods for analysing delay once as-planned data, as-built data and a network model has been established. The nine methods are designed for use in conjunction with project planning software that determines the timing of activities associated with a single instance of a project time clock (known in Primavera as the “data date”).
Why are there nine different methods? Why has no consensus emerged as to which methodology is best given that this is ultimately, just a question of mathematics? The reason, it is submitted, is that all nine methodologies are mathematically flawed in at least one way or another. These mathematical limitations can be overcome, however, by applying a particular method that automatically iterates through the entirety of project time and simulates time across the network in order to measure delay. This method is known as the Critical Intersection Method (TM, pat. pend. all rights reserved).
Presented by Anders Axelson of Pezala Consulting

FRI32 - Integrated Cost/Schedule Risk Analysis Using Polaris

This presentation discusses how uncertainty and Risk Register events used as Risk Drivers drive schedule risk analysis. A cost estimate is integrated using POLARIS so that cost risk is affected by both traditional cost risk elements (e.g., uncertain material costs or labor rates) and schedule risk elements (e.g., design, fabrication or testing that may take longer and thus cost more). This approach is the same approach that has been used successfully on construction and oil and gas projects and on NASA projects.
Presentation by David Hulett, Ph.D., Hulett & Associates, LLC and Eric Druker, Booz Allen Hamilton

FRI33 - Connecting Teams and Information with EADOC to Reduce Risk

This session will introduce attendees to the cost savings and risk mitigation benefits of EADOC's collaborative project management application. Connecting project teams and managing information relationships is imperative to ensuring projects are completed on time and on budget.
Attendees will learn the benefits and ease of moving information quickly across large teams while maintaining control and meeting contractual obligations. We will look at how crucial collaboration is in information management and in supporting the principals of LEAN and IPD project deliver methodologies. We will cover managing documents, costs, and schedule information and the importance of the relationships between this information.
Presented by Eric Law of eadocsoftware.

FRI34 - BIM Track TBD

FRI35 - Cost Track TBD

FRI36 - Trimble Schedule Planner Case Study

FRI37 - How to cost load a schedule 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

FRI38 - Planning Planet Program TBD

FRI39 - Oracle Primavera One-on-One Clinic

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


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

FRI41 - Litigation Track TBD

FRI42 - Identifying True Cost and Schedule Risk Drivers with Acumen Risk™

In a traditional risk analysis setting, the focus often falls on using complex statistical calculations in order to understand the overall impact of project risk. Deltek Acumen Risk™ has never been one for tradition.
Dive into the more intuitive alternative of Deltek Acumen Risk™ in this presentation of cost and schedule risk analysis best practices. Discover how risk events and team evaluations of scope uncertainty are considered during analysis to provide a more accurate look at completion forecasts. Plus, explore unique features of the method, like the ability to identify the true drivers of both cost and schedule risk, and learn how the newest additions in Acumen Risk 5.0, like the Schedule Realism Adviser™, make risk analysis with Acumen Risk even simpler.
Presented by Dr. Dan Patterson, Vice President of Product Strategy, Deltek

FRI43 - Document Control Track TBD

FRI44 - Safe Planning through 4D Model-Schedule Integration

Recent hardware and software advancements have enhanced our ability to visualize, comprehend, and improve our schedules. 4D scheduling takes a 3D model and brings it to life through the 4th dimension: time. By integrating 3D models with CPM schedules, a multitude of benefits may be derived by various stakeholders. This presentation will demonstrate many of the benefits of 4D scheduling; including its untapped potential to improve safety planning.
Practical examples will illustrate how TIC/Kiewit is taking safety to a new level. 4D safety reviews allow safety managers to become more involved in the planning process up front; allowing teams to avoid unsafe future work conditions before a project ever goes to the field. 4D models enable safety professionals to quickly visualize the entire work sequence; mapping out future safety measures by time and location. This presentation will also show the value of integrating as-built safety data with the 4D schedule. Trends that were once very difficult to recognize can now be clearly understood, predicted, and mitigated.
Presented by Steve Moore, PMP, PSP, PMI-SP, LEED AP, and Kenneth Meding of TIC – THE INDUSTRIAL COMPANY.

FRI45 - Cost Track TBD

FRI46 - Software Track TBD

FRI47 - The Project Scheduling Toolbox

Industry and Client demands have put a lot of pressure on project schedules. Software developers are constantly coming out with new and improved programs that will do everything but cook your breakfast. Just like a toolbox on the jobsite, there is no one tool that does it all. This presentation covers the different functions of Project Controls and shows how using a combination of software packages can prove effective in trying to manage the effort overall.
Presented by Heath Suddleson, PSP, Executive Achievement

FRI48 - Planning Planet Program TBD

FRI49 - Oracle Primavera One-on-One Clinic

Two 30 minute sessions to clinic with a representative from DR McNatty, a Oracle Primavera Partner, for One-on-One assistance.
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Saturday, 8:00 AM to 9:45 AM -- 105 minute session

SAT01 - Keynote Session - Mock Trial 2014

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. And two experts will be providing examples of bad and good behavior, as well as providing the facts of the case to Judge Marshall and the jury (you!).

SAT12 - Special Training Session - Oracle P6 Admin Tips & Tricks

SAT13 - Cost & Risk Track - TBD

SAT14 - BIM Track - TBD

SAT15 - Special Training Session - TBD

SAT16 - Special Training Session - TBD

SAT17 - Special Training Session - TBD

SAT18 - Planning Planet Program TBD

SAT19 - Oracle Primavera One-on-One Clinic

Two 30 minute sessions to clinic with a representative from DR McNatty, a Oracle Primavera Partner, for One-on-One assistance.
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Saturday, 10:00 AM to 11:15 AM -- 75 minute session

SAT21 - Litigation Track Concluding Panel

Choosing an Expert War Stories - the Good, Bad & Ugly
Presented by Jones Day

SAT22 - 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

SAT23 - Using Stochastic Optimization to Prioritize Risks

One of the first things all analysts do after running their project risk analyses is check the sensitivity analysis. Sensitivity analysis provides insights into which components of the project have the greatest opportunity to drive cost and schedule growth. The most common sensitivity analysis graphic is the ubiquitous “tornado chart.” This chart not only ranks each factors contribution to risk but also shows their relative impacts. Pearson’s correlation is the primary metric used to quantify the contribution of each factor to cost and schedule growth in many of the tornado chart views. Unfortunately, this metric is unreliable when examining discrete events. In particular, when used to prioritize risks for mitigation, Pearson’s correlation has the propensity to skew its rankings towards risks with a probability of occurrence closer to 50%. This leads to the unfortunate situation where a risk with a higher probability of occurrence and impact than another risk will end up ranked lower in the prioritization than the risk with a smaller probability of occurrence and impact. This presentation will explore the reasons why Pearson’s correlation is an unreliable metric for prioritizing risks. It will then explore alternate methodologies using stochastic optimization for more accurately prioritizing risks – each of which also has the added benefit of being able to quantify contributions in tangible day and dollar metrics. The paper will conclude by providing recommendations for community standards for prioritizing and ranking discrete risk events as they relate to potential cost and schedule growth.
Presented by Eric Druker.

SAT24 - BIM Track - TBD

SAT25 - Introduction to Asta Site Progress Mobile

Manage progress from site better using mobile technology. Making progress updates from site back to base has traditionally been tough, with progress often recorded on paper, or relying on someone updating a spreadsheet and emailing it back to the office. Back in the project office the process of inputting updates from different people, interpreted in different ways and submitted in varying formats adds further risk of errors to the plan.
It is now possible to streamline progress from site to enable accurate updating easily using mobile technology. The new Site Progress Mobile app from Asta enables you to record progress in a standardised way through smartphones and tablets. See how you can:

  • Record project progress quickly and easily
  • Update progress at any time, from any location – even without a signal
  • Improve data accuracy by removing need for any re-keying of progress updates
  • Take photographs and associate them with particular tasks or build stages

SAT26 - When Projects are Delayed Beyond Contract Boundaries

One Owner/Agency has implemented a series of initiatives that has been tailored to preventing delays that are commonly caused by third-party utility companies. These steps were implemented since learning that nearly half of all of the delays that have occurred to Massachusetts bridge/roadway projects were the cause of the utility relocation operations. Previous attempts to move existing utilities, far in advance of the bridge/roadway construction contract, had proven to be overly complicated and ineffective for nearly all of the typical projects. So, in 2008, the MassDOT Highway Division had a very strong need to develop alternative management principles that focused on improved construction planning/scheduling and with a need to modify some deep-rooted cultures within the Utility companies, the Contractors and within the DOT itself.
Attendees will be provided a detailed understanding of a thriving construction planning/scheduling initiative that has also been supplemented with unique performance incentives, a brand new utility coordination construction specification and some important training/outreach lessons-learned. At the conclusion of this presentation, it is anticipated that anyone who works on public bridge/roadway projects will have some great suggestions to take back to their DOTs, to help make everyone on their project team much more efficient in getting the project done quicker, and with fewer instances of construction claims/disputes.

SAT27 - Special Training Session - TBD

SAT28 - Planning Planet Program TBD

SAT29 - Oracle Primavera One-on-One Clinic

Two 30 minute sessions to clinic with a representative from DR McNatty, a Oracle Primavera Partner, for One-on-One assistance.
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Saturday, 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM -- 60 minute session

SAT60 - Plenary Luncheon Theatre - The Great Debate


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

SAT31 - Litigation Track TBD

SAT32 - Inner Workings of P6 by Ron Winter Part I

SAT33 - Polaris Cost & Schedule Risk In-Depth Training

SAT34 - An Afternoon with Synchro Part I

SAT35 - Special Training Session - TBD

SAT36 - Netpoint Training Part I

Get an excellent overview of NetPoint focusing on the basics of building a NetPoint plan efficiently as well as tips and tricks gleaned from thousands of hours of use in the field. You will have the chance to explore new 4.2 features and more advanced functions including NetRisk™, the Data Manager, and AutoGRAPH™. This seminar, held over two consecutive sessions, will be hands-on and include a 60-day trial of NetPoint to be downloaded prior to the seminar. Earn 3 PDU’s for attending. $150 per attendee, reserve your spot today. To sign up, please CLICK HERE
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SAT37 - Special Training Session - TBD

SAT38 - Planning Planet Program TBD

SAT39 - Oracle Primavera One-on-One Clinic

Two 30 minute sessions to clinic with a representative from DR McNatty, a Oracle Primavera Partner, for One-on-One assistance.
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Saturday, 2:45 PM to 4:00 PM -- 75 minute session

SAT41 - Experts & Ethics - A Panel Discussion

SAT42 - Inner Workings of P6 by Ron Winter Part II

SAT43 - Polaris Cost & Schedule Risk In-Depth Training

SAT44 - An Afternoon with Synchro Part II

SAT45 - Special Training Session - TBD

SAT46 - Netpoint Training Part II

SAT47 - Special Training Session - TBD

SAT48 - Planning Planet Program TBD

SAT49 - Oracle Primavera One-on-One Clinic

Two 30 minute sessions to clinic with a representative from DR McNatty, a Oracle Primavera Partner, for One-on-One assistance.
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