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

For an Overview of 2016 Sessions, click here
To view 2015 Abstracts, click here       For an Overview of 2015 Sessions, click here
To view 2014 Abstracts, click here       To view 2013 Abstracts, click here
To view 2012 Abstracts, click here       To view 2011 Abstracts, click here

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
BIM to CPM by Tom Dengenis of Synchro Software


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 - Three Steps to Project Maturity: Step 1 Schedule Diagnostics

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 Dan Demangos (Solutions Architect, Deltek) and Tom Polen (Director, Solutions Architecture, Deltek).

MON13 - Using Microsoft Project Professional in the Cloud to:
Socialize, Collaborate, Qualify and Manage your Construction Project Successfully

Project execution is key for companies specializing in product development as well as those pursuing organizational development and seeking new innovations and competitive benefits from their projects. Collecting relevant ideas from employees, aligning these ideas with the corporate strategy, and executing quickly on ideas chosen are critical factors to creating momentum and success. Join this session to understand better the collaboration tools built into Microsoft Project Professional based on Project’s core scheduling engine.
Presented by Campana & Schott's Director for US Operations, Larry Mead, is the Director of US Operations at Campana & Schott and has over 15 years of experience in the US and internationally managing, implementing and developing enterprise project management business solutions. Larry holds a Master’s in International Business, is a PMP, and owns Microsoft MCP and MCITS certifications and was appointed V-TSP for Microsoft’s Southeast region out of Atlanta. He is also Six Sigma certified, and a faculty professor at the University of Phoenix.

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 - 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.
Presented by Duane Gleason of Trimble Vico

MON16 - Introduction to Synchro Professional

MON17 - 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.”

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 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™.

MON22 - Three Steps to Project Maturity: Step 2 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 Dan Demangos (Solutions Architect, Deltek) and Tom Polen (Director, Solutions Architecture, Deltek).

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 - Trimble Vico TBD

MON26 - TBD

MON27 - Advanced Features of Spider Project

that are necessary for creating adequate project model and are absent in most scheduling tools.
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 32 countries, Spider Project has now entered the USA! Come see the next generation of scheduling software today.

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 - Luncheon Program - Presentations by Technical Associations


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 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™.

MON32 - 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 CD provided in the back of of the text CPM in Construction Management, 7th Edition, to delivery of the first update report to management of the Contractor and the Owner. Taught by John Owen, a member of the Welcome Software team that developed the original version, and formerly the Product Manager for the Schedule and Risk components of the Integrated Program Management solution at Deltek.

MON33 - Microsoft Project Track

MON34 - 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.

MON35 - TILOS and Trimble 3D

TILOS linear planning of corridors with an interface to Trimble’s 3D corridor modeling tool.
Presented by Lorne Duncan

MON36 - TBD

MON37 - TBD

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

Presented by Jonathon Japka

MON42 - TBD

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 - Introduction to RevelPoint Project Scheduling Software

MON45 - Implementing Location-Based Scheduling

Case Study Using Vico Office

MON46 - Planning Planet Guild Town Hall

MON47 - TBD

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 - Keynote Session - TBD


Keynote on Management, Tech & Law by Andrew Ness, Past President ABA Forum Construction
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

TUE12 - Oracle Primavera The Road Ahead

TUE13 - Risk Track Keynote by David Hulett

TUE14 - Cost/EVM Track Keynote by Chris Humphreys

TUE15 - BIM Track Keynote by Ben Crosby

How to strengthen your schedule with BIM and Lean
Presented by Ben Crosby

TUE16 - Business of CPM Track Topic TBD

TUE17 - Case Studies - Topic TBD

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 - Litigation Track TBD

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 by Ron Winter, PSP

TUE23 - Risk Track Keynote by David Hulett

TUE24 - Cost/EVM Track Keynote by Chris Humphreys

TUE25 - BIM Track Keynote by Ben Crosby

How to strengthen your schedule with BIM and Lean
Presented by Ben Crosby

TUE26 - Business of CPM Track Topic TBD

TUE27 - Case Studies - Topic TBD

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 - Plenary Luncheon Theatre


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

TUE31 - Litigation Track TBD

TUE32 - Document Control Track - Oracle Solution

TUE33 - Risk Track - TBD

TUE34 - Cost/EVM Track - TBD

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 - TBD

TUE36a - 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

TUE36b - TBD

TUE37 - Case Studies - TBD

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.
Sign up when you register or at the conference. Click here to register.


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

TUE41 - Litigation Track TBD

TUE42 - Document Control Track - Trimble Solution

TUE43 - Risk Track - TBD

TUE44 - Cost/EVM Track - TBD

TUE45 - BIM Track - TBD

TUE46 - Business of CPM Track - TBD

TUE47 - Case Studies - Topic TBD

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.
Sign up when you register or at the conference. Click here to register.


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

WED01 - Keynote Session - Mock Trial 2015

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!).

WED12 - TBD

WED13 - TBD

WED14 - TBD

WED15 - TBD

WED16 - TBD

WED17 - TBD

WED18 - Oracle Primavera One-on-One Clinic

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


Wednesday, 10:00 AM to 11:15 AM -- 75 minute session

WED21 - TBD

WED22 - TBD

WED23 - TBD

WED24 - TBD

WED25 - TBD

WED26 - 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

WED27 - TBD

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.
Sign up when you register or at the conference. Click here to register.


Wednesday, 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM -- 60 minute session

WED60 - Plenary Luncheon Theatre - The Great Debate

Lean Planning vs CPM Methodologies
Moderated by Ernie Hani


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

WED31 - TBD

WED32 - TBD

WED33 - TBD

WED34 - TBD

WED35 - TBD

WED36 - TBD

WED37 - 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.
Sign up when you register or at the conference. Click here to register.


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

WED41 - TBD

WED42 - TBD

WED43 - TBD

WED44 - TBD

WED45 - TBD

WED46 - TBD

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.
Sign up when you register or at the conference. Click here to register.

-- page under construction -- speakers please provide updated Abstracts for this web page and conference booklet - limit 50 words - we will insert your supplied hyperlinks - program subject to change without notice

THANK YOU FOR ATTENDING OUR CONSTRUCTION CPM CONFERENCE 2016