A majority of Sessions are reserved for CPM and Project Management Theory, Software Tutorials and 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. To apply for these available sessions, please prepare an Abstract (of 50 words or less to explain your topic to our attendees reading this page) and email to with subject "ABSTRACT".


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

WED00 - Welcome by Fred Plotnick -- and Opening Keynote Session:

Charles E. Bolyard, Jr., President of AACE on
Importance of Professional Level Certifications and licensure

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

WED11 - What’s new with Oracle
A lot can happen in a year. Oracle has been busy improving all of the solutions within its widening platform for project success. Get an introduction to all of the products within our construction and engineering portfolio. Review the key highlights from new releases of Primavera P6, Unifier, Analytics, Textura, Prime and mobile apps
Presented by Andy Verone, VP Product Strategy, Oracle

WED12 - Deltek Acumen Release 8.2: How to Check Reliability
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

WED13 - 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.

WED14 - Management of Projects, Portfolios and Programs - with Microsoft Project Online
Speedily deploy secure environments with Project Online. Focus on the big picture by collaborating efficiently, managing innovation, mitigating risks and translating detailed information into powerful dashboards. This presentation will help you understand how you can use Microsoft Project Online for effective enterprise project and resource management

WED15 - Introduction to Synchro Professional
Synchro PRO is a very powerful 4D technology platform on the market today, and it has been widely adopted by more and more AEC organizations and individuals for doing model-based scheduling and planning. However, as a new user, it could be intimidating and overwhelming to set your foot in working out your first 4D project in Synchro. So, let’s sit down and talk about the basics of Synchro to make the beginners feel comfortable and confident to get started, and be guided onto the right learning track. This session will include demonstrations and information on: How it works - What can it do - Where to find what
Presented by Jia Niu, PhD, BIM/VDC 4D Manager from Yates Construction

WED16 - Predictive Planning with BASIS
For too long, scheduling tools have forced us into a reactive state when we are building and analyzing plans. Telling us what happened instead of helping us predict what will happen. Predictive planning with BASIS is a major step forward in how plans are created. In this session, see how BASIS leverages AI to develop plans based on corporate standards, benchmarks, and stored knowledge. We call this application of AI "augmented intelligence." BASIS pushes the envelope even further by taking that knowledge-driven plan and allowing expert teams to contribute to it. Stored knowledge and standards, combined with the most up-to-date opinions and feedback from your team. Predictive planning with BASIS.
Presented by Dr. Dan Patterson, PMP

WED17 - Comparison of Certifications
A panel discussion comparing several certifications for planning and scheduling professionals. Led by Jim Zack

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

WED21 - Schedule Development Using P6 Professional Download to 1st Report
This session will lead attendees from download of Primavera P6 software from Oracle's website to delivery of the first report to management of the Contractor and the Owner. This session is taught by two veteran users of P6™, Hannah Schumacher, Scheduling Manager, Sundt Construction Inc. and Charlie Jackson, Vice President of Project Life Span, LLC.

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

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

WED22 - Deltek Acumen Fuse Release 8.2: How to Choose Metrics
The first step towards improving project success is building a structurally sound and reliable schedule. This presentation will walk through the diagnostics available to assess schedule quality and present initiatives you can implement for avoiding the pitfalls common to the practice of project scheduling. Hear how Deltek Acumen Fuse, a schedule diagnostics tool that integrates directly with all major scheduling tools, helps validate project and portfolio schedule quality and provides unparalleled insight through detailed project analysis. See the industry-proven standards and user-defined metrics in Fuse that help establish the high-quality schedule required for project success. Presented by Tom Polen

WED23 - Introduction to Asta Powerproject Schedule Tool for Planners
See how Asta Powerproject makes scheduling easier and more cost effective. Find out why Asta Powerproject is being adopted throughout the US by construction companies of all sizes. Hear how firms like Saunders Construction, Encore Electric and PCS have improved performance, gained widespread use and reduced training costs by turning to Asta Powerproject. All, while also saving on license costs. Asta Powerproject is the only construction-specific scheduling software offered with concurrent licensing which allows multiple users on a team to share one license.
We’ll show you how innovative features like Asta Powerproject’s unique “drag & drop” functionality make scheduling faster and more enjoyable. Come see how easy Asta Powerproject is to learn and use, how it’s powerful features were built with you in mind, and how it performs more reliably than other scheduling options everyday…all over the world. Presented by Mary Williams, Projects Analytics - Asta Authorized Reseller & Trainer

WED24 - Reviewing, Inspecting, and Reporting CPM Logic in Microsoft Project Schedules
Complex sequencing logic can be difficult to review, inspect, or report in Microsoft Project, especially when constraints, variable calendars, and resource leveling complicate the Slack/Float calculations. BPC Logic Filter is an add-in that works inside Microsoft Project to provide logical information for both the planner and the reviewer of a complex schedule. The tool provides pre-formatted reports of the Driving and Driven Paths for any task, the Project Longest Path, Multiple Float Paths, Driving Path Drag, and the Resource Constrained Critical Path (for a leveled schedule). Recent additions include a Project Logic Checker and a Task Logic Inspector. The first helps to isolate widespread schedule issues like non-unique names, summary task links, dangling logic, and out-of-sequence progress. The second displays detailed information about task relationships while allowing the user to navigate forward and backward through the schedule network based on relationships (including resource-driving relationships) alone.
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.

WED25 - Crossing the Chasm – How to get from 2D to 4D
BIM, VDC and 4D are supposed to be these great things that make everything better, right? Well, just like a bicycle can be much better than walking, there is some learning and investment that needs to be made. Let’s go through the transition and what is takes to make the adjustment to be productive at 4D. This is NOT how to run software, this will be the procedural, mental, social, and contractual changes that make 4D highly productive. Presented by Ben Crosby

WED26 - Using Excel Spreadsheets to Create Projects in Primavera P6
Looking for an easy and effective method for quickly building projects and schedules in P6? This session will provide an overview on how to use Microsoft Excel to create project templates and streamline assembling projects in P6.
· Identify sources of data from which to develop a schedule
· Develop an understanding of the P6 XLS export/import process
· Learn the steps required to build a P6 project schedule using Excel
Presented by Mike Hughes of CDP

WED27 - 3 Affordable Primavera P6 Companion Tools You Can't Do Without
Priamvera P6 is great at scheduling, but sometimes it falls down in other areas, making some tasks that should be simple very difficult for the end user. There are some great, affordable companion tools that people have built to help make the life of P6 users' easier. In this talk, I'll show you my 3 favourite tools and how they can help you save time and money working on projects in Primavera P6. Presented by Michael Lepage of Plan Academy

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

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

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

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

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

WED32 - Open Plan Release 8.2: Out of the Box to 1st Report
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

WED33 - 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 Raphael M Dua MACS PCP, General Manager Micro Planning International Asia Pacific Pty Ltd.

WED34 - Really Understanding MSP
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.

WED35 - GraphicSchedule – Linear Scheduling Made Easy in Excel
In this session you will learn the basics of linear scheduling, and hear why a resident engineer decided to start a startup and develop an Excel app that makes it easy. You’ll also see how this method has played a key role in delivering major projects, and gain a new tool in your toolbox to effectively communicate how your project will get done. Presented by James Wonneberg, co-founder of GraphicSchedule Inc.

This interactive discussion will focus on the advantages and disadvantages of using various techniques in current construction scheduling practice based on the practical realities of most construction projects. Using “real life” video examples and hypothetical situations, several topics will be explored including

  • How should a weather calendar be developed and presented in the schedule?
  • Whether the schedule should be cost loaded and, if so, how?
  • Whether the P6 progress override feature should be used, and in what circumstances?
  • Whether and how should redundant logic be used?
  • Whether the schedule should be resource loaded?
  • When to resource balance crew loads vs using soft logic?
  • When and how to use constraints?
  • Whether there is any circumstance to use a negative lag?
  • Whether to use of finish-to-start relationships with lags?
Presented by Charles V. Choyce, Jr., MRICS, PSP, CM-LEAN, PMP, CFCC, Managing Director, and
Robert Lamb, PSP, LEED AP BD+C, CM-LEAN, Senior Managing Consultant, of BRG, and Benjamin Crosby of Yates Construction

WED37 - Analyze. Collaborate. Win.
The customer must engage with the supplier, in detail, to understand the architecture and feasibility of the project plan. The review itself is best when collaborative, in order to gain mutual acceptance of the baseline plan, risks, and resolutions. In this session, we will perform a live project review, with the customer and supplier represented. Presented by Darryl Townsend of DRMcNatty & Associates, Inc.

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

WED41 - File Corruption in P6 - An Advanced Review
An earlier paper by the authors introduces the topic of P6 File Corruption and endeavors to separate reality from perception. This paper further explains exactly how to repair cases of known corruption using the tools provided by the database server, as well as by Oracle® Primavera P6℠. The deficiencies of the original Primavera P6℠ Check Project Integrity routines are explained in an effort to make this utility more useful to IT experts or even P6 users, should this functionality be restored in the Oracle® Primavera P6 Professional℠ or the Oracle® Primavera EPPM℠.
The main emphasis of this paper is a dedicated research of the prevalence of P6 file corruption in the scheduling community and the types of problems experienced. To this end, the authors have developed a software research tool and invited various P6 users to participate in the discovery of this issue. Two PSP certified schedulers, who are also IT experts, present this unique paper on the subject of P6 File Corruption.
Presented by Ron Winter, PSP, author of Schedule Analyzer Software.

WED42 - Deltek Acumen 8.2: Predicting Faster Project Timelines & Recovering Delays
The constraints of time, cost, and scope – and the uncertainty and risk that accompany them – create a management tightrope for even the best of project teams. An unachievable timeline or an unexpected delay can easily tip your balance, forcing your project to come in late and over budget. Far too often projects are delivered later than planned because of unforeseen delays during execution or because of a less-than optimal plan to begin with. Join us as Deltek’s resident schedule quality guru demonstrates how you can predict faster project timelines and recover delays with the help of Deltek Acumen Risk & 360. Presented by Tom Polen

WED43 - Procore - Project Management that gives you complete control
Procore Technologies, Inc., is a leading provider of cloud-based applications for construction. Procore Construction OS connects people, applications, and devices through a unified platform that helps construction firms manage risk and build quality projects, safely, on time, and within budget. Procore has a diversified business model with products for Construction Project Management, Construction Financials, and Quality & Safety. Headquartered in Carpinteria, California, with offices around the globe, Procore has more than 2 million users managing billions of dollars in annual construction volume. Presented by Ryan Fishel of Procore

WED44 - New Book by Eric Uyttewaal: Forecasting Programs
This presentation is based on Eric Uyttewaal’s NEW textbook ‘Forecasting Programs’. Program managers who try managing a program like a project are doomed to fail: Program management has its own techniques and tools. Eric and his team developed these specifically for program managers who use Microsoft applications. You can buy Eric’s new book at a 33% discount (USD $60 instead of $90).

WED45 - Case Study: Polsen Bypass - Optimizing Mass Haul Plan Using Trimble TILOS
TILOS is a powerful, feature rich, distance-based planning tool than can be used for all infrastructure projects. TILOS is just one of several products in the Trimble Civil Software Continuum. Of note is the ability to import heavy civil volumetric cut and fill data from Trimble’s BC-HCE to easily create a workable, optimized linear plan in TILOS. This session will focus on the Polsen Bypass case study to illustrate how Trimble Quantm is used to select an optimal corridor and develop a 3D model to push into Trimble Business Center to calculate mass haul volumes and locations. This cut and fill data can be imported into TILOS to create a workable mass haul plan utilizing various methods (scraper, truck, dozer) based on haul distance and cycle time to calculate resources required for these activities. The integration of the tools and data demonstrates the effective interfacing in developing an optimized linear plan based on the engineering information and mass haul analysis. Presented by Lorne Duncan

WED46 - Comparing Software - Our Shop Needs Folks Trained in 3 or More In the current environment there are numerous platforms used to create Critical Path Method (CPM) schedules. Among these are: Primavera P6, Open Plan, Asta, MS Project and a host of others lesser known programs. While these platforms are each capable of useful in creating a viable CPM schedule, each does so with a degree of uniqueness. With regard to their usefulness in a claims situation, the disparities are even more pronounced. This presentation shows the similarities, differences, advantages and disadvantages of using these platforms. Presented by Bruce Betz of Envison

WED47 - Is Your Head in A Cloud?
by LoadSpring

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

THU00 - Thursday Keynote on Industry's Need for Schedulers

The owner's specification typically tells the Scheduler what must be submitted. But does this minimum best serve the contractor? Part of the problem is to teach the Scheduler to teach the contractor employer or client what more can be provided at little or no extra cost. The Scheduler is part of the management team. We expect you to act like Management

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

THU11 - Litigation Track Keynote
The "Standard" Form Contract: Exploring the Decennial 2017 Changes to the AIA Contract Forms

The precursor to actual construction of a building or other project has to be focused on the construction contract, both for the construction of the work and for the avoidance or handling of disputes in regard to the work. Perhaps the most familiar standard forms – the AIA contract documents – change in substance typically once every 10 years, and 2017 was that year. In this presentation, we examine key AIA contract clauses, the 2017 changes to those, and the concept, generally, of utilizing standard form construction contracts in order to adequately take into account the needs of the particular job.
Presented by Dan Lund and Carys Arvidson of Phelps Dunbar, LP, New Orleans

THU12 - Jobsite Photography Should be a Scheduler’s Job
Communicating and ‘proving’ the current construction jobsite status is difficult to do in prose. Pictures are often far more effective as they have the potential to present more information that any other medium. Problematically, they often fail to fully realize their potential in documenting the construction process. If digital pictures are so cheap and easy to produce, then what is the problem?
The problem arises when the photographer does not understand how to identify and compose a good picture or doing it so poorly as to be unusable. Other times, the failure comes from just losing the important information due to lack of organization or proper documentation of where and when the photo was taken.
Project schedulers have the inside track on becoming excellent jobsite photographers. All that they need is a better understanding of the equipment and techniques required to take and maintain terrific photos in the harsh environment of construction.
Presented by Ron Winter, PSP, author of Schedule Analyzer Software.

THU13 - Peer Review of a Schedule
In a recent report by the PMI recently (February 14, 2017) released, shows that Australia has a very poor track record, along with other parts of the world in managing large infrastructure projects. Cost blowouts and delays are common, especially in Government funded transport, hospital and communications projects. The NBN has had to recently obtain additional funding from the Federal Government. The new Royal Adelaide Hospital has overrun its budget by almost thirty percent and is will be over fifteen months late when it will be delivered.
On investigating the many major projects which have failed, it was noted than many of them did not perform the necessary in depth, project planning and scheduling as management did not see the value of spending the time and or the funding. No peer reviews or audits had taken place and as such any scheduling or cost shortcoming failed to be observed and so another project failure occurs. However, it is well known that taking the time and properly funding the project management, planning and scheduling and perform independent peer reviews do deliver successful projects.
Presented by Raphael Dua & Chris Carson

THU14 - Importing and Exporting Oracle P6 from/to Microsoft Project
A How to guide! Presented by Jonathan Japka

THU15 - Challenges to wider implementation of BIM tied to CPM?
A PANEL Discussion by Benjamin Crosby and Steve Moore

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

THU21 - Arbitration by Who? Comparison of AAA JAMS MC2
Presented by Hon. John M Marshall and Adrian E. Bower

THU22 - Primavera Unifier: Contract Management and More
Oracle’s Primavera Unifier is now a leading solution for not only contract management but also budgeting, cost control, change, document management and collaboration. Unifier’s configurable workflow supports interactions with the right people at the right time. Hear how Primavera Contract Management customers can transition to Unifier and enjoy many improvements such as tighter integration to Primavera P6.
Presented by Brent Langley, Principal Consultant, Oracle

THU23 - Early Completion Schedules – Benefits, Risks & Defenses
A contractor’s right to complete work early was acknowledged by U.S. Courts in the 1960’s. Delayed early completion claims arose shortly thereafter and became somewhat common in the industry. It was then, and remains now, a controversial issue in the construction industry with many project owners refusing to accept early completion baseline schedules or schedule updates indicating an early completion. Other owners crafted contractual mechanisms to prevent early completions schedules and/or defeat early completion delay claims. This presentation sets forth the background concerning a contractor’s right to complete work early; examines the contractor’s right to seek an equitable adjustment should their early completion be delayed by action of the owner; and discusses both the potential benefits and potential risks of early completion schedules. Additionally, this presentation provides a brief overview of twelve different ways owners can defend against claims oriented early completion schedules and includes specific contract language employed by some owners. Presented by James G. Zack, Jr.,CCM, CFCC, FACE, FIGPC, FRICS, PMP

THU24 - Considerations in Resource and Cost Loading Schedules
This session will discuss considerations related to resource and/or cost loading Critical Path Method (CPM) schedules, including illustrating the use of resource and cost loading from several different software applications.
· Develop an understanding of resource and cost loading CPM schedules
· Learn the reasons why some organizations use resource and/or cost loading
· Learn the considerations and planning required for resource and/or cost loading
Presented by Mike Hughes of CDP

THU25 - Asta Powerproject BIM Functions
Bringing 4D planning within affordable reach within one applica¬tion. See how Asta Powerproject incorporates Building Information Modelling (BIM) features to enable 4D planning; drive greater collaboration; and deliver communication, time and efficiency benefits. Over 50% of the value of BIM is used during scheduling. Asta Powerproject BIM delivers on that promise with an easy way for users and their clients to truly visualize project status in 3D against the schedule and plan corrective measures if the project is falling behind. We will show you how you can link project plans and interactive 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 Megan DePoty, Elecosoft

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

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

THU31 - Hot Topics in Construction Liability Insurance
This session will address hot topics in construction liability insurance. It will address potential coverage under another party’s CGL policy pursuant to the “insured contract” provision versus the usual contractual exclusion for such coverage. It will also addess liability coverage for damage to third parties and/or their work versus the usual exclusions for damage to “your work” and “your product.”
by Martha Y. Curtis and Amanda R. Schenck of Sher Garner Cahill

THU32 - Risky Project - A How To Tutorial
RiskyProject - 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, Ph.D., P.Eng., Intaver Institute Inc., Calgary, Canada.

THU33 - How Physical Sticky-Note Schedules can Blend into the Digital World
There is often a barrier between short-interval and master schedules. This presentation will debut an innovative tool, developed by a full-time scheduler, which allows physical sticky-note plans to digitally-synchronize with electronic schedules across multiple platforms; using a device that fits in your pocket
Presented by Steve Moore or Robins & Morton

THU34 - ALICE: Going Beyond CPM
CPM schedules provide a good baseline forecast of completion date and a notion of criticality (through floats) for tasks. A CPM schedule has the resource, space, and physical constraints captured through precedence relationships between tasks. That makes answering questions about resources and alternative sequences very hard. Learn how ALICE uses artificial intelligence to alleviate the situation by recognizing the interplay between resources, spaces, and sequences. Want to know how adding a crane to your project would affect your cost and duration? ALICE can answer that question within minutes! Presented by Hossein Shahbazi of alicetechnologies

THU35 - User Case Study TBD

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

THU41 - The Project Scheduler, Esquire
Brian Grubb of Coats Rose will share thoughts relevant to professional schedulers who are the front line on protecting their employer or client while promoting the joint effort to get the project finished on time and within budget.

THU42 - PLOTNICK TOWN HALL – What do we want from Tech Groups - Software - Us?
FRED PLOTNICK will lead this Town Hall where we will engage the audience to share thoughts relevant to professional schedulers.
What do we want from our Tech Groups? How can AACE, PMI, Planning Planet and others best serve our subgroup of their general memberships?
What do we want of our softwares? We may generalize or perhaps look at several products and note how each may be improved to help us do our jobs.
What do we want of each other? How frustrating when the person on the “other side” (and this already indicates a lack of congeniality and cooperation) does not speak the same language as we do. Could requirements for certification or vetting by a tech group help? Could state licensing and the threat of revocation for malpractice help?
We will have competing views – both often correct. Will conferences such as CCC and sessions where attendees share competing thoughts help?

THU43 - The Effect of Activity Constraints on the Critical Path
This session will illustrate how various activity constraints affect Critical Path Method (CPM) schedules. The most commonly used constraint is “Start on or After” which is often used when a piece of equipment (or construction material or component) required for a task will not be available until a certain date; however, there are six other activity constraints that are commonly available. This webinar will highlight each of them and illustrate the profound effects they can have on the CPM calculated dates for a project. The Learning Objectives for the webinar are:
· Learn the Seven Fundamental CPM Activity Constraints
· Understand the Effect of Each Constraint Type on the Forward and Backward Pass and Total Float Calculations
· Learn how to Calculate Schedule Dates and Total Float with Activity Constraints
Presented by Mike Hughes of CDP

THU44 - How AI is Changing the Art & Science of CPM Project Scheduling
“Artificial Intelligence” (AI) and “machine learning” have been popular buzz words in 2017. This presentation walks through the basics of AI, examining the different approaches and how they are starting to be embraced and used in the science of CPM project scheduling. To date, the task of building a sound CPM project schedule has largely been a manual process. With AI, that is starting to change for the better, allowing planners to focus on planning rather than the tedious mechanical task of developing a CPM schedule. Through the help of AI, we can now re-use captured knowledge; learn from previous as-built schedules and develop truly calibrated and validated project plans that are more realistic and hence achievable.
One of the most exciting areas of AI is that of "machine learning." Imagine your planning tool getting smarter and making more informed suggestions, the more you use it. Well, imagine no more. AI is here to stay, and it will only continue to make the science of project planning better. Presented by Dr. Dan Patterson, PMP

THU45 - Acumen Touchstone
Deltek is pleased to release a new product in the Acumen suite! Acumen Touchstone aligns owner/contractor processes and expectations by providing a single, centralized repository for storing, evaluating and benchmarking project schedules and updates. Now, all project stakeholders can work from the same set of criteria, and reviews, approvals and updates happen automatically. Join us to learn firsthand how this tool can help your organization save time, enforce schedule quality rules and provide unprecedented project insight. Presented by: Rob Edwards & Tom Polen

Friday, 8:00 AM to 9:15 AM

FRI01 - Keynote Session - Mock Trial 2018
-- 160 minute double session
Judge Marshall's court is again in session for this year's Mock Trial presentation. So top off your cup of coffee, be seated, and enjoy the show! Judge Marshall will teach the LAW. Two attorneys will be providing examples of trial techniques, setting traps for unwary experts. Two experts will be providing examples of bad and good behavior. One fact witness with actual knowledge will entertain as he provides the facts of the case to Judge Marshall and the jury (you!)

FRI03 - Admin Tips & Tricks for P6, CM and BI Publisher
This session will provide technical considerations and setups for BI Publisher for CM14. In addition, you will learn tips and tricks on how to create CM14 reports using the BI Publisher web interface and the BI Publisher word plug-in. If you are person responsible for configuring reports for Primavera CM14 and EPPM, you will discover the setup, reports and functionality are very different. Although this session will focus on CM14, the differences between them will be presented.
Presented by Oracle

Friday, 9:25 AM to 10:40 AM

FRI13 - Scheduling Construction Projects in MS Project – Best Practices
Master scheduler in Microsoft Project, Eric Uyttewaal will show you how to forecast your project with just the schedule by itself. Forecast Scheduling builds onto his principle of Dynamic Scheduling that minimized the effort spent on updating project schedules. Eric will challenge you to forecast the actual finish date, the workloads by trade and the total cost of your project, which is what most construction stakeholders expect from the project manager. This presentation will show you how to create a dynamic model of the project to forecast it and take scheduling to the next level. The highlights of Forecast Scheduling include: Capture your promised dates … without killing the dynamic model! - Minimize your effort on creating and maintaining the schedule - Find the real Critical Path 2.0 instead of an incomplete old Critical Path 1.0 - Incorporate new insights learned from project execution and update the schedule to forecast
Eric will explain these principles of Forecast Scheduling, demonstrate how they would work in practice as well as their benefits. Come and see how to make Microsoft Project work for you!!

Friday, 11:10 AM to 12:15 PM

FRI21 - Latest on AACEi 29RP-03
Presented by Kenji Hoshino, primary author of the Recommended Practice

FRI22 - Oracle Vision and Roadmap
Come to hear about the mission and vision for Oracle Construction and Engineering. Discover the exciting new trends and technologies that are transforming our product strategy. Review the roadmap highlights for solutions across our portfolio including innovations in Primavera P6, Unifier, Prime, and more.
Presented by Andy Verone, VP Product Strategy, Oracle

FRI23 - Monte Carlo Schedule Analysis: the Concept, Benefits and Limitations
Quantitative risk analysis methods such as Monte Carlo simulations enable project managers to assess how multiple risks might affect a project schedule. Monte Carlo simulations are used to approximate the distribution of potential results, such as project cost and duration, using multiple probabilistic inputs, such as an activity’s duration, cost, start and finish times, and other parameters. The presentation includes case studies of real projects where Monte Carlo analysis facilitates decision-making in different industries.
Presented by Lev Virine, Ph.D., P.Eng., Intaver Institute Inc., Calgary, Canada.

Friday, 12:25 PM to 2:00 PM -- Lunch

Friday, 2:00 PM to 3:15 PM

FRI31 - Your Professional License
Presented by Keith J. Bergeron of Deutsch Kerrigan

FRI32 - BASIS Roadmap and Town Hall
Vision for the Industry by Dan Patterson

FRI33 - Schedule Simulation – The Lego Experience Part I
4D scheduling is not easy, and the multitude of other project requirements can be difficult to meet. If the project team is given a 4D schedule they might not be aware of how to use it, and many of the people who create 4D schedules do not have experience in using them. During this session, Lego Blocks will be used to simulate a 4D experience and to demonstrate the benefits of an active 4D process over traditional scheduling. The participants will have to maintain quality, schedule and scope while building their structure. Please bring your laptop, so you can actually use the models to build. After the session, participants will have a better understanding of how 4D, BIM and Lean are incorporated into traditional practices, how they can improve project performance, why it can be difficult for teams to adopt new practices, and what can be done to improve our VDC practices. All this, while playing with Legos!!
Presented by Ben Crosby.

Friday, 3:35 PM to 4:50 PM

FRI41 - Experts & Ethics
Panel Led by Judge Marshall

FRI42 - Elecosoft Roadmap and Town Hall
Asta Powerproject & More

FRI43 - Schedule Simulation – The Lego Experience Part II
Presented by Ben Crosby.

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