CALL FOR PAPERS FOR 2019

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 info@constructioncpm.com with subject "ABSTRACT".

ABSTRACTS FOR 2019

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

MON00 - Welcome by Fred Plotnick -- and Opening Keynote Session:

Current President of AACE on
Topic TBD


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

MON11 - 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

MON12 - 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

MON13 - 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.

MON14 - 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

MON15 - 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

MON16 - 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 www.basisplanning.com


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, Scheduling Manager, Sundt Construction Inc. www.sundt.com and Charlie Jackson, Vice President of Project Life Span, LLC.

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

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

MON22 - 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

MON23 - 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

MON24 - TBD

MON25 - Improving Scheduling Outcomes for Linear Projects Using Time Location Charting
A visual method of representing construction schedules known as “Time Location” charts offers benefits beyond traditional CPM ouputs for Linear Infrastructure projects (such as tunnels, railways, roadways and pipelines) by incorporating the physical location of schedule activities along the physical, linear alignment of a project. Time Location charts allow communication of a project schedule, in a manner that would not be possible with traditional CPM schedule outputs. Typically, such charts on a single page allow identification and analysis of production rates, sequencing and conflicts of work, resourcing and physical access constraints and schedule comparisons. This presentation will provide an overview of Time Location Charting and demonstrate a practical application, using existing traditional CPM schedules, that overcomes issues faced in other existing methods. Presented by Santosh Bhat of linearprojectsoftware

MON26 - TBD


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


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

MON31 - Schedule Updating Using P6 Professional NTP to 1st Update Report
This session will lead attendees in the proper use of Oracle Primavera P6 EPPM from Notice-to-Proceed (or acceptance of the initial baseline schedule) to delivery of the first update report to management of the Contractor and the Owner. This session is taught by two veteran users of P6™, Hannah Schumacher, Sundt Construction Inc. www.sundt.com and Charlie Jackson, Vice President of Project Life Span, LLC.

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

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

MON32 - 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

MON33 - 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.

MON34 - 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.

MON35 - TBD

MON36 - Actual Intelligence & Importance of Field Coordination on Productivity
Engineering & Construction jobsites are where the true margin/success of projects is either won or lost. While there are no singular magic bullets to resolve construction productivity, the blocking and tackling basics of construction coordination & field execution matter. Field teams need simple, easy to use solutions that have proven track records of saving teams time. The Field needs quick, accurate, up to date information that digitally connects the field office to the front office. Actual Intelligence starts with placing the tasks of the project "in the pocket" of those who matter most.
Presented by Garrett Harley of Fieldwire


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

MON41 - What's Wrong With P6?
Oracle P6 is a leading software solution for planning and scheduling. However, there are many in the construction industry who feel that improvements focused upon the special needs of construction would make our jobs easier. Come to this session, led by a panel of power users from the construction field to the courtroom to the system adminstrator who will discuss their concerns and suggestions. Sufficient time will be provided to collect additional audience input.

MON42 - 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

MON43 - 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

MON44 - TBD

MON45 - TBD

MON46 - 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


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

TUE00 - Tuesday Keynote


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

TUE11 - Litigation Track Keynote

TUE12 - TBD

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TUE14 - TBD

TUE15 - Taking Control of Construction Scheduling: P6 Implemented Statewide
Case study on how a transportation agency took control of $1B in yearly construction contracts statewide. Come hear about how the enterprise system is set up, what it does, how it was implemented, how it is really used, how we encouraged usage by agency employees, contractors and consultants, high-level reporting, training programs, how we maintain quality schedules, daily operations and lessons learned.
Presented by Frank Perricelli and Frank Arcuri of AECOM

TUE16 - Linear Schedules and Bar Charts Made Easy in Excel
In this session you will learn the basics of linear scheduling and hear why two construction managers decided to develop an Excel app that makes it easy. You’ll see how GraphicSchedule is currently being used to deliver major infrastructure 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


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

TUE21 - Latest on AACE 29RP-03
by Kenji Hoshino

TUE22 - Primavera Unifier
Update by Oracle

TUE23 - TBD

TUE24 - TBD

TUE25 - TBD

TUE26 - TBD


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


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

TUE31 - Assault Against Arbitration
The contract may say Arbitration - but more Courts are saying "Not so Fast." Come to this session to join the discussion upon the effect the ongoing assault against arbitration nationwide has on arbitration provisions contained in construction-related contracts.
by Martha Curtis of Sher Garner Cahill Richter Klein & Hilbert, LLC

TUE32 - TBD

TUE33 - TBD

TUE34 - TBD

TUE35 - TBD

TUE36 - Using Measured Mile Productivity Analysis to Increase Calculated Delay Quantum
Traditionally, productivity analyses and delay analyses have been treated separately, as two different methodologies and often prepared as separate work products. In reality, however, both analyses can address productivity issues. A Delay Analysis can be used, in part, as a measure of the inefficient use of time. A Productivity Analysis measures the inefficient use of resources. The authors of this paper draw correlations between the two products. These correlations can be used to increase the calculated delay quantum by using the results of a “Measured Mile” analysis to increase the number of days for which the time driven cost damages can be attributed.
Presented by Chris Carson, FRICS, FAACE, FGPC, PSP, CEP, DRMP, CCM, PMP and Glen R. Palmer, PSP, CFCC


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

TUE41 - Constructive Acceleration
How Damages Can Be Recovered Around the Globe
Presented by Jim Zack

TUE42 - TBD

TUE43 - TBD

TUE44 - TBD

TUE45 - TBD

TUE46 - A Realistic Look at Float Consumption
Float is an integral part of CPM scheduling. Without it, project teams would have difficulty identifying the activities requiring attention, or in predicting the significance of a delay or disruption. But mathematically determined float does not cleanly translate to the urgency of completing an operation in the real world.
Nowhere is this lack of definition starker than in the concept of float consumption, or the reduction in float of non-critical activities caused by a delay or disruption. In real-world CPM networks, resource limitations are often expressed through changeable Resource-Driven Logic. These ‘soft’ relationships can be modified to mitigate delays, but this dynamic greatly complicates Float Consumption theory.
Presented by Greg Hall, PSP, of Keiwit


Wednesday, 8:00 AM to 9:15 AM

WED01 - Keynote Session - Mock Trial 2019
-- 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 behaviour. One fact witness with actual knowledge will entertain as he provides the facts of the case to Judge Marshall and the jury (you!)

WED02 - Admin Tips & Tricks for P6, CM and BI Publisher
Specific topics and presenter TBD for 2019

WED04 - TBD

WED05 - TBD

WED06 - TBD


Wednesday, 9:25 AM to 10:40 AM

WED12 - Evaluating and Implementing an Automated EVMS
Earned Value is a fairly simple concept. Having a reliable, defensible system that can track thousands of activities, integrate cost, and provide a consistent reporting package is difficult to implement. American Electric Power (AEP) investigated and evaluated various options for providing a system that was capable of handling this task. Presented by Charles Blankenbiller of American Electric Power.

WED13 - TBD

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Wednesday, 11:10 AM to 12:15 PM

WED21 - International Projects Schedule Considerations
by TBD of JonesDay

WED22 - TBD

WED23 - TBD

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WED25 - TBD

WED26 - TBD


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


Wednesday, 2:00 PM to 3:15 PM

WED31 - TBD

WED32 - TBD

WED33 - Schedule Simulation – The Lego Experience
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.

WED34 - Risk Track - TBD

WED35 - Cost / EVM Track - TBD

WED36 - Software Track - TBD


Wednesday, 3:35 PM to 4:50 PM

Keep posted for Closing Adventure

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THANK YOU FOR ATTENDING OUR CONSTRUCTION CPM CONFERENCE 2019

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