CALL FOR PAPERS FOR 2018

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 2018

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

WED00 - Welcome by Fred Plotnick and Jim O'Brien -- 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 - 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

Presented by Oracle

WED12 - Deltek Open Plan Download to 1st Update
This session will lead attendees from download of Open Plan software from Deltek's website, or from the link provided in the back of of the text CPM in Construction Management, 8th Edition, to delivery of the first update report to management of the Contractor and the Owner.
Presented by Rob Edwards

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 - Microsoft Project Track - TBD

WED15 - Software Track - TBD

WED16 - Software Track - TBD

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

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, 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, Managing Consultant for Hill International (www.hillintl.com) and Charlie Jackson, Vice President of Project Life Span, LLC.

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

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

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

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 - Introduction to Spider Project Software
Spider Project is a powerful professional project management software that contains everything useful for good project and portfolio management. It supports all traditional methods and tools, and offers unique approaches and functions that have no analogues in other software packages. Used in 34 countries Spider Project is the only PM software that optimizes resource, cost, and material constrained schedules and budgets for projects and portfolios.
Presented by Vladimir Liberzon

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 - Software Track - TBD


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, Managing Consultant for Hill International (www.hillintl.com) and Charlie Jackson, Vice President of Project Life Span, LLC.

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

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

WED32 - Deltek Acumen Risk: The Rewards of Schedule Risk Analysis
CPM schedules are excellent at providing a completion forecast based on the planned duration and sequence of work. However, they fall short in accounting for external risk events – those discrete events that have an impact on a project execution teams' ability to execute the plan. This presentation focuses on the second step towards improving project maturity: identifying and reducing project risk exposure through project risk analysis. Learn best practices when running a schedule or cost risk analysis and hear how Deltek Acumen Risk and Risk book combine the accuracy of Monte-Carlo risk analysis with a straightforward, team-oriented user experience to simplify this process.
Presented by Tom Polen

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 Patrick Weaver PMI-SP, on behalf of Raphael M Dua MACS PCP, General Manager Micro Planning International Asia Pacific Pty Ltd.

WED34 - Microsoft Track - TBD

WED35 - Software Track - TBD

WED36 - Software Track - TBD

WED37 - Software Track - TBD


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

WED41 - Oracle Track - TBD

WED42 - Five Steps to Schedule Maturity with Deltek Acumen
Think of project planning as a three-legged stool. We've already improved the quality of our schedule (leg 1), improved accuracy by accounting for risk (leg 2), now we'll take a look at the third key element to successful project planning: accurate resource planning. A resource loaded schedule is the perfect marriage between the work required to complete the project and the resources needed to complete the work. This presentation focuses on best practices for achieving this harmony and why it's important to remove the traditional silos between cost forecasting and scheduling and learn how Deltek Cobra and PM Compass can make this a reality!
Presented by Tom Polen

WED43 - 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

WED44 - Importing and Exporting Oracle P6 from/to Microsoft Project
A How to guide! Presented by Jonathan Japka

WED45 - Software Track - TBD

WED46 - Software Track - TBD

WED47 - Software Track - TBD


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

THU00 - Thursday Keynote Sessions


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

THU11 - Litigation Track Keynote

THU12 - Software Track - TBD
Advanced Features of CPM Software TBD

THU13 - Risk Track - TBD

THU14 - Cost / EVM Track - TBD

THU15 - Resource Allocation Track
Lean Linear 4D BIM & Production

THU16 - Business of CPM Track TBD
theory, best practices, admin, back-office and case studies

THU17 - Case Study Track TBD
how your schedule team improved the outcome of your project


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

THU21 - Litigation Track - TBD

THU22 - Software Track - TBD

THU23 - Risk Track - TBD

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 - Resource Allocation Track - TBD

THU26 - 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

THU27 - Case Study Track TBD


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


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

THU31 - Litigation Track - TBD

THU32 - Software Track - TBD

THU33 - Risk Track - TBD

THU34 - Cost / EVM Track - TBD

THU35 - Resource Allocation Track - TBD

THU36 - 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

THU37 - Case Study Track TBD


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

THU41 - Litigation Track - TBD

THU42 - Software Track - TBD

THU43 - Risk Track - TBD

THU44 - Cost / EVM Track - TBD

THU45 - Resource Allocation Track - TBD

THU46 - Business of CPM Track TBD

THU47 - Case Study Track TBD


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, renown for international and domestic construction litigation, will be providing examples of trial techniques, setting traps for unwary experts. Two experts will be providing examples of bad and good behavior. One fact witness with actual knowledge will entertain as he provides the facts of the case to Judge Marshall and the jury (you!)

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 Maha Rifai Harrison, PMP, LEED AP, Manager, System Solutions / Information Technology for

FRI04 - Utilizing Primavera Unifier with the Provided Templates
In this session you will see the templates that come out-of-the-box with Primavera Unifier. We will look at the pros and cons to the pre-built business processes and how to utilize them the best you can and as a springboard to your specific configuration. Presented by Steve Kelly of Foresee Consulting

FRI05 - TBD

FRI06 - TBD


Friday, 9:25 AM to 10:40 AM

FRI13 - Special Topics TBD

FRI14 - Special Topics TBD

FRI15 - Special Topics TBD

FRI16 - Special Topics TBD

FRI17 - Special Topics TBD


Friday, 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM

FRI21 - Litigation Track - TBD

FRI22 - Software Track - TBD

FRI23 - Risk Track - TBD

FRI24 - Cost / EVM Track - TBD

FRI25 - Resource Allocation Track - TBD

FRI26 - Software Track - TBD

FRI27 - Business of CPM Track TBD


Friday, 12:15 PM to 2:00 PM -- Lunch


Friday, 2:00 PM to 3:15 PM

FRI31 - Litigation Track - TBD

FRI32 - Oracle Primavera Town Hall
User Wish List and Q&A

FRI33 - Risk Track - TBD

FRI34 - Cost / EVM Track - TBD

FRI35 - Resource Allocation Track - TBD

FRI36 - 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

FRI37 - Business of CPM Track TBD


Friday, 3:35 PM to 4:50 PM

FRI41 - Experts & Ethics
Panel Led by Judge Marshall

FRI42 - The GREAT DEBATE

FRI43 - Risk Track - TBD

FRI44 - Cost / EVM Track - TBD

FRI45 - Resource Allocation Track - TBD

FRI46 - Software Track - TBD

FRI47 - Business of CPM Track TBD

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