CALL FOR PAPERS FOR 2020

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 2020

For an Overview of 2020 Sessions, click here
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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 by
Chris Caddell, President-Elect of AACE
Chris is pleased that 40% of attendees at Construction CPM Conference are members of the Association for Advancement of Cost Engineers International. And he hopes to convince our other 60% to join. While the primary goals of CCC are to educate and train, AACE's primary goal is to bring forth new knowledge and subject to peer review and debate. As Senior Vice-President of Turner & Townsend, Chris can share why our industry and the industries we serve need both AACE and CCC.


MANY BELOW ARE CURRENTLY PLACE KEEPERS AS WE BUILD OUR PROGRAM

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

MON11 - What’s New in the Oracle CEGBU
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 Frank Malangone | Senior Director, Product & Industry 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 - Microsoft Project

MON15 - Introduction to Synchro Pro
Planning, scheduling and controls are a key component of successful construction project delivery. The decades long industry standard CPM Gantt Chart method challenges even the most experienced constructors. 4D is a medium which brings real time visibility to the process, enabling all team members to see, review and validate the approach virtually, before construction on site ever begins and throughout every day of the project. Errors, conflicts and unforeseen problems become visible- reducing the need for costly late stage change orders and rework, improving communication and cooperation, improving safety and boosting efficiency. Come hear Mazen Faloughi, Senior 4D Consultant, and Amir Hamaoui, Platform Manager for Construction, of Bentley

MON16 - New Techniques Track- TBD


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 Elecosoft Powerproject Schedule Tool for Planners
See how Elecosoft Powerproject makes scheduling easier and more cost effective. Find out why Elecosoft Powerproject (aka Asta) 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 Elecosoft Powerproject. All, while also saving on license costs. Elecosoft 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 Elecosoft Powerproject’s unique “drag & drop” functionality make scheduling faster and more enjoyable. Come see how easy Elecosoft 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 Megan DePoty

MON24 - 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. MSP can be made to properly reflect complicated status including out-of-sequence progress resembling Retained Logic. 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.

MON25 - Schedule Optimization with Spider Software

MON26 - 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


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 - TBD

MON34 - Avoid Out-of-Sequence Progress in Microsoft Project
Recording Actual dates that violate existing schedule logic can cause conflicts in Microsoft Project's internal schedule calculations. The resulting Total Slack values and Critical task flags can be incorrect and misleading. These issues are aggravated by recent (e.g. MSP 2016) versions of the software, and users are advised to minimize out-of-sequence progress. Presented by Thomas Boyle, PE, PMP, PSP

MON35 - Location Based Track- TBD

MON36 - GAO Schedule Assessment Guide
Come learn of the 10 Best Practices and 4 Required Characteristics of an acceptable schedule, as suggested by the GAO.


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

MON41 - Is it Time to Talk About Sunsetting 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. Last year a panel including those representing owners, contractors, forensic experts and database analysts discussed necessary changes to P6 to serve the construction industry's needs. Oracle has indicated that while they may promote alternate products, they do not at this time intend to address these issues in P6. Meanwhile other products have entered the marketplace that may better meet our needs. Our panel of experts will discuss options.

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 - 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.

MON44 - Microsoft Track- TBD

MON45 - Wave Transfer Planning with MSProject, P6, NetPoint & NetRisk
Strategies to Transfer Manufacturing Operations to a Newly Built International Pharmaceutical Facility. Understanding the costs, benefits, and risks of multiple solutions requires complex schedule and cost modeling. The overall strategy requires identifying resource limitations, schedule risks and impacts, and the prioritization of needs early, and continuously throughout the dynamic project. The team used multiple scheduling tools to support the planning/schedule development phases such as MS Project, NetPoint and P6; actively monitor and control the overall master schedule for the program in P6; and conduct regular schedule risk assessment using NetRisk. Presented by Angel Arvelo, PMP, LEED AP, Senior Director, PMA Consultants

MON46 - New Techniques Track- TBD


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

TUE00 - Tuesday Keynote by PLOTNICK
Intersection of CPM, Engineering and Law

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

TUE11 - Litigation Track Keynote - The Construction Law Certified Attorney
While all lawyers are allowed to advertise, only certified attorneys are allowed to identify themselves as "Florida Bar Board Certified" or as a "Specialist." What does this mean? Why is designation of Certification of Specialization important? What will a specialist bring to your project in progress or your post project conflict resolution? Randy will discuss the Florida program and similar programs of other states.
Presented by Randy Dow, Esq., Chair of the Construction Law Committee of the Florida Bar.

TUE12 - Benchmarking As-Built Lags
As-built schedules contain more than dates when an activity actually started and finished – they also contain that same information for relationships. Relationships have as-built start and finish dates. This gives rise to a different kind of schedule forensic analysis; As-Built Lag Analysis.
How well are planned versus actual relationship lags managed? No one knows because no one measures them. Hundreds of papers have been written about planned versus actual activity durations. How come no one has thought to measure planned versus actual relationship durations? Now, someone has.
Presented by Ron Winter, PSP, author of Schedule Analyzer Software.

TUE13 - TBD

TUE14 - Connecting Schedule with Aconex Connected Cost

TUE15 - The Habits of Highly Effective Scheduling
Projects are becoming more and more complex and costly, requiring greater attention to the management of both time and resources. Various skill sets have become segmented. However, some of the principles used in scheduling bring those overall project management skills and needs together. These principles can be used to effectively communicate the plan, establish production goals, monitor and manage progress and manage change in projects and programs. Presented by Sylvia M Donado, PMP and President-elect at Project Management Institute

TUE16 - GAO Agile Assessment Guide
The GAO will explain their newly released Guide for reporting upon Agile projects.


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

TUE21 - SUSPEND WORK and “..REMAIN ON STANDBY..”
The contract has been awarded and notice to proceed issued. Work has started. The owner issues a suspension of work directive and the contractor shuts down all or a designated portion of the work awaiting the owner’s return to work order. The contractor believes they are entitled to recover all delay and all time related delay damages. Is the contractor right? The owner is liable for the delay damages, right? As Max E. Greenberg commented in 1984 – “It ain’t necessarily so!” We will examine why owners should have a Suspension of Work clause in contracts and how these clauses work. It identifies what damages are typically owed when an owner suspends all or part of the work and outlines some typical limitations of suspension damages found in many contracts. Additionally, the paper discusses five key court cases decided between 1996 and 2015 that establish the key requirements necessary to collect damages arising from a suspension of work directive. Finally, the paper offers recommendations on what actions contractors should take to protect the recovery of such damages and why these actions may help owners resolve such claims in the field rather than the court.
Presented by James G. Zack, Jr., CCM, CFCC, FAACE, FIGPC, FRICS, PMP - Principal James Zack Consulting, LLC

TUE22 - TBD

TUE23 - TBD

TUE24 - Controls and Metrics for Unit Price Contracts
Unit Price construction contracts can pose a challenge for project controls and reporting. American Electric Power (AEP) has developed some tools and processes to effectively track these contracts. Presentation will cover the different tools used and a Unit Price index used to track project performance. Presented by Charles Blankenbiller of American Electric Power

TUE25 - Optimizing the Schedule Workflow on Projects and Programs
Capo Projects Group (CPG) provides scalable, multi-disciplinary services to the engineering, construction, architecture, public works and utilities industries. Our team was tasked with improving our client’s efficiency and profitability by increasing the value of current scheduling, controls and technology deployments. This presentation will show how CPG used CPM|axis to provide full scale project and program scheduling support with integrated field schedules, improved as-built documentation, and program level analytics on the Los Angeles World Airports (LAX) $300M LULEP progressive design build program.

TUE26 - Connecting CPM and Lean Scheduling
Presented by Oracle


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


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

TUE31 - Latest on AACE 29RP-03

TUE32 - TBD

TUE33 - TBD

TUE34 - TBD

TUE35 - What’s New in Scheduling
Presented by Oracle

TUE36 - TBD


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

TUE41 - TBD
by Martha Curtis of Sher Garner Cahill Richter Klein & Hilbert, LLC

TUE42 - TBD

TUE43 - TBD

TUE44 - TBD

TUE45 - Connecting Schedule with Aconex Models

TUE46 - Reserved for AACEi Planning & Scheduling Subcommittee


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 - Primavera P6 EPPM Database Administrators' Tips & Tricks
Presented by Oracle

WED03 - TBD

WED04 - TBD

WED05 - TBD

WED06 - TBD


Wednesday, 9:25 AM to 10:40 AM

WED12 - Program and Portfolio Management Best Practices
Presented by Oracle

WED13 - TBD

WED14 - TBD

WED15 - TBD

WED16 - TBD


Wednesday, 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM

WED21 - Paid Testimony and Your Professional License
Presented by Keith J. Bergeron of Deutsch Kerrigan

WED22 - TBD

WED23 - Mastering Out-of-Sequence Progress
Identifying out-of-sequence progress in the real-world can be the key to understanding disruption and productivity loss. This is a current CPM ”hot topic”. Now significant, new information and unusual situations involving out-of-sequence progress have recently been discovered. Last year, better out-of-sequence progress reporting using P6 software was introduced. This year learn how to add out-of-sequence progress reporting to Microsoft Project. The instructions included here are all that is needed to add this feature to any MS Project software (and for free)
Presented by Ron Winter, PSP, author of Schedule Analyzer Software.

WED24 - TBD

WED25 - TBD

WED26 - TBD


Wednesday, 12:15 PM to 1:45 PM -- Lunch


Wednesday, 1:45 PM to 3:00 PM

WED31 - Elecosoft Roadmap/TownHall
Asta Powerproject & More

WED32 - Paid Testimony and your Professional License
Presented by Keith J. Bergeron of Deutsch Kerrigan

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 - TBD

WED35 - The Top Ten Approaches to Achieving Planned Final Completion Date
Many projects today fail when it comes to completing on the planned final completion date. In keeping with the authors’ top-ranked series of papers and presentations on ten approaches to various aspects of project controls, the authors will provide their favorite and most effective for enhancing your project’s chances. Learn from the aggregation of two lifetimes of successful projects promoted by the authors. Presented by Chris Carson, FRICS, FAACE, FGPC, PSP, CEP, DRMP, CCM, PMP and Glen R. Palmer, PSP, CFCC, FGPC

WED36 - TBD


Wednesday, 3:20 PM to 4:25 PM

WED41 - Ethics and the Expert
A Panel Discussion Led by Judge Marshall

WED42 - TBD

WED43 - Schedule Simulation – The Lego Experience
PART II

WED44 - TBD

WED45 - TBD

WED46 - TBD


Wednesday, 4:30 PM to ??? PM

Following the last class ending 4:30 PM Attendees may join our optional
Excursion TBD

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