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
TBD, President of AACE


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 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 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 - PennDOT chooses Asta - Update on Implementation
(invited) - PA Department of Transportation

MON34 - Microsoft Track- TBD

MON35 - Location Based Track- TBD

MON36 - New Techniques Track- TBD


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 - Location Based Track- TBD

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
I am hiring an expert for a delay and disruption case. Why should I choose you?
by Shay Kulkarni of Sullivan Hill

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 TUE14 TUE15 TUE16 - TBD


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

TUE21 - Latest on AACE 29RP-03

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 - TBD

TUE26 - TBD


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


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

TUE31 TUE32 TUE33 TUE34 TUE35 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 TUE43 TUE44 TUE45 TUE46 - TBD


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
Presented by TBD

WED03 WED04 WED05 WED06 - TBD


Wednesday, 9:25 AM to 10:40 AM

WED12 WED13 WED14 WED15 WED16 - TBD


Wednesday, 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM

WED21 WED22 WED24 WED25 WED26 - 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.


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


Wednesday, 1:45 PM to 3:00 PM

WED31 WED32 WED33 WED34 WED35 WED36 - TBD


Wednesday, 3:15 PM to 4:30 PM

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

WED42 - Elecosoft Roadmap/TownHall
Asta Powerproject & More

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

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

THANK YOU FOR ATTENDING OUR CONSTRUCTION CPM CONFERENCE 2020

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