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".


For an Overview of 2020 Sessions, click here    -- for past conferences click here

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.

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 existing products, identifying how to incorporate transformative capability such as virtual reality and artificial intelligence into the product suite, as well as facilitating our partners’ and customers’ digital transformation. Come to this session to get highlights of the changes in P6, Primavera Cloud, Unifier, Aconex, Textura, and Analytics. Also, during this session we’ll present how Oracle is facilitating the industry’s digital transformation through phase 1 and now phase 2 of the Oracle Industries Innovation Lab.
Presented by Frank Malangone | Senior Director, Product & Industry Strategy, Oracle

MON12 - Automate Your Schedule Review Process with Acumen Touchstone
How much time do you spend manually evaluating schedules for quality and achievability? Not only is this process time consuming, and often unreliable, lessons learned frequently die with the project. Join us to discover how to streamline the schedule review process with Deltek Acumen’s newest module, Touchstone! In this session we will cover various schedule quality checks that can be done using Acumen Fuse, as well as how to use the metric criteria that you set up in the tool to automate schedule checks with Acumen Touchstone. We will demonstrate how combining these two Acumen modules gives you the ability to perform in depth schedule evaluations with Fuse, and how to consistently enforce your project schedule criteria by automating the collection, review, approval and storage of schedules in Touchstone. Presented by Jarod Maloney, Senior Solutions Engineer, Deltek

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 - 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

Join Fred Plotnick in a discussion on "What is the cause of resistance to BIM in the USA?" and issues of joining BIM and Scheduling.

MON16 - Why I Should / Shouldn't Do That
Last year’s discussion was so lively we decided to do it again! 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: • How should the weather calendar be developed and presented in the schedule? • Whether the schedule should be cost loaded, and, if so, how? • Under what circumstances should the P6 progress override feature be used? • Whether and how should redundant logic be used? • Methods of resource loading the schedule. • When to 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 finish-to-start relationships with lags? Presented by Charles V. Choyce, Jr., MRICS, PSP, PMP, CM-LEAN, CFCC, Managing Director of BRG and Robert Lamb, PSP, LEED AP BD+C, CM-LEAN, Associate Director of BRG, Benjamin Crosby, Director, Virtual Design and Construction, W.G. Yates Construction Co., and Drew Polahar, Scheduling Manager, Blaine Construction Co.

MON18 - Oracle Primavera One-on-One Clinic
Two 30 minute sessions to clinic with a representative from Oracle for One-on-One assistance.
Sign up in advance, when you register, or at Booth 7-8 in the Food Court. Click here to register.

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. 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 - Schedule Acceleration Techniques
Projects often run late, either due to work variances or predictions of future risk events’ impact. In both cases, in order to meet commitments the schedule must be “crashed” in an attempt to accelerate remaining work to recover from delays. Traditionally, project acceleration is an arduous trial and error process, with the team accepting the first version of a modified plan that meets the target dates. Often, this “crashing” process causes significant collateral damage to the schedule in terms of unrealistic expectations of concurrent work, significant reductions in float, and overworked team members. During this session, we will review commonly utilized methods for crashing schedules, their strengths and weaknesses, and discuss best practices for project acceleration. Presented by Jarod Maloney, Senior Solutions Engineer, Deltek

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 Mary Williams

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
This presentation reviews the unique methods and tools for CPM schedule analysis and optimization available in the Spider Project software. These include calculation of advanced schedule analysis metrics such as Drag, Flex, and Super Float; automatic adjustment of activity duration for schedule optimization; and creation of the optimal project schedule that takes into account the resource, material supply, space, and financial constraints. Presented by Victoria Shavyrina, PMP and Vladimir Liberzon, PMP, GPSF, GCMF of Spider Project Team.

MON26 - Using Schedules for Loss of Productivity Claims
Construction projects are fraught with disputes and litigation, especially loss of productivity disputes. Two new tools will be presented in this talk that will help both avoid and resolve such disputes. The first is the new “ASCE Standard to Identify, Quantify, and Prove Loss of Productivity Claims”. The CPM Conference audience will have a “sneak peak” of this new protocol, which is the first such document to achieve ANSI Standard designation. We will also introduce the new, powerful “Build on Vision” software tool that can quickly and thoroughly diagnose schedules and identify problematic project plans. Both tools can be used for “front-end planning” as well as forensic reviews. Presented by Dr. William Ibbs, University of California, Berkeley

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. 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 - Better Planning with Open Plan
Finding good planners is becoming increasing difficult. Deltek Open Plan helps teams improve schedule quality and deliver medium-to-large and/or multiple projects on time and on budget. With multi-project analysis, critical path planning, resource management and risk analysis, join us for this session to discover how Open Plan caters to the differing needs of business, resource and project managers. Seeing is believing, and scheduling just got whole lot easier! Presented by Rob Edwards, Product Director, Deltek

MON33 - Introduction to Phase Manager
There’s nothing quite so effective as a phase book or phase document for clearly and easily communicating the construction project plan, schedule and work rate, by phases, right on the site plan. Fabien Gaboriau, experienced planning manager, presents three different case studies, how it is easy and powerful to use Phase Manager to create a dynamic phasing book.

MON34 - Gaining Competitive Advantage
Artificial Intelligence (AI) can play a pivotal role in one of the highest-risk and most competitive areas for contractors — before construction begins. By using AI, risk intelligence (RI) and advanced cost/schedule forecasting, a company can quickly gain competitive advantage and protect against margin erosion. Presented by Keith Anderson of InEight.

MON35 - Managing and Communicating Project Challenges Through Linear Planning
TILOS is the distance based planning tool used globally for alignment based projects. It connects the geography and constructability issues of a project with the schedule (what is built, when and where), and allows the users to view the entire construction execution scope. TILOS integrates data from engineering, surveying, environmental, regulatory, and construction into a comprehensive plan. Presented by Daniel Cadena

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 - What Arbitrators look for in Scheduling Experts
Presented by Richard H. Steen, Esq. Mr. Steen has more than 30 years experience in ADR and the construction industry, including claims and disputes valued in the billions of dollars on public and private projects worldwide. He has been selected and has served as an arbitrator or mediator in more than 1500 disputes in a wide variety of commercial, construction, professional liability and insurance matters. Will he find YOU persuasive?


MON43 - Next Level Schedule Analytics and Automation
Automation, Bots, AI and Machine Learning are disrupting the CPM scheduling landscape and fixing problems that only computers can fix. Learn how the Construction CPM Scheduling community is being impacted by technology and how to manage through this change. Presented by Michael Pink of SmartPM

MON44 - How to Make Sense of Advanced Work Packaging (AWP) Learn how AWP truly does align all planning disciplines to help drive execution efficiency. This presentation details the building blocks from Construction Work Areas to engineering, procurement and construction work packages, all the way to the workface daily execution steps (otherwise known as Installation Work Packages). Presented by Paul Self, Executive Vice President of Project Planning & Scheduling Solutions, InEight

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 - A CLEAN SLATE: Building a Scheduling Program from the Ground Up
What would you do if you were given the opportunity to build the scheduling program at a major construction company from scratch? Would you: Use Primavera P6 or take a chance on another scheduling program? Hire schedulers or train Project Managers and Superintendents? Truly build a program from scratch or implement what you have done elsewhere? It sounds like the dream opportunity, but be careful what you wish for. In April of 2019 this speaker was given just that opportunity. This presentation will chronicle the entire process of building a comprehensive scheduling program and department from inception through institution, examining all of the choices, roadblocks, pitfalls, failures, and successes encountered along the way. Presented by Jeff Milo, PSP | Senior Scheduling Manager of Landmark Construction, LLC. and 2019/2020 Chair, AACE Planning & Scheduling Subcommittee

TUE00 - Tuesday Keynotes
by Kyle Phillips of AGC
- What Contractors Need from Schedulers
by Gui Ponce de Leon, PhD, LEED AP, PE, PMP - Software Should Serve the Project
Remarks - on Specialty Tracks and Evening Events by Fred Plotnick

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 Dan Lund III of Phelps Dunbar

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 - Differentiate Yourself and Charge More for Scheduling Services
Presented by Dan Carimanico of Caramanico Maguire Associates, Sales Force Training & Development.

TUE14 - Connecting Cost, Schedule, and BIM
The relationship between scope, cost, and schedule has been called the iron triangle of project management, yet the construction industry continues to struggle in managing these basic fundamentals. Attend this session to learn what Oracle Construction and Engineering is doing to solve this industry problem with Primavera P6, Primavera Cloud, Aconex Connected Cost, and Aconex Models. Presented by Scott Esposito of Oracle

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

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 - Critical Path Analysis with Oracle P6; Hidden Features
Learn to perform Critical Path analysis with P6. Many features and tools exist to make this task easier. Using the software live, see how to handle multiple milestones and multiple calendars. Understand what’s important to display, and what’s not. Format reports to display the critical paths in simple and effective fashion. Presented by by Jonathan Japka, PMP

TUE23 - How to complete a 4 hour planning session in 40 minutes
Analysis of a schedule has always been overwhelming for non-schedulers especially when the schedule has countless activities. This presentation showcases how to summarize large schedules involving 10,000+ activities from P6 or MS Project to effectively communicate schedule-related issues that can be readily understood by senior management and executives. Presented by Reniz Moosa PMP of PMA Consultants.

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. Presented by Greg McFarlane and Chris McKee of Capo Projects Group

TUE26 - Connecting CPM and Lean Scheduling
Construction productivity has remained stagnate for decades, while manufacturing productivity has nearly doubled in the same frame. Oracle Construction & Engineering introduced the first integrated Critical Path Method and Lean Scheduling solution to specifically address this problem. Attend this session to learn how effective collaboration results in more predictable, reliable, and productive construction projects. Presented by Mark Jenkins of Oracle

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

TUE31 - Latest on AACE 29RP-03
There is LOT of NEWS
Presented by Kenji Hoshino, Chris Carson, and others of the Committee

TUE32 - Steve’s Scheduling-Innovation Workshop
Join Steve for an interesting session of untamed ideas that could shape the future of scheduling. He will demonstrate a couple of his past scheduling inventions, share a couple of his new ideas, and open the floor to audience critique and brainstorming. He’ll lead a discussion among this unique group of scheduling experts to innovate and solve some of our industry’s problems. Steve may return next year with a few of your ideas and feedback developed into new working prototypes. We won’t see different results until we try things we’ve never tried before. Presented by Steve Moore of Robins & Morton

TUE33 - Project Risk Analysis Secrets and Tricks
Are we capable to accurately predict the risks affecting project schedules? How do we determine realistic cost and duration of the project while taking into account all risks? What if project risks affect not only cost and schedule, but safety, security, quality, and other project objectives? How do we determine if risk should be mitigated? This presentation will help you to answer these and other questions related to project risk analysis. Based real-life examples you will learn simple steps how to perform project risk analysis and establish meaningful risk analysis process in your organization. Presented by Lev Virine of RiskyProject

TUE34 - Cost and Schedule Integration
Setting separate targets for cost and schedule makes project decision making complex and not reliable. In our presentation we will discuss setting integrated project success criterion and requirements to the schedule model that may help to optimize project management decisions basing on both cost and schedule considerations. Presented by Vladimir Liberzon, PMP, GPSF, GCMF, Augustin Purnus, PMP, and Liubov Guzhova of Spider Project Team.

TUE35 - What’s New in Scheduling
Discover what’s new in Oracle Construction and Engineering's planning and scheduling offerings. By attending this session, you will • Learn the advantage of the scheduling innovations being delivered by Oracle to improve project performance. • See how Oracle combines both CPM and Lean scheduling methodologies to more reliably deliver projects on time and under budget. • Understand what’s ahead for Oracle Primavera Cloud and P6 as we share our scheduling roadmap. Presented by Jen Coyle of Oracle

TUE36 - Why your linear project needs linear schedules and how to create from your CPM
Linear Schedules, offer an effective and visual representation of project schedules. An entire project schedule can be represented on a single Linear Schedule page, yet still identify production rates, sequencing, conflicts, resourcing and physical constraints across the entire project. There are several methods for producing Linear Schedules that help improve schedule communication and analysis to the wider audience of project stakeholders. By using the authors 20yrs of experience, this presentation using Turbo-Chart, offers a practical method of extending traditional CPM schedules to produce Linear Schedules. Tips and techniques on using this method to help planners and schedulers to improve scheduling outcomes will also be presented. Presented by Santosh Bhat

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

TUE41 - Anticipated Hot Topics in Construction Law for the 2020s
Now that we are starting the Twenty-Twenties, many current and future topics in construction law are expected to trend during the next ten years, including insurance issues, arbitration issues, surety bond issues, and others. Come hear attorney Martha Curtis of the Sher Garner law firm in New Orleans discuss what those hot construction topics are anticipated to be in the next decade and how to prepare for them in your practice. Presented by Martha Curtis of Sher Garner Cahill Richter Klein & Hilbert, LLC

TUE42 - Construction Phasing for a Bid, Execution Plan or Claim
Phase documents are used as a tool to communicate throughout the life of the project: Public consultation phase, Bids and proposals, To stakeholders during construction, during claims. Fabien Gaboriau, experienced planning manager, presents different real case studies done with Phase Manager.

TUE43 - Construction Project Planning – The Sequel
Effective construction project planning begins and ends with the efforts of the project team. The project team must have a thorough understanding of the scope and technical requirements in the contract documents in order to develop a complete and accurate project baseline schedule. This presentation will focus on the necessary elements of project planning and the actions required by the project team to translate that planning into an effective Time Management tool. How well the project team develops the project plan will contribute to the on-time success or failure of the project. Presented by Edward E. (Ted) Douglas III, CCP, PSP, FAACE, Honorary Life Member

TUE44 - Dissecting the New Microsoft Project in the Cloud
The new Project has evolved into a more sophisticated planning solution that can manage large construction projects while managing cost-benefits in relation to the market. Find out how one of the largest construction companies in the world leveraged Microsoft Project for process planning, resource management, and portfolio optimization. Presented by Leo Nogueira of Prosperi

TUE45 - Latest Happenings with the Statewide Enterprise Scheduling System
Using an Enterprise P6 System to Manage Transportation Agency Projects Statewide Case study on how a transportation agency took control of $3B in yearly construction contracts statewide. Come hear about how the enterprise system is set up, what it does, how it was implemented, how it was used, and how we encouraged usage by agency employees, contractors, and consultants. You will learn about the high level reporting that is performed, how we maintain quality schedules, and the daily operations that are performed to help manage the projects. You will also learn about training programs that are conducted and lessons learned. Presented by Sherif Elkhouly and Matthew Freih of AECOM

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
This session is focused on Primavera P6 EPPM/PPM Database and System Administrators and will provide database considerations for your P6 implementation. We will discuss tips and tricks you can use to troubleshoot, improve and/or stabilize your environment. Our focus will be on the latest 18.8.x and 19.12.x on-premise releases of P6 EPPM using Oracle Database, but will also include discussions and considerations including Microsoft SQL Server and other versions of P6. Presented by Carl Meilahn of Oracle

WED03 - 2020 Cloud Priorities and Vision for Project CIOs
If your enterprise has Cloud priorities top of mind and wants to turbo charge their vision for 2020, then you won’t want to miss this! With over 20 years of hosting Cloud-based software we figured it made sense to share our knowledge and expertise with Project CIOs to help get their Cloud priorities set and streamline their visions for the start of the new year. Our presentation will share ideas on how LoadSpring Solutions is aligning with the needs of IT and project teams worldwide while also assisting with selecting the perfect cloud type and cloud hosting provider, which are critical to digital transformation success. Additional topics to peak your interest include:
How selecting the perfect cloud and specialized cloud hosting provider can accelerate your digital transformation
What are the top Cloud priorities of CIOs and IT teams for mega-project organizations
How do you maximize project performance and investment via the Cloud
Presented by Jim Smith, Executive Vice President – Cloud Solutions at LoadSpring Solutions




Wednesday, 9:25 AM to 10:40 AM

WED12 - Program and Portfolio Management Best Practices
It all comes down to: Are you doing the right projects for your organization? Learn how Oracle Construction & Engineering is enabling companies to deliver value through a strategy-first approach to selecting the optimum set of investments. By combining repeatable governance processes, and consistent evaluation metrics with the ability to capture and analyze all relevant data, Portfolio and Program Planning can enable organizations to achieve strategic goals and deliver value. From choosing investment proposals, funding strong business cases, performing “what-if” scenarios, and analyzing performance progress, Portfolio Management guides organizations to strategically prioritize, plan, and execute enterprise portfolios. Presented by Kristin Desha of Oracle

WED13 - Resource Constrained Scheduling Challenges
Project schedule model is the tool for informed decision making that shall answer to any what if question. In this presentation we will discuss problems, methods and tools for creating, scheduling and analyzing project schedule model that takes into account all existing constraints and assigned resource properties. Presented by Vladimir Liberzon, PMP, GPSF, GCMF, Augustin Purnus, PMP, and Liubov Guzhova of Spider Project Team.




Wednesday, 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM

WED21 - The Nuts and Bolts of Collapsed As Built
While Collapsed As-Built analysis has not enjoyed the same popularity and acceptance as other methods, there are still situations where it is a viable choice for the analyst. While AACE International’s Recommended Practice 29R-03 defines the process and the expectations of analyst performance, its description of each step of the procedure is general in nature. Additionally, because Collapsed As-Built analysis is not as widely used as Windows or Additive methods, there is not a wealth of material available to the analyst performing such an analysis for the first time. This presentation will outline practical methods for preparing a pre-collapsed model from an As Built schedule; for dealing with out of sequence progress; and for making a staged collapse to determine relative impact of differing issues. Presented by Greg Hall of Kiewit Corporation.

WED22 - Real Time Coordination - USA to Australia - Two Continents - One Team
We have set out the logic of what needs to be done but must now coordinate when is best to be done. This often requires coordination from teams in different locations, across town or across the globe. See how PMA NetPoint allows detail coordination, "what ifs," and compromise in this live action session. Presented by Tim Mather of PMA

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 - Oracle Town Hall on Next Generation of Scheduling
We will start the session off with a panel discussion listening to industry experts discuss exciting new trends and technologies that are transforming the construction industry including AI & BIM. The second half of the session will be a town hall type forum where Primavera experts are on hand to answer ANY questions you have related to the Primavera products and strategy. We would love to hear your feedback and suggestions including the good , the bad, and the ugly! Presented by Eileen Shurmann

WED25 - 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


Wednesday, 1:45 PM to 3:00 PM

WED31 - Ethics and the Expert
A Panel Discussion Led by Judge Marshall

WED32 - Elecosoft Roadmap/TownHall
Asta Powerproject & More

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 - Delay Analysis – Valuable Tool or Black Magic?
Construction delays are common. Given that CPM scheduling is not new and scheduling tools are very advanced, you would think that the analysis of delays would be relatively simple and straightforward – but it is not! Is Delay Analysis a Valuable Tool or merely Black Magic? Learn why! Presented by Brian Van Lenten of HK>A

WED35 - Modeling how Project Managers Typically React to Schedule Overruns
It is common to find that project owners, contractors and managers react to prospective schedule overruns by adding resources to try to make up time. This behavior leads to more cost overruns as it moderates (hopefully) the schedule overruns. However, analysts typically model the current plan as if the manager will not react if the schedule is jeopardized. This is not realistic. When simulating a project schedule the analyst needs to have a way to represent the manager’s response to delays at the beginning or during execution, when there is still time to preserve the schedule. Conditional branching can represent the project manager’s response to a schedule event such as the detailed engineering’s ending later than anticipated. Unless this can seamlessly be translated to a schedule overrun without penalty, something must be done.
During a Monte Carlo simulation conditional branching can test for missing a detailed engineering finish date. Depending on that test, a branch of the schedule that models the management decision as anticipated is chosen. In the case study, a conditional branch is modeled with 2 possible plans. “Plan A” is the original schedule, “Plan B” has schedule logic and more resources than Plan A, leading to a somewhat shorter execution schedule. Using Conditional Branching, if the condition is met (detailed engineering finishes more than 1 month longer than planned) then Plan A is disabled, leaving the recovery Plan B to be followed. If the condition is not met, then Plan B is disabled leaving the baseline Plan A in place. The richness of the possible responses to schedule risk events will be discussed.
Presented by David T. Hulett, Ph.D., FAACE of Hulett & Associates, LLC, and Michael Trumper, MBA of Intaver Institute.


Wednesday, 3:20 PM to 4:25 PM

WED41 - The Great Debate Part Three
Dilemma of the Prospective Time Impact Analysis

The CPM schedule is frequently perceived, not as a tool to manage a project, but as a sword to attack and a shield to defend during disputes between Owners and Contractors. This perception comes to light during the submission and evaluation of prospective (forward-looking) time impact analyses (TIAs) for extension of the contract performance period as the result of delay. While the timely processing of time extensions is essential to good project management, the submission of a prospective time impact analysis (TIA) highlights many differences between contractors and owners in their perception of delay, concurrency, and equitable adjustment.
This session will pick up where the AACE 2019 Great Debate: The Contract Schedule – Owners vs. Contractors left off: with a contractor’s scheduling manager and an owner’s representative discussing and comparing their interests, goals, actions, and approach to preparing and evaluating TIAs. This debate will include such topics as timely time extensions, estimated impacts (fragnets), TIA methodology, actual progress, concurrency and pacing. Although presented in the format of a debate, the goal of this session is not to determine a winner, but to observe differences and reach agreement (or at least an understanding) surrounding shared goals and viable solutions that benefit both parties. The continuing theme of these debates is that a properly utilized CPM schedule is a tool – not a contest – that should serve the interests of both owner and contractor. Moderated by Presented by Jeff Milo, PSP | Senior Scheduling Manager of Landmark Construction, LLC. and 2019/2020 Chair, AACE Planning & Scheduling Subcommittee
Attendees are invited to continue the discussion beyond the end of this last Construction CPM Conference 2020 session at our American Kitchen Bar near the B Resort Lobby.

WED42 - Resource Driven Projects: Challenges, Opportunities, and Success Stories From a Contractors Point of View
Resource Driven Projects present a unique set of challenges that must be faced when developing and managing the schedule. What processes and techniques can be used to successfully complete these types of projects? In this session, we will look at how you can leverage these challenges to create opportunities and complete the project successfully. Presented by Josh Wollan of Zachry Construction.

WED43 - Schedule Simulation – The Lego Experience

WED44 - Effective Document Management
Oracle has always understood that effective document management is a critical element in delivering successful projects – central to both Unifier and Aconex are their document control capabilities. Come hear how Oracle stays true to this understanding today, and how Oracle is leveraging technologies such as AI and machine learning so that even as projects become bigger and more complex, teams can still effectively manage documents ensuring success.



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