CALL FOR PAPERS FOR 2023

We are again accepting proposals to present for our LIVE 2023 Conference

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".

PROGRAM and ABSTRACTS for 2023

For an Overview of 2023 Sessions, click here    -- for past conferences click here
Many of these and many other presentations have been pre-recorded for viewing online during the pandemic
To view Please click here Then click the Presentation to enjoy. Additional content for many of the presentations is provided below each presentation including biography of presenter, PDF of slides, optional white paper and recording of live 2022 Virtual CCC Zoom Q&A sessions.


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

MON00 - Welcome by Fred Plotnick -- and Opening Keynote Session by Shoshanna Fraizinger, CCP, PMP, President-Elect of AACE


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

MON11 - Theory and Practice

MON12 - What’s New with Oracle (Invited)

MON13 - What's New with Deltek (Invited)

MON14 - Desktop Software Track

MON15 - BIM BAM BUM
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 - More Theory and Practice
Become a Better Superintendent – Learn to Speak Scheduler
Field Superintendents are basically integrators. Reporting to them they have direct employees, sub-contractors, and vendors, to name a few. On a day-to-day basis Superintendents are responsible for coordinating the actions of these disparate stakeholders to produce a physical result. Superintendents report to Project Managers who have contractual authority over all the stakeholders who report to the Superintendent. Constant personal contact is not sufficient to accomplish the extensive coordination required to achieve the goals of the project. On the best run projects a network analysis schedule is used to convey the intentions of the Project Manager/Superintendent reducing the need for constant communication.
Given their critical position in the executing organization, what does the Superintendent need to know about schedule preparation and maintenance? How do they ensure their intentions are reliably represented in the schedule so they can be conveyed to the stakeholders that report to them? On a periodic basis are they providing the right information to the Project Manager to understand the state of the project? If the project goes “off the rails” has the Superintendent maintained sufficient documentation to support a claim?
Presented by John Buziak, PE,PSP of Critical Path Mechanics, LLC

MON18 - Oracle Primavera One-on-One Clinic
Two 30 minute sessions to clinic with a representative from TBD 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 - TBD

MON22 - 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™.

MON23 - 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 Deltek

MON24 - TBD

MON25 - TBD

MON26 - Scheduling Best Practices
Presented by Jim Zack


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

MON31 - GAO Schedule Assessment Guide (Invited)
Come learn of the 10 Best Practices and 4 Required Characteristics of an acceptable schedule, as suggested by the GAO.

MON32 - 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™.

MON33 - 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 - TBD

MON34 - TBD

MON35 - TBD

MON36 - TBD


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

MON41 - SmartPM

MON42 - Migrating Desktop/Server to Cloud

MON43 - Deltek

MON44 - TBD

MON45 - TBD

MON46 - TBD


TUE00 - Tuesday Keynotes
by TBD

and TBD
Remarks - on Specialty Tracks and Evening Events by Fred Plotnick

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

TUE11 - Litigation Track Keynoteby Dan Lund

TUE12 - Comparing P6 Server to P6 Cloud
by Jeff Milo

TUE13 - The Future of Scheduling by Steve Moore
Throughout my career, I have scheduled billions of dollars of work across the United States, for various contractors. Through over a decade of dedicated project controls experience, I have learned to understand and appreciate the wisdom of standard industry practices and theory. I have also witnessed tremendous challenges and shortcomings when applying these principles to reality. These workflows are often held together by imports, exports, work-arounds, and custom spreadsheets. I have tested many tools and systems aimed at bridging these gaps, but which increase complexity and workload. We need tools and methods that bring it all together in a less-disjointed fashion.

TUE14 - TBD

TUE15 - TBD

TUE16 - TBD


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

TUE21 - Challenging the Expert
Panel Discussion including Christopher W. Carson, CEP DRMP PSP FAACE and Dr. Stephen P. Warhoe, PE CCP CFCC FAAC
While developing the expert analysis report is a significant task, testifying about the conclusions drawn from that report can be even more stressful and carries the risk of undermining the report or possibly even disqualification as an expert. Most experts take the time to examine potential mistakes or weaknesses in their approach to testimony, but every attorney has their own approach to questioning the expert.

TUE22 - Practical Use of Oracle's P6 Cloud
A "How To" Tutorial

TUE23 - TBD

TUE24 - TBD

TUE25 - TBD

TUE26 - TBD


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

TUE31 - Latest on AACE 29RP-03 (Invited)

TUE32 - Demonstration of Oracle's P6 Cloud
A Case History

TUE33 - TBD

TUE34 - TBD

TUE35 - TBD

TUE36 - TBD


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

TUE41 - Jim Zack on Differing Site Conditions
The Differing Site Conditions clause is one of the oldest clauses used in construction contracts, having been created by the U.S. Federal government in 1926. It is generally accepted that the object of the clause is to transfer the risk of latent site conditions to the owner, thus enticing contractors to reduce their contingency cost at the time of bid. The promise of the clause is that if the contractor encounters a “materially different” condition during the execution of the work, the owner will compensate the contractor for the resulting cost and/or time. For 90+ years this standard clause has been used widely in both public and private contracts. Most practitioners in the construction industry think they know what the clause means and how it operates. Over the years, Courts and Boards of Contract Appeals have been slowing changing the interpretation of risk allocation under the clause. A series of Court and Board cases have increased the contractor’s risk concerning differing site conditions. This presentation will discuss the definition of a differing site condition and why there is a need for a Differing Site Conditions clause in a construction contract.

TUE42 - Introduction to Oracle's Task Management Solution

TUE43 - TBD

TUE44 - TBD

TUE45 - TBD

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 - Primavera P6 EPPM Database Administrators' Tips & Tricks (Invited)
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 TBD of Oracle

WED03 - TBD

WED04 - TBD

WED05 - TBD

WED06 - TBD


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 TBD of Oracle

WED13 - TBD

WED14 - TBD

WED15 - TBD

WED16 - TBD


Wednesday, 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM

WED21 - Litigation Expert Track - Survey of Judicial Acceptance of 29RP-03
A survey of different state and federal jurisdictions’ acceptance and use of 29R-03 and/or the specific methodologies referenced therein, including spcific cases and how the applicable court or arbitration panel handled applied the "recommended practice."

WED22 - Oracle Town Hall on Next Generation of Scheduling

WED23 - TBD

WED24 - TBD

WED25 - TBD

WED26 - TBD


Wednesday, 1:45 PM to 3:00 PM

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

WED32 - TBD

WED33 - Elecosoft Roadmap/TownHall
Asta Powerproject & More

WED34 - TBD

WED35 - 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.

WED36 - TBD

Wednesday, 3:20 PM to 4:25 PM

WED41 - The Great Debate Part Four

WED42 - Effective Document Management by Oracle

WED43 - Deltek Roadmap and TownHall

WED44 - TBD

WED45 - Learning with LEGOs by Ben Crosby
continued session

WED46 - TBD

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THANK YOU FOR ATTENDING OUR CONSTRUCTION CPM CONFERENCE 2023

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