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 Track
The Top Ten Worst Situations With Proven Project Controls Solutions

Many situations occur in project delivery which appear to be unmanageable or impossible to resolve, and the authors have a long history of experience in successfully pulling off resolution of what appear to be impossible or very difficult situations. These situations range from project problems that arise from Owner or Contractor actions or inactions, or even third-party interference, and risk negative impacts to the project goals. Some of these were projects where the authors were brought in after the CM team recognized that they were in trouble and some were projects that the authors participated as team members and provided the solutions.
Participants in this session will benefit from listening to ten good war stories about difficult situations, and hearing proven practical solutions that should give them insight into resolving similar issues in their own careers. These are not hypothetical solutions but rather actual issues and solutions that were implemented to successfully resolve real problems.
The authors, Christopher W. Carson, CEP DRMP PSP FAACE and Glen R. Palmer, CFCC PSP FAACE, have classified these situations so they can serve as a library of typical types of project issues with solid and workable solutions. This should be an interesting paper and a fun presentation session presented by two AACE Fellows with many years of successful implementation of practical solutions.

MON12 - What’s New with Oracle (Invited)

MON13 - What's New with Deltek (Invited)

MON14 - Elecosoft TBD

MON15 - Desktop Software Track
Really Understanding Microsoft Project

Microsoft Project (MSP) CPM scheduling software has long been the ‘darling’ of IT industries but now many construction contracts are 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. We can show you how to make this task easier.
The good news is that you can ‘make’ MSP 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 other status-oriented scheduling software. Presented by Ron Winter

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 - What Arbitrators Look for in Scheduling Experts
Presented by Richard H. Steen, Esq., who has has more than 40 years of 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 2000 disputes in a wide variety of commercial, construction, professional liability and insurance matters. Will he find YOU persuasive?

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 - Elecosoft Track

MON25 - Really Understanding Microsoft Project
by Ron Winter

MON26 - Scheduling Best Practices
Presented by Jim Zack


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

MON31 - GAO Schedule Assessment Guide
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

MON34 - Elecosoft TBD

MON35 - TBD

MON36 - WHY SHOULD I DO THAT? - WHY SHOULDN’T I DO THAT?
A DISCUSSION ON COMMON SCHEDULING PRACTICES

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 hot topics will be explored.
Presented by Charles V. Choyce, Jr., MRICS, PSP, CM-LEAN, PMP, CFCC, Managing Director, BRG,
Benjamin Crosby, CCM, CM-LEAN, CM-BIM, LEED AP, Director, VDC, The Yates Companies,
Anton Sibrin, PSP, MBA, CM-LEAN, Senior Managing Consultant, BRG
Drew Polahar, PSP, Senior Schedule Manager, Blaine Construction Co.


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

MON41 - Construction Schedule Oversight and Analytics Using SmartPM
With all the innovation happening within commercial construction, delays & overruns remain the most intractable problem in the industry, resulting in over a trillion dollars of waste annually. Enter the CPM schedule, and more importantly, the data behind it. SmartPM is an AI-powered schedule analytics software that captures and utilizes the data within CPM schedules to transform complex and abstract data into straight-forward, accurate, and concise reporting of crucial factors driving construction projects. This presentation includes a detailed analysis of the SmartPM data gathered from over 20,000 CPM schedules, correlating industry challenges to their solution which lies within the schedule: its data. The audience will gain insight into the key factors that drive construction projects and how the schedule and project controls can give project teams the information they need to avoid the common issues many project teams face.

MON42 - Migrating Desktop/Server to Cloud

MON43 - Deltek

MON44 - Elecosoft TBD
Spider Project is a powerful professional project management tool for successful projects and portfolio delivery. It supports all traditional methods and offers unique approaches and functions that have no analogues in other software packages: Resource-constrained schedule optimization, corporate norms, parallel budgets, trend analysis and many others. This presentation demonstrates a unique approach for schedule development and project control based on Success Driven Project Management methodology and Spider Project's unique features.
Presented by Alex Lyaschenko

MON45 - Spider Project
A "How to Use" tutorial on this Advanced Yet Easy-to-Learn software.

MON46 - Scheduling for Subcontractors
Scheduling for Subcontractors is a very different type of scheduling than that performed for Owners or General Contractors. In many ways, the very nature of the schedules and the tools and measurements used to create, monitor, and evaluate a CPM schedule for a subcontractor is entirely different than that used for an Owner or General Contractor.
This presentation explores the nature of those differences in a construction environment. It has advice and insights that are applicable to those who deal with subcontractors as well those who schedule or wish to schedule for this unique type of challenging work. Presented by Ron Wonter.


TUE00 - Tuesday Keynote
by Dr. Dan Patterson on What Else Can a Scheduler Do?

and 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 by 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 -- 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.

TUE16 - Soon We Will Not Be Able to Build Anything
The Unsustainable Cost Escalation of Large Constriction Projects in Europe and North America
In last decades cost of large capital projects in North America continue to grow and, in some cases, reached astronomical levels. The recent examples include 2 miles East Side Access project in New York for $11.1B and California High-Speed Rail for $93.5B. Many projects are significantly behind budget. Significant escalation of capital cost in North America threatens overall economy as well as ability to maintain infrastructure. At the same time infrastructure projects in Asia and developing countries does not seem to be affected by cost escalation issues at the same extent. What is behind this cost escalation problem? Is it only cost of labor and materials in North America? What is the role of complex regulatory and approval rules in North America? Do project estimators correctly account for risk and uncertainties in such projects? Maybe they intentionally underestimate certain risks to get the projects approved? Or they make mental errors in the process of cost estimation? The main question is how to fix this cost escalation epidemic? Presented by Glen Palmer and Lev Virine.


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 - Construction Photography
Communicating and ‘proving’ the current construction jobsite status is difficult to do in prose. Pictures are often far more effective as they have the potential to present more information than any other medium. Problematically, they often fail to fully realize their potential in documenting the construction process.
The problem arises when the photographer does not understand how to identify and compose a good picture. Other times, the failure comes from just losing the important information due to lack of organization or proper documentation of where and when the photo was taken.
Project schedulers have the inside track on becoming excellent jobsite photographers. All that they need is a better understanding of the equipment and techniques required to take and maintain terrific photos in the harsh environment of construction.
Presented by Ron Winter

TUE24 - Micro Planner X-Pert
CPM with Points of Time (i-j or similar to old ADM) is still alive. Join developer Raf Dua on the benefits.

TUE25 - TBD

TUE26 - No More Schedule Update Meetings
Following his “CPM is broken” presentation from 2020, Daniel Soliman is back to show you how real-time schedule updates can lead us to a world of bliss without expensive, stressful, and inefficient schedule update meetings. Fully remote is finally an option, with more free time.


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

TUE31 - Latest on AACE 29RP-03
Kenji is Back With The Future of the RP.

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 - Project Critical Path Drag
When project managers are not ready to accept a Critical Path calculation as a baseline schedule, they need a metric that could help them to optimise the plan. Project Critical Path DRAG metric provides answers to the fundamental questions: - If we want to shorten the project duration, where to start? - Where should we add resources? - Where should we cut scope? - What will the effect be of such actions on the schedule and cost?
Presented by Alex Lyaschenko

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 - GAO Guideline on Agile Scheduling
You may have enjoyed the session on GAO Assessment of CPM Scheduling. This is the next step for Guidelines and Assessment for Agile Scheduling. Presented by Jennifer V. Leotta of the US GAO.

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." Presented by Chad Hershman of HinkleyAllen

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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