8:00 am Chair’s Opening Remarks

8:10 am Keynote: Outlining the Potential for Automated Processes to Tackle Schedule Consolidation

Synopsis

  • Identifying the status quo: where is the most room for improving the efficiency, speed, and quality of construction planning and scheduling?
  • Benchmarking automation as a tool to overcome schedule consolidation: its application in our role
  • Debating the emerging role of planners and schedulers: the importance of humanity in a technology-focused world

 

Enhancing Communication & Reporting

9:00 am Enhancing Innovation & Humanization of the Schedule: End-User Friendly Reporting

Synopsis

Outlining the gap in schedule understanding: appreciating the needs and the importance of specific metrics to your end user
• Identifying flaws in current schedule reporting: what software pieces are available and what ways are there to present schedule data outside of P6?
• Principles to consider when dash-boarding your schedule: how can you make it more “human” for your end user in a way that isn’t too labor intensive?

9:40 am Alice Technologies Presentation – TBC

Synopsis

ALICE allows you to better understand your construction schedule so you can bid more aggressively, win more bids, and amaze your customers throughout the construction process. ALICE gives you insight into what an optimal schedule looks like on your project to help your project finish faster and get operational sooner.

10:10 am Speed Networking & Morning Refreshments

11:10 am Analyzing Root Causes of Identifying & Communicating Delays

  • Gabriel Daley Director of Contract Change Management, Flatiron Construction

Synopsis

  • Discussing the contractual root causes of conflicting delay analyses: what is a delay, and what does the contract say?
  • Revealing the contractual implications of delays: how to identify and quantify them?
  • Hearing examples of where contractual due diligence has resulted in causing or avoiding project delays

11:40 am
Improving Speed & Accuracy of Monitoring & Updates

11:50 am Monitoring KPIs to Maintain Optimal Schedule Health & Accurate Progress Measurement

  • Rob Sepanek Director of Centralized Planning & Scheduling, The Beck Group

Synopsis

  • Outlining the performance indicators and metrics available on your project for use to measure your schedule’s health & progress
  • Debating how to identify the most influential KPIs on your build for well-informed decision making
  • Exploring the types of tools available to monitor and compare schedules: how do you know what is right for your project?

12:30 pm Networking Lunch

1:30 pm Panel: Leveraging Real-Time Data Collection & Analysis for More Accurate & Efficient Schedule Monitoring

Synopsis

  • Revealing the challenges caused by a lack of clarity on labor and resourcing onsite: what impact does ineffective workforce monitoring have on your schedule?
  • Exploring the potential of real time data collection: to what extent are solutions available, utilized, and what is the ROI?
  • Discussing the capacity of tools for analyzing and reporting onsite data for greater schedule understanding: hearing the benefits of greater visibility on real time project metrics both in the present, and the future

2:00 pm Sharing Best Practice for Maintaining the Integrity of Your Schedule

Synopsis

  • Exploring the challenges in maintaining schedule integrity: user experience, abuses of software, and consolidation pressures
  • Discussing how to influence culture and process to ensure a feasible and accurate schedule
  • Tips and tricks for monitoring a schedule: guidelines to follow to maintain integrity

2:10 pm
Investing in Planning for Enhanced Delivery

2:40 pm Roundtable Discussion: Improving Stakeholder Buy-In during Pre-Planning for a Risk-Adverse Schedule

Synopsis

  • Divide into stakeholder types: owners, contractors, and subcontractors.
  • Identify and discuss barriers to more collaborative planning between you and your stakeholder team: how can you, and they, adapt?
  • Share with the room group by group, and consider how your organization could strategize a more proactive planning process on future projects.

3:10 pm Afternoon Refreshments

3:50 pm Evaluating Contract Types to Promote & Incentivize Planning Collaboration

Synopsis

  • Dissecting different contract types and their influence on collaborative planning
  • Spotlighting an IPD project to hear how the type of contract promoted a more collaborative planning process for enhanced project success
  • Discussing the use of incentive plans to gain buy-in: should we be relying on them to have invested stakeholders, or is there another way?

4:30 pm Case Study: Establishing a Schedule Execution Plan for your Onsite Team to Improve Efficiency

Synopsis

  • Exploring the relationship between schedulers, superintendents and project managers around on-site decision making: do they understand the schedule in the detail they need to?
  • Presenting the case for more collaborative operational authority between schedulers and boots on the ground
  • Detailing the importance of soft skills in scheduling to ensure a positive site-wide relationship: tips and tricks for success

5:10 pm Chair’s Closing Remarks

5:15 pm End of Conference Day One