7:30 am Chair’s Opening Remarks

  • Gray Childs Planning, Scheduling & Cost Control , DPR Construction

Harnessing Scheduling Processes to Proactively Manage Risk

7:40 am Tracking Supply Chain Challenges That Could Impact Construction Schedules to Better Forecast Potential Delays


• Incorporating material tracking in Critical Path Method to find trends that could disrupt the supply chain on a local, national or global scale
• Deciphering how to have conversations about unexpected delays with owners to collaboratively manage risk
• Assessing the current trajectory of supply chain disruption to incorporate an emergency buffer zone for possible delays

8:20 am Panel: Underlining How COVID-19 Has Impacted the Future of Scheduling: How Will We Deal With the Potential of Unexpected International Emergencies?

  • Ian Blair Strategic Planning Director, Thomas Construction Group
  • Mary Nobe Project Controls Specialist, ZAP Engineering & Construction Services, Inc.
  • Chip Harper Project Scheduling Lead, Permasteelisa
  • Ramtin Malek Senior Associate Scheduling/Claims, Swinerton
  • Joe Moore Principal Project Controls Specialist, Fluor Corporation


• Assessing how contracts should be rewritten without focusing on force majeure to ensure contractors will be compensated for external impact on the job
• Underlining third party influences that may disrupt future schedules to analyze what preventative measures should be taken to stay agile
• Understanding how contractors have been claiming delays and supporting their claims to guarantee vital project extensions

9:00 am Leveraging Historical Data to Identify Risk Factors to Better Forecast Project Milestones


• Standardizing the scheduling process to identify trends from different projects and schedules for greater clarity
• Understanding the performance of previous schedules with data-driven decision making to accurately forecast your float values with external and internal pressures in mind
• Addressing the use of artificial intelligence to accurately automate the collection and analysis of historical data

9:40 am Morning Refreshments

10:20 am Evaluating How Forensic Analysis Can Investigate Data on Your Projects to Assess What, Why & How a Problem Occurred & How Best to Solve It

  • Bill Allen Broadcast Programme Manager, FDH Infrastructure Services, LLC


• Determining how different forensic tools and approaches can be used to address what has happened on a project and how best to rectify this to resolve delay claims
• Tracking all ongoing schedule delays with forensic analysis to come up with an action plan to proactively prevent claims and resolve disputes
• Determining whether onsite activity is on track with the baseline and comparing the analysis to previous weeks to forecast risk ahead of time
• Reviewing the project post-completion and applying this to upcoming projects to mitigate future risks and reduce costs

11:00 am Applying Monte Carlo Simulation to the Schedule to Better Identify Risk on Projects

  • Vidya Dixit Director of Planning & Scheduling, Bernards


• Applying the Monte Carlo analysis to address which issues and constraints should be prioritized on a schedule
• Comparing the Monte Carlo analysis with emerging technologies to ensure that the data collected is trustworthy
• Assessing how artificial intelligence can create a shortcut to managing risk with the Monte Carlo analysis

Reassessing Organizational Processes

11:40 am Developing a Comprehensive Hiring & Training Strategy to Ensure That All Schedulers Have the Requisite Skillset for Success

  • Vicki Whipple Director of Planning & Scheduling, BnBuilders, Inc.


Uncovering the baseline skillset required for schedulers to ensure the right people are getting hired for the job
• Creating a robust training strategy with online tools to enable schedulers of all levels find the best program for their ability and work at
their own pace
• Training field operations on how best to manage, maintain and update schedules to cope with the demand for schedulers

The Future of Scheduling

12:20 pm Lunch Break

1:20 pm Case Study: Standardizing Company Methodologies to Ease Handover of Projects Between Schedulers & Provide Clients With Consistent Communications


• Understanding why standardizing methodologies is essential to improve internal knowledge-sharing
• Providing schedulers with a singular methodology throughout projects to bridge the communication gap so that schedulers can support any project at one time
• Streamlining the adoption of tools across your organization to ensure their use is maximized by all schedulers

2:00 pm Case Study: Implementing Location-Based Scheduling to Strengthen the Compliance of Project Teams & Improve Efficiency in the Field


• Reviewing and analyzing the density of work for a project with a constructability review to identify the location-based process
• Utilizing the wayfinding process with building level maps and named protocols to ensure contractors are familiar with their pre-determined boundaries
• Bringing in the concept of borders with visual markers to visibly define the layout, constraining a common workforce to a particular area

2:40 pm Panel: Addressing Lessons Learned & Best Practices to Maintain Schedule Agility & Proactive Planning


• Assessing best practice to improve collaboration across all stakeholders to improve trust and
transparency on projects
• Evaluating the use of emerging technologies and innovation to cope with the industry’s labor shortage
• Addressing the changing role of planners and schedulers: how can we keep up with the volume of work

3:20 pm Chair’s Closing Remarks & End of Conference

  • Gray Childs Planning, Scheduling & Cost Control , DPR Construction