8:00 am Chair’s Opening Remarks

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

Navigating Supply Chain Disruption

8:10 am Forecasting Considerations for Planners & Schedulers to Help Mitigate Material & Shipping Delays in the Next 6-12 Months

Synopsis

  • Reviewing current industry data and economic forecasts to establish on-going areas of disruption in material lead times and how they will change over the next year
  • Discussing how shipping delays are currently affecting the industry on a national and global scale
  • Exploring ways in which you can incorporate this understanding into scheduling activities to build in the right contingency

8:50 am Panel: Benchmarking Risk Mitigation Strategies to Enhance Accuracy of Future Project Schedules & Ensure Timeliness of Project Completion

  • Steve Camp Executive Vice President - Institutional, Hill & Wilkinson
  • Terry Robertson Scheduling Executive, McCownGordon Construction

Synopsis

  • Discussing the most prolific challenges being faced by schedulers on projects today and how teams have begun to mitigate this across the board
  • Benchmarking the success of various mitigation strategies, from risk avoidance to data analytics to determine the right solution for different project types
  • Using on-going analytics to support project teams get ahead of future potential challenges

10:00 am Morning Refreshments & Speed Networking

Integrating Scheduling Departments Into The Organization

10:40 am Improving Buy-in of Senior Leadership to the Importance of Scheduling Activities to Improve Accountability Within Your Organization

Synopsis

  • Discussing the values of company executives and the return on investment we need to demonstrate for our teams to improve corporate buy in
  • Benchmarking the different metrics that can be used to underline the value of the scheduling discipline to your company’s bottom line
  • Discussing the most impactful actions that can be taken by company executives to support the integration of the scheduling department into the wider organization

11:20 am Enhancing Trust Between Scheduling & Operations to Improve Scheduling Accuracy & Efficiency

  • Andy Dalbom Construction Scheduler, McCownGordon Construction

Synopsis

  • Educating operations on the importance of the schedule and how it can impact their bottom line
  • Integrating and aligning activities of your teams to improve project collaboration between operations and scheduling
  • Understanding how to build more user-friendly schedules to improve accessibility for operations teams

Leveraging Lean Approaches

10:40 am Connecting Lean & CPM Schedules to Improve Project Management

Synopsis

  • Consolidating current processes to identify better ways to manage a project with lean principles
  • Integrating lean planning tools with traditional CPM tools to create a single scheduling source that all project teams can access
  • Exploring lean tools and solutions on the market that can help your organization achieve lean planning

11:20 am Harnessing TAKT Planning to Improve the Flow of Your Schedule

  • Walter Terry Director of Project Controls, Planning & Scheduling, Rudolph & Sletten

Synopsis

  • Outlining the key principles of TAKT planning and exploring the benefits of applying it to different project types
  • Mapping the A-Z flow of activities to create robust, useable TAKT plans with your teams
  • Exploring ways to introduce TAKT planning to your project teams, ensuring they are working toward smaller and more measurable goals to advance productivity

12:30 pm Lunch Break

Fostering the Next Generation of Scheduling Professionals

1:30 pm Identifying the Skillset Required by the Next Generation of Scheduling Talent & How You Can Improve Hiring Strategies to Attract Future Leaders

Synopsis

  • Establishing the key skills of a successful schedulers and how these will evolve over the coming years
  • Discussing the success of current talent pools and considering new avenues to find the new generation of schedulers
  • Considering what more candidates are looking for in the job market today and how we can enhance scheduling roles to align with these factors

2:10 pm Panel: Mapping the Scheduler Career Path to Improve Buy-in & Retention Within Your Department

Synopsis

  • Assessing the current typical career path of a scheduler and how this can differ from company to company
  • Discussing the different pathways to get into scheduling and how we can make this more visible and accessible to prospective candidates
  • Creating a clear pathway for your department to direct training activities and keep your team motivated

Technology Integration

1:30 pm Audience Discussion: Connecting Software Platforms to Successfully Integrate Scheduling Into Project Management

Synopsis

  • Evaluating the primary issues cause by fragmented systems to ensure that VDC teams develop the most critical integrations for your teams
  • Automating data transfer between systems to ensure alignment across all teams
  • Establishing clear expectations between departments of who is expected to update what, when, to maintain clear and transparent communication

2:10 pm Creating a Robust 4D Model to Enhance Task Synchronization & Forecasting

  • Mark Bangs Project Planning Specialist, Dimeo Construction Company

Synopsis

  • Working with VDC teams to integrate schedule data into the model and ensure information accuracy
  • Discussing how to interpret model updates and alter schedules accordingly
  • Benchmarking the best tools and solutions for creating a 4D model and discussing what more is needed to improve efficiency of technology

2:50 pm Afternoon Refreshments

Collaborating With Owners

3:30 pm Creating Schedules in Alignment With Owners Expectations to Reduce Claims & Set Up Projects for Success

  • Matthew Freih Schedule Manager & Project Controls Engineer, AECOM

Synopsis

  • Discussing current difficulties when it comes to aligning expectations and the impact onschedulers: How do specifications need to be improved to provide the right information for project schedulers?
  • Benchmarking software and tools which can be utilized to present this information in the most accessible way for each other
  • Standardizing a process to ensure effective communication between schedulers and owners throughout the whole project lifecycle to minimize the potential of discrepancies

4:10 pm Panel: Confronting Difficult Conversations: How Can Owners & Contractors Better Collaborate to Overcome Supply Chain Challenges?

Synopsis

  • Incorporating material tracking into the CPM schedule to identify trends that could disrupt the supply chain on a local, national, or global scale
  • Discussing how to approach difficult conversations with your owner regarding potential delays and work collaboratively to find a solution
  • Benchmarking some of the most effective solutions found over the last 2 years to share this risk in a way that is acceptable to both client and contractor, and how this could change the future of construction claims and risk mitigation

4:50 pm Chair’s Closing Remarks

5:00 pm End of Conference Day One