* Please note that all agenda timings are Central Time.

8:00 am CT Morning Networking & Breakout Discussions

Creating Schedules

9:00 am CT Using Historical Data & Artificial Intelligence to Optimize Schedules

  • Grady Query President & Scheduling Consultant, Palmetto Scheduling

Synopsis

  • Revealing the very latest on how AI can create thousands of schedule iterations based on factors such as cost, time and safety
  • Understanding what data is required, and how it should be formatted, to enable AI to get the best results
  • Reviewing the available software, factoring in its ease of use, integration with existing tools and reliability to get the best results

9:30 am CT Revealing Step-by-Step How to Create Resource-Loaded Schedules

  • John Revere John Revere, Director - Corporate Scheduling, Satterfield & Pontikes Construction

Synopsis

  • Enhancing coordination and visibility of your workforce across projects to determine the maximum resources available to you
  • Streamlining the process of resource-loading schedules to reduce the amount of manual work involved
  • Exploring the feasibility of automating parts of the process, reviewing the common sense of software platforms and the assumptions made in creating schedules

10:00 am CT Analyzing Construction Delays and Mitigation using Forensic Schedule Analysis

  • Vidya Dixit Director of Planning & Scheduling, Bernards

Synopsis

  • Understanding how to assess delay analysis
  • Building robust schedules utilizing

10:30 am CT Speed Networking & Morning Break

Integrating Lean Ideas with Traditional Scheduling Practices

Optimizing the Distribution of Resources & Tracking Materials to Keep Schedules on Track

11.20 CT Integrating Lean Principles with CPM to Develop an Efficient, Contract-Abiding Schedule

  • Outlining the theory of last planner and pull planning and why they can reduce waste in your schedule
  • Understanding to what extent you need to execute traditional CPM to adhere to the contract and owner expectations
  • Determining ways in which you can integrate both lean and CPM to gain the benefits of both without duplication of effort

Nathan Mahlum,

Planning & Scheduling Manager,

Absher Construction Company

11.20 CT Optimizing People Resources to Balance the Needs of All Company Projects

  • Developing a system to keep track of your workforce, to ensure staff have suitable workload and are not double booked
  • Where labor shortages become inevitable, determining the consequences of delays and the ability to catch up quickly
  • Hearing how technology can improve your visibility of workforce availability to identify issues further in advance

Chelsea Holte
Manager, Plat Development, Construction Scheduling
Snohomish County PUD

11.50 CT Takt Planning: Exploring the Data Requirements & Value of Adopting the Lean Method

  • Outlining the principles of takt planning and top tips in implementing it
  • Assessing your data requirements, including the need for standardization to enable early planning
  • Highlighting the improvements in productivity that have been gained through takt planning on projects

Monserrat Vargas
PMO Cost Controller
Michelin North

11.50 CT Revealing How the Tagging & Tracking of Critical Materials & Equipment Can Keep Your Schedule Up to Date in Real-Time

  • Hearing how items can be tagged in a BIM model so you know when you need each material to arrive on the job site
  • Reviewing how materials receive a barcode to be tracked from factory to job site so delays are easily visualized

12:20 pm CT Networking Lunch Break – Breakouts & Activities Ongoing

Improving the Buy-In of Superintendents & Subcontractors to Ensure the Schedule is Robust

Enhancing the Collection & Dissemination of Data to Improve Decision Making

1.20 CT Fundamentals for Improved Schedule Management Buy-In by Project Stakeholders

  • Superintendent & Subcontractors’ Schedule Buy-In
  • Schedule Communication Methods
  • Schedule Culture/Process Between Supers and Schedulers
  • Turnaround Actions for Schedule Management

Assaf Newmark
Principal
Spectrum Consulting

1.20 CT Improving the Accuracy & Timeliness of Data Collection from the Job Site

  • Providing technology and clear expectations to ease the recording of data from the job site on a frequent basis
  • Checking the quality of the data so that you can confidently make decisions from it
  • Automating the process of integrating the data into scheduling systems so you can track productivity in close to real-time

Dwaipayan Das
Regional Manager - Scheduling & Construction
O’Connor Construction Management Inc.

1.50 CT Improving Collaboration with Subcontractors to Create Shared Expectations on the Schedule

  • Highlighting the importance of setting shared expectations early and gaining the commitment from subcontractors to respect and update the schedule
  • Ensuring that subcontractors are informed about changes to the schedule so that they can resource the job site with the necessary staff at the optimal times
  • Improving visibility of your subcontractors’ state of play so you can anticipate any delays caused by labor shortages or low productivity, and inform your other project partners of knock-on delays

Dan Gilmour,

Regional Manager, Planning & Scheduling,

Brasfield Gorrie

1.50 CT Lean Handover™

  • Understanding what data is needed for the project team,
    senior management and clients: who needs to know
    what?
  • Understanding the intersection of “data collection” and
    “the (information) supply chain
  • Hearing how to quickly personalize reports and
    dashboards to enable each individual to see what they
    need to see

Bill East
Director, Cobie Academy
University of Florida

2:30 pm CT Afternoon Networking & Breakouts

Audience Discussion: Summarizing Priorities for Scheduling in Late 2020 & 2021

Synopsis

In this informal discussion, each table will outline their key takeaways from the conference and identify the top priorities for their department to improve the quality of all schedules, employ robust documentation methods and better manage claims. This is your opportunity to ask difficult questions and speak candidly with your peers

3:30 pm CT Hearing How to Reduce Risk & Optimize Schedules When Working on a Design-Build Project

Synopsis

  • Understanding how the responsibilities of the scheduling department and the wider contracting firm change when you’re responsible for managing the design process
  • Leveraging the greater visibility, you have over the conceptual design to develop more accurate schedules and keep them aligned with the design in real-time
  • Exploring your options for reducing risk when a construction delay is caused by a design issue that your firm is partly or wholly responsible for

4:00 pm CT Chair’s Closing Remarks