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

9:30 am How Strategic Workforce Management Helps Complete Work With Limited Resources

Synopsis

With only 80% of the one million construction workers that lost their jobs at the start of lockdown returning to work in construction, contractors are feeling the effect of the labor shortage now more than ever. Whether it’s improving the information sharing or focusing on data-driven decision making, many contractors are asking “How can we work with fewer available resources?”.

Join Dave Pimiskern, Chief of staff at Bridgit, as he discusses how to manage with less by learning how you can:

  • Build stronger project teams using insights into your workforce
  • Track project data to improve bidding and project management
  • Avoid cost overruns by managing resources effectively
  • And more!

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