2020 Pre-Conference Focus Day

Monday, September 28

Time Impact Analysis & Force Majeure Best Practices

10:45 am Chair’s Opening Remarks

  • David Ambrose Retired - Senior Vice President, National Director of Scheduling, Skanska

11:00 am Alice Under the Hood


• Learn the concepts behind the ALICE engine and how it differs from
traditional CPM scheduling
• Learn how to set up a project in ALICE and run simulations
• Learn how to explore and analyze ALICE simulations

The evolution of technology and growth of the construction industry has
resulted in advances in construction scheduling. ALICE is the world’s first
generative construction simulation platform that allows firms to use project
constraints to quickly generate schedules and make data driven decisions.
ALICE provides the opportunity for teams to explore different construction
strategies during the bidding and pre-construction phases. Once
construction begins, ALICE can help teams react to changing variables like
crew and equipment availability within minutes. And when larger delays
occur, ALICE can be used to assess project recovery options. This hands-on
workshop will cover an overview of ALICE, including a look under the covers
at how the engine works. At the end of this workshop, you will have set up
and run simulations on a project in ALICE.

1:00 pm Networking Lunch

2:00 pm Steps You Should Take to Differentiate Between Virus-Related & Other Impacts If Your Project Was Already Running Behind Schedule

  • Grady Query President & Scheduling Consultant, Palmetto Scheduling


  • Revealing how a client and their legal team may argue to invalidate your position if your job was already late before the crisis
  • Listing all the impacts of the virus including forced job shutdowns, staff sickness and supply chain disruption, and top tips for conducting time impact analysis on each one
  • Performing quality control on your time impact analysis: are your conclusions on what is or isn’t caused by the virus reasonable, and will it stand up in court?

3:00 pm Panel: Comparing Best Practices in Time Impact Analysis

  • Rob Sepanek Director of Scheduling Operations , Adolfson & Peterson
  • Grady Query President & Scheduling Consultant, Palmetto Scheduling
  • Gustavo Nava Project Senior Scheduler, Brown & Root Industrial Services
  • David Ambrose Retired - Senior Vice President, National Director of Scheduling, Skanska


In this interactive panel, you’ll have the opportunity to question experienced schedulers on how they have conducted time impact analysis in the last few months: what were they proud about the way they reacted?
What do they wish they’d done better?

3:30 pm Afternoon Networking

4:00 pm Workshop: Outlining Best Practices in Conducting Time Impact Analysis to Prepare Yourself for Claims

  • Rob Sepanek Director of Scheduling Operations , Adolfson & Peterson


In this interactive session, you’ll hear how to combine the science and the art of time impact analysis, so you can clearly determine the time lost from independent events and prepare for claims

  • Tracking the impact of individual events over time so you can document the actual impact, not an early estimate of time lost
  • Clarifying what data you need from the job site, the original schedule, subcontractors and other sources to perform robust time impact analysis
  • Ensuring you have adequate understanding of the contract and how the specifics of your relationship with the owner and contractual responsibilities may determine the way you need to conduct your analysis
  • Evaluating common mistakes made in conducting time impact analysis and how you can avoid the same errors
  • Establishing robust but easy to follow rules so that even inexperienced members of your scheduling team can be trusted to conduct appropriate analysis

5:00 pm End of Focus Day