Pre-Conference Focus Day

Monday, September 28

9:30 am CT Morning Networking – Meet & Greet

Time Impact Analysis & Force Majeure Best Practices

10:00 am CT Workshop: Outlining Best Practices in Conducting Time Impact Analysis to Prepare Yourself for Claims

  • Rob Sepanek Director of Centralized Planning & Scheduling, The Beck Group


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

12:00 pm CT Networking Lunch

1:00 pm CT 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?

2:00 pm CT Panel: Comparing Best Practices in Time Impact Analysis

  • Rob Sepanek Director of Centralized Planning & Scheduling, The Beck Group
  • Grady Query President & Scheduling Consultant, Palmetto Scheduling
  • Gustavo Nava Project Senior Scheduler, Brown & Root Industrial Services


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?

2:30 pm CT Afternoon Networking

3:00 pm CT Achieving a Force Majeure: Working Through the Contract, Documentation & Owner Relations to Gain the Extra Time You Fairly Deserve


  • Scrutinizing your contract to determine whether pandemics are specifically included or whether you need to make a different case for force majeure
  • Ensuring you have everything documented appropriately to back up your claim
  • Understanding how much extra time you should be realistically aiming for, and expecting to achieve based on your contract and quality of documents
  • Considering how the owner might respond: what are they likely to accept as a reasonable delay, versus in what circumstances might a case go to court?
  • Revealing common mistakes in previous force majeure cases and ensuring you avoid those same mistakes on your job

5:00 pm CT End of Focus Day