There were so many sessions planned for CMAA Focus20 in San Antonio... We don't want you to miss them. Presenting CMAA Focus2.0 - an online educational experience. Each online session provides between .5 and 2 PDHs for a total of 16.5.
Beyond Traffic: The Emergence Of A Connected City
Anthony Foxx, Former United States Secretary of Transportation
Opening Plenary Session & Keynote
What Is A Leader?
Army Lieutenant Colonel Lisa Jaster
Distributed Ledger Technology in Construction Management
Are you confused but curious about blockchain and distributed ledger technologies? This session will break down the language, the technology, and the application for blockchain in the construction industry. Panelists will explore blockchain and its relationship to crypto currency. Attendees will then study relevant use cases, while presenters identify those that are ready for disruptive technologies, and highlight firms that are prepared to implement them. They will go over the pros, cons, and risks associated with adopting this technology. By the end of the session, participants will have a better understanding of the transformative potential of these powerful emerging technologies.
Carol Holland, PE, CCM, Dewberry Engineers
Andrew Lindsay, Alpha Corporation
Money Ball for CEOs
Utilizing a simple 10-minute survey of CEOs and executive teams, this session applies rigorous analytics to assess your organization’s ability to hit top- and bottom-line goals. With a gloves-off, humorous, and straightforward approach, this presentation will help you gain actionable take-aways for both you and your executive team. In order to receive the maximum benefit from this session, attendees will be offered complimentary access to the Culture Index Survey for them and their executive teams.
Chas Moscarino, Culture Index
Kris Snyder, Impact Architects
All Things Lean
Partner Session: Lean Construction Institute
What is Lean Design and Construction? What are the benefits for supply chain partners? How is Lean deployed? How has it been used to improve project performance? This panel presentation will provide an overview of the key tenets of Lean Design and Construction, as well as presentations by leading A&E and trade partner practitioners. The focus will be on how Lean has been instrumental in improving project results based on specific project experiences. The session will close with a lively Q&A and dialogue with the audience, so bring your insights, experiences, and questions to share!
Bernita Beikmann, AIA, Chief Process Officer/Executive Vice President, HKS, Inc.
Henry Nutt, III, Preconstruction/Business Development Manager, Southland Industries
Dan Heinemeier, Executive Director, Lean Construction Institute
Building a Strong Leadership Culture Through Incentives
Creating strong, effective leadership is the key to promoting accountability, boosting productivity, and improving company performance. So, what is the most effective way to build that culture in your company? In this session, attendees will learn how to measure their company's current culture beyond the traditional employee engagement survey. The next step is to examine how to build better leaders by creating accurate performance indicators, measuring employee proficiency, and providing incentives that promote identified behaviors. The last step is strategically implementing the plan companywide. Then you're on the way to building a strong leadership culture that will help maximize profits and meet company goals.
Mark Thomas, President, Eagle's Spring Consulting Group
Creating a Culture of Quality Within Your Organization - A New Vision!
Is your definition of "quality" meeting the requirements of the Owner, or is it achieving a behavior that has been adopted as a core value and mission statement of your company? Think about it. Quality is a much-talked-about concept, but one that has fallen by the wayside in our world of under-budget and on-schedule demands. Quality (and a Corporate Quality Culture) needs to be as much a part of our very core as safety. "Organizational Culture" is defined as the shared beliefs, values, attitudes, and behavior patterns that characterize the members of an organization. In a healthy business culture, what's good for the company and its customers comes together and becomes the driving force for everyone. It can be achieved! In this session, all will collectively discuss and examine The Challenges, The Vision, The Benefits, and The Deliverables in creating a corporate culture that lives and breathes QUALITY!
Dave Smith, CCM, Senior Construction Manager, HICAPS, Inc.
Daniel Hood, PE, Partner / Vice President, HICAPS, Inc.
Creating Skilled Employees for the Construction Workforce
It's getting harder and harder to find qualified, diversified employees to fill positions in the construction industry. The situation is so dire that companies may even resort to enticing candidates from competing firms. The better solution is to develop a qualified workforce using efficient, targeted training that can benefit new and existing employees. This training method combines new presentation technology with useful information that will make new hires valuable on day one and better prepare current employees for the increasingly technology-focused construction industry. This presentation showcases various training approaches and explores why some are poorly executed and ineffective. One proven method for finding better workers is to explore a more diverse employee pool by recruiting from disadvantaged schools and neighborhoods, parole programs, and veterans' organizations. If implemented skillfully, this innovative strategy could provide long-term benefits for the industry, reduce the potential risk of professional liability with an unskilled workforce, and provide employment opportunities to motivated employees.
Katherine Holtz, PE, Director of Technical Training, VRX, Inc.
Dispute Review Boards (DRB): Innovative Techniques for Avoiding and Resolving Disputes on Complex Projects
Partner Session: DRBF
Disputes and claims are to be expected in construction, and often burden projects with soaring costs and drags on schedule completion. Actively managing issues at the project level before they escalate to dispute, and resolving disputes in real time through the use of a DRB saves time and money for all parties. Learn how project outcomes can be enhanced through a neutral panel of experienced construction professionals who follow the project from the outset to facilitate proactive issue resolution, and how the DRB process fits into your project management structure.
Diane Gollhofer, PE, President, DGR Consultants
Cherrie Fisher, Chief of Staff, EJ Smith Construction
Drone Solutions and Integration into the Construction Management Workflow using Geospatial Applications
Embracing the technology of UAVs (Drones) can enhance the construction management process through site photos, advanced surveying, material management, inspections, and beyond. Integrating survey grade, real time kinematic (RTK) drone solutions can allow for high-precision mapping and site analytics. Maximize drone data using photogrammetry software for visual inspections, capturing accurate aerial imagery, creating 3D site models, and providing site measurements and volume calculations. This presentation will provide a workflow to integrate drones into a project from mission planning to post-processing data to make strategic decisions and a final deliverable to the Owner organization. Incorporating the cloud environment will allow for collaboration with internal and external clients during construction.
Rami Abusheikh, CMIT, Construction Manager II, Freese and Nichols, Inc.
Brian King, GIS Analyst V / Archeologist, Freese and Nichols, Inc.
Early Warning Signs of Construction Claims & Disputes for Owners & CMs
Claims and disputes on a project do not appear suddenly or even unexpectedly. Experience indicates that when a dispute occurs, there is normally a backstory or history of events; decisions or a lack of decisions; that occurred anywhere from a few weeks to several years prior. Typically, these past events or decisions are identified as the "early warning signs" of claims and disputes. Often, it is only when claims are filed at the end of a project that attorneys and claims consultants review project documentation and interview the project team to identify these early warning signs. Many project team members share a similar thought, "If only I had recognized that when it happened!" A detailed list of early warning signs of pending construction claims and disputes can be an invaluable tool for any project team. Based on the collective observations of a number of construction claims practitioners, the Ankura Construction Forum established a list of these warning signs and divided them into the typical phases of a project including Planning and Bid, Initial Contract, and Construction. This comprehensive presentation identifies the type of claim or dispute that may arise, what the potential warning signs might be, when they may occur, and which team members should be on the lookout.
James Zack, Jr., CCM, Senior Advisor, James Zack Consulting LLC
Partnering in 2020
Partnering has been utilized in the construction industry for years, but has it always been effective? This panel discusses exactly why partnering continues to be a best practice for capital construction projects. It can be difficult to achieve the perfect balance with the right partners, but it's critical for positive experiences on construction projects. Unbalanced teams with ineffective, weak, or negative partner relationships can ruin projects and even companies. Partnering and "teaming" promote collaboration and inclusion that helps to create a successful, productive work environment. With the evolution of work practices and advances in technology, this panel reviews an actual case study of a partnership, examines how it has developed over several years, and identifies the opportunities and challenges moving forward.
Barbara Reynolds, CCM, Construction Manager, Parsons
Amanda Tapia-Pittman, Federal Project Director, U.S. Department of Energy
Susan Stewart, CCM, Senior Project Manager, Parsons
Yemi Adesina, Federal Project Director, U.S. Department of Energy
San Antonio - How Design and Construction have Transformed the Community, Culture, and Enterprise
San Antonio, a city rich with history and culture, just celebrated its 300-year anniversary. Since the 2020 CMAA Spring Conference will be held in San Antonio, presenters would like to help attendees learn how the projects of the last two decades transformed the city by supporting the community, the arts, and the economy. San Antonio is now one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas. This panel will discuss how city and county staff, designers, construction managers, and construction professionals worked together to understand the "big picture" of creating public spaces, free to all, that encourage support of a culturally rich, sustainable, and active city center.
Sandy Hamby, AIA, CCM, FCMAA, President, MOCA Systems
Paul Foster, CCM, President, Foster CM Group, Inc.
Mary Bartlett, AIA, Partner, Marmon Mok Architecture
Successful Hiring - How to Avoid the War on Talent
It takes time and money to find great employees. And once you've found them, you need to have an effective strategy to integrate them into your company. A strong, candidate-driven economy means employees will move on quickly if their job is not a good fit. Voluntary turnover affects the bottom line as well as company morale. An effective hiring process will help you find and retain qualified employees who are a good cultural fit. This presentation analyzes the staggering cost of a bad hire and shows how a poorly structured interview process can make the wrong choice five times more likely to happen. Using five powerful interviewing tips can help to better explore an employee's experience and most importantly, their MOTIVATION! This session will give you the keys to successful hiring by breaking down the recruiting process, highlighting interview techniques, and demonstrating how to successfully implement processes after the hire to ensure your new employee remains motivated and engaged. Great companies are made from great employees!
Alan Kerschen, Director of Employee Relations and Human Resources, Kimmel & Associates
Emerging Technology Trends in the Construction Industry
Cloud storage! Apps! Virtual reality! Do you find the amount of new technology sometimes overwhelming? This presentation will help bring focus with an assessment of the industry's present state and then an examination of emerging trends that will likely impact the way you do business. Some of the trends that will be discussed include BIM and prefabrication, mobile technologies onsite, the rapid emergence of 3D scanning, drones, and augmented reality (wearable technologies). Also discussed will be the changing nature of today's personnel and their relationship with technology. CMs routinely employ technology to complete their projects. In this session, we will discuss the vast potential for improving productivity and efficiency using digitization and innovative technologies. By adopting and exploiting these innovations, companies can boost productivity, streamline project management and procedures, and enhance quality and safety.
Chitwan Saluja, AIA, Practice Technology, Jacobs
The Good Owner
Partner Session: COAA
The Construction Owners Association of America (COAA) believes there's a mindset, culture, and environment on successful projects that's largely established by the Owner; particularly, a "good" Owner. Hear more about this from two COAA leaders - a current Owner and a former Owner - and understand how and why being a "good" Owner matters.
Allison Muth, Facilities Project Manager (Austin), Texas Children's Hospital
Howie Ferguson, Executive Director, Construction Owners Association of America
Throw Away the Box: Learn How to Inspire Genius in Yourself and Innovation in Your Company
Technical construction professionals and creative thinking don't often go hand-in-hand, but they should. Creative thinking is essential to fostering innovation and leadership in every business. This is how companies are able to face tomorrow's industry challenges. Through the use of hands-on exercises and improvisational storytelling, Brent helps teach technical-minded professionals how to improve the creative thought process in themselves and their companies while improving their leadership skills. He also covers a problem-solving/design methodology from the Stanford "D" School that will enable companies to easily solve the toughest problems. This session is designed for any company that desires to inspire innovation and stay ahead of the curve in a competitive marketplace.
Brent Darnell, President, Brent Darnell International
If you were already registered for the in-person CMAA Focus20 event, you can convert your registration - details are available here.
CMAA Member - $375
Non-Member - $500