Sunday, April 26
|1:00 - 3:00 p.m.||
Early Warning Signs of Construction Claims & Disputes for Owners & CMs
Track: Business Development
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
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
Risk Management for Distressed Projects
Track: Innovation & Business Development
Time is of the essence when it comes to distressed projects. The Contract Surety will need an expeditious assessment of the project in very short order. The Owner (Obligee) will also demand an answer or cure for the default. A well-developed workflow can facilitate rapid yet efficient deployment of construction contracting professionals during an emergency. In this session, presenters will discuss the 24- to 72-Hour Project Triage approach, which allows for an expeditious initial determination and recommendation on the status of the distressed project. This approach implements 3D laser scanning technology to obtain as-built data for analysis and review, a simultaneous assessment of the Principal's operations and performance to Obligee, and the development and recommendation of Path Forward Plan of Action-Inclusive Time/Cost Models. This framework serves as a solid basis for developing a tailored emergency response approach for your client's unique, urgent needs. This interactive session will provide attendees with the opportunity to break into groups to create one of the following components of the Path Forward Plan: the Cost to Complete Estimate, the Project Completion Schedule, or the identification of potential scopes of work that may need to be included in a Request for Equitable Adjustment (REA).
Rachel Domingo, Construction Claims Manager, DeSimone Consulting Engineers
Brian Hanifin, Director Risk Management Services, DeSimone Consulting Engineers
Trustless Verification: Distributed Ledger Technology and the Construction Industry
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.
Andrew Lindsey, Director of Applied Research and Development, Alpha Corporation
Carol Holland, PE, CCM, Vice President, Dewberry
|4:00 - 5:30 p.m.||
Opening Plenary Session & Keynote
In September of 2015, the U.S. Army officially opened one of the most difficult combat training courses in the world, Ranger School, to female candidates for the first time. Army Lieutenant Colonel Lisa Jaster, at that time 37 and working a great corporate job complete with first-class airfare and five-star hotel rooms, immediately signed up for the intensive, 61-day-long leadership course. Months later, sleep-deprived and carrying an 80-pound rucksack for miles on end alongside 23-year-old trainees, the wife and mother of two would reflect on one simple question: Why? This Keynote will take you through her personal story and the lessons she learned through becoming one of only three women to ever graduate the program. The presentation touches on themes of commitment, perseverance, tuning out doubt, “walking the walk,” and what leadership really means. It is an inspiring story about becoming a better leader, serving others, and, above all, understanding that only you can decide what you are capable of achieving.
Monday, April 27
|7:00 - 9:00 a.m.||
Breakfast Plenary Session & Keynote
As Secretary of Transportation, Anthony Foxx created the “Smart City Challenge.” The first-of-its-kind program offered mid-sized cities around the U.S. the opportunity to win $40 million by developing the best ideas for an integrated smart transportation system using data, applications, and technology to solve existing problems. Over 80 cities applied in the program’s first year. Secretary Foxx has a deep understanding of smart city technologies and what the American “cities of the future” will look like. Touching on rapidly-advancing technologies like autonomous cars, data analytics, the Internet of Things, connected devices sensors, drones, and Hyperloop, Sec. Foxx explains how machine learning will be used to tackle problems that have plagued public officials on both sides of the aisle for generations. Offering unparalleled insight on the effects of societal trends like job automation, demographic shifts, and the sharing economy, Sec. Foxx presents a holistic view of what mobility means—today and tomorrow.
|9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.||
CPM Scheduling and Lean are Peanut Butter and Jelly
Industry professionals have been known to energetically debate the benefits of CPM scheduling over a Lean project management approach, or vice-versa. But just like peanut butter and jelly, the magic happens when they come together. In this session, attendees will explore the critical questions to consider when combining CPM scheduling with Lean:
* Why? Take a deep dive into why CPM, why Lean, and why both might be the best choice.
* How? Increasingly, CMs should be prepared for project leadership that advocates for (or even requires) both methods on a project.
* What? Once that decision has been made, what are the next steps?
* When? Timing is everything, so it's important to understand when to implement on the project level.
* Who? This is the big question, and the answer is YOU! You are the one who can influence change and make a difference in just how successful a project can be. All you need are the right tools and information to get started. (This is a 2 hour session that will adhere to the conference schedule so that attendees can participate in the 10:30-11am Networking Break.)
Benjamin Crosby, CCM, Director of BIM/VDC, W.G. Yates & Sons Construction Co.
|9:30 - 10:30 a.m.||
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
Partnering in 2020
Track: Leadership & Business Development
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
The Good Owner
Track: Business Development
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
|11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.||
Creating Skilled Employees for the Construction Workforce
Track: Diversity and Inclusion & Leadership
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.
The Transition to Digital: The Opportunities and Challenges for the Construction Industry
Track: Innovation & Business Development
Thanks to new technology, the construction industry has the opportunity to transition to a digital environment for improved efficiency and productivity. The challenge is how to align all the stakeholders to take advantage of this benefit. This session will discuss the technologies and opportunities, and provide suggestions on how to circumnavigate through the value chain.
Robert Mazar, Founder, Smart City Works
Standards Bridge the Gap to Digital Transformation in A/E/C
Architecture, Engineering and Construction (A/E/C) companies rank among some of the least digitized businesses. There are many contributing factors including de-centralization, fragmentation of the value chain, uniqueness of individual projects, and the absence of digital standards. Large efficiency losses that can occur because information isn't transmitted effectively during handoffs between trades and functions is a major issue, and a significant opportunity. McKinsey & Company suggests several strategies for successful digital transformation in construction: * Focus on fixing pain points, not installing IT solutions * Implement digital use cases that promote collaboration * Connect projects to unlock impact across the enterprise. Organizing construction information for collaboration has long been a function of applying industry standards such as MasterFormat®, OmniClass®, and UniFormat®. The Construction Specifications Institute is advancing the science of construction standards through the creation of the Construction Information Exchange (CIE). CIE enables collaboration across the project team by connecting common software tools to digital versions of proven industry standards.
Mark Dorsey, Executive Director and CEO, Construction Specifications Institute
|12:00 - 1:00 p.m.||
Lunch Plenary Session & Keynote
As a practitioner who uses technology on a daily basis, Michael Johnson will give an honest, thought-provoking talk on the side of BIM and construction technology that you don’t often see - discussing the challenges that many of us are facing every day as technology changes the way we all deliver buildings. His discussion will aim to go beyond simply what's new and trendy, and instead focus on how we work through adoption and maintenance of industry-changing disruptive technologies; even without big budgets or universal buy-in. The goal of this talk will be to identify how all stakeholders, of all sizes, can begin to win and work with technology during today’s time of unprecedented change.
|2:00 - 3:00 p.m.||
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
All Things Lean
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
Money Ball for CEOs (How-To)
Utilizing a simple 6- to 10-minute survey of CEO attendees and executive teams, this session applies rigorous analytics to assess your organization's ability to hit top- and bottom-line goals. The participants' organizational data will help provide targeted feedback on companies for real-time discussions that can yield immediate results. With a gloves-off, humorous, and straightforward approach, this presentation engages active participation from each attendee. Join fellow CEOs for this exclusive event to gain actionable take-aways for both you and your executive team. In order to receive maximum benefit from this program, registrants are asked to complete a brief Culture Index Survey and have their executive teams do the same. Feedback, analysis, and discussion of completed surveys will take place during the program. More information will be provided upon registration. RSVP required for this session.
Chas Moscarino, Executive Ambassador, Culture Index
Creating a Culture of Quality Within Your Organization - A New Vision!
Track: Diversity and Inclusion
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 Manage, HICAPS, Inc.
Daniel Hood, PE, Partner / Vice President, HICAPS, Inc.
|3:30 - 4:30 p.m.||
Tough Enough to Share: A Journey Towards Inclusion
Track: Diversity and Inclusion
An open discussion around what it takes to become an inclusive leader and create an inclusive leadership team. Using personal stories, Ben will share his own journey and the things he has learned along the way. This transcends a few key focus areas for transforming both your personal leadership brand and your team's approach to inclusion.
Ben Almond, Vice President, Jacobs
Reimagining the Jobsite: From Trailers to Teambuilding
Sometimes we stick with a process because it's incredibly effective; other times it's because of habit or convenience. This presentation turns the traditional jobsite workplace layout on its head to create a collaborative, cross-functional workspace that fosters knowledge-sharing and relationship-building across disciplines and rank. The possible benefits of a reimaged jobsite include: * Eliminating unconscious bias by casting aside the stereotypical approach to selecting individuals for roles and responsibilities onsite based on education, experience, or gender. * Cultivating purposeful relationships and increasing knowledge sharing at all levels to enable every team member to have the same access to leadership and "experts" onsite. * Creating unique career development opportunities by rotating young building professionals through different areas of the project (safety, quality control, field supervision) to expose them to facets of construction outside of the traditional path.
Cara Lanigan, Vice President, Clark Construction Company
Ethics Jeopardy - the "Least Boring" Ethics Seminar Ever!
Attendees to this CMAA Focus20 presentation will be informed and entertained as presenters cover the exciting topic of Engineering Ethics through the game of Jeopardy! The hour-long ethics session will include lively group discussions from those present while covering the following topics: The Engineering Seal; Bids, Marketing, and Politics; Test Licensure; Professional Conduct; and Moral Dilemmas.
Andrew Hunt, PE, Vice President, Project Control (a Raba-Kistner Consulting Company)
Track: Leadership & Business Development
Want to break down company silos, improve diversity, and do a better job of sharing information across your enterprise? The answer may be Collaboration Analytics, which is defined as the link between improved access to data and more effective decision-making. The overall goal is to generate effective, actionable intelligence. In this session, a diverse group of participants will share their ideas and experiences on how Collaborative Analytics applies the very latest behavioral science to the task of measuring and enhancing collaboration on multidisciplinary project teams.
Nate Price, PE, Chief, Health Facilities Enterprise, Defense Health Agency
Brian Holmes, SVP Facilities Development and Real Estate, Texas Health Resources
Stephen Woodridge, VP - Integrated Real Estate & Facilities Services, MedStar Health
Tuesday, April 28
|8:00 - 9:00 a.m.||
Early-Bird Education Sessions
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.
Selecting and Using an Owner Advisor in Design-Build
Track: Innovation & Business Development
With the rapid growth of design-build, the role of the Owner Advisor is becoming increasingly important. Varying Owner needs and the wide-ranging expertise of industry consultants can make it difficult for an Owner to prioritize needed services. DBIA has defined this important role, including feedback from various industry organizations such as CMAA, ACEC, LCI, and many others. A panel of industry experts including an Owner, Owner Advisor, Design-Builder, and Attorney will discuss how the role of an Owner Advisor in a collaborative design-build environment differs from the same role in a transactional design-bid-build environment. In this session, you will: * Review how the role of the Owner Advisor has evolved with the proliferation of collaborative project delivery. * Learn the expanded skillset required to be an effective Owner Advisor in design-build. * Discuss the broad array of services ranging from project delivery decision-making to post-award project execution that Owners may seek from Owner Advisors. Understand how a "one team, one goal" mentality can drive success for all.
Craig Unger, Principal, Unger Security Solutions
Peter Kinsley, President - Infrastructure & Transportation Group, Haskell
Jennifer Kline, Civil Engineer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Praful Kulkarni, President & CEO, gkkworks / CannonDesign
Mike Loulakis, President & CEO, Capital Project Strategies, LLC
San Antonio - How Design and Construction have Transformed the Community, Culture, and Enterprise
Track: Business Development
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
Millennials: A Discussion on the Past, Present, and Future Impact of this New Generation
Track: Diversity and Inclusion & Leadership
Those born between 1981 - 1996 will soon represent over 50% of working age adults. This drastic shift in the dynamics of the population will require changes in management at all levels. Too often, broad references are made about this generation with no understanding of the context beyond the characteristics. This panel discussion will help to explore the most common characteristics of the millennial generation, put them into proper perspective, and provide real-life examples of how to bridge the gap. The panel will use statistical data to show the effects this generation is having on businesses and the economy. For leaders, managers, and even millennials, this presentation is a must-attend because the first obstacle to overcoming any challenge is understanding. By examining the behaviors and interests of this dynamic group of people, the construction industry will be able to harness that power to positively impact the future and prepare for Generation Z!
Kelly Marshall, PE, CCM, Senior Construction Manager, Gannett Fleming
Brett Brenize, PE, Vice President, Gannett Fleming
Eddie Bunn, PE, Vice President, Gannett Fleming
|9:30 - 10:30 a.m.||
It's the Details: How Small Adjustments Create Inclusive Cultures
Track: Leadership & Diversity and Inclusion
Implementing programs for diversity, equity, and inclusion can be daunting. Where to start? What to do first? How to avoid embarrassing missteps? In this workshop, leaders from across the profession will share the small steps they took in their own workplaces and jobsites to initiate larger cultural changes that emerged over time. These tactics include making reasonable accommodations, expanding the definition of where to look for talent, and recognizing the need for change in employment policies. Participants will leave with a list of three changes they can implement upon returning to work.
Lawrence Salerno, CCM, Construction Manager, 4LEAF, Inc.
Luciana Burdi, CCM, Deputy Director Capital Programs, Massachusetts Port Authority
Karen Dyer, CCM, Project Manager, G. Stephens, Inc.
Michael Early, CCM, Project Construction Manager, ARCADIS
Dispute Review Boards (DRB): Innovative Techniques for Avoiding and Resolving Disputes on Complex Projects
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
Moving at the Speed of Tomorrow Today
The initial years of the 21st century have been marked by massive shifts in how people work and live. Changes in technology continue to redefine how goods and services are produced and consumed. Unfortunately, the capital projects industry has not kept pace. This session will address some primary ways in which leaders in our industry can move to abandon old habits and embrace new perspectives:
• People: Can we collaborate in a diverse and different way to unlock stifled innovation?
• Process: What aspects of projects can be simplified in an inherently complex industry?
• Technology: Are we doing enough with our data amidst the pressures of digitalization?
• Business Model: How do we get paid for the innovation and value we create?
Each day brings new opportunities and risks. Our future success depends on how well we can learn from, and transcend, the methods that have worked in the past. The challenge will be to do this while moving at the speed of tomorrow today.
Stephen P. Mulva, Ph.D., Director, CII, The University of Texas at Austin
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
|11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.||
CMAA Focus20 Closing Town Hall
What better way to close out CMAA Focus20 than a Town Hall session so attendees and speakers can share insights, as well as tips and tactics to take back to the office and jobsite.
Please note: schedule is subject to change.